The Frame Problem

There is a problem[McCarthy, J. and Hayes, P. J., Some Philosophical Problems from the Standpoint of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Intelligence 4, American Elsevier, 1969. Note that the frame problem has nothing to do with frames.] for a predicate calculus planning system: how to keep a world model consistent as some things in the world change.

There are two aspects:

Most facts in the world will be unchanged for any given action. The frame problem is a serious practical problem, since many solutions to it require vast amounts of storage and/or computation.

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