Artificial Intelligence


Shannon's Definition of Information is Obsolete and Inadequate. it is Time to Embrace Kolmogorov’s Insights on the Matter

Authors: Emanuel Diamant

Information Theory, as developed by Claude Shannon in 1948, was about the communication of messages as electronic signals via a transmission channel. Only physical properties of the signal and the channel have been taken into account. While the meaning of the message has been ignored totally. Such an approach to information met very well the requirements of a data communication channel. But recent advances in almost all sciences put an urgent demand for meaningful information inclusion into the body of a communicated message. To meet this demand, I have proposed a new definition of information. In this definition, information is seen as a complex notion composed of two inseparable parts: Physical information and Semantic information. Classical informations such as Shannon, Fisher, Renyi, Kolmogorov’s complexity, and Chaitin’s algorithmic information – they are all physical information variants. Semantic information is a new concept and it desires to be properly studied, treated, and used.

Comments: 3 Pages. Presented at the 2016 ICSEE International Conference, Eilat, Israel, 16 – 18 November 2016.

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