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In the rapidly evolving landscape of technology, understanding the fundamental differences between artificial intelligence (AI) methodologies driven by neural networks and the innovative framework of wantware using Meaning Coordinates is crucial. This part introduces these foundational concepts, emphasizing the theoretical underpinnings that distinguish wantware from conventional AI approaches.

Understanding Neural Networks in AI

Neural networks, a cornerstone of modern AI, function through layers of interconnected nodes that mimic the human brain’s structure. These networks learn from vast datasets, using statistical methods to make decisions and predictions. The strength of neural networks lies in their ability to identify patterns and correlations within data, but they require significant computational resources and data to train effectively.

Introducing Wantware and Meaning Coordinates

Unlike the data-driven nature of neural networks, wantware represents a paradigm shift towards intent-driven technology. At the heart of wantware are Meaning Coordinates, deeply rooted in the principles of Piercian/Triadic Semiotics. Charles Sanders Peirce’s semiotic theory posits that understanding arises triadically—a sign (the representamen), its object, and its interpretant interact dynamically. In wantware, these principles are operationalized through the “as-a”, “is-a”, and “has-a” relationships within Meaning Coordinates, which help to model the intent behind user inputs as:

  • “Is-a” relationships define the identity or class of an object.
  • “Has-a” relationships specify the attributes or properties an object possesses.
  • “As-a” relationships illustrate how objects are utilized or interpreted in different contexts.

This robust semantic modeling transforms abstract concepts into actionable, machine-readable formats without the need for traditional coding, making the system highly adaptable to various operational needs. A deeper dive into Meaning Coordinates is provided here.

The “Superset Approach”

Wantware does not seek to replace neural networks but to enhance and extend them through what we term the “Superset Approach.” This method integrates neural networks within a broader operational context, leveraging their pattern-recognition capabilities while addressing their limitations with the flexibility and precision of Meaning Coordinates. By synthesizing these approaches, wantware facilitates a more adaptive, responsive, and ethically aligned technological ecosystem.


Part 1 lays the groundwork for understanding how wantware, powered by Meaning Coordinates and inspired by Piercian semiotics, complements and enhances traditional neural network-based AI. This foundational knowledge sets the stage for exploring deeper operational contrasts and synergies in subsequent parts of the series.