Cognitive domain

by Eliezer Yudkowsky Feb 17 2017 updated Feb 18 2017

An allegedly compact unit of knowledge, such that ideas inside the unit interact mainly with each other and less with ideas in other domains.

In the context of cognitive science, a 'domain' is a subject matter, or class of problems, that is being reasoned about by some algorithm or agent. A robotic car is operating in the domain of "legally and safely driving in a city". The subpart of the robotic car that plots a route might be operating in the domain "finding low-cost traversals between two nodes in a graph with cost-labeled edges".