Elephant is an open-source project on how to train Machine Understanding.
The role of understanding for research and learning is well delivered in the poem of John Godfrey Saxe ‘The Blind Man and the Elephant’:
And so these men of Indostan, disputed loud and long, each in his own opinion, exceeding stiff and strong, Though each was partly in the right, and all were in the wrong!
Machine Understanding is needed to introduce common sense and general knowledge in AI. It provides the basis for explaining how different kinds of knowledge relate to each other.
Machine Understanding relates to transfer learning, also known as learning to learn.