How social media is driving artificial intelligence

November 12th, 2015

More Machine Learning stuff . . .

#AI   #MachineLearning

How social media is driving artificial intelligence

Pinterest and Facebook are the unlikely pioneers of AI-led photo recognition lately, but Google and Microsoft are not too far behind.

Studying artificial ‘consciousness’ could pave the way for artificial in…

November 11th, 2015

New research project aims to determine whether robots and computers are capable of consciousness.

I think from an embodiment point of view: robots Yes, computers No. The Embodied Cognition thesis states that the mind (consciousness) emerges from an interaction between the body and its environment. I believe, in order to achieve Strong AI there will have to be some kind of consciousness, therefore there needs to be some kind of body.

Your thoughts?

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Studying artificial ‘consciousness’ could pave the way for artificial intelligence
Imagine a world where “thinking” robots were able to care for the elderly and people with disabilities. This concept may seem futuristic, but exciting new research into consciousness could pave the way for the creation of intuitive artificial intelligence.

Why robots will be smarter than humans by 2029 +/- months

March 13th, 2014

Technological Singularity

Today I came across an article posted on Robohub.org titled, Why robots will not be smarter than humans by 2029. The author, Alan Winfield, points out several reasons why. Displeased with his views I thought I’d comment on his comments.

Dr. Winfield,
After reviewing your comments, it’s clear you do not understand the technological singularity thesis. Yes, in the past few days we’ve seen a spate of headlines boasting about Ray Kurzweil’s 2029 date for the birth of true Artificial Intelligence (AI) (Technological Singularity). As much as I respect your credentials, when it comes to your article, Why robots will not be smarter than humans by 2029, I think you are profoundly wrong, and here are several point-to-point reasons why:

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Review: Reflections on Abstractions for General Artificial Intelligence

February 5th, 2014
Newell (1990) Unified Theories of Cognition

Newell (1990)

Initially, when I first read the abstract of Laird’s article I was turn off, mostly because he cites Newell (1990) – it just seems so old school.

It’s been almost 25 years since Newell’s Unified Theories of Cognition, but I’m glad I continued reading because there is much I like about this short article.

When I first got into AI, I was kind of obsessed with symbolic cognitive architectures, thinking they had much potential to achieve General Artificial Intelligence. But the more I researched the more I realized how much cognitive architectures:

a) neglected the mind, body, environment model

b) focused too much on high level cognitive functions, like language

With respect to “a”, I believe, an ecological approach to AI is paramount. That is, we should be focusing our research on perception and action.

With respect to “b”, it seems like symbolic cognitive architectures were trying to solve high level functions when they haven’t solved low level functions, ie. perception and action.

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She said…

June 9th, 2013

She said:

I saw that u are a cognitive designer, tell me more about it!

I

I said:

Cognitive designer is my dream job. The job doesn’t actually exist because the technology doesn’t exist, yet.

I want to create it.

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Oh the irony

April 29th, 2012

I recently defended my thesis and it went very well. The direction of my research and completion of its thesis is a significant milestone in my academic career. It still has not fully sunk in that I went from not finishing high school to acquiring a masters in educational technology. Oh the irony.

The short term plan is to take a year off from my studies to work – so I can slowly hack away at the debt (student loans) I accumulated over the years. If all goes well I will be teaching in China come September, which I hope will feel like a working vacation.

My long term plan is to seek an appropriate Ph.D. with appropriate funding – there is no way I will struggle with financially the way I did with my masters.

I will be posting my thesis, A Theoretical Cognitive Construct of a 3D Embodied Agent: VAL, the Virtual Autonomous Learner, as a pdf and ePub formant.