Archive for the ‘Artificial Intelligence’ Category

How social media is driving artificial intelligence

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

More Machine Learning stuff . . .

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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…

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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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Research & Blog Update

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

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I have taken a slight change in direction with regards to the form of my MA thesis. Before, pretty much all of last year, I was being pressured to develop an empirical research project. Now, due to events I will not discuss here, I am happy to announce I will be writing a theoretical thesis! I am thrilled about this and found new inspiration and motivation.

I created this blog as a means to motivate myself and as a means to document and share my research. I am trying hard not to lose focus of this fact. My last post, An Education Transformation: How technology transformed a bedwetter into a superhero, received many comments and I thank all of you who took the time and energy to comment. In the future I will try to incorporate more of the same elements, intimacy and humour, into my more technical posts.

In this post I will outline things to come, basically the topics I plan to cover and the direction I plan to take within the next few months. First, there are two topics that have been brewing in my mind, and I’m eager to get those thoughts out of my head and onto this blog: education & consciousness. Here is a quick preview… (more…)

Comments on Ben Goertzel’s post: vision vs. touch / kinesthetics

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

visionRecently I came across a blurb by Ben Goertzel1 titled, vision vs. touch/kinesthetics.

This short blog post questions the importance of vision in AI research.

I had an urge to comment on his post, and these are my comments:

Touch and kinesthesis2 are important elements for all animal intelligence – not just human intelligence. However, if we rely just on our bodies to perceive our environment then our perceived world would be very small. Vision, as well as the sense of smell and the sense of hearing, gives us a means to perceive the world at a safe distance. That is, vision allows us to extend our perception of the world beyond our physical bodies.

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  1. Ben Goertzel is a researcher with similar research interests
  2. kinesthesis – the ability to feel movements of the limbs and body.