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

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Technological Singularity

Today I came across an article posted on 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:


She said…

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

She said:

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


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.


Oh the irony

Sunday, 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.

Research & Blog Update

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

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…)