Posts Tagged ‘Embodied Cognition’

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:


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.


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.


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…)

iPad vs The Slate

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

You know you’re getting older when you start sentences with, “I remember when…”, more on this later.

I have been wanting to talk about the iPad & the slate for a long time, mostly because of the profound educational potential of mobile computing, but also from a historic and design aspect. Two events pushed me over the “passive/active” writing threshold, one Old & one New. Now I will share both of them with you.

First, let’s briefly go over some important concepts.


The Inception of the Virtual Autonomous Learner (VAL)

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Inception of VALThe inception of VAL was conceived in an advanced reading class where I studied the current state of artificial intelligence (AI). The background research involved in this project was heavily interdisciplinary. Some of the major research areas were evolution, evolutionary psychology, experimental psychology, neurology, ecology, learning theories, educational technologies, computation, simulation, computational neural modeling, early child development, cognition, linguistics, computer science, and philosophies like Theory of Mind. Much of my research led to experimental psychology and the field of computational neural modeling and cognitive architectures.

In the beginning, I was overwhelmed and astonished with the variety of cognitive architectures that were currently being developed within reputable institutions1.


  1. See A Cognitive Architecture Primer for a short list