Stanley & Lehman – Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned

Fascinating insights by Computer Science / Artificial Intelligence profs …

some have summarized their insights by writing: “only by doing activities that fulfill our curiosity without any pre-defined objectives, true creativity can be unleashed. They call this the ‘Myth of the Objective’: Objectives are well and good when they are sufficiently modest … In fact, objectives actually become obstacles towards more exciting achievements, like those involving discovery, creativity, invention, or innovation—or even achieving true happiness… the truest path to “blue sky” discovery or to fulfill boundless ambition, is to have no objective at all.”

some of Stanley’s and Lehmans insights:


  • “The flash of insight is seeing the bridge to the next stepping stone by building from the old ones. ”


  • “[Picbreeder] is just one example of a fascinating class of phenomena that we might call non-objective search processes, or perhaps stepping stone collectors. The prolific creativity of these kinds of processes is difficult to overstate”


  • “ measuring success against the objective is likely to lead you on the wrong path in all sorts of situations”


  • “You can’t evolve intelligence in a Petri dish based on measuring intelligence. You can’t build a computer simply through determination and intellect—you need the stepping stones. ”


  • “ambitious objectives are the interesting ones, and the idea that the best way to achieve them is by ignoring them flies in the face of common intuition and conventional wisdom. More deeply it suggests that something is wrong at the heart of search. ”



I find their books inspiring and insightful. Reframing questions and providing different lines of attack on AI and Search Optimization to Ambitious Goals …






Demis Hassabis talk on General Artificial Intelligence

Demis Hassabis: Towards General Artificial Intelligence – talk at Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM). [Background: r. Demis Hassabis is the Co-Founder and CEO of DeepMind, the world’s leading General Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, which was acquired by Google in 2014 in their largest ever European acquisition.

The talk  draws  on Demis’  eclectic experiences as an AI researcher, neuroscientist and video games designer.

see also.

deep learning drizzle

u/kmario23 over at reddit points to a wonderful new resource m the deep learning drizzle. [on Github]

I have collected a list of freely available courses on Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Probabilistic Graphical Models, Machine Learning Fundamentals, and Deep Learning boot camps or summer schools.

So I checked it and immediately got involved watching Ian Goodfellow …

Ian and his advisor wrote this book …. take a look at it.

Goodfellow posted pdfs of his talks here  is worth following

AlphaGo Documentary 2017

the  1 1/2 movie about AlphaGo, Deep Mind’s AI program that beat the best GO player in the world. AMAZING .  MUST WATCH if you are really into real AI.

If you want to really understand what happened and how, and how Deepmind really works … you’ve got to watch the  documentary.

Lots of information about the game of GO … a great way to bring 8000 years of GO history and the future together

Pro gaming of the future will likely have dedicated AI vs AI matches- YES!

From twitter … the future present ….

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Pro gaming of the future will likely have dedicated AI vs AI matches, esports team will hire ML experts to create their own AI player

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