AI, The Real History: McCorduck’s Machines who Think

“The occupational activities of children are learning, thinking, playing and the like. Yet we tell them nothing about those things.”  per AI Pioneer Seymour Papert –  In Pam McCorduck’s Machines who Think, (an outstanding book; Pam is a great author, turns out she’s the wife of Joe Traub who was Computer Science Dept Chair at Carnegie Mellon University & Columbia University … and had amazing insight into the real story 🙂 – not found elsewhere ) https://amzn.to/2FwGmIu 

EXCELLENT EXCELLENT BOOK … It’s really packed with amazing insights and details hidden from the public view …

I didn’t realize Papert’s connection with Piaget and his deep understanding and interest in how children learn.  Of course Papert and Minsky’s Perceptrons were widely known [ and got a refresh boost . The Perceptron. ideas… which, in prehistoric times, with Marvin Minsky, helped pave the way to the AI we know today. — that’s where the real action was and maybe still is …  check the reboot. over at  https://amzn.to/2TNjok7

 

Coming up soon – in my book: Regarding Natural, Artificial & Other (?) Intelligences.

One of the main categories of discussion in this book is that of worthwhile tasks for AI. I will devote some time to stating some of the recognized questions, problems, and tasks. I will also mention some notable AI accomplishments and highlight a few of the recognized scholarly achievements. Another topic for discussion is the classification of Intelligences. What is Natural Intelligence? What is Artificial General Intelligence? What is Superintelligence? What about human measures such as IQ? G? What does the AlphaZero algorithm beating the best human players in Chess, Go and Shogi mean? Can the Paperclip Apocalypse really happen?

All these and more … coming soon …

Deep Learning on My Mind

OK, so I started perusing Terry  Sejnowski’s   recent book,  The Deep Learning Revolution.  It’s dedicated to Bo and Sol, Theresa, and Joseph and is In memory of Solomon Golomb.  Nice!

  • It’s a great book. In the short time I spend with it,  I learned quite a lot. I decided to see what’s most important to Terry looking at the topics he spends most of his time on.  Here’s what pops out first …neural networks and deep learning . [To be expected], then the items getting most discussion are:
  • the brain
  • machine learning
  • learning algorithm
  • artificial intelligence
  • the world
  • visual cortex
  • the network
  • boltzmann machine
  • the cortex
  • Geoffrey Hinton [looks like Geoff is really getting attention and kudos from everyone!!]
  • network models
  • the future
  • learning
  • self driving car
  • learning networks
  • cost function
  • deep learning networks
  • hopfield net
  • primary visual cortex
  • the visual cortex
  • independent component analysis
  • real world
  • brains
  • the internet
  • the perceptron
  • facial expressions
  • reinforcement learning
  • Francis Crick
  • hidden units
  • the retina
  • information processing systems
  • neural information processing
  • neural information processing systems
  • td gammon
  • the boltzmann machine
  • computer vision
  • driving cars
  • simple cells
  • the hopfield net
  • cerebral cortex
  • David Hubel

Somewhere further down the list I came across Soumith Chintala over at FaceBook AI / Courant Institute.  His was a new name for me. Looks like he’s a PyTorch maven, super-coder. Nice! his Wasserstein Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) paper seems pretty nice.  Apparently FAIR has advanced the ball a lot with Generative Adversarial Networks. I need to  be paying much more attention.  Also noted a new name to follow, Cade Metz  who writes about  technology for The New York Times/

All this from my first glance at The Deep Learning Revolution.  

read it … I will get deeper into the deep learning as well.

Happy Holidays …

 

 

 

2018 Zipping by …

So much has happened in the past year. Somehow lost track of some of the time. In the meanwhile cosmology is flourishing with speculations of many if not infinities of possible parallel universes. maybe they’re in our collective imagination. Maybe they are an artifact of the immaturity of our cognitive abilities.  While we’ve done much, and progressed to amazing heights, it would appear that we’re still far away from a comprehensive perspective of the universe.

I’ve been researching Babbage recently, and came across his Ninth Bridgewater Treatise [1837]. There are some profound insights and speculations there regarding the nature of our understanding of complex and rare events. Given Charlie’s contribution to establishing  feasibility of ‘extreme computing’, one must pay attention to his other works.  The NBT can shed some light on the multiple universe puzzle.

Reality into Realities: Objective, Subjective and Intersubjective​.

To get Artificial and Advanced Intelligences AI/AI into more serious realms, one needs to consider the foundational Reality as composed of Triple Realities: Objective, Subjective, and Intersubjective.

For the time being …  a good place to start is here :

Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective  - The Philosophical Essays of Donald Davidson