I'm a Creative at MediaFront and Co-founder of The Refinement Club. Seeker of inspiration, knowledge and ideas.

This is a feed of my thoughts and things that I find enlightening. Basically its a 21st century version of the commonplace book.


Posts tagged ai

Noam Chomsky on Where Artificial Intelligence Went Wrong 

The newborn infant is confronted with massive noise, what William James called “a blooming, buzzing confusion,” just a mess. If say, an ape or a kitten or a bird or whatever is presented with that noise, that’s where it ends. However, the human infants, somehow, instantaneously and reflexively, picks out of the noise some scattered subpart which is language-related. That’s the first step. Well, how is it doing that? It’s not doing it by statistical analysis, because the ape can do roughly the same probabilistic analysis. It’s looking for particular things. So psycholinguists, neurolinguists, and others are trying to discover the particular parts of the computational system and of the neurophysiology that are somehow tuned to particular aspects of the environment. Well, it turns out that there actually are neural circuits which are reacting to particular kinds of rhythm, which happen to show up in language, like syllable length and so on. And there’s some evidence that that’s one of the first things that the infant brain is seeking — rhythmic structures.

Stephen Wolfram: Technology and Human Nature 

…it’s a fallacy to believe that our current technology is the only possible computational technology. The fact is, we can make computers from a lot of materials, not just transistors. The reason that’s exciting is because it opens up the possibility of making a computer out of molecules. It hasn’t been done yet, and there’s a lot of ambient technology that is required to make a molecular computer possible. But it reminds us that we must not shrink transistors – we can use much simpler components.

Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter? 

I found this article pretty enthralling since I never knew about this use of AI and computer learning before I read this story. 

I guess there is a lot of potential in this field and instead of seeing it as a threat to the news reporters I would think of it as an opportunity. Let the computer and the algorithm do the hard work of finding relevant data and write a draft for your story, then you, the reporter, can sit down and use your brains to add your insights and expertise to the article. 

It used to be the case that we imagined that computers – robots – would take over the menial work in our lives, that they would put on aprons and run around and be our robot maids, doing the housework or whatever, leaving us free to enjoy our leisure. In fact, the reverse is happening. We have plenty of spare, unintelligent human capacity to do those simple, menial jobs, often for very long hours and poor pay. Instead, the humans that computers are replacing are members of the educated classes: translators, medical technicians, legal clerks, accountants, financial traders.
Robert Harris, The Fear Index

Google I/O 2011: Cloud Robotics 

The thought of a shared Artificial Intelligence is almost common sense when we know how much information the bot can obtain by connecting to the internet. The machines will always be on top of everything and not only share and utilize data and knowledge with all wired entities, but also tap into the minds of all the users of the internet. That will kickstart the robot revolution.