Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 28th May 2012 03:53 UTC
General Development FuriousFanBoys interviews Ben Goertzel regarding Artificial Intelligence. Ben started the OpenCog project (an open sourced AI non-profit), acts as an adviser to the Singularity University, and currently bounces back between Hong Kong and Maryland building in-game AI.
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Moving goalposts
by zima on Mon 28th May 2012 04:51 UTC
zima
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2005-07-06

Every time we attain something described, up to that point, as "artificial intelligence" ...we stop calling it AI ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AI_effect )

Seems that some AI researchers even do it on purpose, to avoid stigma from past hypes, perhaps also from "cargo cult science fiction" that the linked interview does a bit too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AI_winter#AI_under_different_names (and for sure "AI behind the scenes" just below)

(plus, I imagine that the experience of tech singularity would be something closer to Solaris, not "your personal heaven" - and almost certainly nothing like the stupid Skynet and its conceptually broken minions ;) )

PS. And is the funding really so poor? After a few cycles of hype-disappointment, it's probably roughly adequate, sound ideas sooner or later get it - but throw much more money at the field "on principle" and you'll probably end up with tons of dubious, wasteful activities (but the people wanting to do them would be happy, maybe that's the whole point)

Edited 2012-05-28 05:03 UTC

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RE: Moving goalposts
by Neolander on Mon 28th May 2012 08:37 in reply to "Moving goalposts"
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2010-03-08

PS. And is the funding really so poor? After a few cycles of hype-disappointment, it's probably roughly adequate, sound ideas sooner or later get it - but throw much more money at the field "on principle" and you'll probably end up with tons of dubious, wasteful activities (but the people wanting to do them would be happy, maybe that's the whole point)

The problem with research funding is that you never know, by definition, what approach to a specific problem will work. In fact, I would even go as far as saying that there is no good research subject, only good researchers, teams and labs.

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RE[2]: Moving goalposts
by zima on Mon 4th Jun 2012 23:57 in reply to "RE: Moving goalposts"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I would even go as far as saying that there is no good research subject, only good researchers, teams and labs

Somehow you can more or less determine which are those, right? ;)

So yeah, fund them (and not, exaggerating, anybody who jumps out with some (dubious) ideas)

(plus, coming from physics, your perspective might be a bit unusual... ;)
http://www.kyon.pl/img/19725,science,physics,universe,where_is_your...
http://www.kyon.pl/img/17549,smbc-comics.com,math,.html
...and I didn't even manage to quickly find one really fitting pic ;/ )

Edited 2012-06-05 00:15 UTC

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