14 September 2011

Wealth of Papers from Recent Artificial General Intelligence Conference Held on Google Mountain View Campus

Brian Wang presents a nice overview of the recent 4th Conference on AGI, held in the heart of Silicon Valley. This year's AGI conference seems to represent an important evolution in much of the thinking in the AGI field, with a growing depth and sophistication of approach to the problems involved.

To get a better idea of what I am talking about, here are links to most of the papers presented at the conference.

And here are papers from a special workshop on "Self Programming in AGI Systems"

Videos from 3rd Conference on AGI

Artificial general intelligence of human level or higher, would be a radically disruptive technology to modern societies. Along with breakthroughs in scalable robotics, universal nano-assemblers, and a mastery of biological gene expression, a breakthrough in AGI would quickly overhaul most of the bases of modern economics and most other important foundations of everyday life in high tech societies.

Al Fin cognitive scientists have presented many criticisms to mainstream AI approaches -- particularly to the idea that human intelligence can be represented algorithmically. One of the papers presented at this year's AGI conference elaborates on this idea: "Real World Limits to Algorithmic Intelligence"

The biological basis of mathematical competencies is an interesting look by Aaron Sloman at the development of spatial and mathematical concepts in humans. (via Brian Wang) Sloman touches on the idea of the non-verbal or pre-verbal metaphor, an important key to understanding human learning and thought.

Overall, Al Fin cognitive scientists are pleased at the direction the AGI movement is taking, on the basis of the AGI-4 papers they have read, and on the topics covered generally.

There is no doubt a great deal of hidden treasure in the many papers provided at the conference links above. For those who find this sort of thing interesting, enjoy.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was several years ago, after hearing about such suggestions for causing the extinction of malaria hosting mosquitos using a gene which violates normal inheritance rules, that I realized that a relatively small research program combined with access to a few fertility clinics could sterilize most of the human race in a few generations. With new means of inserting DNA into chromosomes at specific places on a bodywide scale, it will become much easier and faster.

But it was the original revalation that causing the human population to crash to levels where civilization could collapse and other calamities could finish us off, without cooperation or consent from society at large which was rather shocking. It wouldn't need to be greenies. That Japanese cult from a few years back that did the subway gas attack would be one possible model. Any apocalyptic religious sect/cult that feels chaos must precede their end-times prophesies would be a possibility. Or maybe a misanthropic guy with some money and time could do it. We wouldn't necessarily be defenseless but it would be expensive and time consuming to limit the damage. The fix would involve a sophisticated molecular biology industry--which would probably be less popular after being unfairly blamed for the problem caused by genocidal/terrorist.

Wednesday, 14 September, 2011  
Blogger al fin said...

Baron: Good points, thanks.

Any apocalyptic cult could set the process in play. And that is one of the main points I was making: that leftist environmentalism -- including climate hysteria, overpopulation hysteria, resource scarcity hysteria -- is an apocalyptic cult.

BTW, I'll copy your comment to the previous thread.

Wednesday, 14 September, 2011  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Al Fin,
Who are these "Al Fin cognitive scientists" you refer to?

Sunday, 25 September, 2011  

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