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The Los Alamos Bug : Mixing Chemicals to Create Life

February 9th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Biotech, Technology | 2 Comments »

Norman Packard and his team at ProtoLife are among several research groups racing to create the first artificial life form. Although the ProtoLife group’s proposal to create life out of chemicals through technologies like PACE (Programmable Artificial Cell Evolution) is at least 10 years away, the questions raised stir our fundamental understanding of life. Is a self-replicating ‘cell’ made of synthetic materials alive? A widely accepted definition of life requires the ability to reproduce and undergo natural selection. Packard’s synthetic ‘Los Alamos Bug’ would do just that.

via New Scientist


Programming Through Geometry

February 8th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Computing, Programming | No Comments »

Dr James Anderson, of the University of Reading offers an alternative approach to programming which may be the key to better AI. The ‘perspective simplex’, or Perspex is a method of networking a computer program into a geometrical structure, rather than a linear string of ‘if / then’ commands. The geometrical structure better simulates the performance of neural networks, as it sustains growth and recovers from damage.

I find this method quite promising since the trend in the development of technology is always reaching to simulate nature. Understanding more of how nature operates from its fundamental geometric structure will direct technological developments on the most evolved path.

via Innovations Report | KurzweilAI


New AI with Cognitive Vision

January 25th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Computing, Programming | 3 Comments »

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CogVis, a new AI computer, developed by scientists at the University of Leeds in Yorkshire, UK, has demonstrated the ability to learn new games through audio and visual input. Considering half our brain involved in our visual process, this is a significant leap in artificial intelligence. AI has been struggling with processing visual information for a some time now. Take for example, video surveillance. There are current video surveillance systems in place which use computer detection, but still rely on the human brain. These computer systems simply detect motion or a change in scenery and send the video image to a human to determine whether the body which triggered the alarm is a human or a tumble weed.
By combining visual and audio attention and recognition, learning, and memory, CogVis could be the breakthrough in creating AI.

via New Scientist


The Singularity

January 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Books, Computing, Programming | No Comments »

Singularity is near

Ray Kurzweil’s latest book, The Singularity Is Near, will be available soon. Kurzweil’s track record in predicting the future and his admirable optimism deserve great attention. Keep your eyes peeled for this book. My prediction? The book will probably come out in the beginning of March.

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