Category Archives: Artificial Intelligence

Marvin Minsky – I Sat Next To Him Once! :-)

Marvin Minsky was a giant of the 20th century – not just his own field, and especially for me. He is credited, along with John McCarthy and one or two others, with having invented the term Artificial Intelligence in 1956 … Continue reading

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How AI helps us understand Science… and dogs

I recently prepared an illustrated talk introducing the idea behind Sciencepolice2010… * Deriving the nature of science from first principles – in fact from evolutionary imperatives; * Briefly introducing the Sciencepolice-14 rules; * Looking at some area of science where … Continue reading

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Chomsky and the Google man Norvig, On The Nature Of AI and Science

Recently a heap big pow-wow in the big chiefs’ wigwam hashed out the essence not just of AI but eventually of science itself. Or at least tried to. It was at the 150th anniversary of MIT – the Massachussets Institute … Continue reading

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Jimmy Savile: My Part In His Edification: The Arm

I was usually pleased when Sir Jimmy appeared on the screen because he projected the grimy gritty workshop of my workplace to the nation, or he did for a while. Attached to the right arm of his Jim’ll Fix It … Continue reading

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What happened to progress in AI

Who ordered this future? 🙂 For many years I liked to think I was keeping up with AI, keeping my own ideas ticking over, and very occasionally catching a glimpse over other peoples’ shoulders. But there was always the possibility … Continue reading

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