Marvin Minsky (1927 – 2016) ⏤ In Memoriam

Marvin Minsky
Marvin Minsky

By Kristinn R. Thórisson

I took Marvin Minsky’s class ‘Society of Mind’ in 1991. I would have taken it in 1990, when I started my studies at the MIT Media Lab, but he only taught it every other year. To get in we had to prove to him that we had read his book of the same title – which I did – and that we were genuinely interested in the topic – which I was – possibly more so than the majority of the 30 or so students who took the course that year. So, as luck would have it, I had a year to prepare for it.

His course was, in the words of Bostonians, wicked awesome. Finally, I had found a mentor who could answer the hard questions I had about the mind. And boy did I have questions. Since my teens I had dreamed of creating an artificial mind. Continue reading Marvin Minsky (1927 – 2016) ⏤ In Memoriam

Spennandi sumarstarf hjá Vitvélastofnun!

IIIM logo smallVitvélastofnun auglýsir eftir aðstoðarmanni við rannsóknir og þróun á gervigreind í sumar.

Starfsmaður mun vinna við rannsóknir, hugbúnaðarþróun og sköpun frumgerða. Verkefnin fela meðal annars í sér viðmótsforritun, gagnasöfnun og gagnameðhöndlun og viðkomandi mun öðlast reynslu af að vinna með viðskiptavinum okkar úr hátæknigeiranum.

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A New Kind of Artificial Intelligence in Sheffield

The University of Sheffield.

IIIM director Dr. Kristinn R. Thorosson gives Plenary Speech at the annual AISB Convention at the university of Sheffield, England.

The conference, which was held April 4-6, covers the range of AI and Cognitive Science and is organized by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour.

Dr. Thorisson’s lecture, tilted A New Kind of Artificial Intelligence: Model-Based Constructivist Recursive Self-Improvement, was extremely well received. He presented recent work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) that his group and collaborators have developed in the past few years, that demonstrates new methodological and engineering principles for building intelligent robots that learn complex tasks on their own. The work addresses extremely difficult challenges that has eluded the field of artificial intelligence since the field’s inception around the middle of the 20th century. See more in lecture’s abstract.

IIIM urges Althingi to support the Ban of Killer Robots

Althingi, the Icelandic Parliament.

IIIM celebrates that a proposal for Iceland’s support of an international ban of manufacturing and usage of autonomous weapons is being discussed in the Icelandic parliament Althingi.

Research in artificial intelligence and automation has greatly enhanced in the last decade, which is mainly a positive development, since it offers great opportunities for utilization for the benefit of the public and the entire world. The biggest threat to the positive effects of such technology is the ever increasing emphases on armament in the world and the research of the utilization of this technology for a military purpose. Continue reading IIIM urges Althingi to support the Ban of Killer Robots

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