Take a look at our latest newsletter and read about Bala Kamallakharan’s views on IIIM and the startup environment in Iceland. You can also get a glimpse at a future filled with robotics through reading Frank Tobe’s article on robotics startups.
Interested in IIIM’s history and want to know about it’s early days? Then Kristinn R. Thórisson’s article is a must-read! You can also gain insight into the proceedings of the AGI Summer School that was held at Reykjavik University last summer, where many fundamental AI challenges were addressed and discussed.
Kristinn R. Thórisson, IIIM Managing Director, and his collaborators Helgi Páll Helgason and Eric Nivel, received the 2012 Kurzweil Award for Best AGI Idea at this year’s AGI conference at Oxford University in Cambridge. We interviewed two of the paper’s authors, Helgi Páll Helgason and Kristinn R. Thórisson, regarding the award and what the next steps in their research will entail.
On Attention Mechanisms for AGI Architectures
The paper, titled “On Attention Mechanisms for AGI Architectures: A Design Proposal” (download from Mindmakers.org), presents arguments for super-intelligent artificial agents needing what we generally think of “attention”, and presents a blueprint for how to achieve the design and implementation of such attention mechanisms.
What significance does this award have for your future research? Helgi: This is an invaluable validation of our work up to this point and strong motivation to further pursue research on control mechanisms and resource allocation for AGI’s. Our chances of getting our voices heard in the scientific community, finding funding for future research as well as new collaborators are also positively impacted by the award. Continue reading Kurzweil 2012 Awards Interview→
For most, the word AI can bring to mind scenes of a world where computers with humanlike intelligence control everything. Fortunately, the experts believe that there are limits to this potential. Dr. Kristinn R. Thorisson and Dr. John E. Laird’s recent interview with Alexander Kruel helped dispel some concerns and misconceptions about AI that have existed since its beginning.
Topics covered everything from AI’s potential threat to human existence to its contribution to scientific progress. To view the answers click here.
Kristinn R. Thorisson recently appeared on RÚV news (Icelandic National Broadcasting Service) sharing his experience on doing research in collaboration with Honda on ASIMO humanoid robot, the most advanced humanoid robot in the world.