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AI Dinner

Our first invitational event, the discussion was attended by futurists, writers, computer scientists, physical scientists and entrepreneurs. More than half of those present had been attendees at the Singularity Summit held October 3rd and 4th in New York City. Run by the Singularity Institute, this event brought together hundreds of leading thinkers to discuss issues relating to the coming singularity – the moment when technological progress becomes so fast that predicting what the world will be like beyond that point becomes nearly impossible. Many Summit participants believe that it will be the development of generalized artificial intelligence that will be the key driver in the timing of the Singularity – potentially occurring in the next 20 to 40 years.

A huge thanks to all of you who took part in this event and made it a big success. It was a delight to meet those of you who were new to Science House. I will be posting information here with various links to information that was shared at the discussion. Feel free to contribute directly to this blog with your own links and recommended reading.

AI dinner
AI dinner
AI dinner

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2 Responses to “AI Dinner”

  1. admin Says:

    Participants Sindre Aarsaether and Stuart Dambrot both discussed one of the latest commercial efforts in AI by Numenta called “Hierarchical Temporal Memory” or HTM. The company describes it as follows:

    Numenta is creating a new type of computing technology modeled on the structure and operation of the neocortex. The technology is called Hierarchical Temporal Memory, or HTM, and is applicable to a broad class of problems from machine vision, to fraud detection, to semantic analysis of text. HTM is based on a theory of neocortex first described in the book On Intelligence by Numenta co-founder Jeff Hawkins, and subsequently turned into a mathematical form by Numenta co-founder Dileep George.

    Numenta is a technology tools and platform provider rather than an application developer. We work with developers and partners to configure and adapt HTM systems to solve a wide range of problems.

  2. admin Says:

    Here is an interesting article on Brain Simulation at IBM http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/28842.wss

    “Today at SC 09, the supercomputing conference, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced significant progress toward creating a computer system that simulates and emulates the brain’s abilities for sensation, perception, action, interaction and cognition, while rivaling the brain’s low power and energy consumption and compact size.

    The cognitive computing team, led by IBM Research, has achieved significant advances in large-scale cortical simulation and a new algorithm that synthesizes neurological data — two major milestones that indicate the feasibility of building a cognitive computing chip.

    BlueMatter, a new algorithm created in collaboration with Stanford University, exploits the Blue Gene supercomputing architecture in order to noninvasively measure and map the connections between all cortical and sub-cortical locations within the human brain using magnetic resonance diffusion weighted imaging. Mapping the wiring diagram of the brain is crucial to untangling its vast communication network and understanding how it represents and processes information.

    Scientists, at IBM Research – Almaden, in collaboration with colleagues from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, have performed the first near real-time cortical simulation of the brain that exceeds the scale of a cat cortex and contains 1 billion spiking neurons and 10 trillion individual learning synapses.”

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