Monday, April 23, 2018

Multiple realities experienced by A.s.a. H.

It is possible to give A.s.a. H. various different sorts of memory, various different similarity measures, different value measures, different learning algorithms, etc. Different "cognitive styles" if you like. (See, for example, my blogs of 5 Sept. 2011, 10 July 2014, 19 Dec. 2014, 7 Jan. 2015, and 13 April 2016.) Similarly, Alfred Schutz believed that humans make use of multiple models of reality, building upon Goeth's "little worlds" or "pedagogical provinces," William James' "sub-universes," and Kierkegaard's "leaping between worlds." (See Schutz's  On Multiple Realities, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 5, No. 4, June 1945, page 533.) Arguments for scientific pluralism again.

Friday, April 20, 2018


In developing A.s.a. H. I have not spent much time on vision capability, mostly because so may other groups have worked that topic. I decided to buy a Google AIY vision kit. Asa may be able to use it as a vision preprocessor.

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Almost two weeks ago I attended a conference where Audra Keehn and Jason Emry from Washburn presented their: Comparing Lecture Style to Active Learning Styles in College Settings, a meta analysis of about 100 papers taken from the JSTOR, EBSCO, and ERIC databases. They report that "These results indicate that incorporating non-lecture teaching methods does not improve test scores."

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


In that limited portion of the multiverse accessible to us through our sense impressions we find various complex internal processes including life, intelligence, and consciousness. Quantum computing provides evidence that such patterning is present in the multiverse as a whole. Considering the vastness of the multiverse* it seems probable to me then that there very likely exist much more capable intelligent agents than us humans.

I hope that this is not just wishful thinking brought on by age and the threat of crazy Donald.

* See, for example, Wallace, The Emergent Multiverse, OUP, 2012, page 317.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

AI Personhood

Saudi Arabia has granted a robot citizenship and Europe is considering personhood for AIs. In order to define personhood don’t we have to first define intelligence, consciousness, life, and sentience? I think it will be hard to get agreement on those definitions. (I think I am OK with Clark’s definition of sentience. See A Theory of Sentience, OUP, 2000) I wouldn’t want these quantities to be assessed using scalar measures. I also worry that our measures will end up excluding some humans. And would AIs be credited with free will?

Friday, April 13, 2018

AI and psychopathology

In clinical psychopathology a division of labor is often attributed to (human) multiples. As one way of helping deal with the curse of dimensionality I have created specialist Asa agents each of which may (alternately) occupy/control the same robot body. This specialization reduces the size of each case base and speeds up processing.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Magical thinking

Asa’s thoughts really can bring about (some) effects in the world. After deliberation Asa can command a servo to move, grasp, lift, etc. As an action sequence (a case in Asa’s case base) is learned coincidental co ocurrences should average out (decay away to low values and be ignored). But if and when they do not Asa can be guilty of magical thinking.  Asa currently believes that orange plastic sources are gamma ray sources since the only gamma sources Asa has seen have been orange. Asa does not presently have any deep theory of radioactivity that might make it question this corelation. Neither has Asa seen a wide selection of gamma sources. Human’s suffer from similar magical thinking.