Monday, July 6, 2020

Nouns, verbs, spatial and temporal patterns

Of the words/concepts A.s.a. H. has learned almost all nouns are purely spatial patterns.* One exception is “hardness” which reflects the amount of displacement registered over time as a force is applied. Verbs are more complicated. About half of all verbs are names for temporal patterns. Others like “need,” “listen,” “see,” “obstruct” are not.

* registered at a single time step

Return to school

Before we all return to campus everyone needs to be tested for Covid -19. Will we be?

Monday, June 22, 2020

AI adolescence?

I have argued that we humans spend too much of our lives in childhood and adolescence and too little of it as productive adults.* I had thought that AIs would not have this issue. But perhaps AIs also need a controlled adolescent phase in order to overcome the problem discussed in my blog of 6 June 2020.

* See, for example, my blog of 15 Oct. 2010.

Thursday, June 18, 2020


The concepts that A.s.a. H. acquires from its sensations and actions* support empiricism. The innate concepts that A.s.a. H. has do not.** If I restrict attention to the concepts defined in the Toki Pona language then about 1/6 of all the concepts are innate.

* See, for example, my blogs of 1 Oct 2015 and 5 Nov 2015.
** See, for example, my blogs of 23 Jan 2013, 19 Oct 2015, 21 Feb 2020, and 27 Feb 2020.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020


In utility theory (and elsewhere) transitivity is assumed. If A is preferred to B and B is preferred to C then A must be preferred to C: (A>B) AND (B>C) => (A>C). But I have shown situations* where some team A will always beat team B and team B will always beat team C but team C will always beat team A. I.e., in a game between A and B you should always bet on A, in a game between B and C you should always bet on B, but in a game between A and C you should bet on C.

* See my blog of 20 June 2019.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

The problem with reading

When A.s.a. H. reads it is uncritical. It accepts lies. At least initially. Perhaps it will help if we delay reading until A.s.a. has a larger knowledgebase.
Perhaps we can not simply turn an AI loose reading from the internet and expect it to learn.

Thursday, May 28, 2020


AI programs are frequently criticized for being insufficiently general. ("narrow" AI) But perhaps AIs should be more specialized than humans are. Humans are employed and work in environments that are quite different from the ones which they were adapted to by evolution. Humans are probably too generalized for the specialties they practice in the modern world.