Wednesday, September 23, 2020


For many years we have been doing much of our interviewing via teleconference calls. We are now doing all of our department meetings via Zoom. Virtual scientific conferences are also on the rise. The American Physical Society's division of plasma physics annual meeting is a virtual meeting this year.

There is a RAND report, Challenges in Virtual Collaboration, TK5105.6.W35, 2005, that shows that things like Zoom and teleconferences are not as good as the real thing. 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

AI curriculum and vocabulary

The best curriculum for training any given AI agent is probably dependent upon the specialization that that agent will take up. For the case of an artificial general intelligence I've felt that perhaps one should begin by giving the agent something like the set of concepts listed in my blog of 1 October 2015, then filling in the remaining concepts needed for the Toki Pona language. From there one can build up the vocabulary of Ogden's Simplish language. After that, reading of dictionaries and an encyclopedia. (This tends to emphasize human conceptualizations and vocabulary of course while deemphasizing possible alternative concepts.)

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

AI reading again

 At one time or another I have taught A.s.a. H. much* of Ogden's Simplish (Basic English)**. Rather than reading the internet perhaps A.s.a. should read a good dictionary, grow its vocabulary, and then read a good encyclopedia.*** The whole issue of AI curriculum again.

Humans typically employ a fairly large vocabulary. What can be done with a small vocabulary like Toki Pona and what requires a larger one? Is greater compression simply placing more demands upon context?

* I don't necessarily want to give A.s.a. concepts of church and religion for example.

** What vocabulary an agent needs depends, of course, on its specialization.

*** There are computer programs to translate English into Simplish. I don't know how good they are.