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New Online Journal: Advances in Cognitive Systems

Scott Fahlman,   August 7, 2012
Categories:  AI    

Those who have followed my comments in this blog will know that I’ve been advocating that AI researchers – at least a few of us – should renew our focus on flexible, integrated, human-like AI.  This was the original focus of the AI field, and is still a very exciting open problem, but research with […]

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Some Thoughts on the “Man vs. Computer” Match on Jeopardy

Scott Fahlman,   February 23, 2011
Categories:  AI    

A friend, Carl Kurlander, runs a Pittsburgh-oriented blog on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette web site.  He asked if I would write up a few quick thoughts on the recent “Man vs. Computer” match on Jeopardy, so I did that.  The article was written for an intelligent but non-techy audience, and is a bit more superficial than the usual […]

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Scientific Creativity: How to Get More

Scott Fahlman,   February 12, 2011
Categories:  AI    

In an earlier article, I sketched a mini-theory of human scientific creativity – a theory that, I believe, is in principle implementable in an AI system.  I also mentioned that, if this theory is (more or less) correct, it may suggest some techniques that we humans can employ to increase our own scientific creativity.  In […]

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A Bit More on Scientific Creativity

Scott Fahlman,   December 8, 2010
Categories:  AI    

As a follow-up to my previous post:  I ran into this interesting New York Times article today.  I  think it’s pretty compatible with the view I presented in my article.  The author, Benedict Carey, talks about “flashes of inspiration” in terms of exploring loose or “out of the box” connections among ideas, rather than the […]

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An AI View of Scientific Creativity

Scott Fahlman,   October 9, 2010
Categories:  AI    

  Can an AI system be creative?  A lot of people believe that the answer is no – obviously no.  After all, we are talking about a computer program.  It only does what its instructions tell it to do, and some human programmer wrote those instructions.  Furthermore, computer programs are deterministic: give a program the same input […]

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Human vs. Super-Human AI

Scott Fahlman,   September 7, 2009
Categories:  AI    

Note:  A revised, updated, and slightly expanded version of this essay has been published in the inaugural issue of the new online journal, Advances in Cognitive Systems, or ACS: Fahlman, Scott E. (2012): “Beyond Idiot-Savant AI” in Advances in Cognitive Systems 1, pages 15-22. As for the photo, it doesn’t really have anything to do with […]

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