Where do I start

Mentifex Maker of Minds mentifex at scn.org
Sun Apr 19 10:56:50 EST 1998


Richard Vaughan "richard at bestlinks.co.uk" wrote on Sun Apr 19, 1998:

> Hello all,

> I'm quite interested in learning about the theory and practical
> applications of AI. Can anyone suggest any mailing lists/
> web resources/books, etc. that would help me begin.

Ahem.  It just so happens that you have asked this question at
the time-space coordinates of Prague Spring (1968) Plus Thirty
when the AI seedlings of the Dubcek era are blossoming now at
http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/ Project Mentifex ("Mindmaker"),
an attempt to pre-empt corporate and militaristic DARPA-esque
depredations with an AI Propesingularity in the public domain.

> Also, what programming languages are needed to build AI system?

Why, Forth!  Or even IBM (UK Mike Cowlishaw) REXX.  What other
languages would you consider?  LIS(t) P(rocessing)?  Get real!
PRO(gramming in)LOG(ic)?  No, too irradiated; too AI-in = AI-out.

http://victoria.tc.ca/~uj797/aisource.html in British Columbia;
http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/aisource.html in Seattle WA USA --
are the alternating Web sites where public-domain Mind.forth is
released for amateur robot builders who long ago adopted Forth.

> TIA
> Richard.

Mentifex AI is based on a purported Standard Model of the Mind:
<PRE>
  Hearing    Vision    Concepts Volition Emotion   Motor Output
 /iiiiiii\  /!i!i!i!\                             /YYYYYYYYYYYY\
| ||||||| || ||||||| |   T                       | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| || | ___ | |   +                       | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||  /   \  |   +                       | |S|||||||||| |
| ||||||| || (image)-|---+_                      | |H|||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||  \___/  |  /  \                     | |A|||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||         | (idea)               __   | |K|||||||||| |
| | ||||| ||         |  \__/---------------/  \  | |E|||R|||||| |
| |d------||---------|---+        ____    (fear)-|--*|||U|||||| |
| ||||o|| ||         |   +-------/    \----\__/  | |||||N|||P|| |
| ||g|||| ||         |   +      / de-  \---------|------*|||E|| |
| || |||| ||         |   +     (  ci-   )        | |||||||||T|| |
| ||||||| ||         |   +      \ sion /---------|----------*|| |
| ||||||| ||         |   +       \____/          | |||||||||||| |
</PRE>



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