Standards in Artificial Intelligence
mentifex at my-deja.com
Thu Nov 2 09:08:02 EST 2000
In article <8trcgg$870$1 at pegasus.csx.cam.ac.uk>,
nmm1 at cus.cam.ac.uk (Nick Maclaren) wrote:
> In article <KETIL-vk11ywukc4n.fsf at eris.bgo.nera.no>,
> Ketil Z Malde <ketil at ii.uib.no> wrote:
> >"Glover, Roger" <rglover at talarian.com> writes:
> >> Instead we funded AI research. Maybe the lunar exploration
> >> cut-off is not so surprising after all.
> >20/20 hindsight? To me, an intelligent machine is much more
> >interesting than lumps of rock floating in space. That the Apollo
> >program succeeded, and AI did not, is a different matter.
> One could debate that, but it is off-group. However, you are
> confusing "AI" with intelligent machines. I don't know whether
> the term "AI" was coined by some clueless (if eminent) academic,
> hijacked by another of the same class, invented by the press, or
> what. But it is and always has been nonsense.
John McCarthy, I believe, is credited with the term "AI." See
http://www-formal.stanford.edu/jmc/index.html for his homepage.
> It was originally a term for genuine research into the limits
> of what could be done with computers, often including natural
> language processing. This was and is all good, sound research.
> It hasn't got very far, but we now have a deeper understanding
> of the problems :-) That class of "AI" researcher usually
> loathed being associated with the term "AI".
> It was then hijacked by some people to use as a sexy name
> for some empirical search and optimisation techniques
> (so-called neural nets and all that). They predated the
> term "AI" by many years, at least as it was used applied
> to them. Use of the term "AI" for this is simply nonsense.
> And then there is "Mentifex", who is an independent thinker
> among independent thinkers :-) I quite like his postings,
> though I should prefer not to have repeats ....
Upthread (a lovely term I learned but yesterday on Salon.com) is
not a repeat but a distillation over which I labored half an hour.
> Frankly, I think that the term "AI" should be left to Mentifex.
Thank you for tolerating my *non-repetitive* presence in the group.
Soon I will "put up or shut up" by achieving AI functionality in
http://www.geocities.com/mentifex/mind4th.html (32-bit Mind.Forth)
resulting not "applet" but "mindlet" escapes from captivity
and hopscotches over thousands of desktop browser screens
on its way to a proper AI habitat: your supercomputer.
Arthur T. Murray, mentifex at scn.org
> Nick Maclaren,
> University of Cambridge Computing Service,
> New Museums Site, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QG, England.
> Email: nmm1 at cam.ac.uk
> Tel.: +44 1223 334761 Fax: +44 1223 334679
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