Author Archives: Linas Vepstas

About Linas Vepstas

Computer Science Researcher - Hanson Robotics

The Status of AGI and OpenCog

AGI stands for Artificial General Intelligence: it is the idea of creating a thinking machine, as smart and clever and powerful as a human being. OpenCog is a project pursuing basic research in AGI. It is attempting to build such … Continue reading

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The AtomSpace: a Typed Graphical Distributed in-RAM Knowledgebase

The OpenCog AtomSpace is a typed graphical distributed in-RAM knowledgebase. The meaning of all those buzzwords is that it is trying to fix many different, related problems that computers (and people) have when working with data. This blog-post discusses some … Continue reading

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Symbolic and Neural Nets: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Deep learning and neural nets are all the rage, today, and have displaced symbolic AI systems in most applications. It’s commonly believed that the two approaches have nothing to do with each other; that they’re just completely different, and that’s … Continue reading

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Medieval Thinking and Political AGI

A cherry picked quote from a review of a new book: “In his new book, Pearl, now 81, elaborates a vision for how truly intelligent machines would think. The key, he argues, is to replace reasoning by association with causal … Continue reading

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Smart Contract Blockchains

Blockchains and smart contracts are all the rage, these days. What does this have to do with OpenCog? ┬áLet me explain. TL;DR: The idea of a block-chain comes from the idea of block ciphers, where you want to securely sign … Continue reading

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