Author Archives: Linas Vepstas

About Linas Vepstas

Computer Science Researcher - Hanson Robotics

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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Many Worlds: Reasoning about Reasoning

When one reasons about the world, what is one actually doing? This post is about that. Its also about some abstract nonsense. Continue reading

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What is consciousness?

Building a conscious, self-aware computer might not be hard: it just needs an accurate internal model of its own thinking that it can think about, and control. Continue reading

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