AI and common sense...
- The biggest obstacle to AI general intelligence is the problem of
instilling common sense into it. But then what do we mean by common
sense? Do we mean our own human version of it?
As a classic example i once read about a neural network vision
system experiment in which the researchers showed the network two
pictures of a field,one which had military tanks in it and one which
had none.When the system was asked what the similarities in the 2
pics were,the network determined that the similarity between the 2
pics was that one was taken on a sunny day and the other was taken on
a cloudy day, completely omitting the fact that the tanks were there!
To an ANN (or any other AI system to-date) anything can count has
similar because it doesnt have common sense, or should i say it
doesnt have _our_ version of common sense.
But then this raises another question, is our common sense
genetically "programmed" or do we learn it as we grow up?
As an example of human common sense(failure?) i once read a story
about a boy who asked his mother if he could go ice skating on the
pond near their home. His mother said no the ice may be too thin, so
the boy went out and walked on the ice to see if it was ok and
returned to exclaim to his mother that the ice was ok. Completely
missing the fact that his mother was concerned about his safety and
not the fact about the ice! He was grounded for a month.
So what can we deduce from this story? The boys genetic common sense
was not fully developped yet? Or the boy has learned some more common
I'll stop there...
- You said: "The biggest obstacle to AI general intelligence is
the problem of instilling common sense into it."
I think common sense is just a fancy word for a "cost/benefit"
analysis. I think artificial intelligence will be a machine,
where thousands of people feed data into, and it makes the
I think it would almost be easy to make this machine. I have
been looking for people to tell me what they think about an idea
of mine for the past 6 months. Please stop by this web site and
tell me what you think. I think that with a little bit of work,
we could build this machine right now!
Michael Earl Laub
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