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NickGeorgia

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I was looking for some fairly easy to grasp paper on what is intelligence and I think I found a neat one. It a neural network flavor due to its author, Paul Werbos. Here is the link.

For those who don't know who Paul Werbos is, here is a little biography (which I have copied from a website--backpropagation is the learning technique I use in the previous multilayer neural network code I made):
Paul J. Werbos is best known as the original inventor of backpropagation, as part of his Harvard PhD thesis, which was reprinted in full in his book the Roots of Backpropagation, Wiley 1994, along with his classic 1990 tutorial on backpropagation through time for Proc IEEE. He was one of the three original two-year presidents of the International Neural Network Society, and winner of the IEEE Pioneer Award. He is Program Director for Control, Networks and Computational Intelligence at NSF, which actively seeks more proposals in this area. He has also been active in many cross-cutting funding initiatives; for example, he serves on the Working Group for energy storage and distribution of the interagency Climate Change Technology Program, and coordinated the NASA-NSF-EPRI solicitation on space solar power (NSF 02-098). He is also on the Planning Committee of the Millennium Project of the United Nations University (http://millennium-project.org), and has published a few papers on quantum foundations and technology (see arXiv.org, physics and nonlinear systems). He also has two degrees in economics from Harvard and the London School of Economics
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Oi! Ive read that paper before I have. Its a whole load of nonsense it is.


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Just kidding, that paper or a similar one has been on my to read list for some time but Ive never gotten around/been to lazy to reading it but I couldnt help myself. hehe.

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If you haven't read it before Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter is a very interesting discussion of what intelligence is.

There's a webpage here for the research team but it's not updated all that much. It's not too hard to hunt down the papers if you don't fancy the book. The books interesting on it's own (and extremely entertaining and well written) but the papers are were the technical details at. Most of the programs have their source code available too, in scheme I think.

Now and again I find myself wondering how you could put the "The Parallel Terraced Scan" somewhere into a game.

Minsky is interesting to read too.

Sorry if you're not talking about "strong AI" :D

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Thanks for the link. I've actually been thinking of using intelligent agents in a game. Haven't come up with anything yet either. I'll have to go back and investigate the papers when I get the time. It looks like a refreshing drink of water (I wonder if a computer will ever make a statement like that--nah, probably it would say... "Upon examination, the subject is different than those things I have examined in the past.")

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Interesting article.
Though in my opinion he overlooks the the fact that the mammel brain workes in a rational manor which the human brain not always does.
A gazelle in africa acts rational when it sees a lion. It runs.
A man buys a Mercedes. from a economic standpoint that´s probably not a rational decision.
Human beings sometimes act/think irrational which sometimes sparks great ideas and what not.

What if game ai sometimes acted irrational ?

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I'm not sure classifying decisions as irrational or rational would be beneficial. It might be something closer to imagination or what I like to think of as "searching the knowledge space" or "modeling the world" That would make more sense to me. Now if we say there are bad and good decisions, that's fine and we can learn from those through our developed model of how the world works. Maybe part of our brain's function is to explore what has not been tried every now and then to define our vision of the world. Data mining concepts do this on large databases.

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Data mining concepts do this on large databases.
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okay...it´s official....your a tease...your holding out on us. :D

I have to ask...do you have some links to these concepts ? or names of these concepts ?


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LOL Michael, sorry I don't have a link. And I'm no expert on data mining (yet.. LOL). But I have a book that isn't the greatest, but it does have some good things on the subject especially on classification.

"Data Mining - Concepts and Techniques," Jiawei Han and Micheline Kamber, Academic Press, 2001.

Just so there's a little less confusion, what I meant was that the data mining ideas explore the large database every now and then to develop new relations instead of staying static. Since the database is large and dynamic, it's not practical to compute everything all at once.

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