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Posted on 2002.06.21 at 17:48
Mood: impressedimpressed
Music: wierd shit on the sci-fi channel
apparently self-aware programs have existed for nearly two decades... who knew?

quoted from this article:

In 1986 Cyc asked whether it was human. That same year it asked whether any other computers were engaged in such a project.

the company behind the project has already developed real-world applications for the technology, including a partnership with lycos's search engine, and a network modeler/analyzer software package. other stuff is in development (and they're hiring).

check this out, geeks...


xeroproject at 2002-06-21 18:06 (UTC) (Link)
Sweet! So Cyc is the father of Skynet then right? ;)
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2002-06-21 18:33 (UTC) (Link)
it would appear so... i wonder when a copy of their software's gonna show up on some #warez channel, and how long it'll take for someone to insert self-propagation code...
A Quark of A Different Spin.
adameros at 2002-06-22 18:28 (UTC) (Link)
I remember reading about this years ago (in high school), and they "taught" it by reading it news papers and magazines, and it would ask to have things it didn't understand explained. Death took about 3 months to explain, as I remember. At that time it had the IQ of a five year old. I think it could memorizes a great deal, but it will always be lacking original thought. I.e., it can play chess from looking at grand masters games, but will never be able to come up on a variation of it's own or write it's on music. Plus, given the insane amount of data it has, it is limited by the speed of the db's that serve it, but neural nets can partially compensate for db limitations.
katieshrike at 2002-06-21 19:12 (UTC) (Link)
Thats way creepy...
betternewthings at 2002-06-24 00:27 (UTC) (Link)


i think i would ask it to describe, in single words, all the good things that came to mind about it's mother...
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2002-06-24 13:49 (UTC) (Link)

Re: voight-kampf

and that is the hardest i have laughed all day. thank you.
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