Speaker: Sam Adams

Sam Adams is a research engineer at IBM. He discussed the Joshua Blue Project that ran from 2000 through 2002. The project was intended apply lessons learned in human toddler development to AGI development. Even toddlers have the ability to accomplish many tasks that are hard problems for AGI. With this in mind, researchers attempted to develop a human-mind-like computer system that could learn how to successfully function in any number of embodiments and environments, with an emphasis on modeling a toddler’s mind.

The work was modestly successful in pointing out areas of further research. Adams suggested that hardware advances would benefit further research. He then concluded that the path to AGI may very well require following human child development.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).