@Edgecast Possible Minds – Dr. Wolfram: Mining the Computational Universe

Here is a great talk on computations by Dr. Wolfram at Edgecast’s Possible Minds project where he discusses the merging of computational and abstract language for communications.
Here are aggregated bits from the conversation where I will intelace it with what we at  are doing to further tenets in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Reinforcement to enable actionability in human-machine interactions.

“I’ve been interested in the question of what features of civilization get enabled by computational language. By analogy, what features of the world got enabled by human language? The fact that it’s possible to pass on abstract ideas from one generation to another is presumably a consequence of the existence of human language. That’s the way we communicate abstract ideas.”

“The role of computational language is to be able to convert how we think about things into something that is computationally understandable.”

“It’s an inevitable consequence of this whole business of principle computational equivalence and computational irreducibility that if you want any kind of richness in the activities of these devices, you’ll never be able to just have some simple Asimov-like laws of robotics. It will always be the case that there will be unexpected consequences and things that you have to patch, and things where you can’t know what will happen without explicitly running the system.”

“The kind of existential purpose of – If you don’t exist, you don’t get to have a purpose – that’s the one thing that is certainly there. In the course of history, certainly people have had times where they say the most important thing is to die well, for example, which doesn’t happen to be the typical modern point of view.”

“If you’re building a self-driving car, you want to tell it roughly how to think about the world, so what do you do? People have these naïve ideas that there’s going to be a mathematical theorem-like solution to that—like laws of robotics, or something. It’s not going to work. It can’t work.”

“One of the things that I find a lot of fun about the current time is that in the beginning it’s philosophy and in the end it’s code. That is, at some point these things that start off as philosophical discussions end up as somebody writing a piece of code.”

Stay tuned for our expanded summaries on these concepts.

NI+IN UCHIL Founder, CEO & Technical


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