RPI Hosting Conference Featuring "Creative" Computer that Writes Fiction

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is hosting the North American Computing and Philosophy Conference, going on now. The gathering will "feature lectures and demonstrations from leading researchers in the fields of cognitive science, philosophy, artificial intelligence (AI), computer science, information technology, and engineering." Also featured is a computer program developed by Selmer Bringsjord named Brutus.1. You can read a story written by Brutus.1 here.

If tomorrow you'll be closer to Georgia, visit Georgia Tech to see a presentation given by Geert-Jan Kruijff, who will attempt to answer the question: "what does a robot need to understand to be able to communicate with humans?"

I imagine that the answer is somehow related to a vocoder, which the robot will use to reassure humans that no harm will come to them; and a threshing machine, into which the robot will simultaneously place humans once it determines that they are no longer needed...


Screaming Harry Armadillo said...

They already have the thresher. CMU's NREC is running this project.

Hugh Mann said...

And it seems that there is a cartoon device specifically designed for taking fruit to task, but it too could be turned on humans. Or The Merch/Fleshreaper might rear his ugly head as an unsavory (albeit less robotic) alternative.