TEDxGWU – Peter Bock – Emergence of Creativity in Artificial Intelligence

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Peter Bock discusses the evolution of Artificial Intelligence and states his intention of creating the world's first artificial being. He shows the capabilities of the current system, known as ALISA, in creating works of art.

Peter Bock is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Computer Science at The George Washington University. During his 40-year career, Peter has focused on developing his biologically-inspired statistical learning theory, known as Collective Learning Systems (CLS), to provide essential knowledge for reverse engineering the brain and understanding cognition. He worked with NASA as part of the Apollo Program.

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AmbitiousPawn says:

Did Aliisa reproduce the same image with the same vague instructions or something different?

Robert Sampson says:

They just made a robot that cooks hambergers. called flipy.

Michael Hartman says:

Thank you for this exceptionally informative and entertaining video.


Don't bother watching this.

Brainbuster says:

In 2024, Alisa will be the equivalent of an infant; but she will mature MUCH faster than a human.
This is because even with today's computers, the circuits are 300,000 times faster than the axons in the human brain.

Also, our brain has the extra task of coordinated our bodies. The machine's brain does not have that task to "shoulder."

George Galamb says:

This art painting technology is going to save the starving artists around the world. We definitely need more of this non-sense.

Rich H. says:

Is it just me or is the art at the end laughable? It looks like when an image hasn't quite loaded and is still pixelated…

Andrew Denniston says:

Yes, I agree with Krisztian – we need more of an explanation of what differentiates the presets you can get on, say,"photo booth", to what's going on here, is it something special or did they just invent a much more resource hungry version of photo booth… Maybe they just need to get out more! Come on Peter, I'd like to be impressed, but you're not giving us much here.

ツjrQ says:

If they're going for the simplest life form framework for AI technologies to learn from why not take the "Shrew" and treat it more like a single cell life form that is capable of reproducing itself, and have it chart its growth following the evolutionary growth patterns of the organic life forms in existence now?
As for the painting, shouldn't ALISA be able to learn all basic concepts and styles of painting and photography in order to come up with more original work?

lyonel scapino says:

I understand your comment but I also believe they're touching sthg here. Big Data allows analogies which can yield results comparable to a human thought process what still makes the difference is the drop of subjectivity that we put in the process. What machines lack are experiences turned into subjectivity. To make their own sense of Big Data and stop believing the equal symbol really exists, which we all humans know is a take on reality..:) Teaching them Art might be the way to go.

lyonel scapino says:

I am also very surprised by the reduction of Intelligence to a mere problem of raw processing power. Even if this is consistent with the Big Data approach and the thought that more power ends up yielding answers that appear intelligent even though the process is not.
Still, I believe we will overcome the gap when computers do good analogy, i.e tend to know what is the symbol "more or less" equal. Big Data might help in this approach but it will not be enough.

Krisztián Takács says:

So, all Alisa (AI) can do is painting (with some predefined settings) like an impressionist painter. That's exactly what e.g. Photoshop can do much better for you (when applying the Oil Paint filter) using even zero artificial intelligence and 0.0 IQ.

It also seems, the presentation's argument simply fails to realize that the "Emergence of Creativity in Artificial Intelligence" is way more complex (structural / algorithmic) phenomenon than the actual amount of computer memory (RAM) capacity.

Sergei Romanov says:

you cannot compare human memory and computer memory just by size:
1. they have different qualities, they work differently
2. I don't think we can measure human memory in bytes
This idle talk is an attempt to impress general public and sell his crappy software

BluePhilDog says:

this guy is like the Jimmy Swaggert of science lol…the argument is so poorly constructed its hard to take seriously

DeimosSaturn says:

I think this guy might be a little light in the loafers if you know what I mean.

He sounds like Otho from Beatlejuice.

BrianVandrian says:

10:55 "Few more problems with the learning mechanisms" Poor programmers sweating bullets getting occasional electro-shock therapy. 13:22 Is this Kohonen networks? If you do grouping from a difference histogram. Select a group take stats on it. Compare same original group to edited/painted group… It will basically paint in groups and not pixels. Faster.

ChristopherHillman says:

I'm Surprised though that the big goal is 100 Terrabytes when how much of that would you guess is devoted toward IMAGE and AUDIO MEMORY!!?? ..holy crap if anYbodY asks mE where a restaurant I remember the typeface on the sign and the color (i'm an artist btw) ..take that away and devote the intelligence towards Text Conversation and Concept Managing you could cut-off the need for over half the Terrabytes right there!

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