Lego EV3 Cobra vs NXT Alligator vs EV3E Elephant

Watch an autonomous EV3 Cobra with fangs go after an aggressive NXT Alligator, with a lumbering Elephant to round out the competition! Each one was built and programmed by my 9 year old son. The Cobra and Alligator are autonomous with their movements guided solely by their sensors and programming. The Elephant’s movement and trunk is remote controlled. Advertisements

A definition of “language”?

Lately while doing research on automated language translation, I’ve come to realize that there isn’t a clear, concise, well accepted definition of human language itself. A quick check on google reveals the wealth of interpretations. So then, kindly, let me proffer one more. Language is the serialization of thought. The term “serialization” should be ready accessible to programmers et al. For others, a quick…

The most difficult AI problem?

What do you think is the most difficult AI problem of all? I’m not sure there is even a debate around this, but regardless, I’d like to clarify the issue, at least for my own sake. Here are some candidates, let me know if I missed something important. 1. Natural language understanding. 2. Vision, Image/Scene understanding. 3. Creating “consciousness”. I’m very sure some of you…

The brain runs in four dimensions?

Uptil yesterday, I used to think that thinking in 4 spatial dimensions is a purely analytical play (and “Time” as the 4th dimension never seemed intriguing enough anyway). But I just finished reading “The Möbius Strip” by Clifford Pickover, and now I believe I am actually able to mentally and somewhat visually integrate at least some key concepts. Now I not only accept, but…

The Brain, the body, and survival

Does the brain exist and evolve to prolong the survival of the body? Or does the brain use the body to prolong its own survival? Or are they one and the same thing and should not be discussed as two separate entities? Hypothetically, is it possible to “evolve” a brain as complex and intelligent as a human’s, without attaching it to a human like body?…

Is the brain simpler than we think?

For the last couple of years I’ve been wrapping my brain around the question of knowledge representation and the decision making process within the ..uh, brain. I’m not fully there yet, but I am close to the conclusion that the basic principles can be modelled using simple probability theory, applied in a hierarchical manner. The deeper the hierarchy, the more intelligent the being, in…