Robot Journal

A collection of SFW Teaching Machines notes on bots and related issues.

Artificial intelligence is the intelligence exhibited by machines or software. It is an academic field of study which studies the goal of creating intelligence.

Thoughts excerpted from Stephen Downes talk in 2008

Chat bots or chatterbots are text-based conversation agent that can interact with human users through some medium, such as an instant message service - wikipedia

Joseph Weizenbaum (8 January 1923 – 5 March 2008) was a German and American computer scientist and a professor emeritus at MIT. The Weizenbaum Award is named after him - wikipedia

ELIZA was a computer programme written by Joseph Weizenbaum in 1966, comprising a language analyser/ recogniser, and script, a set of rules that operated in a particular domain. The most well-known script DOCTOR is that of a non-directive pyschotherapist. html

ALICE, is a natural language processing Chat Bot. ALICE stands for Artificial Linguistic Internet Computer Entity, but is more conveniently referred to as Alicebot, or simple ALICE - wikipedia

To what extent do bots have to be encoded with socially familiar but non functional features (gender, for example) in order to be appreciated by humans? See Voice of Siri

AIML (Artificial Intelligence Markup Language) is an XML-compliant language that's easy to learn, and makes it possible for you to begin customizing an Alicebot or creating one from scratch within minutes - alicebot.org

Machine Learning is the field of scientific study that concentrates on induction and other algorithms that can be said to 'learn' from data html .

In her inaugural professorial lecture, Sian Bayne of the University of Edinburgh told the story of the development and operation of of the teacherbot EDCMOOC (scroll to 31.00)

What kind of teaching could robots probably do well?

Protest bots, or "bots of conviction" are canvassed by Mark Sample in a medium post and talk. link

Surprisingly people like to be told what to do by robots.

AARON is a software program written by artist Harold Cohen that creates original artistic images.

IBM's Watson AI could learn from text via algorithm. But learning is never neutral, and programmers found themselves having to scrub things like Urban Dictionary from Watson's memory.

In Science Fiction, a robot is often a machine that looks like a human or other animate being and can do what they do.

Looking at the difference between skill driven intelligence, and intelligence driven skills. In robots.

"If you fall in love with a machine there is something wrong with your love life." (Lewis Mumford Art and Technics 81)

Another SFW collection of similar references inside a note

Reflection: the 20th century saw a shift from the mechanisation of efforts to communicate with the spirit world, through the emergence of psychiatric models of the human mind as having mechanically uncoverable regularities, to the creation of simulant beings.

What all of these things have in common is their attention to the question of what it means to be.