GreatMindsWorking.com is a site dedicated to news from fields including A.I., computational linguistics, robotics, developmental psychology, machine learning, and cognitive science, with special focus on language-related technologies.

This site also provides information about Experience-Based Language Acquisition (EBLA), the software system that I developed as part of my dissertation research at the LSU Department of Computer Science.

Brian E. Pangburn
May 27, 2003

PostNUKE Security Fix

Patched the site today based on PostNuke Security Advisory PNSA 2005-1. More info here.

PostNuke .750 Upgrade

Just upgraded the site to version .750 (Phoenix) and everything seems to be working OK. It will however take some doing to make the old themes compatible.

IEEE/WIC/ACM Intelligent Agent Technology 2005

2005 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'05)

September 19-22, 2005
Compiegne University of Technology, France

http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/IAT05/
http://www.hds.utc.fr/IAT05/

Sponsored By:
IEEE Computer Society
Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

IEEE/WIC/ACM Web Intelligence 2005

2005 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence (WI'05)

September 19-22, 2005
Compiegne University of Technology, France

http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/WI05/
http://www.hds.utc.fr/WI05/

Sponsored By:
IEEE Computer Society
Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

CoNLL 2005 - Call For Papers

The Call for Papers for CoNLL-2005: Ninth Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning organized at ACL 2005, Ann Arbor, MI from June 29-30, 2005 is now online here.

A Modest Proposal for GPL V3

The prospect of metaprogramming tools raises threats and opportunities for OSS. The biggest threat is that they could be used (legally or not) to strip copyright from OSS. On the plus side, innovation in the next version of the GPL could solve the patent morass by adding a "patent shredder" to "copyleft". I propose the introduction of a "Greater GPL" in GPL Version 3 to address these issues.

http://www.pagesmiths.com/category-ip.html

Jim White

The Turing Test

Dear Patrons,

Will you consider visiting my website and reading a book I've written- "How to Design a Universal Artificial Intelligence." For over ten years, I have been working on a method of semantic interpretation that applies in any situation. Using this method, I believe that a software program can pass the Turing Test. The book is currently online, in its entirety, and I am requesting your review of this work. This is it; this is real; this is a working counterpart program.

I currently have the entire book online, in html, for anyone to read (and a paperback is available for purchase). I can promise you that this is not an amateurish attempt to make a counterpart machine. This is an approach is based upon a method of semantic interpretation that is fail-safe. In adult form, this machine will recognize and analyze all human actions, all discrete human actions, without fail. This is a program that can break down human conversation into its elemental parts and elemental motives. This is a very different approach than that of others studying human cognition.

I would hope that you understand that I am quite knowledgeable in my profession of construction and that I have inadvertently studied human behavior from a very different perspective. I am not a psychologist, a biologist, a mathematician, or even a programmer. I am a behaviorist. And like other behavioral psychologist I am only analyzing what is tangible, calculable. My research is based upon empirical data.

I thank You for your time, and I hope that you will consider this approach to the Turing problem.

Wil Holland

My website
My email

Play The Sims, Learn a 2nd Language...

Slashdot has discussion of this Language Learning & Technology article which discusses modifiying the popular game The Sims for educational purposes, more specifically, teaching a foreign language.

Fast Evolution Produced Human Brain

KurzweilAI had a line to this Guardian Unlimited article discussing Bruce Lahn's research on the sophistication of the human brain.

From the article, "Professor Lahn's research, published this week in the journal Cell, suggests that humans evolved their cognitive abilities not owing to a few sporadic and accidental genetic mutations - as is the usual way with traits in living things - but rather from an enormous number of mutations in a short period of time, acquired though an intense selection process favouring complex cognitive abilities."

SMBM 2005 - First Symposium on Semantic Mining in Biomedicine

The First Symposium on Semantic Mining in Biomedicine (SMBM 2005) will be held from April 10 - 13, 2005. It is being hosted by the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in Hinxton, Cambridge, UK.

More information is available here.

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