The Jim Rutt Show

The Jim Rutt Show

EP33 Melanie Mitchell on the Elements of AI

January 06, 2020

Melanie Mitchell & Jim talk about the many approaches to creating AI, hype cycles, self-driving cars, what can be learned from human intelligence, and much more...

Professor & Author Melanie Mitchell and Jim have a wide-ranging talk about her work in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). They explore the differences between deep learning, symbolic techniques & hybrid systems, AI springs/winters & hype cycles, self-driving cars, strong (general) vs weak (narrow) intelligence, the black-box element of human & artificial intelligence, limitations of neural nets, the potential of evolutionary approaches to AI, embodied & social cognition, whether consciousness is needed for intelligence, reinforcement learning, common sense & understanding in AI, the value of metaphors & analogies in intelligence, and much more.

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Mentions & Recommendations

Melanie’s Book, Introduction to Genetic Algorithms
Complexity Explorer Courses
Melanie’s Book, Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans
Rod Brooks’ Twitter Thread on Evolutionary AI
The Feeling of What Happens by António Damásio
The Cyc Platform
Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
Metaphors We Live By George Lakoff
Melanie's Book, Complexity: A Guided Tour
Melanie’s Recommended Papers on Analogy & Metaphor

Papers on Analogy and Similarity, The Copycat project, Seeing the Meaning, Deep Visual Analogy-Making, Beyond imitation, Visalogy

Melanie Mitchell is Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, and External Professor and Co-Chair of the Science Board at the Santa Fe Institute. Mitchell has also held faculty or professional positions at the University of Michigan, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the OGI School of Science and Engineering. She is the author or editor of seven books and numerous scholarly papers in the fields of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and complex systems, including her latest, Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans.