… a machine that talks

September 20, 2007

Look here. It’s already a pretty common subject, so I don’t think it will surprises anyone. But, anyway I haven’t wrote anything on AI (or in this case Cognitive Intelligence). It’s a pretty cool thing. And I suspect in not so distant future we’ll have these kind of softwares running on our desktops that capable to do at least limited cognitive recognitions. I like the idea of the computer itself actively trying to resolve the relevance of the subject and context that was presented by mining data into the local system itself and the net if possible. However, there must be some basic commands that are needed to start a conversation. Things like opening file or running an application should be available from the start. Thus, a basic set of instructions and words are required. And then there is the thing with memory, SILVIA that was mentioned in the articles seems to be have a short time memory so that it can remember contexts, however, I personally think that a more long-term memory is also needed. The problem with most AI is, AFAIK, that they need a learning process. People doesn’t talk the same with one another, there are styles. And SILVIA, for one, have to be able to learn this styles also if it want to be able to communicate smoothly with the user. False positives at first are inevitables, and SILVIA systems have to be able to comprehend this by reconfirming to users. Users might be frustrated at first, but after it learns, SILVIA shouldn’t produce much false positives. It really like raising a child. To be able to adapt means that SILVIA needs to store informations about the users styles and preferencs, ‘way of saying something’, these memories are required to be stored in somekind of memory. And that’s where the long-term memory came. The long term memory could also be a place for SILVIA to store things that maybe specific for each users. I see lots of potential in the research for these kind of software and very eager to have a good  ‘assistant’ in my desktop. Next step after Cognitive Recognition, is of course, to make them more intelligent. So that, for instance, I can say ‘drive me to office’ to my car and it’ll move on it’s own. But again, DARPA is already on this capability, so maybe we’ll soon to have intelligent car that can be instructed by natural language in the near future. Cheers.

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