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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Machine Common Sense

Been a challenge for along time. At DARPA and elsewhere.   One of our first challenges during the first AI revolution.     Putting humans in the loop is the easiest current solution, assuming you can leverage the common sense they have.     We engaged briefly with CYC on this, they were working with the US government then, busily encoding all human common sense, where is that now?

DARPA Embraces ‘Common Sense’ Approach to AI  By George Leopold in Datanami

The Pentagon’s top research agency is focusing its considerable AI efforts on the interim stage of machine intelligence between “narrow” and “general” AI.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which announced a multi-year $2 billion “AI Next” “campaign last month, is tightening its focus on teaching machine “common sense” reasoning. That capability remains beyond the reach of current AI constructs, and the research agency said it hopes to launch a “third wave” of AI technology that is adaptable while shedding light on the mystery of how machines learn.

Common sense reasoning is defined as “the basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things that are shared by nearly all people and can be reasonably expected of nearly all people without need for debate.”

AI experts note the gap between AI inference and the ability to design systems that can draw directly on the rules of inference to achieve common sense reasoning. “Articulating and encoding this obscure-but-pervasive capability is no easy feat,” DARPA program managers note.

The lack of machine common sense is also seen as among the biggest barriers to advancing beyond narrow to general AI applications. The DARPA effort, dubbed “Machine Common Sense,” seeks to move beyond current frameworks that the agency considers “brittle” and lacking in semantic understanding. .... "

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