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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Block Chain Will Break Big Tech Hold on AI?

Seen things akin to this proposed.   And push backs that just a better database system could do the same thing.   Which is correct?  The article does not make it very clear.

 How the Blockchain Could Break Big Tech’s Hold on A.I.

Ben Goertzel, the chief scientist at Hanson Robotics, with the humanoid robot Sophia — an alternative to Amazon’s Alexa — in the Hong Kong office of SingularityNET, where he is chief executive. He wants Sophia to reach out to other artificial intelligence providers if she can’t find answers to users’ questions.  By Nathaniel Popper in the NYT, limited access, subscription.

SAN FRANCISCO — Pairing artificial intelligence and the blockchain might be what you would expect from a scammer looking to make a quick buck in 2018.

The two concepts, after all, are two of the most buzzed about and least understood ideas in the tech universe.

And the blockchain, the database design introduced by Bitcoin, has lately been the most popular route for anyone looking to raise money for an idea that sounds too good to be true.

Despite how easy the combination is to mock, the idea of applying the blockchain to artificial intelligence is attracting a growing roster of serious entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, many of them with impressive academic credentials.

Dawn Song, a computer science professor at the University of California, and Ben Goertzel, the chief scientist at Hanson Robotics, have been among the big names arguing that the blockchain could be a crucial way to push back against some of the most worrying trends facing the field of artificial intelligence.

Many A.I. experts are concerned that Facebook, Google and a few other big companies are hoarding talent in the field. The internet giants also control the massive troves of online data that are necessary to train and refine the best machine learning programs.

Professor Song, Dr. Goertzel and other entrepreneurs say they believe the blockchain could encourage a broader distribution of the data and algorithms that will determine the future development of artificial intelligence.    ... "

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