Alan Turing

AI translation rooted in not-so-deep learning

It is January 7, 1954. A select group assembles at the offices of the International Business Machines Corp to witness the first public demonstration of machine translation. The IBM 701, the company’s first commercial scientific computer, filled a whole room. With a memory capacity of…

The problem with symbolic AI

So-called symbolic artificial intelligence aims at imitating the human mind, rather than the brain as a physical system.  But what is the mind? The concept is nebulous and not only difficult but perhaps even impossible to define.  To be sure, “mind” should include, in addition…

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