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AIC Seminar Series

COMMONSENSE - from a Cognitive Point of View

Pushkar Sawant

Notice:  Hosted by Richard Waldinger

Date:  Tuesday, January 30th 2018 at 4:00pm

Location:  EK255 (SRI E building)  (Directions)

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   Abstract

This talk would fall in the realm of Strong AI.

As of today, the whole AI community is forced to bear with the fact that we don’t have machines which can cook a dish, engage in a conversation, keep the house neat and tidy or do other ‘general intelligence’ tasks. Addressing this requires explaining and treating the phenomenon of what we easily call ‘Commonsense’, as an amalgamation of philosophical, psychological (and obviously) computational concepts. This would have to be largely qualitative and argumentative since the pressing concern at the moment is to develop core theories and architectures in this “ignored” area, without which there cannot be any true AI.

The talk would begin with a “pragmatically philosophical” take on this “missing” phenomenon in AI. It would be followed by some observations and theories regarding the concepts of Commonsense Knowledge and Commonsense Reasoning, in a computational sense. A sizable portion would also deal with contra-positioning Commonsense and Logic - contrasting them, seeing one in the light of the other etc.

   Bio for Pushkar Sawant

I am Pushkar A. Sawant, from India. I am 33. I pursued an undergraduate at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in the department of Aerospace Engineering.

I have been working on Strong A.I. - specifically, Commonsense, Semantics and Emotions. I had the fortune of being guided by the legendary Marvin Minsky for many years, over the same. Owing to lack of financial support for research on these topics, I could never get an official “job” under Marvin Minsky; we had to work remotely.

Presently, I am employed with an Artificial Intelligence startup in India. I am also writing a book on my recent work.

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