Doug Lenat, Ph.D.

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Doug Lenat, Ph.D., is a pioneer in artificial intelligence. Dr. Lenat is founder of the long-standing Cyc project and CEO of Cycorp, a provider of semantic technologies for unprecedented common sense reasoning. He has been a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon and Stanford and has received numerous honors, including the bi-annual IJCAI Computers and Thought Award (the highest honor in Artificial Intelligence). Dr. Lenat is a founder and Advisory Board member of TTI Vanguard, where he continues to co-run four conferences each year. Doug also holds the distinction of being the only individual to have served on the Scientific Advisory Boards of both Microsoft and Apple.


2 months ago
The Story Thus Far When someone talks about “AI,” today, they are referring to one particular type of AI: multi-layer neural nets trained on big data to recognize patterns.  These so-called “deep learning” algorithms are great at learning more or less the same sort of stimulus/response functionality that our right brain hemispheres carry out – what Daniel Kahneman calls “thinking fast.”  This is also what the entire brains of most animals do.   So a better name for them might be AAIs, for Artificial …

6 months 2 weeks ago
We would not be comfortable giving emotionally impaired people real-time decision-making authority over our family members’ health, our life savings, our cars or our missile defense systems. Yet we are hurtling in that direction with today’s emotionally impaired AIs.  They — those people, and those AI programs — have trouble doing multi-step abstract reasoning, and that limitation makes them brittle, especially when confronted by unfamiliar, unexpected and unusual situations. Don’t worry, this is not one…