[ExI] Image Recognition Appreciation Day

Darren Greer darren.greer3 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 17 00:56:02 UTC 2011

>John, do you really have trouble seeing the distinction between specialized
intelligence and general intelligence?<

The easiest way I have of conceptualizing this is in terms of an autistic
savant. They are often capable of remarkable feats of memory, spatial
cognition and even data analysis. But we rarely refer to them as
intelligent, because they may not be able to tie their own shoes or tell you
what day of the week it is.

That being said, Watson is a savant like none we've ever seen before, and it
makes sense to me to get excited about him. We're building this thing from
the ground up, and if this is not a concrete step forward in developing
fully sapient AI (and I'm no expert and can't state  definitively whether it
is, though it seems on the surface to be so) it is a HUGE step forward in
terms of creating a general societal awareness of AI--where it is at and
where it can go and what its applications might be.

And as anyone here who has ever fought to get funding for a project knows,
the latter is just as important--maybe more so--than the former.

2011/2/16 Dave Sill <sparge at gmail.com>

> 2011/2/16 John Clark <jonkc at bellsouth.net>
> I would humbly like to suggest that June 23 (Alan Turing's birthday by the
>> way) be turned into a international holiday called "Image Recognition
>> Appreciation Day". On this day we would all reflect on the intelligence
>> required to recognize images. It is important that this be done soon because
>> although computers are not very good at this task right now that will
>> certainly change in the next few years. On the day computers become good at
>> it the laws of physics in the universe will change and intelligence will no
>> longer be required for image recognition.
>> So if we ever intend to salute the brainpower required for this skill it
>> is imperative we do it now while we can.
> John, do you really have trouble seeing the distinction between specialized
> intelligence and general intelligence? Do you think Deep Blue or Watson
> could pass the Turing Test?
> -Dave
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