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Issue No. 05 - September/October (2006 vol. 21)
ISSN: 1541-1672
pp: 7-9
Rick Hayes-Roth , Naval Postgraduate School
Like the master puppet makers of the classic folktales, AI engineers have built some marvelous machines. However, these puppets remain severely limited and brittle. They have virtually no capability to explore the world, experiment, learn from failure, ingest knowledge from readily available sources, expand and improve their concepts, or exhibit continuous improvement. While our applied puppets are surely valuable, our puppetry won't cross the chasm separating us from a world of artificially intelligent creatures. To get there, we need a singularity of artificial creationism, where we launch artificial beings into the world that can adapt, learn, and evolve themselves. To reach the goal reasonably quickly, we should equip these creatures with as much capability and knowledge as possible. Most of all, we need to ensure that they can learn from experience and demonstrate continuous improvement over an increasing array of tasks and settings.
agents, autonomy, continuous improvement, learning, the singularity

R. Hayes-Roth, "Puppetry vs. Creationism: Why AI Must Cross the Chasm," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 21, no. , pp. 7-9, 2006.
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