Crowdfunded project to create "world's smartest robot"


25 Responses to “Crowdfunded project to create "world's smartest robot"”

  1. Nell Anvoid says:

    First order of business is to lose the Charlie McCarthy face. It will make things a lot easier.

  2. Brainspore says:


  3. Ramone says:


  4. Boundegar says:

    Come on guys, I think we should all chip in on this! Nothing could possibly go wrong!

  5. I for one back our new Robotic Overlords(‘ Kickstarter Campaign)!

  6. helmsb says:

    The Cylons were created by man. They rebelled. They “evolved.” There are many copies. And they have a plan.

  7. brettburton says:

    “as smart as a stupid three-year-old”.  Good luck with that.  In fact good luck with making it any smarter than a calculator.  It’s switches people.  There’s no actual intelligence there just because you increased the complexity exponentially.

    • incipientmadness says:

      I think a three-year-old’s brain is pretty much switches. So’s your brain. I don’t see how it makes a difference whether the switches are wet and gooey or not.

      • brettburton says:

        Three-year-olds have feelings, insight, emotion etc.  Admittedly not fully developed, these are still present and are components of intelligence that the “smartest” computers do not possess in any quantity.

        • incipientmadness says:

          I completely agree with you that computers don’t possess the things you say they don’t possess. I just don’t think it’s because they are made of “switches” that they don’t have these things.

    • Mark_Frauenfelder says:

      Have you read The Emperor’s New Mind, by Roger Penrose? A fascinating book that supports your claim.

      • brettburton says:

        I have not, but I’ve read ‘Are We Spiritual Machines’, which has Ray Kurzweil and his critics arguing about the reality of AI.  I came out against Kurzweil.

  8. Preston Sturges says:

    AI has mostly been a jobs program for theorists for the last couple decades.  Like cold fusion, it’s always a good reason to trot out Zeno’s paradox about Achilles and the tortoise.

  9. dr says:

    Most CS and robotics is already crowdfunded, by national populations through granting agencies like the NSF.  Is the point here to avoid that pesky peer-review step, where the proposer is forced to waste time and effort in explaining how the project might work to experts in the field?

  10. miasm says:

    I would think the real problem would be in accurately modelling all the various cells of the brain and CNS.
    Why bother designing software to emulate consciousness when you can just synthesise the vehicle that the universe spent the last 4Bn+ years assembling.

    • Brainspore says:

      Even if you could model a human brain down to the neuron it wouldn’t necessarily give you a human-like mind. A brain without the years of constant sensory input that make up human development is just a gray pile of glop.

  11. anik says:

    am i the only one that thinks… “ethics?!”

  12. pjcamp says:

    Did they have to make it look like Astroboy?

    Lobotomized Astroboy.

  13. oasisob1 says:

    They don’t need to teach it to lie, they just need to catch it lying spontaneously. Then they will have been successful.

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