John McCarthy: The Local Road to Human Level AI

From: Emil Gilliam (
Date: Thu Nov 03 2005 - 11:15:01 MST

John McCarthy spoke yesterday at Stanford on "The Logical Road to
Human Level AI".


The video of the talk is here (scroll down):

"The eventual goal of AI research is human level AI. As some expected
and others did not, understanding intelligence well enough to write
programs has proved difficult. For example, no existing program can
learn any branch of science from textbooks on the Web. Consequently,
most present AI research is aimed at much more limited goals and is
committed to formalisms incapable of expressing many facts that even
young children know. Basic research in AI needs to be evaluated
according to whether it advances the goal of human level AI." ...

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