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Humanists of Colorado Message Board › Denver Café Scientifique: at the Wynkoop on Tuesday 9 December 2008 at 6:30 PM

Denver Café Scientifique: at the Wynkoop on Tuesday 9 December 2008 at 6:30 PM

Tim B.
Denver, CO
Post #: 93
The next Denver Café Scientifique will be at the Wynkoop on Tuesday 9 December 2008 at 6:30 PM.

Our speakers: James Gunderson, PhD, and Louise Gunderson, PhD. Gamma Two, Inc.

The topic: Where Is My Robot?

…the one to which you say Gort! Klaatu barada nikto! and it goes and does it. It overcomes problems and deals with change. The robot that we can trust to do the dirty, dangerous jobs out in the real world - where is that robot? What is preventing us from building and deploying robots like this? We believe that a major component of the answer is the ability to reify: the ability to turn sensory data into symbolic information that can be used to reason about the situation and then to turn a symbolic solution back into sensor/effector actions that achieve a goal.

This bridging process from sensor to symbol and back could be a focus of this evening. The speakers call this bi-directional mapping of sensor data to symbols and symbolic manipulation into real world effects 'reification'. This ability is what enables living systems to look at the world and perceive the things in it. In addition, intelligent living systems can extrapolate from their mental models and predict the effects of their actions in the real world.

We will welcome a guest appearance of Basil, the Drinks Robot, who will try not to sidle up to a chair and say, “Madam, would you like a mojito?”

The Café is free and open to everybody. Come early to be sure to get a seat! Sit next to someone you don't know. Mercantile Room doors open around 6 PM. There is no food service during the Café, so come before or stay afterwards for a great dinner and superior liquids at the 'Koop.

All info you need, including more information on the speakers and topic (click "Upcoming"), is on our website at: http://CafeSciColorad...­
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