May 7, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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What does it take to create an AI agent capable of holding up its end of a free-form conversation? Bill DeSmedt, author, engineer and AI researcher/practitioner will begin this event with an overview of the component technologies involved with AI – parsing, discourse management, knowledge representation and reasoning, knowledge-base authoring, and language generation.
Following that introduction, Bill will turn over the virtual podium to several artificially intelligent conversational agents of his own creation for a demo. Chief among them will be "Nietzsche," portraying the AI character from Bill’s new technothriller DUALISM. One AI impersonating another, so to speak.
Audience Q&A — including questions for the AIs themselves — will be actively encouraged.
Drinks and snacks will be served at 6:30pm, the demo and discussion will begin at 7:00pm.
Bill DeSmedt lives by his wits and his words, as -- a Fortune 50 management consultant, an AI researcher/practitioner, an ontologist/knowledge engineer, and, in his copious spare time, a novelist. Bill draws on this checkered career history in penning his “Archon Sequence” technothrillers: cult-classic Singularity (2004), Dualism (appearing May 13th), and, next up, Triploidy. Bill writes from an aerie overlooking Milford PA, a town whose rich literary/philosophical tradition furnishes an inexhaustible source of inspiration.