AAAI 2014 Spring Symposium Proposal

If you are interested, PLEASE fill out the form to get on our mailing list

Title – Implementing Selves, Safe Motivational Systems & Self-Improvement

Description – In I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadter argues that the key to understanding (our)selves is the “strange loop”, a complex feedback network inhabiting our brains and, arguably, constituting our minds.  In contrast, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) most frequently focus on un-self-aware systems either solving problems or achieving goals.  Therefore, this implementation-oriented symposium will instead focus on guided self-(re)creation – particularly as a method of achieving human-level intelligence in machines through iterative improvement (“seed AI”).  Ideally, the ultimate end product will be a successful entity with extensive self-knowledge and a safe (or ethical/moral) motivational system that functions with context/ecologically sensitive egoistic/altruistic discrimination to promote cooperation with and contribution to community via iterative improvement of self, tools and theoretical constructs of relational dynamics and resource utilization, allocation and sharing.

This symposium is proposed as an implementation-oriented exploration of self, to include:

  • integrative architectures that are explicitly goal/value driven
    • “self” as operating system
    • “self” as society (of mind – Marvin Minsky)
    • “self” as economy (of idiots – Eric Baum)
    • “self” as authorship (Dennett, Wegner)
  • “safe” (or ethical/moral) motivational systems
    • goal/value hierarchies
    • attention, drives and incentives
    • context/ecological sensitivity
    • “safe” or proto-ethical/moral goal content
    • evaluation schemes
  • intelligent reflection
    • self-examination
    • self-modeling & self-knowledge
    • goal-based self-evaluation for self-improvement
  • emotions
    • as interoceptive response to environmental stimuli
    • as knowledge/rules of thumb/”actionable qualia”
    • as helpful & unhelpful biases (and how to intelligently improve)
    • as evaluation & enforcement mechanisms
  • integrating different knowledge and action representation schemes
    • coordination & translation between various schemes
    • analyzing trade-offs & knowing when to switch between schemes
  • self-improvement
    • via automated tool/method incorporation & theory-inductive heuristics
      • goal-based tool/method discovery
      • tool/method integration and evaluation
      • tool-to-theory heuristics
    • via learning (knowledge incorporation)
      • (re-)building schemes and models
    • discovery (refactoring, modularization, encapsulation and scale-invariance)
      • theory-to-tool heuristics
      • automated (re-)construction of probabilistic graphical models
      • Meta-Optimizing Semantic Evolutionary Search (MOSES)
      • Frequent & Interesting Sub-HyperGRAph Mining (FISHGRAM)

While solutions need to be grounded and extensible, the symposium would prefer approaches starting with some initial structure rather than a tabula rasa with the lowest level bootstrapping approaches or first causes explanations (except where they are fully extended to initial structures and/or used to justify such structures).  Also, while autopoiesis and “functional consciousness” are obviously key topics, we would prefer that phenomenal consciousness arguments be considered off-topic.

The AAAI communities that are expected to find this appealing are sub-groups of the Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) community, the Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA) community, and the Machine Consciousness (MC) community.  Non-AAAI communities expected to find this appealing are the Cognitive Neurosciences and Neuroethics communities and the Moral Machines sub-group of the Philosophy & Technology community.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: