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Why Neuro-symbolic AI is the future of AI: Here’s how it works

  • 22 July 2020
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You thought AI is intelligent? Well, it has a long road ahead.

Without a doubt, artificial intelligence is one of the most revolutionary technologies being developed. Though, as powerful as it is, there still are a lot of basic problems it is yet to become competent to solve.

David Cox, Director of MIT-IBM Watson AI lab says, “It’s time to reinvent artificial intelligence.” And, according to him, neuro-symbolic AI is the answer.


We take a quick look into what ails present AI, and how AI engineers can revolutionize the discipline with neuro-symbolic AI.

Say, an AI program is asked to “Look at the picture below and tell if there are an equal number of large things and metal spheres?”


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Very interesting-- I’m just reading an SF story dating 1947 by Jack Williamson, titled “With Folded Hands”. Narrates of a scientist who invented a new technology making Robots become Humanoid at all. Their aim being that of making people life painless. Briefly this Principle allowed them to take over human civilization and let people idle off. Being Humanoids just too many steps beyond, having secured their own continuity forever.

I did not finish the story yet, but the inventor is trying to destroy what he created. Old SF is fine for final is never obvious.

To me, I simply think that a mechanical guardian may well have a too zealant interpretation of the very program: the Robot and its task are more important than the creators. The Paranoid Robot is a possible scenario. This theme already in Asimov’s “I, Robot”.

New technologies are a help for things to become always more complex and it’s very nice to pretend being responsible of mankind in the most remote future with our “ridiculous” technology.

But I think there’s a limit for humans to create an artificial life: mystic delirium of robots is something belonging only to SF. We’ll always have to sweat our job, in a way or the other.

Thanks for the article!