Dr. Patrick Winston, Ford Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Abstract: The modern history of AI began 50 years ago, and in that half century, we have accomplished much more than skeptics predicted but not nearly what we expected. Can we be optimistic about accomplishing in the next two or three decades what we thought we would accomplish in the past 50 years? The answer is Yes, but only if we focus on better questions and frame better hypotheses.
In particular, we should be asking why we are different from chimpanzees, which leads quickly to asking about language, story understanding, directed perception, and our social nature. All this leads to examples drawn from MIT work on the Genesis System, a story understanding system that finds concepts such as revenge in stories that don't use the word, that reads short story summaries with cultural bias, that fills in gaps using precedents, and that engages in listener aware story telling in modes ranging from spoon feeding to persuasion.
The Right Way Forward — Talk by Dr. Patrick Winston of MIT