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To Reach Human-Level Intelligence, AI Systems Must Truly Understand Language
The original goal of human-like artificial intelligence was abandoned decades ago in favor of less ambitious approaches, two cognitive scientists argue in a new book. If that initial vision is to be realized, they say, AI systems will require a full understanding of language and meaning, the development of which remains a daunting — but doable — challenge. In Linguistics for the Age of AI, published by MIT Press, co-authors Marjorie McShane and Sergei Nirenburg, both faculty in the Department of Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and co-directors of the Language-Endowed Intelligent Agents Lab, present a novel approach to language processing for AI systems.
Common Understanding of Turing Test Misses the Mark, Scholar Claims in New Book
A computer’s ability to convincingly respond to questions like a person — thereby “passing” what has come to be known as the Turing Test — is widely regarded as a practical measure of artificial intelligence. But Bram van Heuveln, a lecturer in the Department of Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, contends that this common interpretation misses the important point that British mathematician Alan Turing was trying to make in his 1950 paper, “Computing Machinery and Intelligence.” Van Heuveln makes the case for a new understanding of the Turing Test in a chapter of the book Great Philosophical Objections to Artificial Intelligence: The History and Legacy of the AI Wars, published this month by Bloomsbury.
Irrelevant Information Interferes With Making Decisions, New Research Reveals
Especially during the holidays, online shopping can be overwhelming. Have you ever found yourself spending hours comparing nearly identical products, delving into details that don’t actually matter to you? Have you ever finally reached a decision only to find that the product you want is out of stock? Unfortunately, if so, there is a good chance you did not end up making the best choice.
Rensselaer President’s Annual Holiday Concert To Be Held Virtually
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the President’s Holiday Concert at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will — for the first time ever — be an entirely virtual experience this year. The concert will be available for free public viewing beginning on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 3 p.m.
Rensselaer Announces New Degree Program in Biotechnology and Health Economics
A new program in Biotechnology and Health Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will equip students destined for a science-based career with the quantitative and modeling knowledge in economics needed to succeed in industry and consulting.
In New Course, Rensselaer Reimagines Music Education for the COVID-19 Era
A new course available in the upcoming semester at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will meet the current moment by equipping students on campus and off with novel strategies for pursuing and practicing music performance in an era of social distancing and remote learning.
From COVID-19 to Lead Poisoning, Health Crises Expose Racist Policies and Practices
The manner in which the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare racist and systemic inequalities in the United States has parallels in other environmental health threats, such as lead exposure, according to an essay written for the online magazine Toxic News by two researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Rensselaer Adopts Test-Optional Admissions Policy For the Coming Year
Any student who applies to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an undergraduate in the fall of 2021 or the spring of 2022 will be able to choose whether or not to submit SAT or ACT scores.
Inspired by the Past, Rensselaer Artist Develops Innovative Screenprinting Techniques
In the cold winter months of early 2019, Nathan Meltz found himself deep in a creative block. An established screenprinting artist, having exhibited in galleries around the world, Meltz is known for his use of mechanical imagery as visual metaphors for various types of destructive technologies, from war machines to fossil fuel extraction devices. But he was struggling to find inspiration.
Humanities Students Launch Online Exhibition To Highlight Final Projects
Claudia Sanchez and her classmates at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute had been looking forward to seeing their Creative Seminar work on display in the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. As graduating students in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS), this gallery show was supposed to be the culmination of four years of intense learning and hard work.