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Here at SingularityNET our AI team is perpetually over-busy with a variety of different sorts of projects — applied work for commercial customers, R&D aimed toward AGI or solving biomedical problems … and now and then, something just for fun and imaginative exploration.
We’ve been doing some quite interesting work with our friends at Hanson Robotics recently, some of which involves the OpenCog AGI engine and deep neural language models and some practical and valuable applications — but it’s not quite time for public announcements in this regard. Along the way, though, we’ve been experimenting with some of the same technologies in a more purely artistic and aesthetic vein.
Last year at the Web Summit David Hanson and I gave a talk with Sophia and one of David’s much older robots, a simulacrum of the great SF writer Philip K. Dick. Our mutual enthusiasm for PKD’s writings was one of the things that originally brought David and I together as research collaborators and friends.
When David created the PKD robot in 2005, he also created a dialogue system comprised of some carefully-created rules based on PKD’s personality, plus a statistical text generator trained on PKD’s writing. But for the Web Summit, we prepared something different — a PKD dialogue system combining a character rule-base enacted within the OpenCog engine with, instead of an old-style statistical text generator, a modern transformer neural net text generator trained on PKD’s books (or more precisely a transformer neural net language model trained on a broader English corpus, and then conditioned on a subset of PKD’s writings).
At the Web Summit, we used a third-party voice sample for PKD’s voice — we wanted to use a neurally generated speech model, but we couldn’t quite get it together in time. Also, the PKD robot suffered some hardware damage while being trucked around the Web Summit premises, ...
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