What is alternative artificial intelligence?
Oct 24th, 2001 12:03
A.T. Murray, http://sourceforge.net/projects/mind
Alternative AI (as opposed to mainstream AI in a folder on the same
level in this hierarchy) is the less often seen but much more dynamic
constellation of Internet and World Wide Web sites where the non-
Establishment AI programmers, robotics hobbyists and philosophers of
mind collaborate loosely in the human rush towards the
Technological Singularity of Vernor Vinge. There are no entry barriers
to the field of alternative AI: no credentials, no funding and no
promise of a job. People in alternative AI do it "because it is
there." A perusal of the alternative AI resources will show not the
solid and stodgy high profiles of slow-moving mainstream AI but rather
the quick-moving AI initiatives that range from outrageous and obvious
idiocy to serious but still possibly misguided AI implementations with
completely free and available open-source public-domain source code.
Alternative AI is currently (A.D. 2001) so wild and wooly that you may
see extremes of controversy erupting in the questions and answers here,
but hold onto your hats, be polite, and fire away.