full-time open-source AI volunteer

From: Leonardo Gonzalez (wizard@extropian.net)
Date: Sat Apr 21 2001 - 03:27:37 MDT

Wind of serendipity.
Let's code an AI.

The economy burped me out of a job about a month ago, so I've had plenty of
time to make space in my life. I will probably be finding something to
occupy my time in the not-too-distant future. Until then, I would be
delighted to dedicate myself to the "Coding a Transhuman AI" project. Even
after I regain employment, I would still like to stay committed to the

I love manifesting will. Let's transmute the abstract into the concrete,
ideas into actions, concepts into schemes!

I come from a web applications development background. I have been wanting
to migrate towards information theory research and systems architecture. I
am fascinated by consciousness, information theory, AI, chaos, complex
systems, self-organizing systems and biochemistry/biophysics.
Online resume: http://extropian.net/magos/resume-2001.html

I obviously have a lot of research to do for this project, and should
probably begin by reading all of CaTAI as well as some of the AI and neural
networks books on my shelf. I could parallel process the task of beginning
some work on information architecture and data modeling for CaTAI, which
could be leveraged when the time for language definition and coding arrives.

As far as choosing/creating a language, I think a Prolog-based solution
would be far superior to LISP or Python. Also, XML is the standard for
structured information; it could be instrumental in providing scalability.
It would be beneficial to make use of XML if only for the sake of
interoperability with other systems.

Some relevant links I found tonight...
on Prolog vs. LISP:
on XML for AI: http://people.ne.mediaone.net/stabet/urml-pricai2000.html

OK, great... a coding volunteer who's going to begin by burying his face in
the books. Well, you might not see immediate results, but at least you know
someone is on it!

Yours truly,

Leonardo Gonzalez

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