Opening Pandora’s AI Box in Oxford

About three months ago, Dr Simon Stringer, a leading scientist in the field of artificial intelligence at the Oxford centre for theoretical neuroscience and AI, fell down some stairs and broke his leg. The convalescence period proved unexpectedly fruitful. Freed from the daily rigmarole of academic life, you see, Dr Stringer’s mind was able to wander. And so it was, when he least expected it, that the solution to one of the biggest challenges in artificial intelligence — the so-called binding problem — struck him out of the blue. “Of course!” he exclaimed in the style of Archimedes before him. “We need a top down approach, as well as a bottom up one!” Hitherto, Stringer’s team had differentiated itself from engineering AI approaches in the market by honing in on…


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