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The Child Machine

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Introduction to Social Solipsism (off topic?)
Instead of trying to produce a programme to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates the child's? If this were then subjected to an appropriate course of education one would obtain the adult brain. -- Alan Turing, 1950

At Ai, we're raising a child machine from infancy to adulthood - thus bringing Turing's vision to fruition - and creating entirely new approaches to machine learning. In our research, we take a strong behaviorist approach, meaning that we work from the principle that language is a skill, not simply the output of brain functions, and, therefore, can be learned. The research was initially led by Jason Hutchens, a world-renowned chatbot developer and winner of the Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence, and Dr. Anat Treister-Goren, an award-winning neurolinguist.

The pages in this section provide some insight into Ai's original research plan, carried out in 2000-2001. Since the beginning of 2002, Ai has adopted a new research strategy, refraining from articulated theory. Instead, Ai's technology is constantly on public display, offering the interested user a chance to experience the technology first hand, by conversing with Ai's Virtual Personalities.