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March 9, 2021 15 min

Can AI systems solve problems the way Sherlock Holmes does? Yes, it’s elementary! with deductions.  This kind of AI is called “cognitive AI” systems because it imitates some of the ways we think about the world using symbols.  A cognitive AI system uses symbols not only to communicate with people but it represents a problem with symbols and solves it similar to the way that mathematicians and physicists do.  If you think about how lawyers and doctors use deduction, it’s easy to imagine how powerful an AI system that “thinks” like this can be.  For example, the first AI system that won the Jeopardy World Championship, Watson, used deduction.   Without symbols, we are faced with a pile of 0’s and 1’s.   

Join Radio AI director Cindy Mason on a journey through the world of deductive cognitive AI systems with special guest, Richard Waldinger, an AI researcher who specializes in deductive AI systems.    Richard is a senior scientist at Stanford Research Institute, Intl. and is the recipient of many AI prizes, including the Herbrand Award.

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