RE: AGI funding (was Re: Some bad news)

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Fri Nov 08 2002 - 11:17:06 MST

Rafal wrote:
> ### If you sneak in the need to understand the language of scientific
> publication and the graphics, including photographs, into Biomind, this
> would take care of a huge chunk of perception. OK, I guess this might be
> difficult to get by your sponsors, unless they would come to see
> Biomind as
> a scientist of its own, rather than a mere scientific tool. Maybe in the
> next version.

Well, firstly, we don't have "sponsors" for Biomind in the sense that you're
thinking. We have a start-up company, Biomind LLC, with a little seed
investment to pay for developing our first Novamente-based bioinformatics
product. I am the decision-maker for Biomind and I have a responsibility
to direct Biomind in a way that will benefit its investors, and is
consistent with its mission. Fortunately, there is some benefit for AGI
along the way, due to the common use/development of Novamente for Biomind &
for our AGI project.

Having said that -- actually, your idea *does* make sense. Extracting
information from research articles is an important aspect of bioinformatics,
and one that Biomind hopes to get into at some point in the future, though
not for our first product release. And it's a fact that a lot of info in
bio research articles is given in diagrammatic & graphical form.

We also have been discussing using 3D geometric methods to analyze molecular
structure, which has some overlap with macro 3D perceptual processing...

So, yeah, there's a lot of overlap ... but by no means enough to eliminate
the need for separate AGI funding, even if Biomind were a huge company (and
now it's just me and a handful of programmers).

-- Ben G

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