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Friday 9-Saturday 10 November, 2018
Artist Run Multiverse Summit with Kunsthal Gent, Pallas Projects, Rabbits Road Press/Oomk, Transmission, White Pube. A gathering of artist run organisations from across the UK and Europe to celebrate, share ideas, eat and sleep together and make plans for the future.
My "interruption", on day 1, in the middle of all that, was on this (unadvertised) topic
Toddler space scientists
Empty space includes billions of potential curved paths through which a wasp or a ball could move. Mathematicians have studied space for centuries, but it is also partially understood by many animals that see things in space, move through space, and manipulate things, including nest-building birds, animals that hunt for, peel, or tear open their food and pre-verbal human toddlers.
Note 1: Despite appearances in many impressive demos, current AI systems and robots do not share this deep spatial understanding, as pointed out in the talk.
Note 2: "billions" is an understatement!
The talk was subsequently reported on Twitter https://twitter.com/eprjcts/status/1060899379031298048 as:
Rubber bands, squirrels, nuts, impossible problems, toddlers, pencils in holes, and artificial intelligence. Mathematician(??!?) @aaronsloman on what is missing with computers and AI. #MultiverseSummit #evolution
The talk was unscripted and did not use a projected presentation, apart from a few rubber bands in my pocket.
A 20 minute extract with my presentation is here:
Short recording (20 minute space talk)
I apologise for being inaudible when I had to put the microphone down for a
short time, to show how it is possible to link rubber bands into a chain, though
linking the ends of the chain is impossible. The rubber band problem is
summarised, and discussed, briefly, here, with pictures:
Impossible rubber banditry
http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/projects/cogaff/misc/rubber-bands.html (Also pdf)
My talk also mentioned a toddler with a pencil, exploring 3D topology. A short
(4.5min) video with commentary is here (not included in the presentation):
Full recording of Day 1 (7 hours 19 minutes)
Also available here: https://youtu.be/SgrJko0RgFI
My session starts at 3:05:58 (Introduction), and ends at 3:23:00. There was no time for discussion.
Eastside Projects (@eprjcts) https://twitter.com/eprjcts/status/1060899379031298048and
"Rubber bands, squirrels, nuts, impossible problems, toddlers, pencils in holes, and artificial intelligence. Mathematician @aaronsloman on what is missing with computers and AI. #MultiverseSummit #evolution"
Kelly Large (@large_kelly) pic.twitter.com/M0ouWR0ky6
Space exploration via spinning #squirrels, elastic bands & the spatial reasoning of neurons amongst other mind bending things from @aaronsloman @#MultiversSummit yesterday @eprjcts
I don't know how to embed more of the comments that followed the above two here.