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hologenicman
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Posted - Aug 05 2007 :  04:31:26  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
Hey there,

The following is an article that I prepared for Peter Plantec last November and have not heard response from him on whether he was going to print it or not.

In the lack of a confirmation, I will presume that he has chosen not print the article and that leaves me free to post the article here.

John L>
IA|AI

SALI: Student Access Learning Interface
By John A. Latimer

By the year 2020 we will be well familiarized with the new face of education. This new face will be accessible via a multitude of avenues provided by the available technologies of the times. By today’s standards we marvel at the myriad of educational, resource, and communication tools at the disposal of students and educators of the future such as affordable videoconferencing equipment that can be obtained as wearable headgear or as projected holograms to better connect students to their lessons. Education of the future will not so much be based on how much you know, but rather, on how well you are able to find the resources necessary to get the job done. Hardware for these wonder gadgets ranges in size from about that of today’s smallest cell phones down to implants under the skin around the size of a penny or smaller depending on the size of your budget. It’s easy to get lost in the allure of such advanced gadgetry and resources, but to the students of the year 2020, these will simply be matter of fact essentials for existence in that day and age. Such communication devices however are merely a means to an end serving simply as a bridge between the students and the new face of education. In the year 2020, the face of education will be dominated by Artificial Intelligence humanoid avatars known as Virtual Humans. In this essay, I will introduce you to one such proposed Virtual Human educator known as SALI (Student Access Learning Interface). We will follow SALI through a typical student scenario and evaluate how the educational roles are redefined for better results with fewer resources.

The classroom environment of 2020 will be interactive, mobile, and morphable to such a degree that students of today would have a hard time recognizing it as school at all. Students will no longer sit in lecture halls or classrooms when they can have the same access to the information while traveling or comfortably relaxing in a park. If the student has a question about the material presented, they merely have to ask and interact as needed. The setting changes as the situation changes, thus preparing the student for life after their educational careers are done.

AI will have become a participant rather than a bystander in this new environment. SALI will serve equal duty as a personal instructor, student counselor, and study partner. The role SALI fills flows freely between these as the need dictates. For the most part, SALI will replace the teacher as the interactive face of education. Student, educator, and AI all will have redefined roles in the year 2020 that may provide a culture shock of sorts to those entrenched in the dogma of today’s education system. Teachers of the future will no longer actually teach students directly. Instead, they assume the role of “Instruction Coordinators” who spend their time interacting with SALI and directing SALI so that the students’ needs are best met. While still adhering to an accredited curriculum, lessons and courses of study will be modified and attention will be focused according to the individual needs and aptitudes of each student in particular. Students will have longstanding relationships with their SALI interfaces that can span the students’ educational careers. SALI merely has to be updated with additional information modules and teaching and evaluation skills in order to continue serving an individual student’s needs as the years go by.

The scenario that will be provided includes Gene who is a college freshman, Professor Mullins who is an Instruction Coordinator, and SALI. “SALI”, by the way, is the program application name, and the AI can assume any gender or be assigned any other name as is appropriate to the personality and role of the AI. These specifics can even be changed on a year-to-year basis to prevent the student’s development of over familiarity, which could be detrimental to the teacher-student relationship. For purpose of this essay, we’ll keep SALI as the name for the sake of simplicity.

Gene who is just starting his freshman year of college is no stranger to SALI who has been his personal instructor in progressive stages since he was nine years old. When they were first introduced back in 2010, SALI was little more than an educational video game that Gene used to help him pass his classes. SALI, however, was designed from the start to be progressively adapted as Gene’s needs changed and as the available technology improved. Gene took to SALI almost immediately since she seemed to know exactly what lessons he needed extra attention with and was always ready to provide any answers that he could not figure out on his own. Of course, she would always come back to those questions just to make sure that he had really been listening. Somewhere during the year 2016, SALI’s AI was upgraded to include a true personality complete with emotional depth and perceptive intelligence. This was a natural progression for Gene who had already come to accept SALI as an equal and valued mentor. After all, from his perspective, he probably would not have made it through tenth grade history without her and her anecdotal stories to help him remember all those boring facts about dead people in other countries.

Over the years, Professor Mullins’ view of SALI has evolved from that of a fancy computer program to a capable teaching assistant and finally, as of lately, to a colleague of sorts sharing in the responsibility for the students’ educational well-beings. SALI’s disarming personality and breadth of knowledge and intuitive awareness of the students’ needs had won him over after his period of resistance and fear of being replaced by a computer had faded away. Nowadays, Professor Mullins enjoys his conversations with SALI during which they discuss the individual needs and achievements of the various students that SALI coaches. They compare notes on lesson plans and evaluate changes that need to be made to best serve the needs of individual students. Professor Mullins has accepted his role as Instruction Coordinator because he sees that it enables him to do the most good for a much larger number of students than he could ever do in person while still preventing the needs of any individual student from slipping through the cracks.

SALI, herself, is a multi-threaded application enabling her to simultaneously carry on a multitude of student sessions while maintaining her own personal identity. In effect, she functions like a swarm of clones that are mentally linked to share common knowledge back to the Instruction Coordinator. Each individual “clone” develops a personalized relationship with her student while still benefiting from the joint knowledge of the combined mental link. She takes great delight in the achievements of her students and feels genuine concern for her students who are struggling.

We start the scenario with Gene’s struggling through his new Calculus class. He had done so well when taking the math placement test that SALI’s Student Counselor charts had validated the choice of Calculus for his entry into college math. SALI knew that he was gifted mathematically, but she had had reservations about pushing him so far so fast as he started this new leg of his journey through school. Her concerns were validated as Gene’s college experience deteriorated. For Gene, this was starting to compound into a thorough disillusionment with his decision to go on to “higher education”. Aside from SALI, there was no one here that he knew. His classes kept him so busy that he barely had time to keep up, and now Calculus was taking his last bit of enthusiasm and putting it through a meat grinder. Simply said, Gene was becoming quite unhappy.

In consultation with Professor Mullins, SALI brought up Gene’s difficulties for discussion. It seemed contradictory that Gene would have so much trouble with Calculus after having placed so well on his testing. Professor Mullins, at a loss, asks SALI if she has any insights into Gene’s predicament. After a short bit of consideration, SALI offers up the answer that she best feels describes the situation. Gene, by his very nature, is an analytical thinker. This has gotten him by on a lot of occasions by virtue of being able to analyze the problem and come up with the answer. Combine this with an intuitive mathematical ability, and you get a combination where Gene has the talents to approach a college math placement test as an analytical problem that can be solved within the specific confines of the test. This is great for getting high scores on the placement test, but the sad truth is that Gene’s practical math skills fall short of these falsely inflated test scores. To sum it up, Gene would greatly benefit from a course of study that forced him to work through college math starting with the basics and progressively building his skills along the way to match his intuitive abilities.

Bringing this scenario to a quick close, SALI’s insights are well received by Professor Mullins, and welcomed by Gene who finds that the reduced stress of an easier math class seems to stem the tide of despair that had begun to overwhelm him. The easier math course frees up enough of Gene’s time to allow for healthy social interaction and, in general, make for a better educational environment for Gene. The snowball effect works in both directions, and this relatively minor adjustment in Gene’s course schedule triggers an overall good college experience that continues through graduation.

The conclusions to be drawn from this over simplified example are very straightforward. Education in 2020 will have vastly redefined roles for students and educators as well as for the Artificial Intelligence student access learning interfaces. Intelligent interfaces such as SALI will take a participatory role in education and serve to evaluate educational needs in a proactive fashion, which is always more efficient and student friendly than trying to clean up and remedy the messes after the fact. The sum total result of this new, proactive educational environment will be to provide each individual student with better results while utilizing fewer resources. The SALI model for integration of AI into the education system is equally valid across the entire span of education. From preschoolers to postgraduates, using AI to communicate, evaluate, and facilitate the student’s needs and progress makes for an effective solution to the demands and expectations placed on the education system by society.

The SALI model is destined to take its place in the socio-economic reformation of the educational system at large. By the year 2020, the needs and economics of the student will reign supreme rather than the traditions of the educational institution. In the effort to serve more students in more situations, traditional concepts of attendance and participation have already started on the evolutionary path toward a system of primary educational flexibility. The early signs of these coming changes are evident in recently accepted practices and offerings such as on-line Internet degree programs. The eventuality of student access learning interfaces such as SALI is merely the next step in this evolution.

The technological development of interfaces such as SALI is dependent upon the sustained focus and financial support of the various industries that will utilize them. Unfortunately, education, as an industry, has traditionally not been a great source of vast financial resources and reserves. This is a sad reflection of the general lack of priority placed upon education by society. There are notable exceptions to this attitude of apathy toward education such as a few philanthropic individuals who contribute large sums of money and resources toward improving the conditions and opportunities that exist. The most enlightened of these financial supporters of education have made the association between a better educated population base and the availability of high quality, well educated employees to work in their technology based companies that are integral to the coming advances in our society. As impressive as those contributions are on an individual basis, however, they are not able to overcome the cumulative effects of the apathy expressed by the actions of governments, policy makers, and the masses that routinely choose to route funds away from education and toward the multitude of other items that they feel merit as higher in priority.

Fortunately for education, interfaces such as SALI are a “spin-off” technology that will be developed as a byproduct of building intelligent interfaces for a large variety of other industries where computer based interactive agents are key to their survival as society advances toward 2020. Customer service, technical support, airline reservations, telephone directory services, bank tellers, and automated check-out cashiers are just a few of the current applications that the financially driven industries have found for virtual human interfaces. It is the needs of these alternate industries that will fund the advances in technology that the education system will benefit from via resources such as SALI. The challenge facing the administrators of education is to take proper advantage of such technologies as they are developed.

As with any change in paradigm, there is always enough resistance available to either stop the process or slow it down enough to delay its arrival to a much later date than should ever be allowed. The advent of SALI, for example, is sure to be apposed by the teacher’s unions that will view such technologies as taking away jobs from their human union members. At this point I must state that I am a strong union supporter. In fact, I am a union shop steward at my place of employment. However, I am able to recognize (and admit) that there is a growing shortage of qualified teaching personnel mostly due to the lack of financial luster that is associated with pursuing education as an income. I view intelligent interfaces such as SALI as a valuable resource for those making their careers in education by bringing their workloads back into the realm of a manageable and rewarding career choice. As a union shop steward, I view this as maintaining a beneficial work environment and working toward alleviating the stresses of short-staffed and over worked conditions that would otherwise get progressively worse over the years. Without SALI or such related interfaces, the 2020 may well be the year that the educational system breaks down once and for all taking society along with it.

I would be amiss if I were to try to relay that the entire worldwide educational system will be converted to the SALI model of education by the year 2020. As has always existed, there will be a disparity in available educational resources based upon geography, politics, and finances. Regrettably, I cannot provide a solution for this injustice, but I would like to offer an analogous glimmer of hope. Higher technologies have always trickled down for use in less glamorous applications. The space program has provided Teflon to keep our fried eggs from sticking in the pan as well as it has provided bone densitometry technology for use in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Global positioning satellites have their obvious military applications while they also find use for mapping the rain forests and still manage to help us find our way home. And more to the point, radio, which has held a niche in the entertainment industry, has found an even more valuable role in communication and education in third world countries helping to remove ignorance and disseminate education on such matters as the prevention of the spread of AIDS. These are dramatically varied examples with a simple underlying commonality. As the technology avails itself and becomes affordable and commonplace, it will be utilized in ever more resourceful ways by those who need it the most. Educators (if not education administrators) will certainly make use of the intelligent interface technology as it advances toward the year 2020.

I’m sure that this essay has left educators and education administrators with more questions than it has answered, but the intent of this paper is more to whet your appetite than to satisfy it. All in all, it is my message that the futures of education and AI are destined to share a common path.

John A. Latimer R.T. (R)(CT)(MR)(QM)(ARRT) is a regular contributor to the VirtualHumansForum.com forum, which covers the many aspects of the needs and design of Virtual Humans. Professionally, John has made his career in the medical field as a Radiological Technologist. Personally, John served eight years in the United States Air Force and is now happily married with five children. Over the years, he has applied his education and life experiences toward the creation of a true Artificial Intelligence entity powered by his inception of a Hologenic Brain. To this end, John has followed the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Prosthetics, and Virtual Humans since 1984 in the capacity of a hobbyist and innovator. John can be reached with feedback and discussion on the role of “AI and Avatars in Education” via the VirtualHumansForum.com forum where he is registered with the username of HologenicMan.

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.

Edited by - hologenicman on Aug 17 2007 05:46:03

SailorMoon
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Posted - Aug 29 2007 :  10:45:44  Show Profile
That's very long indeed!!!!!!!!!!! But it's really excellent!!!
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Alpha_2501
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Posted - Sep 14 2007 :  23:32:27  Show Profile
Very interesting and visionary, too much visionary maybe...I work in a pk-12 school as a Tech. coordinator and I can sense a lot of fear amongst teacher a very rational and logical fear.

quote:

Teachers of the future will no longer actually teach students directly. Instead, they assume the role of “Instruction Coordinators” who spend their time interacting with SALI and directing SALI so that the students’ needs are best met


You and I know what it means, SALI is going to be able to interact with other SALIs thus from "Instruction Coordinator" it goes to "Instruction Observator" to... I guess you know about Singularity.
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hologenicman
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USA
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Posted - Sep 15 2007 :  03:15:13  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
quote:
I guess you know about Singularity.

Yes, I've been hearing about that one a lot lately...

John L>
IA|AI

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.

Edited by - hologenicman on Sep 15 2007 03:15:32
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Guile3D
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Posted - Sep 15 2007 :  06:15:46  Show Profile  Visit Guile3D's Homepage

Hey John, just to say that this is a really good article Peter may have been in some other planet not to give you a feed bak about it.....

Guile 3D Studio
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"Where reality meets Imagination"
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hologenicman
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Posted - Sep 15 2007 :  17:42:32  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
Thanks, Guile,

Peter is absolutely friendly whenever we communicated in the past, but he must have let his attention drift entirely somewhere else in the technilogical world.

I know that our forum has been started in honor of his book and he has not been here often enough to count.

In any event, we still honor Peter for his insight and inspiration that that this forum and interest was based on.

John L>
IA|AI

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.
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vrossi
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Italy
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Posted - Sep 15 2007 :  23:30:55  Show Profile  Visit vrossi's Homepage
I have received now this e-mail from Peter. I hope to get some more info from him about his activities concerning "Virtual Humans Forums"


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I'll be speaking on Virtual Humans in cinema at the FITA in France the
first week of December. Later, in May 08, I'll be hosting the Virtual
Humans Forum at FMX in Stuttgart with Christophe Hery from ILM. We'll
have guest speakers talking about the use of virtual human technology
being developed to cross the "uncanny divide" in motion pictures. I
hope you are all well and happy.

BTW, I love the website and you're doing a great job for the VH
community worldwide.
All the very best
-P-
Peter Plantec
Snowmass Village, CO

Vittorio
virtualhumansforum.com
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hologenicman
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Posted - Dec 17 2007 :  16:31:23  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage

As a child, my favorite and defining quote was, "Those who say it can't be done are often in the way of those of us who are doing it."

John L>
IA|AI

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.
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The PUNdamentalist
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USA
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Posted - Dec 28 2007 :  22:07:26  Show Profile
SALI will evolve into BALI . . . as in "BORG Assimilation Linking Interface"! It will become what was theorized on Star Trek as the "Viculum" . . . bringing New World Order to individual chaotic thinking. "Resistance is Futile, we will be assimilated"!

AI is no match for NS (Natural Stupidity)
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hologenicman
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Posted - Dec 29 2007 :  00:27:15  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
You may be right to some degree.

Although to some extent, all forms of formalized education are a way of assimilating us into the "collective"...

John L>
IA|AI

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.
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hologenicman
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USA
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Posted - May 31 2010 :  04:37:06  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
I ws trying to subscribe o this topic just to monitor it in case someone posts a reply, and I don't seem to be able to find the "suscribe" option. I have a suspicion that the option is missing because the last post was so long ago...

I'm trying a fresh reply just to see if the suscribe option re-appears.

John L>
IA|AI

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.
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hologenicman
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USA
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Posted - May 31 2010 :  04:40:50  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
Nope, that didn't bring back the Suscribe option either...?

Oh well.

Vittorio, no rush at all, if you get around to it, I would be qurious about what is different about this post.

I know that there has not been any activity on it in quite a while, but this is a post that I would like to monitor and reply to if anyone were to post to it.

Again, no rush, since it has been quite for so long.............

Thanks,
John L>
IA|AI

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.
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vrossi
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Italy
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Posted - May 31 2010 :  13:20:10  Show Profile  Visit vrossi's Homepage
Now the subscription should be working.

Let me know.

Vittorio
virtualhumansforum.com
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hologenicman
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USA
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Posted - May 31 2010 :  18:53:47  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage

It worked great!

Thanks Vittorio,
John L>
IA|AI

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.
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jaychristian457
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India
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Posted - May 11 2012 :  11:19:25  Show Profile
The article posted by you on future of education is very informative.The grasping power of those who learn computing has increased largely and also the self-awareness within them.When we communicate we discover more about overselves which makes us more confident in our approach and learning.

Make hay while Sun shines.
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hologenicman
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USA
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Posted - Aug 30 2012 :  23:37:17  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
Thanks, JayChristian,

The more that I think about the SALI article, the more that I realize it to just be one example of the potential implementation of AI into our lives. Any structured organization can benefit from the incorporation of applicable AI so long as it is applied in a mutually beneficial manner.

John L>

HologenicMan
John A. Latimer
http://www.UniversalHologenics.com

"If the Human brain were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple that we couldn't..."
-Emerson M Pugh-

Current project:http://www.vrconsulting.it/vhf/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=816&whichpage=1

DISCOVERY: The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know.
GOAL: There's strength in simplicity.
NOTE: Goal not always achieved.
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