The Wisdom of Crowds Approach to AI

26 11 2005

“The purpose of this web site is unusual, but we hope you find it interesting and compelling, because we need your help! Our goal is to teach computers all those things an average person knows but takes for granted, because they are so obvious. This is known as the problem of giving computers “common sense”. This includes things like:

  • every person is younger than their mother
  • you can push something with a straight stick
  • one hundred dollars is a lot to pay for a sandwich
  • snow is cold and is made of millions of snowflakes
  • a week is longer than an minute
  • computers need a source of power to operate
  • most birds can fly, except for penguins and birds with broken wings.”

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