Jonathan Mugan

AI and machine learning. Principal scientist at DeUmbra and author of The Curiosity Cycle.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is an inflection point for virtual worlds and our own

Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020 doesn’t just feel real; it almost is real. You see the same objects and relationships when you look out the window that you would see out of a physical plane. Down there are your own cities and streets, and you can even fly into a live hurricane [1]. Because of …

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Generating Natural-Language Text with Neural Networks

Computers are illiterate. Reading requires mapping the words on a page to shared concepts in our culture and commonsense understanding, and writing requires mapping those shared concepts into other words on a page. We currently don’t know how to endow computers with a conceptual system rich enough to represent even what a small child knows, …

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