Jonathan Mugan

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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