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DeUmbra at Data Day Texas

Our principal scientist Jonathan Mugan gave the keynote at Data Day Texas! His talk was about how we can get to strong AI. Here are the slides data_day_path_to_strong_ai
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Introducing ThoughtLog: The Free Automatic Diary

Our thoughts are our experience in this world, and our worries, memories, and plans are the only real testimony to our existence. Moment by moment, it feels like we are thinking about what’s naturally important, but in reality we each focus only on a minuscule subset. Equally surprising is that we dwell on different subsets ...
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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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Principal Scientist Dr. Jonathan Mugan Talks with Brains Behind AI

Dr. Mugan talks about what it will take to build real AI. You can listen to the interview here https://brainsbehind.ai/1-deumbra-jonathan-mugan-on-developing-robots-who-understand-our-world-the-way-human-children-do/.
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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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How we can use data to address the opioid epidemic

President Nixon declared the war on drugs in 1971. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for people under the age of 50, with opioids accounting for most of the devastation. Can data science help? Data can provide hints about underlying truths, but it is not immediately clear how it can be applied ...
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Solve real world problems, every day

As a mathematician and Ph.D., my work involves projects for the Department of Defense. The work is rewarding and interesting, and provides variety each day. As a bonus I also get to mentor upcoming graduates who are fresh with excitement about their field of interest, and are evaluating all the opportunities before them with eager ...
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Big Data: Precognition in the mirror world

We want to know the present so that we can predict the future. When the ability to predict exceeds inferences that can be made with commonly accessible information, we call it precognition. The idea of precognition was made salient by the 2002 movie Minority Report. In that movie, there is a scene where one of ...
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Moving toward autonomous cyber defense

Cyber systems need intelligent defenses, and they are currently lacking. We have rote rules that specify how to protect our systems, but these rules can only protect against known attacks. We have methods for looking for unusual events, but these methods lack context and flag too many innocuous events as threatening. We even have machine ...
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