About

MINDMAKERS.ORG: What It Is

The MINDMAKERS.ORG portal is for people collaborating on building large AI systems. It consists of a Project collection, a Forum for disucssions and a Wiki for various member-created pages.

MINDMAKERS.ORG is driven by a non-profit effort and includes people with a diverse set of backgrounds. We believe that collaboration, including that between academia and industry, is a key to our success in understanding intelligence and making practical use of it. So naturally we welcome anyone who shares our vision.

MINDMAKERS.ORG Manifesto

We seek to:

  • Foster collaboration between people spanning several disciplines, from software development to psychological experimentation, from ethics to hardware engineering, and to bring together those whose expertise and ideas will help move the science along;
  • Develop and promote the application of principles which will lead to a greater understanding of embodied intelligence, organic and artificial;
  • Increase the autonomy, knowledge, choice and leisure time of individuals through development of useful, integrated AI systems.

Several factors motivate our work:

  • A much-needed move towards building on prior work in AI, to promote incremental accumulation of knowledge in creating intelligent systems, is long overdue. The relatively small group who is working on broad models of mind, bridging across disciplines, needs better ways to share results and work together, and to work with others outside their field. To this end we want to create principles that support development of re-usable software components, through a common middleware specification, and mechanisms for defining interfaces between components. This will foster increased collaboration, communication and cooperation between software, systems, people, and institutions through this effort.
  • We believe that to study mental mechanisms they need to be embedded in a larger cognitive model with significant breadth, to contextualize their operation. This calls for a focus on supporting large-scale experimentation and integration.
  • By bridging across multiple functionalities in a single, unified system, researchers’ familiarity and breadth of experience with the various models of thought to date – as well as new ones – increases. This is important – as are in fact all of the above points – when the goal is to develop unified theories of cognition.
  • By focusing on the re-use of existing work we are able to support the construction of more powerful systems than otherwise possible, speeding up the path towards useful, deployable systems.

We welcome all developers, designers, artificial intelligence experts and enthusiasts, cognitive scientists & psychologists, computer scientists and amateurs, software architects, and artists who share our mission and want to join in the effort of developing artificially intelligent systems and characters. By this we hope to jumpstart the idea of a place where AI developers can "shop" for modules that fill gaps in their research that otherwise would have gonne unfilled.

The effort:

  • Development of specifications and technologies that help foster cooperation and collaboration.
  • Implementation of working systems based on the OpenAIR platform – "AIR to share"
  • OpenAIR is a routing and communication protocol based on a publish-subscribe architecture. It allows researchers to share code more effectively, serving as the "post office and mail delivery system" for multi-module, distributed systems.
  • Development of courseware and reading materials based on these systems.
  • Documentation and storage of software and other related resources.
  • Online discussions.

All can be found, or will be available within the next months, on this site.

Background

MINDMAKERS.ORG was started by in 2003 by K. R. Thórisson and a team of AI developers from Communicative Machines. Since the official Beta launch of the site in September 2004 the membership has grown to include established AI researchers as well as young and energetic newcomers, as evidenced by the Founding Members list below.

We are still looking for Founding Members. If you would like to become a Founding Member and participate in formulating the direction of MINDMAKERS.ORG, please write to info|at|mindmakers.org. You can also join the discussion at the MINDMAKERS Forum.

Our first contribution to help achieve that vision is OpenAIR. OpenAIR is a powerful routing and messaging specification well-suited to handle semantic messaging between stand-alone software modules, across executables, operating systems and large systems of networked elements. This open and community-driven spec is designed by members of MINDMAKERS with the needs of the AI community in mind. It is the natural next step after CORBA and KQML.

MINDMAKERS.ORG Founding Members

Founding Membership: If you join Mindmakers.org in its Beta phase (from now until the Official 1.0 launch), by contributing substantially, through discussions, OpenAIR development, by providing code, projects or other relevant material, you get to be listed as a Founding Member. We are still looking for Founding Members. Please write to info|at|mindmakers.org. You can also join the MINDMAKERS Forum discussions.

List of Founding Members, as of February 8, 2006:

Bath University
  • Joanna Bryson
  • Emmanuel Tanguy
Communicative Machines
  • John DiPirro
Columbia University
  • Hrvoje Benko
Edinburgh University
  • Thor List
Kyoto University
  • Huang Hung-Hsuan
New York University
  • Christopher Pennock
Ontash Systems
  • Aruchunan Vaseekaran
Pennsylvania State University
  • Information Science and Technology (IST)
  • Magy Seif El-Nasr
Paris University, IUT de Montreuil - Universite de Paris 8
  • Catherine Pelachaud
Reykjavík University
  • Kristinn R. Thórisson
  • Yngvi Björnsson
  • Gudny R. Jónsdóttir
  • Snorri Beck
  • Freyr Magnusson
  • Hrafn ("Raven") Thórisson
Tokyo University of Agriculture & Technology (TUAT)
  • Yukiko Nakano
University of Bielefeld
Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)
  • Stefan Kopp
  • Ipke Wachsmuth
    AI & VR Lab
  • Marc Erich Latoschik
University of Southern California; Information Sciences Institute, Center for Advanced Research & Technology in Education (CARTE)
  • Hannes Vilhjálmsson
University of Twente
  • Zsofia Ruttkay
University of Zagreb
  • Igor Pandzic
  • Aleksandra Cerekovic
  • Vjekoslav Levacic

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