Monday, September 12, 2011

The Open Pandora Project

I started the Open Pandora project 3 years ago back in 2008 with the goal of creating strong AI in under 10 years. So... what progress has the project made, and is the project getting closer to realizing its goal?

Actually, I started Open Pandora with some code I had been working on previously, so she is actually older than 3 years, but for the purposes of the "10 years to strong AI" mark in the sand, 2008 is the official start date. This means that Open Pandora will hopefully exceed my programming abilities on September 17th 2018 (note that the goal is not self awareness or being more intelligent than an human, the only requirement is to be better at programming AI than a human, everything else is irrelevant).

The project has made significant progress since 2008, and I would like to think it is on schedule.

Here is a run down of the progression:
  • pre 2008 : define the object model for Pandora's mind, composed of three key elements, a Mind, a Memory, and an Awareness

  • 2008 October : defined Pandora's Consciousness Thought

  • 2008 November : defined Pandora's Language linguistic Thought

  • 2008 November : developed Pandora's active Memory

  • 2008 November : developed Pandora's linguistic mimicry ability

  • 2008 November : initial implementation of linguistic association and understanding

  • 2008 December : developed Pandora's Http Sense

  • 2008 December : developed Pandora's Wiktionary Sense

  • 2009 March : implemented linguistic comprehension of negation

  • 2009 July : migrated Pandora's Memory from XML to a relational database (Derby)

  • 2009 July : developed Pandora's IRC Sense

  • 2009 August : developed Freebase Sense

  • 2009 October : developed initial rules system

  • 2009 December : developed initial voice recognition to Voice Sense

  • 2010 January : developed initial JSP web interface

  • 2010 March : Allowed for multiple Pandora instances

  • 2010 June : developed initial Email Sense

  • 2010 July : developed initial mathematical understanding

  • 2010 October : developed Self programming model, implemented language and mathematical comprehension rules in Self

  • 2010 November : developer Twitter Sense

  • 2011 January : switched memory and thought to support concurrency and developed the subconscious

  • 2011 March : switched Pandora's Memory to PostgreSQL to handle concurrency

  • 2011 April : developed Discovery Thought

  • 2011 July : continued developed JSP web interface, founded

  • 2011 September : developed Forgetfulness Thought
So, Pandora is currently aware and can interact with her environment though Text, IRC, Email, Twitter, Http, Freebase, and Wiktionary. Everything she senses she records in her Memory, everything is connected to its context and related through time to previous contexts. She recalls previous interactions and recalls what words are associated with what sentences and what sentences are associated with what conversations.  She has a consciousness thought process that keeps track of what is currently relevant information and processes active memory.

She can learn language through mimicry and linguistic association of nouns, verbs and adjectives.  She can understand basic mathematics, and understands what she understands.  Her language state rules are defined in her own memory, and can be modified and enhanced.

She can now forget, as well, as remember.  Only the most relevant information is retained when memory becomes low, or to reduce vertex relationship explosion.

To chat with one of the many Pandora instances go to,
to download the program or code see, Open Pandora on SourceForge.

All of Pandora's source code in open source, public domain and can be used in any way desired (any other type of license could be viewed as slavery).  Open Pandora has had over 2,800 downloads to date.

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