Intelligent Systems And Their Societies Walter Fritz

About The Author

 

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Walter Fritz was born of German parents in Shanghai, China, in 1927. He studied mechanical engineering in Spokane, Washington, USA, and now lives in Argentina. He worked in the manufacturing engineering field from 1953 until 1985, and spent the last 20 years of his career in the automotive industry. He is retired now and dedicates his time to the study of intelligent systems, and to tennis and swimming. He was a professor in the artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory of the "Instituto Tecnologico Buenos Aires". He also worked with a group of 7 students at the "Universidad Tecnologica Nacional" on a PC version of the General Learner Program. He has given more than 30 lectures on subjects related to artificial intelligence, published two scientific papers and co-authored an artificial intelligence book, written in Spanish. He has published a site on intelligent systems and their societies in the Internet, in both English and Spanish. Now working on an experimental robot called "Robby". (For continuous reading, like a book - do not enter here now).

HE ENCOURAGES ALL QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CORRECTIONS ON THIS BOOK!

 

Programs written in the AI subject area

1965
A very primitive program answering natural language questions in any language (written in Fortran for an IBM mainframe). It used the questions to construct the subsequent answers.

1979
A program that resolved 80% of the Anstay (domino stone) intelligence test, written in COBOL for a Burroughs 3500 mainframe computer.

1984
The Intelligent System (For continuous reading, like a book - do not enter here now)., written in Basic.

1986
Six variations of neural nets, written in Basic.

1987
The program "Read It!" which transforms a scanned document into text, and was sold throughout the U.S.

1989
The Autonomous Intelligent System (For continuous reading, like a book - do not enter here now)., written in C.

1995
The General Learner (For continuous reading, like a book - do not enter here now)., written in C.

1996
Starting on the robot brain, based on the General Learner. Working on sound in and output for Robby.

1997
Working on sound for Robby.

1998
Working on vision for Robby.

2002
Working on software for translating the move concepts of Robby into signals that are sent, via the RS 232 port, to Robby's body.

2003
Still working on move software. In December, the function of one movement, lifting the left arm sideways, was working well.

2004
Working on the specification of the General Learner 3 (GL 3), which is an artificial brain that not only determines its external actions by rules but also processes the incoming information and selects the action to be done, by rules. The GL3 itself can modify and possibly improve these rules. See Genera Learner 3 (For continuous reading, like a book - do not enter here now).

2005
The program GL3 is running, in a primitive version.

2006
Replaced the GL brain of Robby by the GL3 version.

2007
Some work on Robby. A group of students of the UTN university is working on a PC version of the GL3.

 

My A.I. Publications

Fritz, W. “Thinking” a letter to the editor, Astounding Science Fiction, Vol. LII, Number 5, January 1954. See the full text of the letter here
Fritz, W. The Intelligent System, SIGART Newsletter, 90, October 1984, pp. 34-38 (1984).For some details see here
Fritz, W. Garcia Martinez, R. Blanque, J.R. Adobbati, R. Rama, A. Sarno, M. The Autonomous Intelligent System, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Vol. 5, Number 2, pp.109-125 July 1989. For some details see here
Fritz, W. Garcia Martinez, R. Marsiglio, A. Sistemas Inteligentes Artificiales, Book 1990.
Fritz, W. World View and Learning Systems, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Vol. 10, Number 1, July-August 1992.
Fritz, W. Intelligent Systems and their Societies http://www. intelligent-systems.com.ar/intsyst/genlearn.htm (1997).
Fritz, W. The General Learner http://www. intelligent-systems.com.ar/intsyst/genlearn.htm (1997).
Fritz, W. Solutions for a Robot Brain, Proceedings of the Third Annual Meeting of the BICA Society (2012).

 

Other activities in the AI subject area

1995
Starting design of a robot body see Robby. (For continuous reading, like a book - do not enter here now)..

1996
Changes started in the "The General Learner" program, to use it as a robot brain. A primitive sound input and output capability added.

1997
This book on "Intelligent Systems and their Societies" put on the web.

1998
Skeleton of Robby built. Working on pneumatic cylinders.
Starting on vision input through two color QuickCam's.

1999
All pneumatic cylinders are done and attached to the skeleton. Low level vision is done; that is capturing the info from one QuickCam eye and representing it as a three maps of red, green and blue intensities. Robby reacts to flute tones.

2000
Air valves attached. Low level input - output code for brain written. First limb movement tryout.

2001
Protective boxes for the encoders that signal limb position build and attached to body.

2002
In January the robot body was finalized, except for repairs and improvements (see Robby (For continuous reading, like a book - do not enter here now).).
My wife Susi started translating the book into Spanish and I am putting it on the web.

2003
One axis of Robby, lifting the left arm sideways, is working with a smooth movement.
A number of pages were added to the book , and it was completely translated into Spanish.

2004
Some improvements made in movement of left arm. Robby is learning the movements of the left arm well.

2006
Resolving some pneumatic and electric problems in the body of Robby.
Giving advice to a group of students at the UTN (Universidad Tecnológica Nacional) who are writing a Java version of the GL program. They include a "class " of relations between concepts, not only abstract/concrete and part/total relations.

2007
Some work on Robby.

2008
No work on Robby. Helping the students on their PC version of the General Learner.
2011
Working on the page "Proposed Brain for a Household Robot".
2012
Changed the title "Proposed Brain" to "Robot Brain" and made many changes. See here (For continuous reading, like a book - do not enter here now).

 

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