The Perspective Simplex: Towards a truly clever Artificial Intelligence

Highlight — The Perspex allows global reasoning to be attained before it attends to the myriad of detail — very much like human strategic thinking.

Quoting the University of Reading press release:

Dr James Anderson, of the University’s Department of Computer Science, has developed for the first time the “perspective simplex”, or Perspex, which is a way of writing a computer program as a geometrical structure, rather than as a series of instructions.

All computer programs can be written in terms of the Perspex. Essentially, it is a new, geometrical computer instruction that looks like an artificial neuron. Any existing computer program can be compiled into a network of these neurons.

The Perspex allows global reasoning to be attained with just one initial instruction. So a Perspex program can operate on the whole of a problem before it attends to the myriad of detail. This is very much like human strategic thinking. It arises from the geometry of the Perspex, not from the specific detail of the program that is being run.