Originally published by towards.ai

Introduction

AI has industry-wide applications and is being used in many unique ways. One such case is the Olbrain, a company that is dedicated to building the “Zombie intelligence” for the robots that will traverse the space to build the infrastructure for human civilization. This month, Towards.AI had the opportunity to speak with the CEO, Alok Gautam who gave us some interesting insights on “robolization”.

TAI: Give us some insights on the AGI.

Alok : Roughly, Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is the intelligence of a machine that can understand or learn any intellectual task that a…


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It’s a Jungle out there (Unity Arena) … and our AI Agent is learning to survive. He needs to catch food (Green Balls) … If he fails to feed himself within the stipulated time, he will die of starvation. He also needs to save himself from the predators (Red Balls), he’ll die a painful death if he gets caught. There are many kinds of obstacles too, few to avoid, few to be used as tools. There are a few zones that can cause significant damage and can even kill.

To create an Intelligent Agent which can survive and thrive, we…


I so love this pot on my desk, it feels like Escher’s Circle Limit. A world complete in itself, with its own laws of mathematics, having its own time-space …

It reminds me of the first time I had encountered the idea of circle limit.

It was 2004, I was in JNU … planned to leave for Lucknow in the evening for Diwali. I went to PVR Priya to grab a book to read for the journey. While I was trying to find the perfect book, I stumbled upon ‘Road To Reality’ by Roger Penrose. …


It was June-End 1998, I joined IIT-Kanpur for my B.Tech Program …

The very first week, some seniors took a bunch of us to their hostel to rag us … they started belittling us … also, they were trying to brag about themselves … they showed us Penthouse and Debonaire which they brought when they were on their internships in US and Hong Kong. I got disillusioned :(

… they were in their final year, and they were bragging about being the proud owners of some almost-porn magazines which were not available in India …. When I was preparing for…


There was this Professor, Mr. O. P. Bakshi, he used to take Political Theory. Somehow I attended almost all of his classes. It was the exam time, Paper had this question on Plato’s Theory of Justice.

I wrote; I don’t know what Plato’s theory of justice is, as you didn’t give us the original text to read. After reading some commentary by some Mr. X on Plato’s theory I think I’m in no position to comment on that.

But here let me try to explain my theory of justice …

I then wrote 5–6 pages, with few 2D & 3D…


My Experience with CAT

IIM Ahmedabad Campus

I was in the Himalayas, I didn’t open a book for 4 years. I decided to do my MBA. Planned to join some coaching institute. Called few friends to find out who’s living alone and has a spare room. Zeroed in on Sachin, he was living alone in a 2BHK in Kanpur. I shifted to his other room … joined Career Launcher … appeared for my first All India Mock CAT, and scored 97+ %ile. I was surprised, celebrated for the whole week and didn’t study. Next week it was around 99%ile … and the score…


Reflections on the last decade

10 years back, it was Jun-end 2009 when I joined IIM-Ahmedabad. For the last 4 years, I was in the Himalayas … It was a world complete in itself, everybody around me was aspiring to become the God … Here at IIM-A, I was a misfit. IIM-A was a different world altogether, almost everyone here was aspiring to get hired by top companies at fat packages, few of them were aspiring to build valuable companies. I did not have any of these objectives … I somehow was not comfortable in working for someone for my…


Meditation Hall — Vipassana Sadhana Sansthan, Chattarpur.

It was the year 1999, I was in BA 1st Year. I happened to meet a Vipassana Teacher … got indulged in argument … he was not very good with reasoning but he gave me the hard copy of a 4–5 page Newsletter on “What happens at Death?” published by Vipassana Research Institute, and highly recommended me to attend one of their 10 Day residential courses.

Things mentioned in the Newsletter were not verifiable … I was not a very big fan of things which can’t be falsified but I was Intrigued nevertheless with the logical consistency …

Decided to…


It was the summer of 2003, I and my school friend Sandeep decided to finally leave for the Himalayas. Our intent was to leave this ephemeral world behind, work towards something permanent, achieve something which is independent of Space-Time. I told everyone that I’m going to take admission in JNU for my Masters, Sandeep told he’s going to Delhi with me to join some coaching. The plan was all set, my friends Vinay and Bhaskar, who recently got jobs, were the sponsors. We both reached Delhi, stayed at my friend Pashupati’s place somewhere in North Delhi. …

Alok Gautam

Building Artificial General Intelligence

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