The Kentucky Register


PUBLISHED QUARTERLY BY UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COMPUTING CENTER


JANUARY 1965       VOL I, ISSUE 4

Photo of lecture at the Computing Center

MACHINES THAT THINK

In the above photo Mr. Joseph Wegstein, of the National Bureau of Standards, is shown lecturing at a recent session of the Computer Seminar on Artificial Intelligence sponsored by the University of Kentucky Computing Center. Mr. Wegstein, who was a member of the committee which developed ALGOL and COBOL, gave us a brief look at what is being done with computers at the Bureau of Standards in the areas of standardization and definition. In a humorous vein Mr. Wegstein related that the Bureau's experiences with computers goes back to 1950. In that year the yield of the atom bomb was calculated on a primitive computer. Later when a test bomb was set off in an isolated concrete block house which had been constructed on an island, the scientists had the bomb wired with measuring devices to check their calculations. Unfortunately when the bomb exploded, the island disappeared.

Those who have attended the seminars heard interesting discussions on logic theory machines and game playing machines. Dr. Nicholas Findler who organized the seminar has prepared a research proposal which illustrates the type of material which has been presented. The title of the research project is "A Machine That Generates and Optimizes Its Strategy." It should be pointed out that one of the definitions for intelligence which was given at the seminar is "the ability to correct one's mistakes." Dr. Findler states, "Different types of learning have been studied and implemented on special and general purpose computers. Almost in every instance, however, both the criteria and the means of the learning process have been predetermined by the researcher. The quality and completeness of the evaluation schemes, test features, etc. have therefore solely depended on the ingenuity of the 'programmer'. A qualitatively different kind of learning and a higher level of artificial intelligence would be encountered if we could build a machine that is able to generate its own abstractions at different levels, produce value judgment, and exhibit, in general, many aspects of intelligent behavior.

COMPUTING CENTER AIDS METALLURGICAL RESEARCH

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PERSONALITIES IN THE COMPUTING CENTER

One might ask the question, "What precisely is a Computing Center Consulting Statistician?". If the Computing Center happens to be the University of Kentucky Computing Center, the answer would be, "a student of psychology with a talent for statistical analysis, who has become an expert in adapting problems from various diversified fields to the scrutiny of the electronic computer."

Selwyn A. Zerof received his A.B. in psychology from the University of Miami in 1955. After a tour of duty with the United States Army he returned to the University of Miami where he received the M.S. in psychology in 1959. He enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Kentucky the same year and became interested in the Computing Center operation. He has had material published in The Journal of Comparative and Psychological Behavior, and The Journal of Consulting Psychology.

Mr. Zerof is presently working on a statistical library which will make available to 7040 users a powerful collection of routines for statistical analysis, with a simplified, standardized method of input preparation. He is also working on a problem involving computer diagnosis of diseases, which was described in the last issue of the REGISTER, and a method of scoring and interpreting the MMPI. In addition, Mr. Zerof will conduct a course for the Evening College, during the spring semester, on Digital Computers in Research.

Mr. Zerof resides in Lexington with his wife, Ann Charlotte, and young son, Eric.

COMPUTING CENTER PERSONNEL PROJECTS

PREPARATION FOR USING THE COMPUTING CENTER

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DIRECTOR GIVES LECTURE AT BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

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COMPUTING CENTER USED IN DAIRY STUDY

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OPERATIONS MANAGER PUBLISHED ARTICLE

Martin B. Solomon, Jr., Computing Center Manager of Operation's has recently published an article in the Journal of Small Business Management for October. The title of the article is "The Search Function In Investment Decisions In The Small Business Enterprise."

Marty, incidentally, has not quite decided who controls whom, between the people and the machines in the Computing Center. Recently he posted a notice on the 7040 which read, "Please do not leave the machine unattended - Marty." Sometime later he noted a new sign, in an unfamiliar scroll, which announced. "Please do not leave Marty unattended - the Machine."

NON-NUMERIC PROGRAMMING COURSE OFFERED

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WATERSHED COMPUTATION JUDGED A SUCCESS

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NEW COMPUTING CENTER PROJECTS

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