I was talking with a friend the other day about free will and we reached the point where we thought that free will is currently missing from alot of A.I. research. I would not consider any A.I. to be true A.I. without the machine having free will. This then brought up how I believe that there is true randomness if and only if there is free will. And that a machine must have a fuel source of true randomness in order to have free will. However, this is a topic of another blog post that perhaps will someday be written. Here I wanted to talk about...What the heck happened to A.I. research!?
I think at some point, every researcher who starts in A.I. realizes that there just really isn't much funding for foundational true A.I. research. All of the so-called A.I. research is currently more about data-mining and adaptive systems. I believe this is because these areas have a clearer short-term potential economic gain.
Who is working on the real foundational questions concerning constructing a true A.I.?