Integrating Psycholinguistics into AI with Dominique (Simmons) Davis

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I think you’re really going to enjoy today’s show. Our guest this week is Dominique Simmons, applied research Scientist at AI tools vendor Dimensional Mechanics. Dominique brings an interesting background in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics to her work and research in AI and, well, to this podcast. We cover the implications of cognitive psychology for neural networks and AI systems, and more.

In particular, we dig into how an understanding of human cognition impacts the development of AI models for media applications. We also discuss her research into multimodal training of AI models, and how our understanding of the human brain has influenced this work. We explore the debate around the biological plausibility of machine learning and AI models as well. It was a great conversation.


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  • Daniel Goldenholz

    I enjoyed this week’s show, and would like a sticker.
    My favorite part was when the speaker basically said that there is no area or topic that is not or will not be affected by AI. What a powerful idea.

  • Justin

    Dominique’s statement that “The whole scene is not relevant at one time [for humans] […] it’s relevant in spotlights” is core to user experience research. Eye tracking tech allows us to approximate attention into spotlights for visual stimuli but I don’t know of tools that can track attention to audio in a reasonably natural and lower cost setting. Would be interested to know what Dominique uses to measure attention to audio. Thanks!

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