The Eleventh HOPE (2016): "Constructing Exocortices with Huginn and Halo" (Download)
Sunday, July 24, 2016: 2:00 pm (Noether): Huginn (https://github.com/cantino/huginn) is an open-source human capability-amplifying and augmentation system which implements scenarios - networks of autonomous software agents that collectively analyze data and use it to accomplish sophisticated tasks on behalf of its users. External to Huginn is the Halo (https://github.com/virtadpt/exocortex-halo), a collection of software constructs optimized for carrying out tasks too complex for Huginn due to resource requirements, contention, or reliance upon lower level libraries, including synthesizing speech, placing Voice over IP calls, and carrying out limited secretarial duties to facilitate human interaction. The development histories of both Huginn and Halo will be discussed during the first part of the talk with representative examples of the presenter’s agent networks to demonstrate the architecture of scenarios as well as solutions to practical problems. Agents, the basic building blocks of Huginn scenarios and the software constructs of Halo will be briefly detailed to give an overview of some of possibilities of the two interrelated software systems. The talk will conclude with brief descriptions of some of the tasks that HOPE attendees can accomplish through the use of both Huginn and Halo.