Category Archives: Mind
When we consider the world around us, with all its images, sounds and concepts, traditional programming languages seem terribly limited. Look around you, and see how far from reality manipulating information like this is:
a = a + 1;
if (a > 23) then a = 0;
Of course, the programming languages reflect the architecture of the machine they are executed on.
What I’m looking is for a way of programming which enables systems have characteristics like these:
– Creativity. Show the system a chair and a human being sitting on it. The system generates and presents thousands of alternative versions of a chair. All in 3D, of course. Real world is 3D so no reason to aim any lower than that.
– Curiosity. The system wants to learn more.
– Photographic memory. WYSIWYP, what you see is what you process. Visual information provided to the system stays in its memory and it can manipulate it at will.
– Shades of gray. Things are not only black or white, true or false, 1 or 0, they can be something in between.
Actually, this seems not to be so about programming languages. This is about artificial intelligence.
[ to be continued & revised ]
A Black Swan is a seemingly random event having a huge impact. It’s nearly impossible to predict one coming.
We did not foresee the success of Harry Potter, the tragic of 9/11 or what happened in Norway last weekend.
After a Black Swan, we start analyzing and searching for reasons which led to the event.
Yes, I’ve been reading the book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Check it out if that’s your sort of thing!
… Learnings from The “On How The Brain Functions” Experiment.
You, the web wanderer, are perhaps aware that a bit over one year ago I posted my research paper about theory of how the brain functions. I also built a blog around it so that you, the brain researcher, can comment it with witty references to tin-foil hats. 😉
The current gain is zero remarks to tin-foil hats.
Seriously, though, I still stand behind the theory and see several strenghts in it. The question is: why I’m not building a working prototype as it only takes a few diodes, capacitors and coils to make it. Maybe it’s because I do not want to disturb the local neighbourhood with electromagnetic noise.
And: I’d like to thank Joni Tuoreniemi and Paul Tudsbury for commenting it and creating conversation. Thank you!
Gary Flake runs Microsoft Live Labs, MS Research unit which is concentrated solely to the Internet.
His one-year-old presentation “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imminent Internet Singularity” indicates the Road Ahead for Microsoft’s Internet strategy.
When I hear the word “singularity”, it brings an image to my mind of all things united to one place, then Boom!!! – and a silence that lasts forever…
IMO Microsoft has been quite silent about Artificial Intelligence in the past. But now it seems that they are really starting to focus on that, utilizing the massive amount of data in the web and its feedback mechanisms.
As an experiment I decided to open a dedicated blog for gathering feedback and comments for “On How The Brain Functions” article. So, take a deep breath and jump to here.
I wish You a Marvellous New Year 2007!
I hereby publish my scientific paper: “On How The Brain Functions”.
The paper presents my view and theory on how the brain functions, intelligence and learning. It provides a possible and comprehensive solution taking several different disciplines into account. In my view, the science community will benefit from the article. It will inspire, challenge and fuel conversation.
“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.”
You can get the article in PDF format here.