Overdue Update

I need to somehow enforce a mental pre-committment to blog daily.  It’s been almost half a year and I have a huge backlog of thoughts I would like to commit to permanent long term storage. Thus, a commitment plan to some upcoming future posts:  In October/November of last year(2010), I researched VR HMDs and explored the idea…

Fast Minds and Slow Computers

The long term future may be absurd and difficult to predict in particulars, but much can happen in the short term. Engineering itself is the practice of focused short term prediction; optimizing some small subset of future pattern-space for fun and profit. Let us then engage in a bit of speculative engineering and consider a potential…

How AI could help us optimize diet and health

It occurred to me while eating breakfast this morning that today we should have what is required to solve the diet problem and perhaps reshape healthcare as a result. The human body is complex.  It has evolved to robustly regulate metabolism and growth along a very exact predetermined developmental trajectory using a wide variety of organic materials.…

The Intelligence is to Brains as Flight is to Birds Fallacy

We didn’t reverse engineer birds to create airplanes.  Instead we studied the mechanics of flight and used these principles to build wings and eventually 747s.  Likewise, we don’t need to reverse engineer the brain to create AI.  We ‘just’ need to understand the mechanics of intelligence and then we can build much faster and more…

Understanding the Brain: Where to Start

I’ve always had a strong interest in the brain, and lately I’ve been reading as much as I can to catch up in the fields of AI and computational neuroscience in particular.  The end result of my most recent reading is the accumulation of a perspective  somewhat different than that which I started with.  Consider…