Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All

Friday, November 04, 2016


1 comment:

jimf said...

> People who spend time worrying about imaginary robot feelings. . .

Here's a video that's a lot more entertaining than the demos
we gave at the NYU Robotics Lab when I worked there back in
the late 80's.

Creepier, too!

Oldthinkers unbellyfeel messiness!

Ted Nelson keynotes Homebrew reunion, Dec 2013
[In 1959], in graduate school, I took a computer course
and went crazy. Everything I'd heard about computers was a
**lie**! They weren't mathematical. They weren't scientific.
They were electric trains you could run in circles.

Now, say hello to the Age of Chaos!
Chaotic Circuits Can Mimic Brain Function, Aid Computing
Ludovico Minati

There is striking dynamical complexity that is readily accessible
with networks of even the simplest analog circuits, so long
as they are non-linear.

A fundamental characteristic of brains is that their
capabilities are mostly not hardwired by design, but
reflect self-organization: brain networks possess
so-called emergent properties that cannot be easily
inferred from their separate constituent elements.
The possibility to engineer a similar approach electronically
would likely boost the ability of neuromorphic systems to
solve classification and control tasks in a highly
size- and energy-efficient manner, with practical implications
for both embedded and large-scale computing. . .

Actually, Frank Rosenblatt was already talking this way
in the early 60's. He was shouted down by the MIT gurus
(Marvin Minsky et al.) who were enamored of the electric-train
approach. That's been a fun 60-year ride, but it seems to
have hit a wall. "Everything's up to date in Kansas City.
They've gone about as fer as they can go."