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Gideon Kowadlo

A response to “when is missing data a valid state?”

I recently published a post on the question of classifying ‘no input’ or missing data. There was a comprehensive reply by Fergal Byrne in a thread on the Nupic Theory mailing list. I am re-posting it here (below) as it provides a valuable perspective of the discussion in the context of human cortical function. Jan 24th… Read More »A response to “when is missing data a valid state?”

Consciousness and AI

I really enjoyed reading this article Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? published recently in the Guardian. It’s an engaging re-exploration of the contemporary discourse on the classic mind-body dilemma. One view is that the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness is an illusion. There is no separation between… Read More »Consciousness and AI

Sparse Distributed Representations (SDRs)

TL;DR: An SDR is a Sparse Distributed Representation, described below SDRs are biologically plausible data structures SDRs have powerful properties SDRs have received a lot of attention recently There are a few really great new resources on the topic: Presentation by Subutai Ahmad of Numenta Older introductory presentation by Jeff Hawkins Excellent… Read More »Sparse Distributed Representations (SDRs)

Thalamocortical architecture

by Gideon Kowadlo and David Rawlinson Introduction One of the keys to understanding the neocortex as a whole, and the emergence of intelligence, is to understand how the cortical hierarchical levels interconnect. This includes: the physical connections, the meaning of the signals being transmitted, and possibly also the way the… Read More »Thalamocortical architecture

Constraints on intelligence

by Gideon Kowadlo and David Rawlinson Introduction This article contains some musings on the factors that limit the increase of intelligence as a species. We speculate that ultimately, our level of intelligence is limited by at least two factors, and possibly a third: our own cultural development, physical constraints, and… Read More »Constraints on intelligence