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Comment: Both (Score 1) 44

by Tablizer (#49138951) Attached to: The Believers: Behind the Rise of Neural Nets

Should they imitate how we imagine the mind to work, as a Cartesian wonderland of logic and abstract thought that could be coded into a programming language? Or should they instead imitate a drastically simplified version of the actual, physical brain, with its web of neurons and axon tails, in the hopes that these networks will enable higher levels of calculation? Itâ(TM)s a dispute that has shaped artificial intelligence for decades.

I suspect to get "true" AI, both of these will have to work together. Neural nets (NN's) will provide hunches and guesses, but the AI will have to model these hunches and guesses in an abstract or semi-realistic way to both test the logic of them, and to be able to communicate with humans about its findings or suggestions.

The AI will be able to "draw" or describe a cartoon-like model of suggestions or events the way a human might in a meeting explaining something about travel, events, human relationships, time-lines, etc. This requires some kind of abstract modelling.

This is pretty much how most human minds work: hunches based on past and/or re-occurring patterns teamed up with abstract modeling at an "object" level to both communicate and test hunches, as created by NN-like pattern matching at a mostly sub-conscience level.

Comment: Premature Eguessulation (Score 5, Insightful) 28

by Tablizer (#49133267) Attached to: Ceres' Mystery Bright Dots May Have Volcanic Origin

Shouldn't we wait until the probe actually arrives and gets details before speculating?

There are bright spots on Ganymede (Jupiter moon) that are probably from meteors smashing into its icy surface.

Even our moon has Tycho crater which is surrounded with bright dust due to the recency of the impact. (Radiation tends to darken soil and rocks over time.) Volcano claims are premature.

Comment: Re:Please tell me this is satire (Score 2) 306

by Tablizer (#49128415) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

The Onion is not fake, they are just ahead of reality. They predicted:

- RIAA sues radio stations for playing free music

- Gillette creates 5-blade razor

- Neil Armstrong's widow cleans out closet of "space crap" (finds museum gems)

- Joe The Plumber ("dude" pundit)

- Charlie Sheen going violent

- Newly elected Bush announcing era of peace and prosperity is over (911, Iraq, mortgage crash)

- Ann Coulter saying radiation good for you. (Oh wait, Onion missed that one.)

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.