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Comment: What for? (Score 1) 190

by migloo (#43394807) Attached to: Is $100 Million Per Year Too Little For The Brain Map Initiative?
So what do they want to do?
A massively parallel simulation of a human brain?
Assuming it succeeds, what is the point? We already have 7billion of them around, and much cheaper and we still will not understand how and why it works.
At this point what we need is a few more bright theoreticians and it will not cost nearly as much.

Comment: Re:Must be boring. (Score 4, Insightful) 202

by migloo (#41989655) Attached to: Vegetative State Man 'Talks' By Brain Scan
"And I'm sure if the guy could communicate more than yes/no he would be saying "Kill me""

Well, he could answer "yes" to the question "do you want us to kill you?",
and "no" to the question "do you want to live a little longer?".

Locked-in syndrome is to me the most terrifying end I can conceive.

Comment: Re:It's like this. (Score 1) 878

by migloo (#40592283) Attached to: Does Grammar Matter Anymore?
Grammar darwinesquely evolved to become a near optimal disambiguation mechanism.
As a byproduct, it also serves as a mutual recognition system among the intellectual "elite".
The result is that proper grammar and spelling are perceived as snobbish artefacts and there is a strong popular pressure to degrade linguistic purity at the expense of understandibility.
This tendency is rather obvious if you compare today's barely readable fora with those of only ten years ago, at least in french.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.

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