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Comment Re:Neurons either fire or don't fire. (Score 2) 68

The thing that's most intriguing to me about this theory is that it's somewhat repeated in human society. We get together, repeat ideas among small groups, pass them along to "higher levels" and eventually act as societies to do things. Now, with the internet, we have billions of people acting in some ways like neurons in a brain, reaching consensus about some things and chanting in chaotic disagreement about others.

What you have just described is Marvin Minsky's Society of Mind, which was the subject of his 1986 book. You stand in good company.

Comment Re:Faith-based security (Score 1) 106

Kerchoff's Principle essentially states that the security of a cryptographic system should depend only upon the secret key and not on the secrecy of the system itself. Indeed in the book Cryptography Engineering, the authors claim that they have reviewed may secret cryptographic systems and all of them had flaws.

Comment Re:Mine is actually the toughest (Score 1) 227

When I decide I need to hire someone, I seek out applicants on my own, based on reputation in industry, published works, patents, and other factors. When I identify someone I want to hire, I send my talent team to make contact in person (i.e. stalk them haha), often literally with a tap on the shoulder.

Who do you think work for? The CIA?

Comment Re:Uhhhh (Score 1) 65

I would say you can define most of machine learning as statistical function approximation. I would also add that the theoretical justifications are indeed important and most good texts find some way to justify the computational methods described.

That said, there are many methods in the literature that are heuristic in nature and for which there are no obvious theoretical justifications.

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