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Answers to Automation

This is the final part of the “Automation, Education and Work” talk. Part 1 of this talk was introduced with the following: There is a proliferation of articles in the media about how the accelerating technology of artificial intelligence and … Continue reading

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The Big Spiky Audacious Goal

Following the ‘Spiky Thoughts’ and ‘Spiky Logic’ blog posts, this is the third post on Spiking Neural Networks. It is part of a longer series which has a ‘Big Hairy Audacious Goal’: to create a relatively-simple, biologically-plausible hardware implementation example … Continue reading

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Spiky Logic

My previous post (‘Spiky Thoughts’) set out some thoughts about how an efficient simulation of a spiking neural network might be achieved. It advocated: Event-driven as opposed to cycle-based simulation. Using simple ‘leaky integrate and fire’ (LIF) models of neurons, … Continue reading

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Spiky Thoughts

Now here’s a techy post that might appeal to your Dr Frankenstein side. These are the early fumblings towards building a brain, albeit one of very small intelligence (and without any means of walking out of the lab). It is … Continue reading

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Representation of the People

TL;DR: see bottom of post Over time, the electorates of Western societies have become more representative of society as a whole. For example, prominent steps in the UK were: First Reform Act (Representation of the People Act 1832): sorted out … Continue reading

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The Shape of Politics

Many people have tried to create some conceptual space in order to map the positions of particular policies, particular persons or particular parties relative to others. The Line By far the most prevalent of these is the left-right axis. The … Continue reading

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New Processes at Work

Automation, Education and Work, Part 2 This is the second of three parts of the talk ‘Automation, Education and Employment’. In the ‘first part’: I considered how change is driven by both new technology and new processes as a result … Continue reading

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The New Technological Revolution

Automation, Education and Work, part 1 There is a proliferation of articles in the media about how the accelerating technology of artificial intelligence and robots will change the world of work radically in the next 30 years. “47% of current … Continue reading

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Model Housing for the Third Age

And now for something completely different. In a complete departure from neuroscience and philosophy, here’s something on architecture (social housing)…   The Need The UK housing market is broken. Politicians talk about creating more affordable housing to help first time … Continue reading

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Friston on Freud

An ambitious, speculative 2010 paper co-authored by Karl Friston attempts to tie together Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic descriptions of the ‘id’ and the ‘ego’ with modern neurobiological accounts of self-organized hierarchical cortical systems – such as Friston’s own ‘variational free energy’ … Continue reading

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