Why the word “simulation” is a misnomer

Reading all the recent brouhaha over the “are we living in a simulation” argument, I’m compelled to write this post. I seriously wish the people who talk authoritatively about “simulation”, or “simulating life”, have actually tried it themselves. You know, modelled the behaviors, the interactions, the environment, and actually written some code. Realise this: We cannot yet even accurately simulate a teaspoon of water! Why? We…

The most difficult AI problem?

What do you think is the most difficult AI problem of all? I’m not sure there is even a debate around this, but regardless, I’d like to clarify the issue, at least for my own sake. Here are some candidates, let me know if I missed something important. 1. Natural language understanding. 2. Vision, Image/Scene understanding. 3. Creating “consciousness”. I’m very sure some of you…

The brain runs in four dimensions?

Uptil yesterday, I used to think that thinking in 4 spatial dimensions is a purely analytical play (and “Time” as the 4th dimension never seemed intriguing enough anyway). But I just finished reading “The Möbius Strip” by Clifford Pickover, and now I believe I am actually able to mentally and somewhat visually integrate at least some key concepts. Now I not only accept, but…

What’s next for the hu-man race?

Man is nature’s supreme creation. It took evolution billions of hu-man years to achieve this level of perfection. The question is.. what lies next? Is it heading anywhere at all? Does it need to head anywhere? Maybe we are already perfect and there is nothing more to be gained by further individual enhancement? If we were to evolve, what would it be? A larger/denser…

The Brain, the body, and survival

Does the brain exist and evolve to prolong the survival of the body? Or does the brain use the body to prolong its own survival? Or are they one and the same thing and should not be discussed as two separate entities? Hypothetically, is it possible to “evolve” a brain as complex and intelligent as a human’s, without attaching it to a human like body?…

Intelligence without a brain

Intelligence without a brain Is it possible to have “intelligence” without having a brain to account for it? Are bacteria intelligent? Better still, are plants intelligent? What does define intelligence? If a bacteria is able to move slowly in the right direction and attach itself to the right foreign bodies to enhance its own chances of survival, is it intelligent? Or is it just…

Is the brain simpler than we think?

For the last couple of years I’ve been wrapping my brain around the question of knowledge representation and the decision making process within the ..uh, brain. I’m not fully there yet, but I am close to the conclusion that the basic principles can be modelled using simple probability theory, applied in a hierarchical manner. The deeper the hierarchy, the more intelligent the being, in…