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…