Author Archives: dysangelist

Two articles of interest

The starting point for this post is a recent article in the excellent online magazine Aeon, The cerebral mystique. This article links to another, from two years ago, The empty brain. Go read them (about 4000 words each). Both pieces … Continue reading

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Turing tests

As a pendant to the last post, let me suggest that a true AI should be able, with no prior domain-specific knowledge, to (1) learn the rules of sudoku from a verbal description, and go on to (2) learn and … Continue reading

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Solving sudoku puzzles

Here is how I approach sudoku, almost all of it learned ‘on the job’. [Ideally, I would include in this post nice pictures of the grid, or pieces of it, but I’m not prepared to invest that much effort in … Continue reading

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Learning from our mistakes

… but not in the usual sense :-) Various people have noticed that the errors we make can give interesting insight into brain processes that are normally invisible. I think I’ve read that Douglas Hofstadter shares this interest, and keeps … Continue reading

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Teaser for The Shadow of Consciousness

I just got my copy of The Shadow of Consciousness: A Little Less Wrong by Peter Hankins, the consciousness behind the very fine long-running blog Conscious Entities. Here, to tempt you to order the book, is the Prologue: In the … Continue reading

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Brain exercise

Just something quick today. See how many English monosyllables (base forms only) you can think of (within a reasonable amount of time) in which the vowel sound is spelled ‘oa’ and pronounced like the vowel in ‘home’. A list of … Continue reading

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The last TECO user?

That might be me, but more likely I am one of a small group. What is TECO? In a few words, “a text editor which is also a complete programming language”. There is a fine and entertaining overview in this … Continue reading

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