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Adam J Calhoun
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I am beyond fascinated by the interactions between competing intelligences that exist in the stock market. It is a bizarre mishmash of humans, AIs, and both (cyborgpeople?). One recent strategy that exploits this interaction is ‘spoofing‘. The description…
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There’s an interesting interview with Richard Lewontin over at the Evolution Institute. First, he slags off Steven J Gould a bit: RL: Now I should warn you about my prejudices. Steve and I taught evolution together for years and in a sense we struggled in…
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I know, I know, you read the title and exclaim: what can be more exciting than cryptic mimicry?! Well, listen to this: On the face of it, this is a classic evolutionary story, and a cut-and-dried case: the mantis has evolved to mimic the flower as a form…
I know, I know, you read the title and exclaim: what can be more exciting than cryptic mimicry?! Well, listen to this: On the face of it, this is a classic evolutionary story, and a cut-and-dried c...
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  Another year, another Cosyne. Sadly, I will be there only in spirit (and not, you know, reality.) But I did manage to get my hands all over the Cosyne abstract authors data…I can now tell you everyone who has had a poster or talk presented there and who…
  Another year, another Cosyne. Sadly, I will be there only in spirit (and not, you know, reality.) But I did manage to get my hands all over the Cosyne abstract authors data...I can now tell ...
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Over at NeuroSkeptic, there was a post asking “what are the unsolved problems of neuroscience”? For those interested in this type of questions, there are more such questions here and here. This, obviously, is catnip to me. Modeled on Hilbert’s famous 23…
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Another cat here. I don't have definitive answers, but I'm interested in finding out more. A few random thoughts below.

Meta-question 1: What counts as understanding the brain?

Creating an artificial brain would require a working understanding of the brain. Creating a simulation would possibly be easier. Explaining how all neurological disorders work would require fairly good understanding. Genetic engineering that modify specific functions like perception would require at least partial understanding.

Meta-question 2: How can a brain be built?

As a computer simulation, a electromechanical or optoelectronic brain, or a designed biological brain.

Meta-question 3: What are the different ways of understanding the brain?

Observed and controlled behavior. Complete simulation. Construction of an artificial brain. Enhancement of specific functions like memory.
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By now, I am sure that you have seen this picture. Some people see it as blue and black and some people see it as white and gold. Two people can be sitting right next to each other and see totally different things! It happened to me last night. Wired…
By now, I am sure that you have seen this picture. Some people see it as blue and black and some people see it as white and gold. Two people can be sitting right next to each other and see totally ...
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“Why aren’t there comments on academic articles?” someone asked me over coffee (yes, I have exciting coffee conversations). “People should point out how silly a lot of this stuff is.” I shrugged. “Politics,” I said. “Look at the head of any lab: they’ll…
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Would you believe it – I actually forgot that I had a blog for a few of weeks. I guess I was busy? If you don’t work on a particular organism, you tend to forget that each has its own history outside of the laboratory. Catherine Dulac has a great video…
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I have bemoaned the lack of a neuroscience blogosphere before. Neuroscience blogs exist as independent fiefdoms, rarely responding to one another. And if we were to cut out the cognitive and psychological sides of neuroscience, the field of blogs would…
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We play. Cats play. Dogs play. Horses play. Do fish play? Do cockroaches play? What is the function of play?! [P]lay is actually at the center of a spectrum of three behavior types: [exploration, play, and stereotypies]. Both exploration and stereotypic…
We play. Cats play. Dogs play. Horses play. Do fish play? Do cockroaches play? What is the function of play?! [P]lay is actually at the center of a spectrum of three behavior types: [exploration, p...
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  White and gold or blue and black? Frank Underwood sends his regards. Japan has it figured out My bet is that this is a light-source-prior issue.
  White and gold or blue and black? Frank Underwood sends his regards. Japan has it figured out My bet is that this is a light-source-prior issue. Kitchen Rhythm: A Year in a Parisian Patisser...
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How Deep Mind learns to win http://wp.me/s2bAJ4-deepmind

About a year ago, DeepMind was bought for half a billion dollars by Google for creating software that could learn to beat video games. Over the past year, DeepMind has detailed how they did it. Let us say that you were an artificial intelligence that had…
About a year ago, DeepMind was bought for half a billion dollars by Google for creating software that could learn to beat video games. Over the past year, DeepMind has detailed how they did it. Let...
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Social neuroscience, decision-making, machine learning, ecology, economics. Attempting to learn Tamil.
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