This needs much, much more research. So many questions! But if there's truth in this it could be tremendously useful for "mind reading" assistive technologies (give me my brain keyboard! >.<) and perhaps other scarier things.
Very curious to see lots of follow-up work, like:
- Just more data.
- Just how similar are people's individual neutral lexicons, and when they do differ, how?
- Comparisons across languages and cultures, especially where one language has a word for a concept and another does not.
- Studies of multilingual participants.
- Figure out how this ties in with known localized regions for language processing & production. It seems like language is distributed, but also has bottlenecks in specific regions. That sounds interesting, and could potentially speak volumes to the algorithms at work here.
Some speculation: if the layout of the concept space in a human brain is fixed, what does that say about our capacity for novel thought? Is the structure open ended? If so, to what extent?Obviously there's room for novelty in there, but perhaps only within certain bounds? Only new ideas of a certain shape? Or does the organization itself adapt to the ideas it needs to hold?
I can't wait to learn more.
It's a hack that seems to avoid doing FP calculations by using purely binary+sign weights - I've not fully figured it out; is the bitcount being used to add up a row of results from the xnor?
Edit: this was interesting, his interests are more from the stem cell side and was looking how the few reserves of stem cells in the brain mature into neurons (or other cells)
An odd science story to get your Sunday going.
(via http://www.compoundchem.com/2016/04/17/twic17042016/ )
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