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Sooo, yeeeaaah. I guess I went and made this now. I was pondering combinatorics, enumerations, nonplanar graph visualizations, and portmanteaus, and this just kinda happened.
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Data: treevis.net A Visual Bibliography of Tree Visualization 2.0 by Hans-Jörg Schulz All rights for the technique images belong to their respective owners.
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Here's a slightly shorter, less reference heavy, op-ed version of our recent mind uploading paper (currently under journal review), published by IEET. Both versions are coauthored by myself and Randal Koene.

http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/wiley20150502
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I agree. I think we will have invasive neuro-computational prosthetics by the time this topic matures. 
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Anyone ever published through Philica?  Any thoughts?
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To those who publish in the peer-review process, what have your experiences been w.r.t. submit-to-first-response turn-around time and submit-to-final-publication time (or perhaps final referee-tit-tat-to-final-publication time)?

And in what field were you publishing?
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The Badlands Watches debut is getting closer (http://badlandswatches.com).  I've finished etching, patinating, clear-coating, and finishing all the dials that will represent my initial inventory. I've mounted all the dials on their respective movements and I've attached hands to all the dials. The next step is to copper-plate a bunch of cases and then patinate some of them. Then I'll have to make a whole bunch of straps. The four completed watches are from the smaller set of prototypes I previously built, but they will be included in the initial inventory too (some of these watches and movements are reserved, but most will be available).

Cheers!
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Yes, but he missed an important corollary of his article: once we create neural networks with the full versatility of the brain, and once we fully reverse engineer the brain, we will then have, for the first time, a complete understanding not only of how an ostensible artificial intelligence works (thus obviating its wonder as he pointed out in the article) but we will have also obviated the remaining mystery of human intelligence.  There will be nothing left to point to when saying "it's just number crunching in a way that is unlike our brain, which due to our ignorance we presume is doing something else."  That statement will fall away and we will be left with a profound and unsettling question: if we would dismiss those fully neurally articulated AIs which are shown to perfectly mimic the full neural articulation of the brain, then must we by implication dismiss our own intelligence as a mere computational artifact?
Human beings will never say, “We’ve done it! We’ve created artificial intelligence!” That is my prediction. I know this upsets some people, and many will automatically disagree. Some people will call me “techno-phobic” to claim that I just don’t understand how progress... #ai #art #neuralnetworks
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The following book, available June 9th but listed for pre-order now, is quite simply the culmination of my father's life's work.  In its 520 pages, honorably published by Harvard press, is a summary of approximately four decades of research performed while a professor of biology at UNC, where he specialized in ethology (animal behavior) and ornithology (birds) (while also earning notable awards for his humorous, nuanced, insightful undergraduate teaching).

Over the course of my life (and since before my life) he has ventured all over the Northern, Central, and South American continents on trips often spanning several months at a stretch.  I still have vague memories of these trips from my earliest years, before the structure of regular schooling nudged our family into more conventional habits.  Notably, these habits rapidly evaporated once my sister and I left home, and over the last several years he returned to his lengthy adventures deep into the Peruvian Amazon.  It is clear where his heart lies.

His specific area of study has long been bird vocalizations for communication.  On these trips, he would engage in a variety of methods of study, but predominantly would charge into forests, swamps, savanna, remote islands, and tropical rain-forests with bags of recording equipment and spend hours upon hours recording bird songs and playing back those recordings to tease out the underlying patterns and rules that govern bird vocal communication across numerous species.

His work also includes, surely in no small part I would imagine, the contributions of his 40 odd PhD students (IIRC) and essentially uncountable Masters and undergraduate assistants.

Nicely done dad.

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Book synopsis from Amazon:

Noise, as we usually think of it, is background sound that interferes with our ability to hear more interesting sounds. In general terms, though, it is anything that interferes with the reception of signals of any sort. It includes extraneous energy in the environment, degradation of signals in transit, and spontaneous random activity in receivers and signalers. Whatever the cause, the consequence of noise is error by receivers, and these errors are the key to understanding how noise shapes the evolution of communication.

Noise Matters breaks new ground in the scientific understanding of how communication evolves in the presence of noise. Combining insights of signal detection theory with evidence from decades of his own original research, Haven Wiley explains the profound effects of noise on the evolution of communication. The coevolution of signalers and receivers does not result in ideal, noise-free communication, Wiley finds. Instead, signalers and receivers evolve to a joint equilibrium in which communication is effective but never error-free. Noise is inescapable in the evolution of communication.

Wiley’s comprehensive approach considers communication on many different levels of biological organization, from cells to individual organisms, including humans. Social interactions, such as honesty, mate choice, and cooperation, are reassessed in the light of noisy communication. The final sections demonstrate that noise even affects how we think about human language, science, subjectivity, and freedom. Noise Matters thus contributes to understanding the behavior of animals, including ourselves.

http://www.amazon.com/Noise-Matters-Communication-Haven-Wiley/dp/0674744128
Noise Matters: The Evolution of Communication: 9780674744127: Medicine & Health Science Books @ Amazon.com
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Just submitted to a journal and to Philica.com, also available on ResearchGate.net and Academia.edu, and soon to appear on arXiv.org, SSRN.com, and Cogprints.org.

http://www.keithwiley.com/mindRamblings/mindUploadingFallacy.shtml

Direct PDF link if preferred:
http://www.keithwiley.com/Downloads/WileyAndKoene_MindUploadingFallacy_20150420.pdf
Disclaimer. Many of my essays are quite old. They were, in effect, written by a person who longer exists in that my views, beliefs, and overall philosophy have grown and evolved over the years. Consequently, if I were to write on the same topics again, the resulting essays might differ ...
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There is no good section on arXiv for philosophy papers, namely philosophy of mind and related topics.  The closest fit would be Artificial Intelligence, General Literature, or Neurons and Cognition.

Sigh.
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I just noticed that someone who gave my book four stars on Amazon with a lengthy, critical and tough review (although generally positive on the whole, to go with the stars) also gave Nick Bostrom's recent fame-gulping tome two stars.

So, that's pretty cool.
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The following single question and answer is an excerpt from my recent interview with Interalia Magazine. Since they themselves offer a sample of the article at the guest-level of access, I hope they won't mind this very small extraction. I picked it out because, out of all the discussion the interview involved, I am particularly pleased with how this section came out. My reply converged in a way I did not remotely anticipate as I first began answering.
Enjoy!
Full interview:
http://www.interaliamag.org/interviews/keith-wiley-mind-uploading/
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RB: It could be said that what has determined our humanity is the trajectory of our technology. How do you think we will interface with technology in the future?
KW: While it may not sound too profound to agree with the status quo, I like the prediction that we will move toward increasingly direct mind interfaces (I say mind interface and not neural interface because I am focusing on the cognitive traits of such interfaces, not their physiological attachments, and I also don’t say thought interface because I show below that we may actually skip the thought stage entirely). In the extreme, we will desire a thing, event or outcome, and it will simply come to pass. We used to write with a brush, then a pen or pencil, then a typewriter, then a computer. Recent advances have included tools like Swype which abstract typing from the character level to the word level (typing, of course, abstracted from the stroke level to the character level). Moving past typing we have made strong inroads toward speech-to-text dictation, eye-tracking, etc., to say nothing of the tools used by paraplegics, ALS patients, etc. All of this portends an obvious trajectory: we are gaining increasingly direct access from thought to action while at the same time we are representing our ideas at increasing abstract levels (from strokes to characters to words, then phrases and on up). Eventually we will speak sentences to ourselves in our heads (psychologists call this inner speech) and the writing will simply appear. And soon after that, we may even move past inner speech to having our thoughts materialize as writing faster than we can even convert those thoughts into language in our heads (the sentences in our heads occur, of course, after the fact of the thought they are expressing, so perhaps we could skip the conscious awareness of our own thoughts and go directly from a preconscious mental idea to its written linguistic expression). That would be a very strange sensation.
I have focused on writing so far, but the same direct mind interfacing with other systems could proceed along similar lines. Fully implemented, under such a system the physical world around us would appear to be in a constant state of physical flux as it materially shifts and flutters on the fly in response to our needs and desires, possibly faster than we can even consciously realize or articulate those desires as conscious inner speech. While this experience would be jarring for us today, such technologies will evolve steadily and arrive smoothly. By the time such technologies are possible, we will be fully prepared for them.
Traditionally, interfacing has been the problem of how to access human sensory and motor modalities: how do we present data as visual, auditory, or tactile presentations, and then how we convert a person’s physical movements (or secondary effects, such as vocalizations), into instructions back into the system, thereby closing the user-interface loop? My PhD research considered how to design software interfaces that manipulate a purely virtual system in the most physically analogous way possible. User interfaces prescribe strict barriers between the person and the system. Those barriers are the interface of course, and they are eventually going to dissolve. We and the systems we interact with will steadily cease to be distinct entities requiring interfaced message-passing. As we incorporate increasingly invasive technology into our brains, and then as our technologies become increasingly intelligent and exhibit increasingly thought-like properties, we will meet in the middle and become cognitively synonymous entities. Translating back and forth won’t even make sense in that context; it will all be the same connected physical and cognitive system. In so doing, we may attain that pinnacle of eastern religions: we will become one with the universe. But even more profoundly, if my thoughts merge with the physical world and your thoughts merge with the world, and if it’s all the same world, then we will not only merge with the physical world, but also with each other!
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Current: big-data processing (mostly hadoop); Past job: 900-node parallel astroimage processing (hadoop)
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