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Afonso Xavier
Attended Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Lives in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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An introduction to night sky photography, pictures from Asian landscapes by Anton Jankovoy. The pictures, apart from being taken in longitudes meaningful to the travels of Mendes Pinto, can be used as an example of the basics of astronomical navigation, particularly the finding of the North (and South) Pole stars, essential for the establishment of the first transoceanic routes.
 
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As director of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich, Dr. Rolf Pfeifer has long argued that embodiment is one of the best methods for attaining artificial general intelligence (AGI). 

The embodiment hypothesis, is based on the idea that human intelligence is largely derived from our motor abilities, and therefore to create artificial general intelligence, a robotic body that interacts with the physical environment is crucial.

Previously Pfeifer worked to this end via the humanoid robot ECCEROBOT,  that was also referred to as Cronos. 

Now Pfeifer and his team of of researchers, have stated the ambitious goal of building a new humanoid robot, Roboy, in a record nine months.
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Program of the International Conference on Computational Linguistics
8-15 December 2012

http://www.coling2012-iitb.org/preliminary_program.php
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Towards a lingua franca or an universal model of language? 
Two different issues converge: English as a lingua franca, and also as a basis to build "universal grammars".  Hence the questions for ( human dream since long) universal language: a natural language that becomes universally spoken or sophisticated tools that translate any language utterance (or thoughts)?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/neurophilosophy/2013/apr/05/brain-scans-decode-dream-content
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The experiment  runs on contrastive results (is it concept A or B?)  rather than attempting to recognize an isolated word (which concept is this from a set of x possible results?) and the news highlight the best results only, however, the fact that different, unrelated languages, are used to underpin the deep structure of a concept (based on brain activity) while still working with linguistic units as present in natural language, reporting positive results, points out towards all human languages bearing a common structure that runs the same for all languages. 

According to the news and references provided within, the research team translated Japanese transcripts of dreams into English and established relationships for semantic fields  to reduce the more generic terms to the most specific, using a lexical database for the English language. Then, a new English language database provided pictures for the concepts that formerly appeared in “the originally Japanese language version” of the dreams, to record the brain activity of the same subjects while watching images extracted using English language related words. The team finally built a model to predict which category of contents appeared in the original records of the (Japanese) dream. 

If a model to predict an event (localized brain activity) that corresponds to specific linguistic utterances (Japanese) relies on unrelated English language to build the whole “linguistic” relationships, it is expected that the same could be done for any other human language. 

Two different issues converge (for this linguist here): English as a lingua franca, and also as a basis to build "universal grammars". A natural language that becomes universally spoken or sophisticated tools that translate any language utterance (or thoughts)? Which one is first? 
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There's another planet joke in there, we know we're all thinking it ..
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An attempt to link word frequencies from text corpus with neural activity.
http://videolectures.net/youtube_tom_mitchell_bmcs/
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Bergantinhos, Galizaland - Galizaland - Bern, Switzerland - Paris, France - Aberystwyth, Wales - Zaragoza, Aragon - Costa Brava, Catalonia - Varna, Bulgaria - Fuerteventura, Canarias (Spain) - Edinburgh, Scotland - Madrid, Spain
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When I am not dealing with linguistics and philology or working in a construction site, I like walking, swimming and talking about concrete, the weather, football, best places to go out or almost any  issue in a bar.

I also grow potatoes from time to time.

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Current blogs

http://www.canosarodriguez.net   On potatoes, construction and philology. 

http://afonsoxavier.wordpress.com  On literature and how do I spend my weekends. In my mother tongue, Galegan-Portuguese.

http://tudalen.blogspot.com  My new page in Welsh. In its very beginnings yet.


Social networks

http://www.facebook.com/afonsoxavier  Private. Mainly for people I know in RL or with a long online relationship, although not only.

http://www.friendfeed.com/afonsoxavier  Posts on plants, mainly.

http://www.twitter.com/afonsoxavier To follow news on astronomy and solar system exploration mainly.

http://www.meetup.com/members/12435010/ There is life out of the Internet too.

http://www.orkut.com/Main#Profile?uid=6656327785973805011 I subscribed to groups on botany, farming, construction, gardening and Latin.


Articles, pictures, links.


The travels of Mendes Pinto. A map under construction. An amazing report of explorations and description of Asian countries in the 16th century:http://goo.gl/iqc3P


http://novafantasia.com/arquivos/author/alfonso-javier-canosa-rodriguez  Apart from the articles in this page, I have translated four short-stories for this e-zine founded in 1996. Latest translation: http://novafantasia.com/arquivos/10148 (2013)
(Portuguese)

https://picasaweb.google.com/canosarodriguez/  Some day I'll learn how to take pictures. Meanwhile I do my best to try to identify the wild flora that sprouts in the woods where I use to walk and run with Rifante, a friend with no profile on any social network.


Education
  • Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
  • I.B. Alfredo Branhas
  • C.P. Canosa-Rus
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Alfonso Javier Canosa Rodriguez