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Month: October 2019

New: Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness – Daily Nous

The International Journal of Machine Consciousness, which ceased publication in 2014, is being reborn as the Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness.

The new journal

will offer a multidisciplinary platform to discuss AI and consciousness in the light of robotics and artificial systems, computational science, psychology, philosophy of mind, ethics, and neuroscience. The aims and scope of the journal are: (i) articles that take inspiration from biological consciousness and/or that explore theoretical issues of consciousness to build robots and AI systems that show forms of functional consciousness; (ii) articles that employ robots and AI systems as tools to model and better understand biological mechanisms of consciousness; (iii) articles that discuss ethical problems emerging or uncovered through the overlap of AI and consciousness, and that investigate the ethical and societal impact of consciousness and the limits of it, and (iv) to pursue the hybridization between the field of AI and the field of consciousness studies.


Why a computer will never be truly conscious – The Conversation US

Many advanced artificial intelligence projects say they are working toward building a conscious machine, based on the idea that brain functions merely encode and process multisensory information. The assumption goes, then, that once brain functions are properly understood, it should be possible to program them into a computer. Microsoft recently announced that it would spend US$1 billion on a project to do just that.

So far, though, attempts to build supercomputer brains have not even come close. A multi-billion-dollar European project that began in 2013 is now largely understood to have failed. That effort has shifted to look more like a similar but less ambitious project in the U.S.,


Idea Labs and Echo Chambers

This is Chapter 8 in a blog series. If you’re new to the series, visit the series home page for the full table of contents.

Chapter 8: Idea Labs and Echo Chambers

“Sheep wish no taste but woolly sweet conformity.” ― Kevin Focke


Chapter 7 began with a question: “Why do we believe what we believe?”

We spent the rest of Chapter 7 thinking about thinking in 2D, exploring how our thinking process changed as we moved up and down the second dimension: the Psych Spectrum. At the end of the chapter, I reminded us that the entire discussion was only looking at a 2D cross section of what’s actually a 3D space of human thinking and behavior.


Why do prime numbers make these spirals? | Dirichlet’s theorem

A curious pattern, approximations for pi, and prime distributions.
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Based on this Math Stack Exchange post:

Want to learn more about rational approximations? See this Mathologer video.

Also, if you haven’t heard of Ulam Spirals, you may enjoy this Numberphile video:

Dirichlet’s paper:

Important error correction: In the video, I say that Dirichlet showed that the primes are equally distributed among allowable residue classes, but this is not historically accurate. (By “allowable”, here, I mean a residue class whose elements are coprime to the modulus, as described in the video).… Read more...