I’ve been at school. Cognitive Science Seminar looks dope, get to test some Neural Nets in LISP. Engineering Psychology is sick too, taught by a prof/consultant on intelligent design (of workspaces, subway trains, elevators, remote controls). Sick sick sick.
Campus is also insanely social. Going to gym just in respect of the scene. Except my friends sit on couches and talk about when we want to get married. I said 30, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I met someone earlier… but even then, I think marriage works best with kids, and I don’t want kids till I’m older, if at all. People say 25, 28. Then we started talking about how the average pregnancy age in Brazil is 14. Shannon just got back from thar and she visited some slums.
Seems bout right, found these Demographics on Brazil. Didn’t tell me much about teenage pregnancy, apparently 52.3% of contraception is female sterilization, though. Eh?
Oh, I see.. Planned Parenthood International says
OK. I don’t know why I felt compelled to research, but with Google it takes 2 minutes. “teenage pregnancy” , “brazil”
So anyways, I’ve been out all day. Had some good conversations with Taylor. He can imagine shit like assembling a Grid Computer using the PCs of all the people on KaZaA. Like, right now KaZaA just runs code on your computer, making pop-ups and shit (so use www.kazaalite.tk, it’s like KaZaA with a condom). Anyways you could run little neural networks (coded in Java, LISP, whatever), link them all up, and have a huge neural network.
And then feed it data which it could learn. Or reverse-engineer the human brain through scanning and copy the Neural Structure of the Brain into the Grid.
“That is exactly what Bruce McCormick, director of Texas A&M University’s Brain Networks Laboratory, hopes to create using a novel microscopic camera called the Brain Tissue Scanner. The device slices brain tissue from a mouse using a diamond knife, illuminates it with a laser beam, records an image with a digital camera, and stores the resulting data on a hard drive. The Brain Tissue Scanner can pick up details as tiny as 1/100,000 of an inch, smaller than an individual neuron. All that visual information—about 26 terabytes in the case of the mouse—is then reconstructed to create a high-resolution, three-dimensional model of the brain. ”
discover.com : DISCOVER Vol. 23 No. 12 (December 2002)
You can store the connection weights of each neuron and replicate that in code. ‘Nother thing we was thinking is that DNA looks like ATCTGTATGCTACTGCATAGCTAGCTAGCCTACAT. Not exactly. Anyways, machine-level code looks like 10001010101010010101010101010011111. Simple elements produce incredibly complexity.
If you take a high number of simple elements and a simple set of rules you get crazy shit. Like we got a vocabulary and syntax and we can produce Shakespeare and Howard Stern. Physics is like that, a few simple rules and methods can explain the physical world. Simple elements, if you just pile them up, make complex piles.
It’s all numbers too, we have as many neurons as there are stars, and Indi reads (011010010110111001100100011010010000110100001010) in binary (Binary Converter). So you can imagine a DVD. It’s a lot of numbers. It’s Billions of simple elements, and a few simple rules. Actually, Math in both cases. A computer is just a big fast calculator, and neurons fires based on an equation.
a binary neuron looks something like: ui(t) = (t – ) + wij(t – tj(f) – )
It’s all a numbers game
Anyways, yeah. Got to get my school shit together, but it should be chill, I’m going to try and do all Seminars so I don’t have exams, so maybe I can go back to Sri Lanka earlier this Christmas.
PS. MgGill looks like this right now (from mcgill.ca) – After the jump.