Archive for February, 2014

08 NATF14 Guest Keynote: “Brains, Data, and Machine Intelligence” – Jeff Hawkins

via 08 NATF14 Guest Keynote: “Brains, Data, and Machine Intelligence” – Jeff Hawkins – YouTube.

What distinguishes Rheingold’s work here is the attention to, well, attention. He’s talking about metacognition, or making ourselves more aware of what we’re doing online. We often divide our attention online, but at any given moment make “micro decisions” about what we’re going to do — write emails for work, watch a YouTube video, get lost in Twitter. Rheingold says we have to connect our attention to our intention and be more aware of how what we’re actively doing relates (or often doesn’t) to what we need.

via Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills » Nieman Journalism Lab.

////Our focus needs to be on developing new literacies, new competences, to effectively use technology. The techniques of mind training in Buddhist meditation are quite helpful in reducing the tendency to get lost in media (monkey-mind on steroids). Owning our attention, practice honing our attention, is essential now more than ever. -lw

“This may strike you as very unlikely. But the Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom has argued that we are more likely to be in such a simulation than not. If such simulations are possible in theory, he reasons, then eventually humans will create them — presumably many of them. If this is so, in time there will be many more simulated worlds than nonsimulated ones. Statistically speaking, therefore, we are more likely to be living in a simulated world than the real one.” –  Olimpia Zagnoli

via Is the Universe a Simulation? – NYTimes.com.

-Follow-up from previous post

“Math is so effective in describing the world, he says, because physical reality is a mathematical structure. He calls it the Mathematical Universe Hypothesis (M.U.H.). What exactly this means is a big question, which is never fully answered. Mr. Tegmark’s argument is that all physical properties of an electron, say, can be described mathematically; therefore, to him, an electron is itself a mathematical structure — as is everything else, including us. “You’re a pattern in space-time,” Tegmark says, and he is not just speaking metaphorically. Well, it’s true that the trajectory of a human is a pattern in space-time, but does it mean that a human is this pattern? What accounts for consciousness, for example? “I think that consciousness is the way information feels when being processed in certain complex ways,” Tegmark says.” – Edward Frenkle

via ‘Our Mathematical Universe,’ by Max Tegmark – NYTimes.com.

– Must read this one! It’s a great next step from the “Quantum and the Lotus” and “Meeting the Universe Halfway” – from physics of reality to pure math.

Atheists Don’t Have No SongsBY SHUBHA BALA | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2010 – 1:36PMWatch Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers sing a special song, since they say atheists don’t have any.

via Atheists Don’t Have No Songs | On Being.

//wonderful!