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Statistical Mechanics, the Future of AI, and Personal Stories

Statistical Mechanics, the Future of AI, and Personal Stories

Statistical Mechanics and Personal Stories (On the Same Page!)   Yikes! It’s Thursday morning already. I haven’t written to you for three weeks. That’s long enough that I have to pause and search my memory for my username to get into the website. Thanksgiving was lovely. The Thursday after that was grading, all day – and for several days before and after. By now, I (and most of you) have had a few days of recovery, from what has been…

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Third Stage Boost – Part 2: Implications of Neuromorphic Computing

Third Stage Boost – Part 2: Implications of Neuromorphic Computing

Neuromorphic Computing: Statistical Mechanics & Criticality   Last week, I suggested that we were on the verge of something new, and referenced an article by von Bubnoff: A brain built from atomic switches [that] can learn, together with the follow-on article Brain Built on Switches. The key innovation described in this article was a silver mesh, as shown in the following figure. This mesh is a “network of microscopically thin intersecting silver wires,” grown via a combination of electrochemical and…

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Third Stage Boost: Statistical Mechanics and Neuromorphic Computing – Part 1

Third Stage Boost: Statistical Mechanics and Neuromorphic Computing – Part 1

Next-Generation Neural Network Architectures: More Brain-Like   Three generations of artificial intelligence.. The third generation is emerging … right about … now. That’s what is shown in this figure, presented in log-time scale. Brief history of AI in log-time scale The first generation of AI, symbolic AI, began conceptually around 1954, and lasted until 1986; 32 years. On the log-time scale shown in the figure above, this entire era takes place under the first curve; the black bell-shaped curve on…

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Future Forecasts: How We’ll Mind-Control Ourselves

Future Forecasts: How We’ll Mind-Control Ourselves

Tweaking Our Own Mental State: Getting Easier All the Time   This last spring, twelve minutes changed my life forever. I got into a heck of a fistfight. I went into a dark cave, and put on an alternate identity and transformed into the baddest-a** thing around. I had one of the most spiritual, exalted, uplifting experiences that I’ve ever had. And I fell in love. So here’s the story. I was at the NVIDIA GTC (GPU Technology Conference) this…

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Going Beyond Moore’s Law

Going Beyond Moore’s Law

Super-Exponential Long-Term Trends in Information Technology Interesting read for the day: Super-exponential long-term trends in Information Technology by B. Nagy, J.D. Farmer, J.E. Trancik, & J.P. Gonzales, shows that which Kurzeil suggested in his earlier work on “technology singularities” is true: We are experiencing faster-than-exponential growth within the information technology area. Nagy et al. are careful to point out that their work indicates a “mathematical singularity,” not to be confused with the more broadly-sweeping notion of a “technological singularity” discussed…

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