Couple quite interesting talks on evolution. Evolution of Beauty – Genetics How Imagination and Creativity Reshaped Human Evolution Evolution of Beauty – Genetics Talk by Richard PrumWhy have animals evolved a sense of beauty?The Neuroscience of BeautyWe may have the evolution of beauty completely wrongBook The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum How Darwin’s […]

Following are notes from several research papers on autonomy. The Pentagon, or U.S. Department of Defense, says several factors impede the deployment and adoption of autonomous systems: In the absence of an adequately high level of autonomy that can be relied upon, substantial operator involvement is required, which not only severely limits operational gains but […]

Following are the lectures on quantum computing in increasing complexity order. The lectures give good overview of the science and technology as it works now. In the popular press, quantum computers are often presented not just as an exciting frontier of science and technology (which they are), but as magic devices that would work by […]

This is a lecture given by John Hennessy and David Patterson at the ACM Turing Award. They offer their vision of addressing Moore’s law slowdown via heterogeneous computer architectures and hardware/software codesign. Quantum computers are on the same schedule as fusion. All exponentials eventually end. ‒ Gordon Moore Titled “A New Golden Age for Computer […]

Two interesting and related talks, one on the physical limitations of computational power and the other on cryptography and computational puzzles presented to us by Nature herself. Quantum Computing and the Limits of the Efficiently Computable Breaking Codes and Finding Patterns Quantum Computing and the Limits of the Efficiently Computable Talk by Scott Aaronson, 2011 […]

This entire post is dedicated to consciousness and secrets of the brain and mind. The most interesting talk here is by Stuart Hameroff. What Makes Us Human? Faith, Fantasy, and the Big Questions in Modern Physics Is Quantum Physics Necessary for the Account of Consciousness? Cartographers of the Brain: Mapping the Connectome Wiring up the […]

The following are the notes I took from reading the book by David A. Mindell ‘Our Robots, Ourselves, Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy’. This is a must-read book for every roboticist. Ideas and wisdom in the book are especially important for the engineers working on autonomous or self-driving cars. Are they solving the right […]

We’re beginning to understand something about the puppet and the strings but we have no idea whatsoever about the puppeteer what makes it happen. Talk by Chomsky Transcript: Noam Chomsky on the hard questions of mind and language We’re very strange species in many ways and the language capacity seems to be at the root […]

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Quantum Technology & National Security Have We Missed Half of What the Neocortex Does? Allocentric Location as the Basis of Perception Quantum computing – Schrodinger’s cats can calculate faster How We Learn to Interpret Speech New dataset to help AI with video understanding Quantum […]

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. CRISPR: Gene editing and beyond ‘Star Wars’ parody yields insight into the battle among sperm Epigenetics: Why Inheritance Is Weirder Than We Thought Sputnik – 60 years on from the Start of the Space Race Phone Book from 1880 CRISPR: Gene editing and beyond […]