Author Archives: Alan Tatourian

Limits of the Efficiently Computable

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 […]

What Makes Us Human?

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 […]

Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy

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 […]

Mind and Language

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 […]

Quantum Technology & National Security

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 […]

CRISPR: Gene editing and beyond

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 […]

Artificial General Intelligence: Why Aren’t We There Yet?

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Artificial General Intelligence: Why Aren’t We There Yet? Machine Learning and AI for the Sciences – Towards Understanding Deep Learning in Speech Recognition Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions Brain waves reflect different types of learning Brain scans reveal why rewards and […]

What Is the Computational Power of the Universe?

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. What Is the Computational Power of the Universe? Los Alamos works on a biologically realistic computer network Future Decoded Quantum Computing Race for quantum supremacy hits theoretical quagmire What Is the Computational Power of the Universe? Video by National Institute of Standards and Technology […]

How the Tyrannosaurs Ruled the World

By David Hone Talk at The Royal InstitutionQ&A What did Tyrannosaurus do with its tiny arms? How do we find dinosaurs? Palaeontologist David Hone answers questions from the audience.

Artificial Intelligence versus Clever Hans, the horse that could count

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Artificial Intelligence versus Clever Hans, the horse that could count Celebrating Voyager’s 40 Years in Space What Eclipses Have Done for Science Spectroscopy – Splitting the Starlight Three things Rosetta taught us about Comet 67P Artificial Intelligence versus Clever Hans, the horse that could […]