Tuesday, August 11, 2020

A.s.a. H., a.r.t., and Python

A.s.a. H. can make use of various clustering algorithms including Grossberg's adaptive resonance theory. I have an ultralight version of A.s.a., using a.r.t., written in Python,  running on Raspberry Pis, which can be carried by and interfaced with mobile robots.  

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Making A.s.a. H. more intelligent

In keeping with my blog of 14 July 2020 I have swapped out Raspberry Pi 3Bs for Raspberry Pi 4Bs with 1, 4, and then 8 GB of RAM. This also required an upgrade of the Raspberry Pi OS each time.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Teaching online

Some things can not be taught online. You can’t teach someone how to swim online. You should not try to teach someone brain surgery online. More generally, for subjects that are really difficult* one should have all of the teaching tools and environments available. This will include the internet but should not be limited to only the internet. Totally online instruction is better than nothing,** but not as good as the real thing.

* Quantum mechanics and relativity, for example.
** And may be used in real emergencies like the covid-19 pandemic.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Tacit knowledge learning and A.s.a. H.

It is argued that the majority of human knowledge is tacit knowledge. A.s.a. learns a substantial number of "subsymbolic patterns*," patterns that are never given names.**

* See my blog of 1 January 2016 for example and the end of my 23 August 2017 blog.
** This may be further enhanced when we give A.s.a. the very austere Toki Pona language.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

An argument against quantum immortality

Tegmark and others suggest that a conscious agent will be immortal in the Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics.* But the argument should work in the -t direction as well so we ought to have  existed from infinitely far in the past. But this does not seem to be the case.

* M Tegmark, Fortsch. Phys., 46: 855-862, 1998.

One-shot learning with A.s.a. H., novelty, and attention

A.s.a. memorizes a new pattern if it is sufficiently different from patterns it already knows. Novelty is the key. The "attention getter." Further observations of similar patterns will fine tune the original memory, however.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

New Mac

Over the last year my old iBook* finally died. I have bought a new MacBook and downloaded the latest versions of QB64 and the Xcode IDE. Testing things out I ran my A.s.a. H. code from my 10 February 2011 blog using QB64 and the code from my 14 May 2012 blog using the Xcode IDE. Both ran fine so I again have A.s.a. running on Windows, Linux, and MacOS/Unix.

* Shown in my blog of 7 January 2012.