Wednesday, February 1, 2023

A.s.a. observation

Occasionally an input vector* will fall into two different categories/classes. These categories may trigger different responses/outputs. This is relevant to the idea/experience of "free will."**

* This can be the "input" to any level in the A.s.a. H. hierarchy. It need not be the input on the bottom most layer, i.e. the sensory input from the environment.

** See, for example, my blogs of 8 July 2011 and 21 Jan. 2015.


Some of the cases in A.s.a. H.'s case based hierarchical memory include actions (occurring at one time step or another). During the course of operation when such a case becomes activated any such future ("planned") action becomes one of A.s.a. H.'s intentions.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Alternate realities

 In his new book* Michael Wolf asks: "If natural languages deeply influence the forms that our thinking takes, could they be so different that we 'live' in substantially 'different worlds'?" My blog of 15 June 2022 lists some of the alternate realities that exist. But I don't think that language is as important a factor in this as Wolf does.  

* Michael Wolf, Philosophy of Languages, Routledge, 2023, page 28

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Mary's room

 Frank Jackson asks what would happen if someone lived their entire life in a black and white environment and then was suddenly presented with colors.* I have performed just such an experiment with an A.s.a. H. robot. In the black and white world the visual input is a grayscale SCALAR quantity. With the advent of a colored environment this transitions to a VECTOR quantity. In the case of humans it would be a four dimensional vector quantity; one component each for rods, "red" cones, "green" cones, and "blue" cones. (Other animals and robots may have something other than a four dimensional vector input.)

* Epiphenomenal Qualia, The Philosophical Quarterly, 32 (127), 1982,  pg 127.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Commercial space stations?

There is, of course, a need for commercial launch vehicles for things like communication satellites, weather satellites, remote sensing satellites, navigation satellites, space telescopes, military satellites, scientific research, etc. But is there a need for  commercial manned space stations? More than just a man tended station?  

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Spacex starship

There has been growing frustration with starship-superheavy not having had an orbital launch attempt yet.  But a big enough failure (perhaps with loss of life) could end the project entirely. 

I also worry that starship makes an ungainly lunar lander.

Sunday, January 1, 2023


I was able to run a single layer* of a light version of A.s.a. H.* on an Arduino mega.

* Very similar to the code in my 14 May 2012 blog.