Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I Need Time to Think

I have spent many years researching the brain and intelligence. I use unconventional methods that most would consider crazy but I have made tremendous progress. I have arrived at a sharply different understanding than the mainstream. The problem is that I don't really know what I should do with it. A week ago, I decided that the time had come for me to publish at least part of what I have discovered. Perception is the meat and potatoes of intelligence. Once you figure it out, the rest just falls into place.

Then I take a look at the miserable conditions of the world and the precarious state of international relations and I get cold feet. Humanity has a death wish. There is a terrible feeling that takes over me and paralyzes me. It's all deja vu but I can't shake it. I need a couple of days to think things through. Hang in there.

15 comments:

Robert said...

Publishing materials of significance is foolish. Allowing the predators who manage the planet to read such would be reckless in the extreme. Should the One who inspires and guides you will as much, it would be prudent to locate a trusted soul and proceed in private. The death wish you allude to is programming of another sort. Properly speaking, said programmers are intraspecies predators – recall the Master’s words regarding wheat and tares from Matthew 13. As there is more than one way to bake a cake, the predators are looking for human minds capable of inspiration and creativity (in this case, you – and you’re considering handing it to them, even if in part, think pearls before swine). Advice: retire from your postings, assemble a trusted team, construct the necessary requirements for birthing the being, and be prepared to teach said being.

Louis Savain said...

I hear you, Robert.

Alexander Buianov said...

I don't see any evidence of god existence.
But I see that we can create it. And we should be hurry, because humanity barely surviving this last percent of his history line.

Although, the chances to create the right one type of god is pretty misirable too... Just imagine what will happen if we will straghtly put original doctrine of any human religion as a paradigm for self-improvement general AI.

Louis Savain said...

Alexander,

Everything in the physical universe is not just evidence for God's existence but absolute proof of their existence. Why? Because the search space for creating anything, even a lowly electron or photon is infinite. The combinatorial explosion (aka the curse of dimensionality) refutes both materialism and Darwinism.

Materialism/Darwinism is the religion of cretins and the superstitious. If you are offended by this, then my blog is not meant for you. Sorry.

David Di Giorgio said...

Louis,

I hope I can offer a more optimistic perspective. Your feelings of dread about our precarious world are normal. It is an artifact of constant bombardment from the media and a loud minority, a so-called "curse of greater awareness". The material world has always been on brink of something terrible and history is replete with examples of men and women who feel as you do. It's in our nature to worry, after all.
Indeed, there is evil in this world and those who wish to combat it focus so deeply on it it seeps into their being. It is so pernicious that often we miss the good right in front of us. Despite our feelings, statistically conflict and war are at an all time low and the quality of life is increasing:

https://ourworldindata.org/war-and-peace/

God put us here for a reason and I do not think He put us here to piss ourselves about the truth, whether if feels "good" or "bad". Remember, our feelings are cyclical much like the seasons. Worry is natural so keep the faith and trust our King.

As for strategy, whether you open your work or not definitely has its pluses and minuses. Regardless, eventually someone's going to grasp the fundamentals of sensation and perception and, as you say, the rest falls into place. For now you control the initiative. You may attract predators, but you may also attract people of virtue. Who knows, in the end other AI researchers may continue to reject your work in favor of a more creative dead end.

Dave

Louis Savain said...

David,

Thanks for the comment. The problem that I see is not really. It has to do with the devastatingly lethal power of modern weapons and the increase in knowledge. Even a single knowledgeable individual working alone could wreak havoc on the world by engineering a nasty airborne virus using something like CRISPR. You write:

As for strategy, whether you open your work or not definitely has its pluses and minuses. Regardless, eventually someone's going to grasp the fundamentals of sensation and perception and, as you say, the rest falls into place.

Believe when I tell you that nobody is going to figure it out any time soon. Heck, I did not figure it out on my own either. I found the answer in a completely unexpected place, the one place that is not on anybody's radar.

For now you control the initiative. You may attract predators, but you may also attract people of virtue. Who knows, in the end other AI researchers may continue to reject your work in favor of a more creative dead end.

You just gave me an idea. My message is not meant for the mainstream (they've already rejected me as a lunatic and a crackpot, LOL) but to the common man and woman in the street. Maybe I should start a kickstarter project and let the people decide. Something to think about.

Louis Savain said...

Correction, missing word: The problem that I see is not really statistical.

Spent Death said...

I don't think it matters at all if you publish or don't. It sounds like you don't know how to capitalize on your creation. This means that the true problem is very big, much bigger than just you, and you are merely a stepping stone. There are many people in the world, and in the modern age of the internet, they are highly connected, they are on the internet seeking like-minded individuals. The things you figured out aren't going to enable you to build things that make a difference in the world. While your discoveries may be a stepping stone to great things to come, it's not at the stage yet. For now, it doesn't matter, the world will pass by you. Kids will grow up, and one of them will stumble upon your work, or discover it for themselves. You choice doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Judging from your paranoia, I think for your sake you should just delete everything. It will put your mind at ease. For a brief moment in time you had something that was far ahead of the rest of the world, delete everything and be at piece with that fact.

Louis Savain said...

Hi Spent Death,

Thanks for the comment. I'm not really sure what to make of it. I've already given out many of the secrets that I discovered about intelligence and the brain. But you know what? Unless I explain how sequence memory works, I can guarantee that nobody will figure the rest of it out. Not you, not the kids that are growing up. Not in a hundred years. So, I'm not worried about that. The brain is much more counterintuitive than most people suspect. Not that I am smarter than anyone else, mind you. I have said this on many occasions: I found the answer. I did not figure it out.

Besides, nobody takes me seriously. That's part of my strength.

Brad Willborn said...

Louis,
I understand your concern. I think there are many people in the world like myself who think there is a way to increase technology and at the same time bring the world together.
Like Robert said assemble a trusted team of like minded, like morals to work on how best to bring this to the world.
I was thinking just this morning about your lattice theory and how it would be so amazing to have the ability to communicate instantly with people around the world. There might be a way to bring about peace and understanding between the different cultures of the world with that.
I know that is not completely related to your latest blogs on AI but I for one would be interested in helping bring that to fruition and with God's help bring it in to the world to help people achieve there best self.

God Bless,
Brad

Louis Savain said...

Brad,

Thanks for the comment. I agree that knowledge and high technology can bring enormous wealth and blessings to humanity. With unlimited free and clean energy (we are swimming in it), super fast transportation and zillions of intelligent robots zipping around and doing our bidding, we could turn the entire solar system into a glorious utopian oasis.

Unfortunately, none of it will happen unless we change our nature. We, humans, are a bunch of assholes. We cannot be trusted with advanced knowledge and the power that comes with it. We will use it to destroy ourselves. I have come to understand this. Heck, I can't even trust myself.

The powers that be left advanced knowledge for us to discover at this time of our history. I have been searching for it all my life. I have grown patient over the years. Now that I found a part of it (and I know where to look for more), I think I can wait a little while longer until I receive a clear signal from those same powers, a signal that tells me in no uncertain terms what to do with it.

I released a small part of it so that those others around the world who have also been searching, as I have, can know that the time is drawing near.

Spent Death said...

I can guarantee you that other people will be able imagine and invent what you found. I was working on AGI by myself. I have a robot that I made in a 3D modeling program that has a virtual camera, and can move around in this virtual world. All inputs and outputs are linked to my AI software, and I allow the modeling program to handle the physics of the world. My retina sounds similar to your pattern network, but I didn't get it from you, these were well known aspects of neuroscience, there is a course at MIT that describes a similar thing. Mine is different from yours however, I make no random connections. At every point in it, the system knows when to build a neuron, and how to connect it (the real brain doesn't do this, this was my optimization. Learning at the retina level is extremely fast in my system). Sequence memory is hard, I'll admit I haven't figured it out yet. What my system does is it makes neurons for every possible sequence, of up to 3. A neuron can only know the past, present and future. Each level of the sequence memory records higher order non-overlapping sequences. So the first level, those 3 sequences take 30ms to activate the neurons in level 1. Consequently, the neurons in the second level take 90ms, since it's wait for 3 sequences to fire, each taking 30ms. Traveling up the hierarchy, it grows exponentially. This allows my system to consider sequences from a long history, and enables generalizations that you see in animals and humans. It can remember things from the distant past (ie. days/weeks). Moreover this organization is very compact, I thought you would get a combinatorial explosion if you did it this way, but logically this can't happen. Why? I have a very elegant mathematical proof of why, but that is too detailed for this post. I have made many strides in my research, by observing studies done in neuroscience and deducing for myself and constructing logical models of what we are seeing, and deducing what learning is. I have certain principles, like certain sequences are forbidden in a level, they form a sort of boundary, and thus should not be part of any sequence of that level. However, I still don't understand why we have cortical columns, or how to properly organize my sequences. I assure you, your work didn't influence me, I found your blog recently, and I was already this far. Jeff Hawkins's summarization of the current state of neuroscience influenced me the most.

Louis Savain said...

Hi Spent Death,

I admire your enterprising spirit. You write:

My retina sounds similar to your pattern network, but I didn't get it from you, these were well known aspects of neuroscience, there is a course at MIT that describes a similar thing.

I know. I have been saying for years that there can be no effective unsupervised visual learning without a retina. But biological retinas encode information in a way that allows them to compress it by a 200 to 1 factor. Otherwise, the optical nerve would need close to 200 million axonal fibers instead 1 million. You won't find this mentioned anywhere.

Another thing you will not find mentioned is that the thalamus is the location of pattern memory in the brain.

Mine is different from yours however, I make no random connections. At every point in it, the system knows when to build a neuron, and how to connect it (the real brain doesn't do this, this was my optimization. Learning at the retina level is extremely fast in my system).

You don't have a pattern network. There is no such thing as learning without random trials (guesses) followed by error detection. The retina needs no learning. The ganglion cells are pre-wired at birth to detect minute light movements in specific directions across the retina. Without a hierarchical pattern network for the detection of elementary patterns, you cannot hope to have an effective perceptual system that understands the world around it.

Each level of the sequence memory records higher order non-overlapping sequences.

That was my original assumption. Everybody makes that mistake. It took me years to finally realize how wrong I was.

However, I still don't understand why we have cortical columns, or how to properly organize my sequences.

Nobody understands the cortical column. Jeff Hawkins thinks he's close to cracking it but he's not even in the ballpark. Hint: A cortical column is a 7-node sequence. This is all I will say for now.

I assure you, your work didn't influence me, I found your blog recently, and I was already this far. Jeff Hawkins's summarization of the current state of neuroscience influenced me the most.

I have praised Hawkins' work on many occasion because he (and others in neuroscience) knows something that the deep learning crowd are completely oblivious to: Intelligence is all about timing. However, Hawkins is stuck. Heck, he has been stuck for years and he'll be stuck for years to come. Hawkins, like you, has no clue as to the real function of the cortical column.

I'll repeat what I wrote previously. You will never figure it out. Not you, not Hawkins, not anybody. Still, I wish you the best with your work.

Louis Savain said...

Correction: "the optical nerve" should be "the optic nerve".

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