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Artificial Intelligence and thought vectors

Since I sold my latest start-up, I have been looking into ways to make sense of the deluge of data created by new technologies; data that Google, Facebook, Twitter and the like only partially organize.

Migration flows

November in Capri. Past glories tanning in the transparent water. One tends to forget how blessed southern Europe is, climate wise. In England by this time of the day, some retirees are having their second or third beer at the pub. Not all is great in southern Europe though, as young people leave to go north to places where being a retiree is not that exciting, climate wise and socially.

What we can learn from worm brains

Recently I came across two papers about the C. elegans, a tiny translucent worm. The papers are interesting because they help shed some light on how brains work. In fact, despite the constant claims about robots taking over, ethical implications of AI and simulating or uploading brains, the truth is that we still know very little about brains.

About societies

It is impossible to ignore what is happening in an ever changing accelerating world; some societies refuse to embrace the future and consequently accept to change, others evolve:

"Stubborn societies, by refusing continuous adaptation, face revolution down the road".

They do not see the big picture until a spark lights the fuse.

Advanced computer technology in 1968

For those interested in understanding where computers come from. Technology as humble as the keyboard, the mouse or hi-def CRT, video cameras, the word processor or video conferencing.

This was the most advanced computer technology in 1968. Our mobile phones are orders of magnitude more powerful and do stuff unimaginable back then.

Open Gov, corporations and github

This is a very well written article about how git and github could be used to re-engineer governament processes.

Moved to Sevenoaks, Kent

I moved a few months ago. Sevenoaks is a beautiful little town 25 minutes by train from London. Lots of green, great schools, very safe and good healthcare. As any town close to London, social life is not a strength, and it takes some time to get used to.

Leaving Milan

This is not the first time, always came back. Maybe this time is different, maybe not!

Mind-wandering seems to have evolved from walking

I walk when I really want to concentrate and think about new ideas. And there is a reason why I do that: it seems that I am actually using the same brain systems to walk and think.

Play time

I am compiling Node.js on a Raspberry Pi; it will take awhile. Later I will experiment with Node.js and then use the Pi as a NAS to stream videos at home. Fortunately I use Debian and have played with Node.js in the past, so setting everything up was fast and fun (as it should always be)!

Lately I have been working on abstract ideas and felt like I had to take sometime off and play with concrete toys, like programming.

What I like about Bitcoin and my personal note!

Bitcoin was created to decentralize money and will probably be used to achieve decentralized trust with group authority.

Ask Canadians if you want to understand Mr. Berlusconi

Non-Italian friends often ask why Italians have voted for Mr. Berlusconi for 20 years, and still do. I try hard, but it is next to impossible to explain; Italians, they say, are sometimes totally irrational.

Well, it seems like Italians are not alone, thanks to Canadians!

That Altavista moment

Remember when the best search engine was Altavista? Remember how frustrating it was to look for something on the Net? Search results would be mostly unrelated to what you where looking for, sometime adding a search term helped, but, even if Altavista had found what you were looking for, it would be buried under tens or hundreds of other results.

The meta-organism: the Internet and us, is it real?

The Internet has become part of the fabric of our lives; if we want to create the next big thing we must understand the relationship between the Internet and us and take it to a whole new level.

I have been pondering about this relationship since I sold my latest company, but I never felt compelled to write about it, and this is not the post I wanted to write, just a hint :-)

Self and Cognitive Systems in London

I'll be in Wimbledon for the next three weeks. Fortunately it is much cooler here than in Italy, so I can work more efficiently! I was expecting to sleep without mosquitoes, but unfortunately I found two of them in the room last night; they have probably come all the way from Milan, where they are a big pain! :-)

The art of free society

Lately I cannot travel too far for personal reasons, though I expect this to change sooner rather than later; so when I found online about the Unconventional Computation Conference to be held at Bicocca University in Milan, I decided to attend.

Neuromorphic demos from Capocaccia

One of the cool aspects of Capocaccia is that PHD students work hard on their demo projects.

The state of Neuromorphic Engineering as seen from an outsider

Last week I was in Sardinia at the annual Capo Caccia Cognitive Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop organized by the University of Zurich. This was my third time at the workshop, so I now know many of the participants and it was good to get an update on their research and personal lives.

The brain is not a computer

Understanding the brain means being able to replicate some of its functions. A one page description, or a hundred pages will not do.

Current technologies, that allow us to emulate the brain, are all based in a way or another on Turing's work. Modern processors are different from Turing machines, although based on the same principles.

Change, change and change

It is finally becoming mainstream. Economists are slowly appreciating the fact that the current technological progress is so fast and runs so deep into the fabric of our world that it does not allow for a smooth adjustment, but it is actually a revolution that is affecting the economy, society and politics as a whole.


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by Dr. Radut