I was so wowed by Vegas, attending Kaskade at Omnia (having purchased the VIP experience to go with it) that I had forgotten. It was when I drove along a dirt road and hiked to the rim of a reservoir, seeing the lights, the floaties, lasers, art installations, etc., hearing the thump, that I saw the picture. Both Vegas and festivals have a certain magic; “magic” is, after all, what the whole thing is about.

Whereas Vegas produces this magic using technology, glamour, the sheer wow factor of opulence, festivals do something similar by creating a certain vibe, a wavelength…

While driving around Santa Monica, I came across a nondescript storefront with Trejo’s (as in Danny Trejo) Doughnuts on the front, along with other restaurant names. Huh? Trejo’s is in Hollywood. I had discovered Colony Cooks, which is a Ghost kitchen that allows onsite customer dining (they have multiple pod/container kitchens, while the front counter carries drinks). Then I saw that they already have fully automated restaurants in China.

As with past technologies, I think this should be viewed as increasing peoples’ choice rather than a threat to existing ways. …

In terms of how the brain becomes mind, it’s sometimes thought that the mind is like software running on the brain’s hardware.

But why would there exist something such as déjà vu?

Another way to frame the question might be, what actually separates memory and present experience, at the physical layer?

But, does that question have meaning? Say with the OSI networking model: HTTP is layer 7, TCP is layer 4, and the properties in each of those layers don’t have any meaning at other levels of abstraction.

So, maybe, the brain and mind could be similar. Could it be possible that some things do not have a neural correlate, that they only exist at a certain layer?

You know, with something like UBI, I was thinking about independent groups such as the Shakers, the Amish, and tribal societies that exist within modern ones. These often function as an economic unit, producing farm or artisanal goods to exchange for currency, goods, and services with the society they are embedded in. The communes of the 60s/70s and homesteaders were/are similar. Some of those were the original producers of soy products in America, for instance. Others were involved in organic farming.

Some people think that the gig economy is a harbinger of a future where larger portions of the economy…

It was fascinating to me that for a recent online/quarantine concert, there was a rudimentary virtual space for the participants to interact with and in.

In the future, after quarantine ends, I wonder: how could we combine these virtual and real world experiences?

You can’t directly have virtual attendees be in the real world. Actually, maybe you could through telepresence robots.

Why just have that form factor, though?

Maybe the developers can build windows through which a person in VR can peer through, or rooms they can walk into (in our world, we would see these as stationary cameras, 360 degree cameras, etc.).

Virtual attendees could also pilot craft and drive vehicles (IE drones and bots, etc.).

Safety considerations aside, can you imagine a future where various robots, robotic lifeforms even, are commonplace in society?

Stephen Wolfram has a pretty crazy theory that the universe could fundamentally be a computational process. In a nutshell (from what I can gather),

1. The fundamental structure is a ‘hypergraph’ where every node is defined by a tuple of objects, and any two nodes are connected if they share an element in the tuple

2. There are rules for updating this hypergraph, “microscopic rewriting” of that structure

3. The connectivity of this rewriting forms a casual network, which defines the observable part of the universe at any given point

4. Time and space are thus emergent properties and do…

The Amplituhedron

I’ve been reviewing the publication history of Dr. Prado, and some of the things he says flow off of where I left off while studying cognition. Meaning, I see certain concepts the trail has led me to.

“The economy is a dynamical system”: at a high level this means that it is something which has a temporal component, although it also has a whole host of historical context in the study of say, weather systems, which are beyond the capabilities of current day science to predict accurately more than 7–10 days into the future (rather, there are probabilities…

Depending on the gender, there are 302 or 385 neurons in C. Elegans, a nematode with 1000 cells in its body. Even with this animal, it isn’t known how its central nervous system produces the ensemble of its behaviors. In an era where the technology exists to beat the best human player at several games (closed systems) where creativity is involved, to produce transistors with gate lengths spanning tens of atoms, and to alter species’ genetic code, why does this remain a mystery?

Perhaps one reason could be epistemological? If one thinks of the brain as a computer, one will…

When I discovered that the modern paradigm in neuroscience is viewing the brain as a dynamical system, something very different from a machine or a computer, I quickly realized how much mathematical background was required to really understand the fascinating topics of our time. The way I understand it is this: much of the technology developed during the last few centuries has been enabled through reductionist methods.

What is this made out of? Why is that? How come that happens or this occurs? Deducing, analyzing, reducing the world to its constituents.

But now the perplexing phenomena are emergent ones: mind…

One of the most perspective changing forms of encounter I think is when one comes upon a “known” thing in a context outside of which it was originally known. Running into friends from “real life” at Burning Man, for instance. For me, recently, I was reading about hippies and organic farming, and came across mention of the Whole Earth Catalog as a resource for homesteaders.

So the thing had nothing to do with computers in the beginning. There was a generation of idealistic young folk who wanted to be independent of the percieved bounds of post-war white-picket-fence America, and they…

Ambert Ho

Learner, Engineer, Asker of Questions

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