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by robzed
February 1st, 2011, 7:32 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Neuromorphic computing
Replies: 41
Views: 4163

Re: Neuromorphic computing

Until we have good evidence or robust hypotheses that there are noise generators that are having positive effects, my conclusion is that if there are any these in the brain they are very localised and generally 'avoided'. The brain is extremely noisy Also http://ftp.ks.uiuc.edu/Publications/Papers/...
by robzed
February 1st, 2011, 7:20 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Neuromorphic computing
Replies: 41
Views: 4163

Re: Neuromorphic computing

hence my link to a page about: embodied cognition This really should be a side issue why I think there are two approaches to this problem being discussed here: 1. Ignore the fact that computers aren't powerful enough and take too much power. Just connect the robot by a wired or wireless 'spinal' co...
by robzed
February 1st, 2011, 7:07 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Neuromorphic computing
Replies: 41
Views: 4163

Re: Neuromorphic computing

I'll be interested in watching the video tomorrow. I can't imagine that noise is particularly helpful in the brain. cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulated_annealing Yeah, I do know about that Simulated Annealing. Genetic algorithms also have a similar problem with local optima which can use 'ra...
by robzed
January 31st, 2011, 10:39 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Neuromorphic computing
Replies: 41
Views: 4163

Re: Neuromorphic computing

Also I generally agree with Embodied Cognition for robots / sentient life-forms. I think that the mind-body split is artificial and probably hinders our thinking about difficult to define problems like intelligence and consciousness. With this in mind, lower power processors are also like to be impo...
by robzed
January 31st, 2011, 10:32 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Neuromorphic computing
Replies: 41
Views: 4163

Re: Neuromorphic computing

I'll be interested in watching the video tomorrow. I can't imagine that noise is particularly helpful in the brain. I'm pretty confident that you can't make information out of noise. That's not to say that not applications for noise in the brain. One that comes to mind is the random selection of mem...
by robzed
January 14th, 2009, 10:11 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Ghosts anyone?
Replies: 19
Views: 1545

Re: Ghosts anyone?

That coffee story was reported, it felt like, almost every 15 minutes on Radio 1. Strange, because me and my office mate had a big pot of coffee that we drank whilst we debated if the filter coffee (rather than the instant reported) was better or worst. We felt duty bound to get some first hand expe...
by robzed
January 14th, 2009, 10:07 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Oat-based milk replacement
Replies: 24
Views: 14110

Re: Oat-based milk replacement

jaywhat .... I'm not sure where the conversation is going. All the breast milk consumption I've directly known about was from sources that could be considered the opposite of slaves.
by robzed
January 13th, 2009, 10:42 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Do eco bulbs emit too much mercury?
Replies: 18
Views: 1614

Re: Do eco bulbs emit too much mercury?

You can also get CFL that dim with a normal switch. B&Q were selling them for something like £1.99 - although they are normally £10.
by robzed
January 13th, 2009, 10:27 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Oat-based milk replacement
Replies: 24
Views: 14110

Re: Oat-based milk replacement

I'm really never sure whether human breast milk is meant to be more or less 'wrong' than the breast milk of a random animal...
by robzed
January 10th, 2009, 10:50 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Would you pay good money for this?
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Re: Would you pay good money for this?

I *think* they provide a link to the song and lyrics... although then you find out how disturbing your favourite songs are...
by robzed
January 10th, 2009, 10:46 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Oat-based milk replacement
Replies: 24
Views: 14110

Oat-based milk replacement

Hi,

Has anyone tried the Oat-based milk replacement 'Oatly'? I have some but haven't tried it yet.

I've used apple-juice-sweetened soya 'milk' and the rice-based 'milk' drinks. Both are OK, depending upon brand.


Regards,
Rob
by robzed
January 10th, 2009, 10:35 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Ghosts anyone?
Replies: 19
Views: 1545

Re: Ghosts anyone?

I suspect it was caused by me going to sleep, being sleepy or waking up temporarily. It didn't worry me overly - and I was sure it was my mind was 'playing tricks'. But it was very real. My point was, as you've indicated Emma, that there are sometimes things that appear like ghosts but (most likely)...
by robzed
January 10th, 2009, 9:46 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Would you pay good money for this?
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Re: Would you pay good money for this?

Computer emails have a very low cost so could be done as a cheap service. Bit like 'quote of the day' or 'word of the day' perhaps? The service, Twadio, is via Twitter. I'm not sure how much you pay for a Twitter text message - does someone else know? Let's assume that a song is 3 minutes long. Duri...
by robzed
January 9th, 2009, 11:09 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is mass email monitoring good?
Replies: 22
Views: 5513

Re: Is mass email monitoring good?

They might even be able to prevent a crime before it happened.
Was this sarcasm?
by robzed
January 9th, 2009, 9:44 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Ghosts anyone?
Replies: 19
Views: 1545

Re: Ghosts anyone?

Has anyone here seen a ghost? I have, but I have a feeling you won't believe me. It was a crocodile and it walked into my bedroom and said "Are you ok?". No, I wasn't on drugs. Or ill. I was a kid. I'm not lying. My other half says I'm a freak. Maybe. Apart from that, I don't believe in ghosts. P.S....
by robzed
January 9th, 2009, 8:48 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is mass email monitoring good?
Replies: 22
Views: 5513

Re: Is mass email monitoring good?

I think my problem with the whole thing is: 1. Centralise email recording 2. Trivial to extend to content, then phone, then ... 3. ID cards 4. Centralisation of all government information is going on at the moment 5. Police computer hacking (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/new-powers-...
by robzed
January 9th, 2009, 7:47 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is mass email monitoring good?
Replies: 22
Views: 5513

Re: Is mass email monitoring good?

Some more details from the article: To keep details of every e-mail sent in the UK for a year Internet Service Providers will have to record who sent the email, to whom and when The e-mail's content will not be stored Data can be accessed by more than 600 public bodies, such as the police and counci...
by robzed
January 9th, 2009, 7:45 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is mass email monitoring good?
Replies: 22
Views: 5513

Is mass email monitoring good?

Article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7819230.stm

Is this the right thing for our government to be doing?


Regards,
Rob