Can machines be conscious if they are not alive?

For centuries philosophers and later psychologists have debated what consciousness is, without reaching a consensus. With the progress made in neural networks, deep learning and artificial intelligence, the debate is now reaching technologists and artificial intelligence experts. Consciousness has been debated for centuries, though there is no unique definition. While we humans make a claim to…

The Big Bang vs. The Kluge: perturbing our learnome

Connectome (http://www.humanconnectomeproject.org) is a term often used to indicate the set of connections between the neurons in our brain, a sort of highway mapping of the brain. The quest for a connectome is still eluding the scientific community, but more importantly, perhaps, it is the search for a ‘learnome’ or an ‘algorithm-ome’ i.e. the set of…

Are they really learning?

Deep Learning and the great AI revolution has finally arrived. Deep Neural Networks keep making incredible leaps in their ability to surprise us and beat humans at tasks we thought machines could never do better than us, like image recognition and play “Go”. Or, we would like to think so. Recent developments and progress in machine…

The Jacquard Loom

At the beginning of human civilisation the brain was not recognised as the centre of our intelligence. It was Galen, one of the leading physicians of the Roman empire during the second century, who wrote an essay where he speculated that the brain was the centre of cognition and willed action, one of the first people to recognise…

The singularity that will never happen

Machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence are all terms that have gained quite a lot of popularity in recent times. More so after many scientists and researchers including, among many others, even notable Prof. Stephen Hawking, arguably the most famous contemporary theoretical physicist, warned us on the future dangers posed by the progress of…