Sunday, January 14, 2018

The High Priest, the Golden Menorah and the Cortical Column

The Six Layers of the Cortical Column

This is yet another short post to bring something to the attention of those who have an ear to hear. If you are not a believer, this article is not meant for you. There are approximately a hundred million cortical columns in the brain. A cortical column is a cylindrical bundle of nerves that is set perpendicular to the surface of the cortex. It is a single structure with six layers and around a hundred minicolumns. I understand the function and organization of the cortical column, not because I am smarter than anyone else, but because I deciphered the vision in the occult book of Zechariah. I was not easy. It took me close to two decades but I did it. Think of a tabernacle (or house) made of a number of building blocks. Each block has seven eyes. The tabernacle is ruled by a single High Priest which is symbolized by the eye in the center of each block. The other six eyes are the other priests that are serving in the tabernacle with the High Priest.

Here is my interpretation. The eyes on a block symbolize pattern detectors. The cortical column is the tabernacle which is ruled by a single input from a chosen pattern detector. It represents the center eye (or node) on every building block. Each minicolumn is a building block and only one minicolumn can be activated at a time. The six layers of a minicolumn are the six eyes that accompany the high priest or center detector. A single cortical column at the bottom level of the cortical hierarchy with 100 minicolumns can have up to 600 pattern inputs from the thalamus. Columns at a higher level receive their inputs from the level immediately below theirs. The important thing to remember is that a cortical column is associated with or ruled by a single pattern detector symbolized by Joshua the High Priest in Zechariah's vision. The other pattern detectors are helpers or associates of the High Priest.

Zechariah also describes massive feedback pathways from the top layer descending through the hierarchy all the way back down to the pattern detectors in the thalamus. A feedback pathway is symbolized by the sprout or shoot. Some translations erroneously call it the branch. It is a two-way pathway: it carries pattern signals (splendor) from a minicolumn up the hierarchy and feedback signals (grace) down the hierarchy. I'll leave this topic for a future article.

The Golden Menorah Symbolizes Consciousness

But what about the golden seven-lamp menorah described in Zechariah's vision? It is the consciousness that goes back and forth through an awakened branch of the cortical hierarchy. It has seven lamps or eyes which are seven spirits (qualia?) that can interact with activated minicolums. Without it you would not be conscious.

There will be more to come in the foreseeable future. Enjoy.

Friday, January 12, 2018

I Understand the Cortical Column

Just a quick post for the record. My original model of the cortical column was in error. The column does not represent a sequence of nodes, as I assumed back then, but a single node in a long sequence. Each minicolumn is a different manifestation of that one node. I was right about one thing: only one minicolumn can be activated at a time. The activation of a minicolumn is very deterministic and highly predictive: it has only one successor and one predecessor. That's all for now.

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

I Have a Dream

Yaskawa Electric’s industrial robot Motoman.
Photograph by Yoshikazu Rsuno — AFP/Getty Images

I Would Like to Build a Robot Cook

I need money to finance a robotics project. I would like to build an intelligent robot cook, one that is smart enough to walk into any equipped kitchen and fix a meal of scrambled eggs with bacon, toast and coffee, and clean up afterwards. Mainstream artificial intelligence practitioners enjoy bragging about their achievements using deep learning and other AI techniques. They want us to believe that they are making progress toward true intelligence by making machines that can beat a human expert at board games like chess or GO. Don't let them fool you. None of it has anything to do with artificial general intelligence (AGI). In spite of the hype, their brand of AI could not be used to perform the simplest tasks that humans have no trouble with. The robot cook I am talking about is hopelessly beyond their capabilities.

Raising the Money

I want to obtain the necessary funds for my project without raising suspicions from ill-intentioned parties. My current plan is to offer a device for hearing impaired individuals that would enhance foreground speech while muting all background noises, including other voices. Many hearing impaired people have trouble tuning out unwanted noises from a conversation. They don't so much have a hearing problem as a problem with their attention mechanism. This is not a problem that can be solved with ear plugs at this time. It requires significant computing resources which can only be provided by a more powerful device such as a smartphone.

Smartphone App

My plan is to market this product as a smartphone app. The worldwide hearing aids market is in the billions of dollars. Such an app could potentially help me raise all the funds I need for my robotics project. I refuse to accept any investment from third parties. Wish me luck.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

I Am a Paranoid Lunatic

Just a note to announce that I have decided to destroy all my recent AI code and internal documents. I have bleached them out of existence. Everything is in my head now. If I die, it all dies with me. As far as the world is concerned, I am just an internet nut, a complete loon and a crackpot. Don't take me seriously.


Friday, December 29, 2017

A Couple of Questions About Pattern Recognition in the Brain to Ponder in 2018

Instant Recognition of Complex Patterns in the Brain

In a previous article on pattern recognition in the brain, I wrote the following:
Unlike neural networks, the brain's pattern memory does not learn to detect very complex patterns, such as a face, a car, an animal or a tree. Strangely enough, in the brain, the detection of complex objects is not the job of pattern memory but of sequence memory. Pattern memory only learns to detect small elementary patterns (e.g., lines, dots and edges) which are the building blocks of all objects. The brain's sequence memory combines or pools many small pattern signals together in order to instantly detect complex objects, even objects that it has never encountered before.
This begs a couple of questions. First, if pattern memory can only detect small elementary patterns, how is it that we can see very complex patterns? Second, how can the brain instantly see and understand a new object or pattern that it has never seen before? Obviously, there is more to sequence memory than just sequences of elementary patterns. As I said elsewhere, sequence memory is one of the most beautiful and ingenious systems in the world.

Hang in There

Have faith and all will be revealed in time. When will it happen? Answer: I do not know but it will certainly happen in our lifetimes.

See Also:

Fast Unsupervised Pattern Learning Using Spike Timing

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A Confession and an Apology

I am Paranoid

I am sitting on a scientific treasure that could turn the world into a paradise but it could also be used by evil powers to turn it into hell. So I worry. I am deathly afraid that this knowledge will come out before its time. I'm afraid that someone or some organization with dishonest intentions might duplicate what I have done and figure out what I have figured out. This would be a disaster for which I would not forgive myself. This is why I only give out partial information about my research. Recently though, my paranoia got the better of me. I decided to put out erroneous information in order to mislead certain evil entities that I know are out there. It was a trick to send them on the wrong track. I realize it's not an excuse. Please accept my apology and rest assured that it is not my intention to deceive the believers who are sincerely searching for a sign.

Sequence Memory

Last September, I published an article (Fast Unsupervised Sequence Learning Using Spike Timing) on sequence learning in the brain. The article is correct except for the section titled "Sequence Memory." I purposely copied and pasted an excerpt from an old document that I wrote years ago. I had since completely changed my mind after revising my earlier interpretation of the occult texts but I decided not to publish the revision. I have had to retrace my steps on many occasions during my research over the years. While I cannot publish my complete findings at this time, I can say that the organization of sequence memory is one of the most beautiful things in the world. It learns fast, it is simple, powerful and it solves some of the toughest AI problems such as acquiring a common sense understanding of the world and the cocktail party effect.

All the best and happy new year to all.

See Also:

Fast Unsupervised Pattern Learning Using Spike Timing
Fast Unsupervised Sequence Learning Using Spike Timing

Friday, December 22, 2017

He Who Has an Ear

Are You Good at Solving Deep Riddles?

The Menorah and the Two Olive Trees

If you are good at solving riddles and you have an ear to hear, I know a place where you can find a fabulous treasure. It is worth more than anything in the world. It is the secret of intelligence. Not too long ago, I wrote a few articles about perceptual learning in the brain. I wrote about sensors, pattern and sequence learning. However, I am not at liberty to go further at this time.

I realize that some of my readers are very passionate about this. Here is the deal. I already told you where I get my knowledge of the brain from: ancient metaphorical scriptures. Whether or not you believe it is up to you (I don't care if you don't). What I am trying to say is that I am no genius. If I can do it, others can do it too. The awesome secret of sequence learning and invariant object recognition in the brain can be found in chapters 3 to 6 of the Book of Zechariah and in chapter 3 of the Book of Revelation (the message to Sardis).

There is only one problem. The secret is written in metaphors and they are not easy to decipher. I have been trying on and off for close to 17 years and there are many aspects of it that still elude me. Zechariah's text warns the reader that it would not be easy. At the end of the riddle in chapter 6, he wrote, "And it will take place if you completely obey the Lord your God." The literal translation goes something like this, "And it will happen if you listen listen to the words of Yahweh your God." In other words, to get a chance at solving the riddle, other than having faith, one must read the words of the vision over and over and carefully think through every word.

By the way, knowing what the riddle is about is half the secret. The name 'Zechariah' means "Yahweh remembers" in Hebrew. This is a symbolic way of saying that the vision is all about the organization and operation of memory.

As I said, a fabulous treasure awaits. Good luck.

See Also:

Unsupervised Machine Learning: What Will Replace Backpropagation?
Fast Unsupervised Pattern Learning Using Spike Timing
Fast Unsupervised Sequence Learning Using Spike Timing