Gideon Kowadlo

AGI Experimental Framework

We’re very excited to launch AGI Experimental Framework, AGIEF, our open source framework. We first introduced it a while back, at the end of 2015 here, and it has certainly come a long way. AGIEF was created to make running rigorous AI experiments convenient, reproducible and scalable. The goals are:… Read More »AGI Experimental Framework

A nomenclature for Cortical Columns and related concepts.

By Gideon Kowadlo and David Rawlinson In our last blog post, we discussed the repeating functional columnar structure of the neocortex, and the inconsistent terminology used to discuss it throughout the literature. As mentioned in that post, the function of the column is an important concept for understanding the function of the… Read More »A nomenclature for Cortical Columns and related concepts.

Mini, macro, micro and hyper columns: confusing terminology

Cell-type-specific 3D reconstruction of five neighboring barrel columns in rat vibrissal cortex (credit: Marcel Oberlaender et al.) It is well established that there is a functional columnar structure repeated throughout the cortex across species (the concept received significant attention after a study by Mountcastle in 1957 [1]; see [2] and… Read More »Mini, macro, micro and hyper columns: confusing terminology

A response to “when is missing data a valid state?”

I recently published a post on the question of classifying ‘no input’ or missing data. There was a comprehensive reply by Fergal Byrne in a thread on the Nupic Theory mailing list. I am re-posting it here (below) as it provides a valuable perspective of the discussion in the context of human cortical function. Jan 24th… Read More »A response to “when is missing data a valid state?”

Consciousness and AI

I really enjoyed reading this article Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? published recently in the Guardian. It’s an engaging re-exploration of the contemporary discourse on the classic mind-body dilemma. One view is that the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness is an illusion. There is no separation between… Read More »Consciousness and AI