Archive for January, 2011

Matt update

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Today Matt was transferred from Hospice of Dayton to Bethany Rehab Center. Both he and his family are very excited about this development, see below for the info from his daughter Kathy.


Transfer went very well. Dad is very pleased with Bethaney, and already stated it is a better environment for his needs. They did a full assessment, and he will be getting the care and attention he needs. PT starts tomorrow!!! He is excited. He is very happy. He ate a full dinner tonight. Another good thing.

You can call him direct at 291-7454.

He is in room 1130 in the Bethany Rehab Center. When you enter the campus from Far Hills, follow the signs to the Rehab Center also called the Linden House. There is a visitor parking. Go through the main entrance, and turn left, that is the rehab center. Follow the signs to room 1130.

Call or visit. He would love to hear from you.

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QUEST Discussion Topics and news, Jan 28

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Weekly QUEST Discussion Topics
Jan 28, 2011

Last week when we were providing a health update on our QUEST ‘Pope’ – Special K – Dr. Brian Tsou asked what was his ‘wish he had solved problem’. Adam and I took the opportunity when we visited him this week to have this discussion. This weeks’ meeting will focus around a discussion of the Special K Grand Challenge and a look at a part of the QUEST prior discussions that are directly relevant to it.
The Special K Test for Qualia
Generate a machine that can explain a story to someone. Example is an aphorism, ‘a heart without hurt is hollow’. The system should be able to take a statement like that and explain its meaning. Not only that though, it needs to be able to align to the specific user that its interacting with, and gist their level of comprehension to see if re-wording is necessary, and what words are striking chords in the listener. Humans explain things differently to different people, and the system needs to be able to handle this level of flexibility, so its representation needs to go beyond a static set of dictionary synonyms.
An example of this was a long time ago he took Linda to the Air Force Museum, and she was looking through one of the goggle displays, but she only used one of the eye holes. He told her she needed to look through both, which of course resulted in a dramatic difference. When she asked why, he gave her the engineering explanation of our binocular-based visual system and how our brains compute difference images, etc etc, to which she again asked, why? He realized that the explanation needed to be tailored for the audience, as any good prof would, and our system needs to be able to do that as well. His statement ‘we are able to come to a common understanding using words which intrinsically have no meaning, because we are able to align to the person we’re talking to’.
As a side note – this same interaction with Linda is our favorite discussion of Qualia – it clearly distinguished for us the gap between the stimulus and the perception.
Given this problem – we have postulated that all thought is formulated in narratives (in fact we’ve postulated that there are many plausible narratives formed that compete for attention – the winning plausible narrative is your personal stream of consciousness). So after our initial discussion on the Special K Grand Challenge I want to revisit our view of ‘narratives’. Our simulation that we deliberate over that is based in some qualia evoked by the sensor data and some qualia that are ‘assumed’.

Quest Discussion Topics and News, 1/28

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Article from Trevor

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Attempt to measure subconscious associations

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QUEST Discussion Topics, Jan 21

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

QUEST Discussion Topics for Jan 21

1.) Contagious yawning cross species – an article suggested by Brian Tsou – first recall there has been theories that suggest that a theory of mind is required for contagious yawning – so a demonstration of cross species yawning is of interest to our QUEST Theory of Mind effort – bottom line on this article is they could NOT confirm empathy as the reason for cross species (human-dog) contagious yawning.
2.) Stuxnet review – really interesting NY times article that allows a discussion on aspects of cyber weapons and testing related to kinetic approaches to precision munitions.
3.) Xwave iphone app for ‘reading your mind’ – point being they seem to be a platform to test our approach to using the human as a filter for data overload – find the signal that is relevant to the task – we will follow up.
a. Series of articles that relate to the problem of using ‘thin slicing’.
b. Two articles on Speed dating.
c. One survey on Affect recognition by computers.
d. Another cortically coupled humans for rapid image search article – issue here is the problem of subject fatigue – really taxing for the human filter
e. Neuro Focus – a commercial company applying the ideas for neuromarketing.
f. The original article on rating teachers using thin slicing
g. An article on verbal reporting – can you really get at the cause for your action?

4.) ISR operations and intelligence – change in doctrine – Air Force magazine article that shows the impact of the change in approach to intelligence. A related story on how data overload can be deadly.
5.) Upcoming Jeopardy match between Watson and two human champions.
6.) Chaser the dog learns a thousand nouns!

7.) Illusions – that exploit the human visual system and perspective.
8.) The extended mind – when using tools (like automation – example automatic target cueing) where does the mind end? Related to our friends at OSU work on extending perception. An article from Janet P. ‘linked with an external entity in a two-way interaction, creating a coupled system that can be seen as a cognitive system in its own right’.

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Update on Matt

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment


Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on Matt’s condition. The doctors inserted a draining tube into his chest so that the fluid generated from the tumor can be drained easily outside of the hospital. They then moved him to Hospice of Dayton. While initially pretty uncomfortable, his daughter Linda tells us that he is doing much better now and there is talk that they may even let him go home the end of this week. He’s in good spirits and is open to any calls or visits if people are so inclined. He is in the Shaw Building at Hospice of Dayton room 172. You can call 256-4265 to reach the nurses station. Then they can transfer you to his room.

My dad and I plan on going to see him either tomorrow or Thursday, so we will be able to give more updates at this week’s QUEST meeting

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Update on Matt

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

From his daughter Linda

I just spoke to Dad. He had another MRI today. Yesterday they removed about 1800 cc’s of fluid (I think about 2 quarts). His pain in his back has been greatly reduced with an increase in Tylenol. Apparently his cancer cells are undifferentiated so they don’t look like “normal” cancer cells. The doctors aren’t sure right now what course of treatment is best. It seems that one possibility is to put in some semi-permanent way to drain the fluid from home. He seems like he would really like to go home instead of spending another weekend in the hospital. He sounds like he has more energy today so he probably would welcome calls/visits if you would like to speak to him.

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Weekly QUEST Discussion Topics and News, Jan 14

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

A special treat this week at the request of Dr. Brian Tsou, we will get to hear about the work of Col. Dave Ryer and Trevor Bihl titled ‘QUEST Hierarchy for Hyperspectral Face Recognition’. Trevor has provided some slides and a word document detailing the project, I can distribute them to anyone who is interested in following along during the meeting. We would like to wrap up the discussion with a focus on how best to expand on this work based off of our back-and-forth last week on the bang-box ideas.

We’ve also been forwarded some interesting links that people might be interested to look through. The first is an article from Dr. John Flach over at WSU on the ‘Terminator Scenario’. The second is a tip from Janet Peasant on a special theme issue of the ERCIM news on Intelligent and Cognitive Systems

News Articles Jan 14