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Weekly QUEST Discussion Topics and News, June 28

We have a range of topics this week – and will handle however the flow best allows. Dr. Derriso has visitors in (NASA) to discuss autonomy so we may start with him providing the QUEST group an RQ view of autonomous system goals and related technical challenges. We might follow this with an update (mainly for our visitors but it always generates a lot of internal quest discussion) on our think piece entitled ‘Quest for Autonomy’. That discussion is centered around defining the unexpected query. So we want Mark D to provide us his ‘unexpected queries’ in integrated systems health monitoring that present the great challenges to autonomy.
Last week we hit on the topic of ‘meaning’. Adam/I retrieved a document we generated in 2009 to document some quest interactions when we were working on the think piece ‘what Turing meant to say’. In the context of that think piece we had a series of discussions on ‘meaning’ and if time allows we will go over that document.
The other two topics that are still pending is to complete the discussions on the research that demonstrates that schizophrenic people do not see the hollow face illusion and the work where we were trying to capture a concrete example of the relationship between Intelligence Amplification and Alignment (Friction) where we use the breast cancer example to put some meat to the discussion.
One other topic I’ve been allocating bandwidth towards is crowdsourcing. What is the current approach and can it be applied to the problem sets we face / are considering in QUEST and specifically are there QUEST suggested changes to the CONOPS to crowdsourcing?

Weekly QUEST Discussion Topics and News, June 14th

We again want to start out with an open discussion on articulating research directions inspired by QUEST. The discussion will be led by our Colleague Andres Rodriquez (RY) and centers on architecting a new approach to the ‘drowning in data’ problem using modern approaches to machine learning and current models of human cognition.

The second topic will be a review of the article “Understanding why patients with schizophrenia do not perceive the hollow-mask illusion using dynamic causal modeling” by Dima et al. Neuroimage 46 (2009) 1180-1186. The discussion will center on the architectural implications of the work with respect to the sys1-sys2 and TD-BU. In the hollow mask illusion, viewers perceive a concave face (like the back side of a hollow mask) as a normal convex face. The illusion exploits our brain’s strategy for making sense of the visual world: uniting what it actually sees — known as bottom-up processing — with what it expects to see based on prior experience — known as top-down processing.
*** all conscious perception is confabulated – what wins of all the plausible narratives is what we experience as qualia – even if we assume the TD expectation is what we experience – we would have thought that we would have expected a flat back or a back of a masked head or a hollow mask – but as the concave mask reveals itself there is another possibility – a convex face – and for whatever reason that wins but NOT for a schizophrenic or a drunk/drugged person – WHY – is it in those mental states you are not willing to go into a new direction to re-think the possibilities? The Schizophrenic mind can’t tag a quale as imagined so maybe it can’t tag the expectation as flawed and thus re-think the possibilities? ***

Weekly QUEST Discussion Topics and News June 14

Weekly QUEST Discussion Topics and News, June 7th

Weekly QUEST Discussion Topics and News
June 7, 2013

The first topic this week is a continued discussion on how to take the QUEST ideas and formulate proposals for funding. There are a series of opportunities coming up and several of our colleagues have taken on the task of generating joint proposals so we want to allow discussion in support of capturing QUEST research ideas.

The second topic is a series of news articles this week I want to point out – there was the Israeli company that makes devices that read ‘text in the wild’ for the vision impaired (led us to the ShareBoost algorithms), there is also a story from yet another futurist Mr Itskov who has the dream of uploading the brain’s content into avatars (the 2045 Initiative), there was an article on gadgets measuring emotions and then a very interesting article on how schizophrenic brains are not fooled by the hollow mask illusion (this provides a great forum for a discussion on information flow architectures of TD versus BU).

If there is time the left over topics from last week still need to be tied up – there was an effort to capture the relationship between the amount of IA (intelligence amplification) that can be achieved and the ‘friction’ or ‘alignment’ of the computer aid with the representation of the human partner. Then there was also the Palantir: like an operating system for data analysis blog entry that provides insight into information flow in systems of systems.

Weekly QUEST Discussion Topics and News