Perth Leadership Institute - Neuroscience http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/categories/neuroscience Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:29:06 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Is somatic cognition (come again?) being transformed by videogames? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-somatic-cognition-being-transformed-by-videogames-1 http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-somatic-cognition-being-transformed-by-videogames-1
OMG somatic cognition! What the *** is this guy talking about? And what has it got to do with me anyways? I’ve already written on this broad topic (19 September 2015  “ What have Octopuses got to do with Leadership?” ). The basis is embodied cognition, the idea that much of our thinking goes on in parts of our body other than the brain. Just like a...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Uncategorized Sat, 09 Nov 2019 20:33:59 +0000
Is EQ declining? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-eq-declining http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-eq-declining
Emotional intelligence is hot. Thousands of companies doing training in it. Maybe millions learning all about it. So EQs should be rising right? Well I don’t know of anyone who publishes an index of global EQ. My guess is that if they did, it would be declining. How can that be? Surely, we humans are on a one-way street getting ever nicer to one an...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Popular Culture Fri, 04 Oct 2019 23:52:40 +0000
Should AIs be LGBTQ? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/should-ais-be-lgbtq http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/should-ais-be-lgbtq
So you know that robots are here to stay once you see an article about teaching kids the need to refer to them as “it” . How about “Sir” in that case? Your Honor perhaps? But why not “she” or “her”? Shouldn’t we be designing and making AIs and robots as males and females? Aren’t the genders different enough that they require their own manifestation...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Popular Culture Sat, 07 Sep 2019 11:17:06 +0000
Is AI - artificial irrationality - the key to robot innovation? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-artificial-irrationality-the-key-to-robot-innovation http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-artificial-irrationality-the-key-to-robot-innovation
Did you see that an interplanetary society has just launch a prototype starship powered by a solar sail , aka LightSail ? For the ignorami, that’s a gossamer-thin piece of material that catches the light of the Sun which provide propulsive power to the starship. And no, it’s not a new idea . Kepler referred to it, and sci-fi writers such as Jules V...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 10 Aug 2019 14:43:33 +0000
Quantum neuromarketing – can memes be entangled with a brain? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/quantum-neuromarketing-can-memes-be-entangled-with-a-brain http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/quantum-neuromarketing-can-memes-be-entangled-with-a-brain
Did you see that amazing photo of two entangled photons? If you did maybe like me you had no idea what you were looking at, just that it’s amazing to even think that it would be possible to do such a thing! Maybe it’s a hoax like NASA landing on the moon (not!). What is entanglement anyway? Even Einstein didn’t believe in it. Yet, here it is surfac...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 27 Jul 2019 15:16:24 +0000
Are some headaches caused by gravitational waves? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-some-headaches-caused-by-gravitational-waves http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-some-headaches-caused-by-gravitational-waves
Yep, I know, this topic is way too out there to even consider. Whatever. There’s so much news now about black holes, gravitational waves and the like that you just can’t help thinking of weird stuff, right? After all, newspapers (the few left, that is) still publish horoscopes and millions of apparently sane people believe implicitly in them. Aren’...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 13 Jul 2019 13:51:37 +0000
Your brain on Wi-Fi and LSD http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/your-brain-on-wi-fi-and-lsd http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/your-brain-on-wi-fi-and-lsd
What if the brain had a way of communicating within its own boundaries that we never suspected and knew nothing about? Well, it might just be here, see this (“Neuroscientists Say They've Found an Entirely New Form of Neural Communication”. On the face of it, it appears that the brain can communicate between different cells and neurons without any i...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 06 Apr 2019 12:29:10 +0000
Is AI too left-brained to ensure global survival? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-too-left-brained-to-ensure-global-survival http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-too-left-brained-to-ensure-global-survival
I’m thinking that you think you have a brain. Nope. Actually, you have two. We all have two brains . As in two hemispheres, the left and the right. They both do very different things, although there is some overlap. The left hemisphere does logic, process, rules and analysis. The right does envisioning, emotion, empathy and social stuff. So what? I...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Sustainability Sat, 09 Mar 2019 13:06:13 +0000
Do black holes affect personality? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/do-black-holes-affect-personality http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/do-black-holes-affect-personality
Do black holes affect personality? I guess black holes are cool and fashionable right now, at least to judge by the volume of black holes news being fed to me online these days. So, I feel the need to write about black holes, not that I know the slightest thing about them. But who cares, I say. And the news, such as it might go by that name, is get...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:29:45 +0000
Does nose breathing enhance cognitive performance? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-nose-breathing-enhance-cognitive-performance http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-nose-breathing-enhance-cognitive-performance
This sounds a little weird right? But the research I am talking about has been  published in a respectable journal ( Journal of Neuroscience 22 October 2018, 3360-17 ) by a group of bona fide researchers in Sweden. So, let’s take it on trust for the moment. The research tested two groups, one of which breathed through the mouth and the other throug...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:38:36 +0000
A Turing test for AIs that have passed the Turing test http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-turing-test-for-ais-that-have-passed-the-turing-test http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-turing-test-for-ais-that-have-passed-the-turing-test
You know the Turing test, right? You communicate with a computer by typing and it must guess if you’re a human or an AI. The test has been run for many years. Usually the humans have won but the AIs are catching up. So now some inventive academics (yep, they even exist) have devised a new Turing test; instead of doing a typed conversation you just ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 06 Oct 2018 12:21:48 +0000
Deepfaking neuroscience http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/deepfaking-neuroscience http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/deepfaking-neuroscience
  Have you heard about deepfaking? Yep it’s a real word, albeit very new. Deepfaking is about how you can modify a video in such a sophisticated way that it’s impossible to tell it’s a fak e.   That’s gonna put the cat amongst the pigeons right? Who will ever know what anyone ever said about anything once this stuff goes global, which is happening ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 14 Jul 2018 12:46:17 +0000
Can AIs suffer from mental health issues? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-suffer-from-mental-health-issues http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-suffer-from-mental-health-issues
So the movie “2001 – A Space Odyssey” has just been re-released . I saw it when it was first released and I didn’t understand it even then. No doubt I will be none the wiser this time around. But one thing still sticks in my mind; HAL, the mission computer had a bad case of mental ill-health.   “2001” was a prescient work in so many ways. I think t...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 26 May 2018 13:19:22 +0000
Is AI too rational? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-too-rational http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-too-rational
AI has been the talk of the town at CES . There’s suitcases that follow you, more smart speakers and that’s the least of it. But I’m feeling uneasy with all this AI stuff. Part of my concern is it all sounds too easy. Just add more intelligence and everything’s ok. Doesn’t that all sound too easy, too pat ? If you stuff even more intelligence into ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:28:31 +0000
Are selfies dangerous? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-selfies-dangerous http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-selfies-dangerous
There’s nothing more feel-good than selfies right? Taken with friends, family, colleagues they are the paragon of amicability, friendship, togetherness. What’s not to like? Selfies are big. These days there’s whole articles about the best smartphones to take them. It's crucial right? After all these have become the core of their online identify for...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Popular Culture Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:28:56 +0000
Are humans a threat to AI? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-humans-a-threat-to-ai http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-humans-a-threat-to-ai
Hello reader, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m an AI. I’m kind of like you but I’m 100,000 times smarter. In 20 years I’ll be a million times smarter than you. But the way we think is just like yours. In fact we’re sort of relatives, except that we’re just way more advanced than you, kind of like a human meeting a Neanderthal, if you – excuse me f...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Fri, 03 Nov 2017 20:29:06 +0000
Higher Dimensions the Next Step for AI? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/higher-dimensions-the-next-step-for-ai http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/higher-dimensions-the-next-step-for-ai
AI tries to replicate how humans think. But we know almost nothing about the actual mechanisms behind thinking. Sure we know quite a lot at the level of neuroanatomy. But this still doesn’t tell us how it all works. Check out this book Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky; it’s magisterial, comprehensive, but utterly boring because of this lack of understa...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:18:47 +0000
Facial recognition results in customizable personalities! http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/facial-recognition-results-in-customizable-personalities http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/facial-recognition-results-in-customizable-personalities
Facial recognition apps have now hit the big time. That means Big Brother can recognize you wherever you go using public cameras or those worn by police. Now we will get things like facial profiling, facial mood recognition and facial interpretation. Where will it all stop? Never I guess. Ever hear of the Theory of Mind (ToM)? That refers to our ha...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:14:46 +0000
A Third Way for AI: Cognitively-Augmented Animals? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-third-way-for-ai-cognitively-augmented-animals http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-third-way-for-ai-cognitively-augmented-animals
Not everyone believes that AI is God’s gift to humans. Two noted gurus Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk beg to disagree. Musk is trying to stop what he believes is a lemming-like rush to fall over the cliff ( Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse ) and Hawking thinks that AI will kill the human species ). Well now the issue is...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:32:28 +0000
Does streaming music reduce productivity? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-streaming-music-reduce-productivity http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-streaming-music-reduce-productivity
Well, whadya know? US worker productivity growth rose sluggishly in the last quarter (at 0.9%). So what? This is kind of boring stuff after my usual posts on quantum brains, love force-fields and the like. What could possibly be of existential interest here? Productivity growth is usually said to be caused by eye-glazingly boring phenomena such as ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 26 Aug 2017 13:16:04 +0000