Learning Beyond Finite Memory in Recurrent Networks Of Spiking Neurons

P. Tino, A. Mills: Learning Beyond Finite Memory in Recurrent Networks Of Spiking Neurons. Neural Computation, in print, 2005. (c) MIT Press

P. Tino, A. Mills: Learning Beyond Finite Memory in Recurrent Networks Of Spiking Neurons. In Advances in Natural Computation - ICNC 2005, (eds) L. Wang, K. Chen, Y.S. Ong. pp. 666-675, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer-Verlag, 2005.

A fractal picture

Here is a Mandelbrot-like fractal I generated, I hereby place it in the public domain.

Nice fractal image

Click here or on the image for the full resolution and lossless PNG image (1024x1280, 988.05 KB).

Everything is Natural

Have you ever heard someone say "oh I want this remedy because it is natural" or whatever. Well its nonsense because everything is natural, that is why we refer to "everything", as "Nature".

Humans are natural, so everything that humans produce is a natural consequence of their existence, and is therefore natural itself etc.

Living

I had a conversation some time ago which reduced to the conversationalist and I concluding that we were not living because our lives were so tame. We were essentially arguing the point that people in survival situations live to a greater extent because they are on the edge, they are hyper-aware, and that they feel super contented as a consequence of succeeding in their struggle. We argued that everybody else lives over a safety net to a lesser or greater extent. (Incidentally the Unabomber said something similar in his manifesto...)

I have realized however that survival scenarios can be manufactured; one only has to gamble. When the extreme sports enthusiast risks his life, when the entrepreneur risks his money, when the careerperson risks their reputation on taking a job they may not be able to finish, they are living. The mind has no choice but to fight, or give up. The way to live is to put oneself in situations that demand attention, for otherwise the brain is unlikely automatically to work at its maximum, for it will know that the situation is not *really* important.

I am however convinced that self generated motivation can match external pressure, take for example the Japanese monks who mummified themselves alive, there is no doubt that such motivation, if applied to any objective, would be devastating.

About Me

I will begin this page by stating the least important facts about myself: I have a first class degree in computer science and I distinction level Msc in Natural Computation both of which I studied for at the University of Birmingham Computer Science Department.

I am currently in Austria at Technische Universität Graz studying for my PhD under the supervision of Wolfgang Maass and I am currently working on biologically inspired learning from reward and punishment in autonomous agents.

Evolutionary Art

Click here for two evolutionary art galleries

The art was made with a compiling GP system I wrote for a first-semester mini-project, it took hundreds if not thousands of generations to evolve/breed the images.

BMX Accident

I fell off my BMX last year whilst running (riding) away from a dog which wasn't actually chasing me, sounds funny, it was. Checkout the pics below:

Blood-Stained Jacket

Knee And Arm Length Ashley

Little Hole In Finger

Arm Closeup Pre-Wash

Bent Arm, Arms Length

More Bent Arm

After Stiches 1

What kind of a moron posts pictures a year after the incident? Well, I fell off the BMX again a week ago, so it seemed appropriate, this time I sprained my ankle and it has been swollen for a week. I was on the half pipe, trying to show off and fell off hard. Here is my swollen foot:

Swollen Foot

Alright, I know, it doesn't look that swollen. But it hurt more than that arm accident above. BTW, when I had that arm accident, and they stiched the hole in my arm, I didn't have anesthetic, that made me feel cool.

Pain is an electrical signal sent to the brain. Pleasure is an electrical signal sent to the brain. Why do they differ? Why is it "hard" to tolerate pain? It is not actually real, its an illusion caused by the brain. Some people like pain. Can too much pain be harmful? Can too much pleasure be harmful? Its interesting.

Evolutionary Art

Hello there,

Click here for two evolutionary art galleries

The art was made with a compiling GP system I wrote for a first-semester mini-project, it took hundreds if not thousands of generations to evolve/breed the images.

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