Might Friston’s “Free Energy” Markov Blankets = Liquid Membraning?

Karl Friston is looking to move forward describing the ‘free energy principle’, for example using the Friston/Ramstead/Babcock paper describing “all life in terms of Markov Blankets.” https://www.wired.com/story/karl-friston-free-energy-principle-artificial-intelligence/ and https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1571064517301409

Another term for Markov Blankets might be “Liquid Membraning”. I use Liquid Membraning in problem-solving; the cognitive process appears to be akin to stitching up data-points into Markov Blankets. “Cloud-Boxing” is my other term. The suggestion here is to shift away from the rigid/fixed/ossifying nature of the term “blankets” to a flow-state framework that evokes particulates and osmoticity? Could the term instead be Markov “fluidics,” “flow-states”, “nets”, “clouds”, and/or “meshes”?


“Liquid Membraning”* is the deep enveloping that evanescently correlates datasets during the gloaming phase of a sort; stitching up cloud-points out of constellations of clues; out of a search to find the deep root cause of a challenge/problem/issue/threat [ie. to go back to the deep root first principle]. This produces a key that when turned unlocks the entire problem. Computationally you could call it super-swarming. It has been suggested that creatives approach a task ‘more intuitively’, not analytically. I disagree; these skills could be characterized as hyperfast analytical tasking. Think of super-swarming as standing in a cloud. Where the cloud is a set of data points. Among these are the discrete clues that I notice. Among these are the patterns and there a route of questions to find, to follow, down to the root clue/key that unlocks everything. Another way to look at this is to say I see all the trees in the forest, and then notice the clue paths and patterns that lead me back to the one different tree.

* definition circa 25 Nov 2018


Image: “Internet map 1024” (cropped), By The Opte Project [CC BY 2.5], https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Internet_map_1024.jpg

Hadley’s Primer

I’m working out lessons to teach how to think in 3D. Here’s one of the first ideas for this. I got to watching Jodie Foster’s movie Contact. And came to the segment where Hadley reveals the primer to Ellie:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SbKE_U4b7U

Director Robert Zemeckis needed to explain the idea without detailing the depths that an efficient data set could get to. It gets neat when we replicate the Hadley Primer into a 3D library with many books, layers and leaves:

This is Zemeckis’ version:

Now imagine the underlay also being a book, inverted:

Now imagine Zemeckis’ book as a level-1 hypercube [a tesseract projected into three-space]:

 

Now imagine it as a multi-layered hypercube…3D books nested within books within books…

Now imagine what lies at the “centre” of the nestlings… 

Is it “the centre”? Is it a singularity? Is it a cloud of data? Can we ever get there?

A book with infinitive leaves that “linear we” cannot perceive? 

Words in a starry firmament? Words that we cannot truly read?

Yet…

 

Zuxian Free Reads Summaries

This is a list of new postings at Zuxian.ca
davehuer.com will continue being hosted = all previous posts are available here.

(2018) Graphic image (High-level view) explaining liquid logic trees. See the high-level explanation at About David Huer page.

(2018) 3D Computing – Navatar Roadmap Vision : Imagining the steps needed to move from looking at virtual avatars to living as “Navatars”…physically-inhabited avatars. Plus an  Industrial Implications Forecast.

(2018) Aiding Tangier Island, VA, USA : The people of Tangier Island may be the first climate refugees of coastal North America: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/561587/tangier-island/ Could Salt Marsh Dikes & Aboiteaux drain pipes protect key sites (town hall, courthouse, hospital, fire hall, places of worship)? Could the community design itself to become a protected lagoon? Could “Rising Title” be key to the survival of seaside communities? The imagining here is having Property Title rise with the rising sea: Will Rising Title rest with submerged seabeds or be evidenced by a platform floating on or standing above high tide?

Is Blockchain a realization of Asimov’s 3 Laws?

For Internet-era Humans:

Is Blockchain a realization of Asimov’s 3 Laws?
Blockchain’s Disruption to 2nd-Era Social Media
David Huer, Canada, January 2018

PDF Document Link [here]

This is an allusion to the idea of “Personal Presencein one of Asimov’s ‘Elijah Bailey/R. Daneel Olivaw‘ series of novels.

People in electronically-connected countries generally have 9 personas:During the Pre-internet Era (most of human culture), we had 5:

During the 2nd (Post-Chat Room) Social Media Era

Websites sold “First-4” Data to Advertisers. Inferring that First-4 Data gleans clues about Inferred-5. Using machine-learning and AI, now, to claim further inference success…

Where are you on the daily persona journey?

Who plays the instrument that manipulates your soul?

What’s worrisome for today’s social media giants?

Self-demonstrating that there is NO social contract/respect for deep privacy.
Not needing to make one, without the presence of an alternative.

Blockchain’s deep power? It is that alternative.

Blockchain systematically engineers true respect for deep privacy. A true deep social contract, a truthfully private exchange. Returning the First-4 to Asimovian Full-9 Personal Presence and Control The next iteration of the Internetosphere.

Until Blockchain gets disrupted.


Images:

(a) Fair use  via wikipedia: File:The-robots-of-dawn-doubleday-cover.jpg
(b) https://www.goodfreephotos.com/people/having-dinner-together-with-the-family.jpg.php CC0 / Public Domain License.
(c) http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Group-Businessmen-Confirming-Team-Feedback-2990424 : CC0 Public Domain, Free for commercial use. Link referral required;
(d) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gray_vacuum_cleaner.svg CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.
(e) https://pixabay.com/en/block-chain-personal-shaking-hands-2850276/ CC0 Creative Commons, Free for commercial use

 

A vision comes to life

George Verghese created the hybrid academic/business plan that ultimately now finds fruition in Kwantlen University’s new $36M Wilson School of Design.

Meeting with the Wilson team. Transforming desire into a startling vision. Attracting $millions of dollars of private and public investment money. Now realized with a new, fully-funded design centre. B.C.’s apparel industry has more than 400 businesses employing over 7,600 people; the fourth-largest manufacturing segment in BC.

And George’s vision? Now starting to produce massive real-world impact.

He is that rarity. The fundraiser’s fundraiser.

Business in Vancouver news article: https://lnkd.in/gQf8R_S

 

A message for futbol/football/soccer fans

There is a post for you at my citymoon.org blog: https://citymoon.org/blog/2017/12/17/pico-chapecoense-peak-joined-in-joy/

Let’s name a lunar mountain after Team Chapecoense 2016:


Images:

Chapecoense Team at their last game, 2016.
http://wpmedia.edmontonjournal.com/2017/12/afp_id9b6.jpg?quality=55&strip=all

“Physics advances one funeral at a time”

Here’s a fine article about astrophysics and scientific enquiry from Ethan Siegel: https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/11/16/scientific-theories-never-die-not-unless-scientists-choose-to-let-them/#3ae8a4a24ccb

Mr. Siegel summarizes scientific investigation thus:

“When it comes to science, we like to think that we formulate hypotheses, test them, throw away the ones that fail to match, and continue testing the successful one until only the best ideas are left. But the truth is a lot muddier than that. The actual process of science involves tweaking your initial hypothesis over and over, trying to pull it in line with what we already know. It involves a leap-of-faith that when you formulate your theory correctly, the predictions it makes will be even more successful, across-the-board, than any other alternatives. And when things don’t work out, it doesn’t always necessitate abandoning your original hypothesis. In fact, most scientists don’t. In a very real way, scientific theories can never truly be killed. The only way they ever go away is if people stop working on them.”

Tweaking is the draw. And it truly is fun to discover when errors are in a hypothesis, as this offers the chance to discover and tweak further. This is happening with the 17th Century Atlantic Seaboard limestone smuggling hypothesis at my Cartoproblematica page. There’s an error in part of the geology. That’s neat. It means more discovery. And got me refocusing on another aspect of that same geology – narrowing the physical search area from ~1200 km2 down to 138 km2, and thence down to 4.5 km2.

  • – David Huer

Image: Churchyard – nige_hurll modified by D.Huer
https://pixabay.com/en/churchyard-gravestones-graveyard-2812800/
CC0 Creative Commons

 * Starts With A Bang “is dedicated to exploring the story of what we know about the Universe as well as how we know it, with a focus on physics, astronomy, and the scientific story that the Universe tells us about itself. Written by Ph.D. scientists and edited/created by astrophysicist Ethan Siegel, our goal is to share the joy, wonder and awe of scientific discovery.”

Hydrological Spreads update

From Columbia U.’s Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu, Xi Chen, Pierre Gentine & Ozgur Sahin comes the proposition to harvest energy from evaporation. Could this bring “Hydrological Spreads” Financing to fruition?

News article: https://techxplore.com/news/2017-09-energy-harvested-evaporation-power.html?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=idealmedia&utm_campaign=techxplore.com&utm_term=68744&utm_content=2148428

Direct link: Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu, Xi Chen, Pierre Gentine & Ozgur Sahin, Potential for natural evaporation as a reliable renewable energy resource, Nature Communications 8, Article number: 617 (2017), doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00581-w, Published online 26 September 2017.

Hydrological Spreads & Aquifer Float Rights discussion: https://www.davehuer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/huer-aquifer-float-rights.pdf


Upper Image Credit: Columbia University cf. techxplore.com article

Is our universe a “wormhole”?

Portal Vortex Time Travel Wormhole Warp Space{a set of (solutions of Einstein field equations)}, such that an outer “envelope” feeds a singularity at the “centre”?

About problem: Commenced thinking about the nature of neural networks and organization of orbital space some 30-years ago = liquid membraning helps; came to a hypothesis somewhere between 2010-2014; and decided to post it as a puzzle, along the lines of the diagramatic sequences they have for US college tests; and then publishing it on December 7, 2014. Not many takers except Clément Vidal at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Clément and I have chats and he read my Bangivore hypothesis.

Puzzle published December 7, 2014.

if you look at the original diagram (select image to go there), there are fine protuberances along the edge of the black circle second from right.

New phrase: Would Kessler data cascades influence “multiverse billiards”? Data cascading is what happens when a thought-investigation (for me, at least) unlocks into a solution key or key-set. Which invariably splits into all sorts of interesting new questions.

Kessler cascades and collision sets are fascinating – applicable to neat problems like:

  * Neural nets (growth; and collapse ie. epilepsy?);
  * ocean garbage collecting into gyres (and then colliding down to be food for plankton?); and
  * the hypothesis I’m working on that floodwater/saltwedge “density differentials” produce a trigger transforming foreshore waters into a “saltwedge dam” that floodwaters rebound against

Links:
Puzzle (Dec-7-14): https://davehuer.com/puzzle-03/
Bangivores: https://davehuer.com/blog/prokaryote-starivores-bangivores/
“Wormhole”: http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Portal-Vortex-Time-Travel-Wormhole-Warp-Space-2514312: Creative Commons Zero – CC0.
Billard balls: By Andrzej Barabasz (Chepry) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Kessler cascades:
1) Donald J. Kessler retired from NASA in 1996 as NASA’s Senior Scientist for Orbital Debris Research.
1) http://www.spacesafetymagazine.com/space-debris/kessler-syndrome/don-kessler-envisat-kessler-syndrome/
2) http://iaass.space-safety.org/awards/jerome-lederer-space-safety-pioneer-award/space-safety-pioneer-award-hall-of-fame/kessler-biography/
3) Generated image of orbital debris estimate: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Debris-GEO1280.jpg

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SOLCO: A new space treaty to break the Orbital Investing Sound Barrier

CityMoon : Getting back to the Moon

Earlier this summer, a friend and got to talking about space industry. Why industry and the authorities still had us stuck on Earth. It’s been 50 years. They played golf. And got us a bag of rocks. All the other promises were empty. And NASA keeps insisting that we ought to be making riskier long-duration trips to Mars vs. bootstrapping like entrepreneurs do. But got to thinking, concluding that the old Outer Space Treaty (UNOOSA, 1966) is the barrier to entry. The national space agencies really have little choice, because signatory states all agree that no one can own private property off-planet.

CityMoon.org : website
Treaty proposal video (CGI animation)

Well, who invests in that. 

The strategy here? A new treaty to break the investment log-jam. That’s been the project of the last few months. I will periodically post and welcome guest commentary.  It takes all of us to make the world better. And all of us dialoguing to move our civilization forward.

 

vs. the apparently-most-possible of the allegedly impossible

Colossal_octopus_by_Pierre_Denys_de_MontfortYesterday, one of my friends (founder) asked why I don’t start easier ventures? The reason relates to the framing (and re-framing) of the challenge: No matter what I think about, it has been my experience that the leap-frogging steps of a disruption are nearly always seen as impossible/hard to comprehend . . . 

. . . (and in this, it appears not so much that the barrier is a belief in the “impossibility”, but that the person cannot intellectually follow or comprehend how I got there and ego seems to get in the way).

So, if whatever I do is seen this way, then (perhaps paradoxically) it makes more sense to me to do the biggest scariest monster.

Because this takes exactly the same effort as the apparently-most-possible of the allegedly impossible.

Not to mention massively satisfying.


Image: Pen and wash drawing by malacologist Pierre Dénys de Montfort, 1801, from the descriptions of French sailors reportedly attacked by such a creature off the coast of Angola. Public Domain, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraken

The Door to $Capital Heaven

us-mission-vancouver

A country’s embassies and consulates are that nation’s territory, subject to its laws, rules, and customs.

Some time ago, I asked the US State Department to create an incubator inside the Vancouver consulate.

Every day, I could walk to my office in America without having to leave Canada. An embassy official appreciated the creativity but said no dice.

Hence the “Border Entrepreneur Visa” proposal, posted earlier this week: http://davehuer.com/blog/replacing-the-us-eb-1-and-e-1-with-a-be-1-visa/

 

 

 


Image: Seal of the US Consulate, Vancouver, BC. Public Domain: https://www.flickr.com/photos/us_mission_canada/4770405952 – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

9 Minds for the Future

5-minds-for-the-future2Howard Gardner misses 4 mindful intelligences when he talks about the 5 Minds for the Future that he believes are “the specific cognitive abilities that will be sought and cultivated by leaders in the years ahead”.

Mr. Gardner’s list:

The Disciplinary Mind (DM): the mastery of major schools of thought, including science, mathematics, and history, and of at least one professional craft.

The Synthesizing Mind (SM): the ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole and to communicate that integration to others.

The Creating Mind (CM): the capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions, and phenomena.

The Respectful Mind (RM): awareness of and appreciation for differences among human beings and human groups.

The Ethical Mind (EM): fulfillment of one’s responsibilities as a worker and as a citizen.

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Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

But this is a scientific model of the world: an idealized model of a civilized world of thinkers atop the hierarchy of civilization. It is not the world we live in. Not the world our children face:

A warming world, with melting ice caps, ice-free polar seas, and an interrupted tropic-arctic ocean heat conveyor belt. A world of sea-level rise, and drowned cities, and desperate populations. A world of rising starvation and denuded oceans. And refugees and internment camps. This is the world that every one of our grandchildren face. A world needing additional forms of Mindfulness if we are to succeed in restoring the biosphere.  Here are four to add to the mix:

KanjisenkiThe Warrior Mind (WM): combining strategic, tactical and artistic sensibilities. Miyamoto Musashi is the archetype. And my personal example is a US Marine. A man whose best friend died on the battlefield. A man who honoured that friend by not forgetting, and instead helping to set up a foundation for wounded warriors in his memory. This is a mind that frames its actions with honour. We need this mind.

The Profiting Mind (PM): looking for ways to earn profit in all its forms (financial, triple bottom line, personal). We need minds like this, too. To re-frame capitalism so it works for every species that inhabits the Earth.

The Earth Mind (EaM):  awareness of and appreciation for differences among different species of the earth, human and non-human, and the interrelatedness of all species in the biosphere we call home. We need this mind, too. Because this mind recognizes that all of us are one connected system that is failing because we have brought the ecosystem out of balance.

And the Horizon Mind (HM): The capacity to not just imagine the future, but to re-frame that future to make it better, and figure out the way from here to there. We need this mind to see where we could go, and to cut away every old way of thinking that got us into the hole we are now.


At times, I wonder if a Horizon Mind–and Horizon Intelligence–synthesizes all of the others? And whether Horizon Intelligence is both singularly personal and the collective intelligence of our species?

And whether Horizon Intelligence develops like this . . .?


When our children are born, they look out upon a strange and scary place.

All thinking is internal . . .

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The questing mind moves out from that internal space

Learning to involve sensory feedback: a mother’s breast milk, being singed, standing and falling, toy-making and using and breaking. Shitting and stinking, and eating boogers, and saying “No!”.

A sensory (feeling-seeing-scenting-tasting-thinking) feedback loop . . .

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But then, the questing human mind extends that feedback loop.

And here are the interesting questions . . .

Does the questing mind extend that feedback beyond others (mum, dad, sibling, grandma, the family dog) to wider horizons? Seeking to frame the horizon as a future that can be re-framed, changed, to whatever we want it to be;

This “horizon re-framing mind” — this Horizon Intelligence–perhaps it is the vista-seeking mind that makes our species gain the bigger perspective?

 

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And perhaps, it is Horizon Intelligence that synthesizes all of the other intelligences into one? Making the sum of the parts that which makes us aware? That makes us planners and doers of our own destiny?

 

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And if so, is it this intrinsic quality of thinking-being-contemplating-doingness that Information Technology kills? The “thrumming guitar pluck”, the quiet humming golden thread–that IT muffles and snuffs out?  The missing quality that we cannot replicate?

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Are we losing our Horizon Intelligence?

And if we are, are we becoming the Artificial Intelligence we should be afraid of?

— David Huer



Images:

5 Minds for the Future: Book Cover via Amazon Books:
Calligraphy by Miyamoto Musashi. Public Domain: Mr. Granger
Los_Angeles_Pollution: Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0
All other images and artwork: © 2015 David Huer. Photo is of Sombrio Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The Unmentioned Details of the Entrepreneurial Journey

Having read Peter Baskerville‘s brilliantly dispassionate, no-nonsense answer to Why do most café startups fail? at Quora this morning, I thought my readers might like to see a re-post of a 2010 cartoon about the perils of venturing anew.

Never give up! Never Surrender!

Best for the day and this New Year. 

01 January 2015

– David Huer

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