A log entry of the Mad Machine Learning Scientist of Cybercom

We have a reference implementation of a deep reinforced learning machine: The human brain. The brain does not take gigawatts of power, and it is not made of exotic and expensive materials; in fact, it is made of fats and proteins. That is, essentially chicken, as opposed to silicon and rare earth elements like neodymium, or hafnium, which is not quite a rare earth element, but rare regardless; Its reserves on Earth are expected to last under 10 years. That reference implementation still outperforms our best computers and algorithms in some tasks, although the scope of those tasks is getting smaller. At the least it shows that this kind of computing is in principle possible with minimal energy and material requirements. However, the human brain is exceptionally bad at certain…


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