I am going to to take a little side trip off of me and my therapies and think about other things relating to the brain. My Gentle Readers know I am all things about the brain and that periodically I go on rambles through various aspects of other disciplines such as technology, ecology, etc as they relate to brain. So, Gentle Readers pick up your hiking staffs and lets venture a little further afield from my latest therapies.
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I saw this article about military intelligence efforts to model the brain and particularly, for processing video. For those of you not in the know about military acronyms. IARPA is the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity research agency that reports to the Director of National Intelligence. It was copied from DARPA the Defense Advanced Research Projects Activity that is part of the Defense Department. In addition to basic research on purely military technologies, DARPA helped kick start things like the Internet and GPS into being.
BBN – these days owned by US arms
giant Raytheon – says it has won a $3m deal from IARPA to "explore how
the brain processes massive amounts of fragmented data". The funding
comes from IARPA's backronym-tastic Integrated Cognitive-Neuroscience
Architectures for Understanding Sensemaking (ICARUS) programme.
Like its military counterpart (Darpa [sic]) , IARPA focuses on high-risk research:
that is, on research which is unlikely to deliver anything (and if it
does, as in the case of the internet, what it delivers may be something
quite other than what was expected). Thus there's no great likelihood
that we'll see brain-like computers able to interpret information as
well as a human can in a few years as a result of yesterday's deal.
If we do, though, BBN believes that the new gear will help the US
spooks with various tasks they struggle to achieve today – in particular
that of getting useful intelligence out of huge video files delivered
by various forms of overhead surveillance.
When I tool about the various proposals here, I really don't see anything that any type of sensory cognition be it visual cognition, auditory cognition, etc. to the higher order functions of sense making. I am wondering how limited this approach will be. It seems that some computer professionals have met up with neuroscientists and they are looking at all kinds of information processing models that vaguely seem like computer models thwacked on top of a brain and not much to do with how visual processing relates to higher order cognition. Somehow, this is ignoring a lot of how the visual system operates to collect visual information. It seems that people responding to this proposal are looking at the visual system as a pipe that dumps encoded representations of sight into a machine that will process the contextual information.
Here is a developmental optometrist's view on pattern recognition
I am wondering if there is something more in understanding the neural substrates of vision that would help out computer scientists with automating pattern recognition.