Wednesday, 15 January 2014

If you feel you are stuck in a box ...

I really like this one - which I found on God on Facebook

1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    I recently found your blog, and have enjoyed reading some of the entries, especially those related to the brain and the idea that it might have a fairly simple underlying architecture with much of the apparent complexity arising from language and culture.

    I recall getting in touch with you many years ago (possibly late 70's?), probably following mention of your work in New Scientist, and you were kind enough to send me a few papers on CODIL. At the time I was very influenced by a book called The Mechanism of Mind by Edward de Bono, which attempted to look at the brain as a self-organising system whose broad properties that could be readily understood. You work seemed to have similar aspirations in the context of AI.

    Forty years on, I've recently retired from a career in IT, and am amazed at the degree to which the problems that beset me at the end - of delivering flexible and transparent systems that do what the customer wants, on time and on budget - where pretty much those I encountered when I started work!

    The lack of a working CODIL system seems a tragedy. Has anyone tried running Micro CODIL on one of the BBC Micro emulators that are available? It would probably be horribly inefficient but might be useful for demonstrating what the language can do.

    Roger Yates