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+        'title': "Brain Books",
+        'date': "2013-07-27",
+        'description': "",
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+        <p>After <a href="http://changelog.ca">Charles Iliya Krempeaux</a> gave us all an <a href="http://changelog.ca/log/2013/05/25/polyglot/slides.html">ambitious reading list</a> at <a href="http://polyglotconf.com">Vancouver Polyglot Unconference</a>, I dug out my library card and got started.</p>
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+        <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Grand"><img src="brain-books/growingupwithlucy.jpg" width="200" height="300"></a></p>
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+        <p><i>Growing Up With Lucy</i> was a great one to start with. Grand sets out to build a humanoid named Lucy. He proudly emphasizes engineering intuition over biological accuracy, and takes the endearingly modest path of tinkering in his basement to satisfy his own curiosity. I love that.</p>
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+        <blockquote>Lucy is certainly a journey more than she is a destination. I specifically hope I can disturb people into wondering what it actually means to be alive and to have a mind and to realize that this is something we can think about for ourselves, not just leave to the experts.</blockquote>
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+        <p>Sounds good to me.</p>
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+        <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Intelligence"><img src="brain-books/onintelligence.png" width="196" height="300" align="center"></a></p>
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+        <p>Hawkins' goals are more serious. He notes that our knowledge of the brain is fragmented at best and mere taxonomy at worst. He presents a unified theory of the brain, including testable predictions that can support or refute it. It's dense but readable.</p>
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+        <p>At <a href="http://www.oscon.com/oscon2013">OSCON 2013</a>, I saw <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_eT5bsS4bQ">Hawkins' Keynote </a>and learnt of his latest company <a href="http://numenta.org">Numenta</a>, its product <a href="https://www.groksolutions.com">Grok</a>, and its open-source cousin <a href="https://github.com/numenta/nupic/">NuPIC</a>. The latter is terribly exciting and I plan to hook it up to some Arduino sensors before long.</p>
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+        <p>Hawkins and Grand look identical to me. I guess I shouldn't be surprised though: Fire together, wire together.</p>
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+        <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.howtocreateamind.com"><img src="brain-books/howtocreateamind.png" width="196" height="300" align="center"></a></p>
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+        <p>I've been fascinated with Kurzweil's work since I read <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Age_of_Spiritual_Machines">The Age of Spiritual Machines</a> almost fifteen years ago (right after I bought the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_Machines">Our Lady Peace album</a> it inspired). I found this book to be very similar to <i>On Intelligence</i> and only made it half way through. Especially after the wonder of the first two books, Kurzweil's academic tone put me off.</p>
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+        <p>At the end of Hawkins' excellent <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y43qwS8fl4">Google Tech Talk</a>, I was amused that Kurzweil (recently in Google's employ) stood up to the mic to <strike>ask a question</strike> make a comment. He's getting kookier with age.</p>
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