We Just Created an Artificial Synapse That Can Learn Autonomously

A team of researchers has developed artificial synapses that are capable of learning autonomously and can improve how fast artificial neural networks learn.

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What if an A.I. could learn as fast as we can, or even faster? Soon we may be able to answer that question because researchers at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the University of Bordeaux and Evry have developed an artificial synapse that does for a neural network what our synapses do for our brain.
Not only should neural networks be able to learn as fast as we can, they should also be able to learn autonomously which is a great step forward in the development of true A.I.

A fresh look

After a few years running the WordPress Twenty-Fifteen theme, I decided it was time for a fresh look of the blog. So I spent some time tweaking the new Twenty-Seventeen theme and quickly came to like it. So starting today, when you look Random Musings, Rambling Opinions in your browser, you get the new look.
I’ll be tweaking the theme further over the next few weeks to further adapt it for use on my blog. What do you think? Comments are welcome!

Without privacy, you lose your ability to have an identity of your own

I believe that privacy is something that humans need. Being able to do things and to speak about things without being watched or recorded is essential to growth and identity formation. How do you know who you are or what your values are if you are not free to explore those?

Without privacy, we are unable to test the waters in our formative teenage years, we’re unable to tell things in confidence, and therefore to be ourselves.

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Christianity isn’t true

On February 18 I  responded to a challenging tweet from a Christian by the name of Christopher Andrus. We tweeted back and forth a bit and he invited me to read two articles on the website Christianity is True. It is his own blog and the articles he invited me to read are: “Evidence & arguments for the Existence of the God of the Bible” and “Ten Widely-believed Fallacies Today“. He asked me to read these articles when I asked him what convinced him that Christianity is true. I have good reason to say that Christianity isn’t true but to humour him, I decided to read his articles to see if they answered my questions. They didn’t and when I returned to Twitter to ask him about that, he simply didn’t respond despite me repeating my question.

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Stumped? Hardly!

I came across the article “5 ways to stump an atheist” written by Richard Bushey on his site Therefore, God exists. In the article, Bushey lists 5 questions to stump an atheist, although claiming there are many ways to do that. Of course stumping someone isn’t that hard. Just say something that they don’t expect or can’t wrap their head around. That doesn’t mean that what you said is clever or even true. It just means the other person doesn’t have a ready answer. Stumping someone doesn’t prove anything or secure you a win in a discussion. So would an atheist really be stumped? Hardly!

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Questions for atheists

For those of you who like to read my blog, you’ll know I like to take answer these “Questions for atheists” lists that believers publish. They seem to think that these questions are clever, insightful and sure to stump any atheist. More often than not they are actually the opposite. Inane questions that are filled to the brim with presuppositions, lack of current scientific understanding and extremely leading are the norm. Nothing that would stump most atheists because we’ve thought about all these things and more often that not, that’s why we’re atheists.

The following list apparently appears in Dr. Norman Geisler’s book “Conversational Evangelism” and if it’s any indication of the quality of rest of the book, my advice would be to steer clear of this title. So without further ado, here is the list of “clever” questions for atheists!

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