A Brief Intro To Your Brain

Today there is a new computing frontier – business analytics.

Some people may be interested in the relationship between our brains and the new Artificial Intelligence that is impacting the business and research worlds.

In an earlier time we used computers to help us perform computations, then to organize data, later to visualize data so that people could better see correlations and make decisions.

Now we are moving into the next generation. Here, analytic programs such as Watson by IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT) Azure Machine Learning, and AWS Elastic MapReduce service by Amazon (AMZN), are sifting through enormous amounts of big data to answer business and scientific questions.

According to Wikipedia:

 Analytics is the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data.

In the end, all these are sifting through the data trying to abstract out significant relationships between people and/or events.

As I noted in another post, Abstraction is what the brain does.

Some people may be interested in the relationship between our brains and the new Artificial Intelligence that is impacting the business and research worlds. In this post I will describe, very briefly, how brain cells work together to create knowledge.

Neurons – the basic elements of the brain

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Brain = Abstraction Machine: A Fascinating Anecdote

I was struck by the implications of this event at the time, and it have remained so ever since. I believe it is an extraordinary example of how the brain works, and why artificial intelligence is so difficult.

Many years ago I worked in the forests of the Northwest as a tree planter, reforesting clear cuts. The idea is that a contract would specify the spacing of trees on the ground (8’ x 8’, 10’ x 10’, for example) to achieve the number of tress per acre that the forester desired.

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