But isn’t this the crux of this thread? Why argue this question for 60-odd posts and then say: “Meh, I don’t really care.” ?
Qualia and experience are in the realm of consciousness. I though we were discussing intelligence?
That’s the beauty of the HTM theory. We can limit our investigations to what we understand: the easy problem.
Don’t get me wrong: I love discussing consciousness. I love philosophising about free will and its ramifications. But here we’re trying to understand intelligence. And this question was about transmitting information in a way that two systems could compare this information effectively. (One of them being a human brain, the other a machine).
Hawkins and his team of amazing researchers cracked this nut. Or at least came up with a very plausable and testable theory that reduces complex and even abstract information about (external) reality into digital data, and even described the hardware to come to this digital data.
Now saying that comparing this digital data is in principle impossible, is not giving Hawkins et al due credit.
Sure. But that’s a hardware problem.
If you did, and if it was impossible for other people to know for sure, then we would never have found out that there is such a condition as synesthesia in the first place. The fact that you can describe what you experience, and that we can test you, shows your internal representation is in principle knowable.
Consider this thought experiment:
We build a machine in software using HTMs theory and train it to recognise hues of red. We record hues of red digitally, store them on digital medium (a HD) and train the system with the recorded data.
We build this system twice. We give both of them exactly the same hardware (same processor, same memory, same busses, etc) and we feed them exactly the same data. In the same order. Over the same duration.
Is it now possible to feed both systems the same digitally recorded data of a particular hue of red, freeze both systems (make a data dump) and compare if the resulting sparse representations in each system are identical?
Thanks, but I signed up for Intelligence 101. ;-).