There is an hypothesis that I’ve been playing around with that I’m thinking this group is in a very good position to process…
In thinking about the fact that neurons communicate through both electrical impulses and through passing of neurotransmitters, I believe a brain is generating network constrained networks… this would work in get following way
The Imposition: Sensors create electrical impulses that generate a current map of reality in the modeling brain. This model includes a representation through cluster modeling of the world around the subject both in space and time and includes a simplified model of the subject itself, it’s capabilities, knowledge, skills, feelings, etc.
Between the Imposition and the Resolution there is process which I believe is a chemical communication using neurotransmitters (let’s call them colors) that represent different aspects of thought and are mediated by which neurons are lit up by the Imposition. So for example, Red might be possible next states of the world model that have been observed (or heard of) in the past. Green might be the action plans that have achieved those possible changes in state. Orange might be lighting up the level of desire for those next states based on current needs resolution… Black might be feared possible next states that need to be avoided, etc.
Once the various colors have resolved based on the Imposition, now they drive towards the Resolution which is when we switch back to electrical impulses that are sent out to the body to achieve the nearest next state that leads to the most desired next state of the world model.
There appears to be a tendency to think that neurotransmitters attenuate the electrical impulse throughput of the neurons, but I think the system is the reverse of that… the electrical impulses create the map on which the chemical thinking system is able to apply itself. There is no opportunity to wonder about crossing a street when the “street in front of you” neuron is not lit up.
Does the above make sense? Is this an area that Numenta is already considering? Constructive or critical thoughts?
In regards to the recent paper that was published, I would like to add that the brain seems to treat time in a very similar way to the way it treats space… something that is close to me specially is also close to me temporally, and so on.