Lexicon

Nanowrimo

(Inter)National Novel Writing Month is a global challenge where participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November. It’s something I’ve attempted a couple of times, and even (technically) succeeded once or twice, but I’m yet to write anything like a coherent tale from start to finish. The Rules Of Nanowrimo Don’t talk about Nanowrimo. Never edit as you go. If you get caught up with editing, your story will never meet your expectations and you’ll get bored. You don’t want to get bored. Fall in love with your story! – Sean Patrick G. Don’t quit if you get behind. You’ll still feel happy if you finish a book in December. – Marie M. Remember you are […]

Neural Lace

A neural lace is an ultra-thin mesh of electrodes which can be implanted in, or otherwise delivered to, living biological tissue. It can then be used for monitoring and/or electrical signalling, which the most commonly cited use being the creation of a brain-machine interface by the reading and stimulation of individual neurons via a 3D mesh embedded within the brain. Several companies are working on lace technology, including Elon Musk’s Neuralink.   To read: https://humanizing.tech/what-is-a-neural-lace-628eae0f6ec4

Neural network

The unique collection of connected neurons that makes up a particular humans’ brain; or a system that models or emulates this, in order to attempt to create artificial intelligence. The difference between neurons and, say, network nodes is that neurons are highly connected and “not digital” — they may or may not fire based on the excitation energy from the connected neurons and “ephatic coupling” (see synapse). In contrast, a neuronal circuit is a functional entity of interconnected neurons that influence each other (similar to a control loop in cybernetics).

Neuron

A neuron is an electrically excitable cell that processes and transmits information by electrical and chemical signaling. Chemical signaling occurs via synapses, specialized connections with other cells. Neurons connect to each other to form a neural network. Neurons are the core components of the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral ganglia. A number of specialized types of neurons exist: sensory neurons respond to touch, sound, light and numerous other stimuli affecting cells of the sensory organs that then send signals to the spinal cord and brain; motor neurons receive signals from the brain and spinal cord, cause muscle contractions, and affect glands; and interneurons connect neurons to other neurons within the same region of the brain or […]

Noosphere

The noosphere (sometimes noösphere) is the sphere of human thought. The word derives from the Greek νοῦς (nous “mind”) and σφαῖρα (sphaira “sphere”), in lexical analogy to “atmosphere” and “biosphere”. It was introduced by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in 1922 in his Cosmogenesis.