Yente by Olga Tokarczuk, The New Yorker
… Where do literary characters come from?
… The story is adapted from your novel “The Books of Jacob”
… Yente as a “fourth-person narrator”
… You might conclude from this conversation that “The Books of Jacob” is not a realist novel—that it’s a magical-realist novel, for instance. But that couldn’t be less true. Yente is the only magical, fairy-tale character in the book, since it is ultimately a historical novel that is based on true events.
… Historical novels always use the perspectives of the contemporary readers they’re written for, in any case.
… Olga Tokarczuk’s responses were translated, from the Polish, by Jennifer Croft. /21-09-20
… complexity of single brain cells
… biological neurons are known to be more complex than artificial ones. But by how much?
… a deep neural network requires between five and eight layers of interconnected “neurons” to represent the complexity of one single biological neuron .. “I thought it would be simpler and smaller”
… While artificial neurons rely on a simple calculation to make this decision, decades of research have shown that the process is far more complicated in biological neurons.
… about 1,000 artificial neurons for just one biological neuron
… each biological neuron is like a five-layer artificial neural network
… “mini network” to replace every artificial neuron
… dendrites and individual neurons much more important /21-09-15
… technologies that potentially would so radically alter our lives
… general artificial intelligence
… capable of designing machines even smarter than itself
… uploading their consciousnesses onto computers
… anthropology close to its limits
… it is hard to study the future using participant-observer techniques
… “posthuman” or “multispecies” anthropology .. “humans and something else”
… Transhumanism makes science into spirituality; but, counterintuitively, it does so by seeing everything through the lens of informatics. Informatics is the idea that everything, including the mind, is at its core just data.
… liquid nitrogen–bathed brain, the cryonically preserved are not considered by many transhumanists to be dead, but merely “deanimated”
… the medical sense of human finitude, which replaced earlier religious senses of time
… Transhumanists theorize about making the cosmos itself intelligent, through processes such as creating superintelligent general AI
… Nikolai Fedorov .. Russian Cosmism /21-09-14