integrated information = consciousness

A friend retweeted a link to this article and I am glad they did.  The article is about a theory of consciousness based upon measuring ‘integrated information’ in the human brain. The logic of theory states  that consciousness is achieved when the brain has a network of neurons integrating information.  While some experiments have been researched, the race is now on to create other experiments that would allow us to measure consciousness in much they same way we measure our weight or blood pressure.  A question, what will be the unit of measurement?  If integrated information is being measured, then information is being measured,  what is the measurement unit of information?   The same question at the heart of the lifestylelinking open source project.

Good to know at least one other person is thinking about this question.

Open source project – got there

The journey from novice coder to open source project owner was reached last week when the url went up for the lifestylelinking – open source project.   It is just the start but open sourcing the code I have been working on for years to build the site is a big moment for me, as a coder and for my life.  Some reflections on it all:

  • I wish I had open sourced the code earlier.  Why?  Years of isolation coding has some down sides, it cuts you off from feedback.  However, most of that time was in a mode I call, ‘discovery coding’. That is figuring out a science, in this case involving the mathematics of the wisdom of the crowd to personalize information and connect individuals in context.
  • Already, the code is evolving with the help of others, my cosy server and stack now expose to the diversity of the Internet world.
  • End users given working setups of the site can provide more precise feedback on the functionality and usability and data is gathered on need rather then just because we can (hopefully thats better for the environment).
  • You feel like you are contributing to the greater good.

The future is an uncertain place but open sourcing the code means all are now free to participate.

Good Local Food

I have knocked up this site, local good food to put together some of the new coding skills I have acquired.  The site allows you to find local food in Grampain Region, in Scotland.

Improvements, the drop down list to select market, could do with one the allows to search all of Grampain.

The sql query is pretty primitive and will need improved.

All in all with a few more products added, this service is taking shape.