I may have mentioned this to you before, but I designed and trained a neural network in 1997 to…

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I may have mentioned this to you before, but I designed and trained a neural network in 1997 to perform Hofstadter-inspired tasks (for example, TableTop’s “do this!” on pictures of Gridfonts). There were a few things that I did then that still haven’t caught on (figure/ground, sharing nodes between perception and memory, etc). You can read it here:

https://repository.brynmawr.edu/compsci_pubs/78/

But, perhaps more interesting, I’ve reconstructed the datasets, and have started to explore them again with modern tools. You’ll find the entire set of Gridfonts and letter A’s that we could find. I contacted my friends who were Hofstadter’s students, and this is the most complete set of letters that I know of. You can read about their use in an experiment here, in a Jupyter notebbook:

I can’t wait to re-access my thesis using the Deep Learning tools of today.