The Colour of Intelligence (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.)


The Colour of Intelligence (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.)

As Environmental Biologist I have used colour to stain tissues and particles in Aerobiological studies, also I have used fluorescence to identify biological tissues and particles, spectroscopy to measure light that is emitted, absorbed, or scattered by materials and even spectrophotometry for dna quantification in allergological studies.

Today I have seen the program of a Congress focused on Colour. And it made me think.

The applications and studies around colour cover many different fields.

From perception and brain imaging to industrial applications.

Colorimetry to determine the concentration of coloured compounds in solution, its presence and applications in art, culture and also in architecture and its relationship with health. Also the design of glasses, lenses and sensors as well as in spectrophotometry focusing on the quantitative measurement of the reflection or transmission properties of a material as a function of wavelength. And more.

The congress misses how many of those applications are being incorporated in environmental studies since imagery has become more and more influential in assessing the dynamics and evolution of our global system. And with the incorporation of these techniques also comes their limitations.

Colour is tangible by the perception that we have of it but mostly, by the interpretation that we make of it. So the “brains” processing what the sensors perceive makes the most of the information that we get. And from there, our interpretation of that our sensors perceive make us build an image, conceptualise its meaning and reach conclusions. And that is a process which we make biologically and we try to replicate with computers.

This innate processing that we can make instinctively by the connection between our eyes and our brain is part of our data recovery system which also manage and integrate the data coming from our other sensors (senses). And all that processing evolves in close contact with the development of our own Intelligence capabilities.

The development of Artificial Intelligence and its integration in the analysis and modelling of our surroundings, grows in  relevance day by day. I have talked about the limitations of relying on artificial and systematic manipulation of data before.

One post that I have published recently was not so obvious:

This post looked more like an emotional speech aimed to build confidence in ourselves. But in the development of any type of “autonomous” intelligence, as the one we consider to be part of human nature, there are two major aspects which are part of the inner nature of processing data and build up of cognitive paths.

One aspect is the dynamic capacities of our brain to play with different parameters to generate scenarios of multiple possibilities allowing the generation of virtual interactions under a set of directives which break any repetitive path adopted as true. In other words, the link between intelligence and imagination revealing its most powerful connection through those process of unconscious dreaming, asleep or awake.

The other major aspect involved in the development of intelligence is the interpretation that our brain makes out of the perception given by our senses, and how much can we replicate the processing associated between the “interpretation” of colour in developing Intelligence.

One simple example comes with the behaviour adopted when seeing Red. Red is a colour, and not always means danger, or stop, or fire, … Can we teach artificial intelligence to interpret red as passion? Can we teach artificial intelligence to paint choosing colours? Can we develop the intelligence that enable us to perceive colour with so many meanings?

Just  a thought.

Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.

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About Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.

Citing This Site "Title", published online "Month"+"Year", retrieved on "Month""Day", "Year" from http://www.diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com. By Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD. More guidance on citing this web as a source can be found at NASA webpage: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/bibliography/citations#! Bachelor in General Biology, Masters degree "Licenciado" in Environmental Sciences (2001, Spain). PhD in Aerobiology (2007, UK). Lived, acquired training and worked in Spain, UK, Germany and Poland. I have shared the outcome from my previous work as scientific speaker in events held in those countries as well as in Switzerland and Finland. After couple of years performing research and working in institutions linked with environmental research and management, I find myself in a period of transition searching for a new position or funding to support my research. In the present competitive scenario, instead of just moving my cv and wait for my next opportunity to arrive, I have decided to invest also my energy and time in opening my own line of research showing what I am capable of. The value of the data and the original nature of the research presented in this blog has proved to be worthy of consideration by the scientific community as well as for publication in scientific journals. However, without a position as member of an institution, it becomes very challenging to be published. I hope that this handicap do not overshadow the value of my work and the intellectual rights represented by the license of attribution attached are respected and considered by the scientist involved in this line of research. Any comment and feedback aimed to be constructive is welcome. In this blog I publish pieces of research focused on addressing relevant environmental questions. Furthermore, I try to break the barrier that academic publications very often offer isolating scientific findings from the general public. In that way I address those topics which I am familiar with, thanks to my training in environmental research, making them available throughout my posts. (see "Framework and Timeline" for a complete index). At this moment, 2017, I am living in Spain with no affiliation attachments. Free to relocate geographically worldwide. If you feel that I could be a contribution to your institution, team and projects don´t hesitate in contact me at d.fdezsevilla (at) gmail.com or consult my profile at LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Also, I'd appreciate information about any opportunity that you might know and believe it could match with my aptitudes. The conclusions and ideas expressed in each post as part of my own creativity are part of my Intellectual Portfolio and are protected by Intellectual Property Laws. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial conditions. In citing my work from this website, be sure to include the date of access. (c)Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD, 2017. Filling in or Finding Out the gaps around. Publication accessed 20YY-MM-DD at http://www.diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com/
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