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[D] “Multitemporal synapse” – I don’t even know what to think

I came across this patented idea/site/thing while looking for information on catastrophic forgetting, and now find myself perplexed on a couple different levels.

First, a bold claim from the site:

Now, however, with the advent of multi-temporal synapses, the limitation has been eliminated for artificial neural networks as well. This problem has been solved..” Here problem refers to plasticity vs stability, aka catastrophic forgetting.

Perplexed point 1) What is this technique and how useful is it? I’ve read through the information on the site w/o checking the references cited and glanced at Netlab but nothing seems to have any actual application of this idea.

Perplexed point 2) This blog post is 9 years old, if it was worthwhile wouldn’t it have become wide spread by now?

Perplexed point 3) Since /something/ is patented, not sure what exactly, what does that mean legally for trying to understand or use aspects of this technique in tackling catastrophic forgetting?

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