Part 3. A model for an artificial general intelligence

This is the third in a series of papers on intelligence in biological and non-biological machines. You can start at the beginning or take a look at the theory but you don’t have to.

In Part 2 we established a concept of a sensory signal graph. It was described as:

Time stacked, feature clustered sensory signal nodes interconnected with other nodes through multiple edge dimensions — all receiving and often generating new data from both external inputs and internal simulations.

This is nice from a theory point of view but how…

X-Prize Seat 14-C contest submission

Everyone seemed so energized and full of life. They all looked uncomfortably confident in what they were doing. Everyone but her fellow passengers that is. They all looked just as lost and confused as she felt.

Genie still hadn’t absorbed the reality of her situation. She and the rest of the people from ANA Flight 008, Tokyo to San Francisco were sitting or standing around a large boarding area at SFO, San Francisco Intl. Airport. Looking out of the windows was disconcerting and reassuring at the same time. …

Just a quick theory on how we got to where we are today over the last 30 years. It’s a sketch of history and not intended to be accurate, rather it is intended to be suggestive of what may have happened.

Global trade.

Cheap shipping from cheap gas and oil lead to cheap trade. Cheap trade shifted capital to where it could be maximally leveraged in countries with cheap labor, cheap natural resources and lax environmental, health and safety policy (or corrupt government officials). Jobs followed the capital, so manufacturing and raw material processing moved out of America. …

why Uber, Lyft, et al are not going to dominate

There’s a problem with Uber, Lyft or any other massively capitalized car service. They’re too expensive.

They can’t even get close to the economy of a private vehicle… even if it is left sitting parked for 22 out of 24 hours, 5 days a week — and 20 out of 24 hours on Sat. And Sun. It’s crazy how cost effective it is to own your own vehicle; including insurance, maintenance, fuel and even depreciation.

Here’s how cheap they’d have to be.

According to Kelley Blue Book a mid-size car 5 yr cost to own is about $36k.

Let’s break…

Part 2. Can mental models based on collision detection form the basis for intelligence in animals and machines?

I promise that starting with a rich set of data to work with is so much easier than starting with a sparse set of data. We’re talking orders of magnitude easier.

This is the second half of a 2 part paper on intelligence in biological and non-biological machines. You can read the first half first, but you don’t have to. If you want to skip to the ML/AI strategy you want part 3.

I’m just going to jump right in, talking about a theory of mind that I believe is true for biological intelligence — including but not limited to…

Part 0: Biological Imperative

I wrote a proposition about intelligence that I think is cool. Colliding Minds Part 1: Mental Modeling the Future. This post provides some of the backstory behind the proposition, some of the biological evidence to support the proposal. It’s not extensive nor is it meant to be authoritative. It’s more of a written sketch that illustrates some of the inspirations for the proposal.

I’m going to ask you to take a trip with me in time, from the primordial beginning of life…

Imagine if you can, being a single celled life form. It may have some cilia (hair like projections) or a flagella (tail like projection) or maybe pseudopods (body morphing like an amoeba). It probably has some form…

I’d like to talk about how we react to the unfamiliar, the foreign, the other. These are thoughts on why some people have such a hard time accepting, trusting and investing in diversity within our schools, businesses, communities and cultural institutions.

Perception is observation + past experience

When we experience another person, our perception is with our senses as well as our past memories. What is happening in front of us is a very small part of the judgment call of prediction that is being made. Is this person familiar? Are they dangerous? Is there an opportunity to engage and gain something?

Based on what we…

Part 1: Mental Modeling the Future

This is the first part of a 4 part paper on intelligence in biological and non-biological machines.

In this proposal I sketch out a theory of mind that involves biologically generated mental models in the form of neural simulations that are used to make predictions which then feed back into the system.

First let’s talk about Mental Models.

Specifically let’s talk about using them to predict the very near, often times immediate, future and make decisions about everyday, ordinary experiences. This isn’t a new topic. It’s been researched and discussed in many ways. You can Google it if you’re interested in finding out more. I won’t…

“In the future everything will be designed to be reactive.”

What does that mean and why should you care?

Our world is changing. It’s happening at an ever faster pace. It’s getting hard to keep up with the changes, to stay on top of the latest trends, to enable the latest technologies and satisfy the latest demands.

Enter parametric design and reactive models. These two concepts (which aren’t new) will harness the velocity of change and feed off of it, empowering you and the rest of us to take advantage of progress without getting run over by it.

First some definitions


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