This Is Your Brain in the Cloud
We are going to create synthetic neocortexes in order to extend our own neocortexes.
What's the Big Idea?
In his new book, How To Create a Mind, Ray Kurzweil looks at the “pattern recognition” theory of the human mind, arguing that all higher-order thinking is based on a consistent pattern-recognition algorithm.
"The neocortex is a metaphor machine," Kurzweil tells Big Think. "That's why humans are creative." The difference, for instance, between humans and other primates is we have a large neocortex. Our big forehead "was an enabling factor that permitted the evolution of language and technology and art and science."
So can computers replicate this high level of human intelligence? Can a computer make a joke? Recognize beauty? Write a poem? Fall in love? If high level brain activity can be replicated computers would not necessarily be replacing human agents, but would expand our own cognitive abilities further, Kurzweil says.
"We are going to create synthetic neocortexes," Kurzweil assures us, and "we'll be able to extend that and think in the cloud."
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What's the Significance?
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- How can we reach out to people on the other side of the divide? Get to know the other person as a human being before you get to know them as a set of tribal political beliefs, says Sarah Ruger. Don't launch straight into the difficult topics—connect on a more basic level first.
- To bond, use icebreakers backed by neuroscience and psychology: Share a meal, watch some comedy, see awe-inspiring art, go on a tough hike together—sharing tribulation helps break down some of the mental barriers we have between us. Then, get down to talking, putting your humanity before your ideology.
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- Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
- The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
- The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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