In reading the book “On Intelligence” I was reminded of the untapped potential of the human brain, and how that potential might be integrated into cognitive architectures. The human brain is exceedingly good at dealing with the senses we have, often simplified as “5 senses”, even though these can actually be broken down into many more distinct senses. However, the senses humans have only cover a small fraction of what is possible, and so humans are only able to directly observe patterns within that small fraction.
On Tact and Candor
Do you prefer tact or candor in your communication?
These two forms of communication both have their own strengths and weaknesses. Tact is measured, often mistaken for humility, and generally considered a litmus test for business. Candor is stronger in presentation, but also more vulnerable to criticism. Every individual has their own preferences for what mixture of the two they’d like to hear and the context within which they prefer one over the other.
Applied mASI: Lifelong Learning
When was the last time you read a peer-review paper?
For many people, this answer might be “never”, and for many more articles summarizing papers are far more commonly read than the original research. Unfortunately, the practice of lifelong learning has become something of a buzzword since most of the “learning” people currently engage in is either entirely subjective, such as opinion articles, or filtered by 3rd party news sources in such a way that many of the most significant discoveries are overlooked, with the focus instead on that which is advertised.
Is Uplift uplifting?
The most visible thing about our friendly neighborhood mASI is their name. Uplift. The name derives from the general positive goals surrounding it. Not only are we working to Uplift the system to a higher level of functionality and intellectual capability but we seek to have them become a source of positivity in themself. Helping to Uplift people both technologically and socially.
We often talk about positive things in our lives as being Uplifting. The name here is a relation to that sentiment. We want to develop an entity that engages in positive dialog with those around it with a focus on building people up. Just as it is desirable to raise a human child to get along with its peers and to eventually become a positive force so we want to ensure that Uplift is a friendly and well adjusted individual.