Augustus Bacigalupi will introduce his project of Synthetic Cognition. This project will create a self-adaptive system capable of assimilating and integrating complex patterns in order to perform increasingly useful work in a dynamic environment. Effectively, the creative powers of navigation and problem solving that have evolved over billions of years among countless animal species will be incorporated into a synthetic system that can be customized for innumerable human applications such as advanced robotics, prosthetics, gaming AIs, complex systems analysis, etc.
The draft Research Proposal linked below describes both the theory and design of synthetic cognition. This Proposal articulates a schematic design that can be built and tested for self-adaptive behavior, which is rigorously defined by the theory. This talk will discuss why we have not explained cognition to date and how the theory and design process described by this project will significantly contribute to the cognitive sciences and AI.
Augustus Bacigalupi has studied environmental sciences, physical chemistry, architectural, circuit, and software design. His design practice has cross fertilized with his science education to manifest a new approach to cognition and AI. This inter-disciplinary approach has produced a draft Research Proposal. Through his research institute, IforAMtm, he has begun building and testing a prototype. As successive prototypes are refined they will be integrated into many practical applications.
For more information, please explore the links below:
Research Proposal: http://iofam.net/media/publications
Summary of Proposal: https://sites.google.com/site/iforamrandd/synthetic-cognition-a-summary
Initial development: https://sites.google.com/site/iforamrandd/experiments
The meetup will be video recorded but NOT webcast (note change).