Thalamocortical

How to build a General Intelligence: An interpretation of the biology

Figure 1: Our interpretation of the Thalamocortical system as 3 interacting sub-systems (objective, subjective and executive). The structure of the diagram indicates the dominant direction of information flow in each system. The objective system is primarily concerned with feed-forward data flow, for the purpose of building a representation of the… Read More »How to build a General Intelligence: An interpretation of the biology

How to build a General Intelligence: Circuits and Pathways

Figure 1: Our headline image is from the Cognitive Consilience: An atlas of key pathways cross-referenced to supporting literature articles. The complexity and variety of routing within the brain can be appreciated with this beautiful illustration. Note in particular the specialisation of cortical cells and the way this affects their… Read More »How to build a General Intelligence: Circuits and Pathways

Consciousness & “Free Will”: The Elephants in the Room

By David Rawlinson and Gideon Kowadlo The aim of this post is to take a short departure from more technical issues and deal with some of the philosophical questions about Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). The Elephant in the room This metaphor implies willful ignorance of something blindingly obvious. Something that’s difficult… Read More »Consciousness & “Free Will”: The Elephants in the Room

Thalamocortical architecture

by Gideon Kowadlo and David Rawlinson Introduction One of the keys to understanding the neocortex as a whole, and the emergence of intelligence, is to understand how the cortical hierarchical levels interconnect. This includes: the physical connections, the meaning of the signals being transmitted, and possibly also the way the… Read More »Thalamocortical architecture