Google+ The World 2 Come: Confabulation: New Theory of Cognition

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Confabulation: New Theory of Cognition

Keywords: cognitive science, artificial intelligence, cognition, mind, brain, consciousness

"A leading expert in artificial intelligence and neural networks argues that cognition in humans and many animals occurs in a very different, non-algorithmic and less complex way than has been widely assumed until now."

"The Hecht-Nielsen theory posits that all aspects of cognition – seeing, hearing, understanding, planning and so on – are carried out using a single type of knowledge (antecedent support) and a single information processing operation called ‘confabulation’ which is carried out between the brain’s cerebral cortex and thalamus. The scientist’s theory hypothesizes that confabulation is the only information processing operation used in cognition. The theory also explains the cognitive mechanism by which behaviors (thoughts and movements) are launched, moment by moment, throughout the day."

Link
Source: PhysOrg
[via Nova Spivack]

See also:
The Global Consciousness Project
The Pentagon's Robotic Army
Brain Waves - Corante

Discuss:
Cognitive Science - tribe.net

Audio:
Dr. Peter Whybrow - IT Conversations

Learn:
How Your Brain Works - HowStuffWorks
Brain and Cognitive Sciences - MIT OpenCourseWare

1 comment:

delta_sojourner said...

Rather: The World that has come ...

Dr. Stephen Thaler of Imagination Engines Inc. seems to have clearly established these "new" concepts in several "concrete" ways over quite a long span of time. I am perplexed as to why it becomes "news" when a "high profile" individual suddenly "repackages" another company's established methods.

Dr. Stephen Thaler of Imagination Engines Inc. clearly established these "new" concepts in several "concrete" ways over quite a long span of time. I am perplexed as to why it becomes "news" when a "high profile" individual suddenly "repackages" another company's established methods.

In the context of Imagination Engines Inc. and Dr. Thaler, I must say "established" due to the fact that, not only does IEI have historical references to these concepts, going back many years, in addition, the company holds patents (>20 in total) relating to these (and other) advanced AI/neural network methodologies.

Ultimately IEI and Dr. Thaler can point to "concrete customers" and their successful applications as capability going beyond simply theoretical postulation. One has only to peruse IEI's web site to confirm this case, which I would assume would be the minimal, fair "due diligence" that should be afforded Dr. Thaler.

I believe it would be in everyone's best interest and in the interest of fairness to give credit to those that clearly have established a case for "credit where credit is due"!

Perhaps a corresponding article pertaining to IEI technology that could be presented citing specific cases with very pragmatic details as to how the methods are already working, would be of great interest to your readers. Not just vague theories but actual "case histories" of real world application of these techniques!

In fact, unapologetically, Dr. Thaler would certainly confirm that "human level" computer based intelligence has been demonstrably "achievable" for some time now. As mentioned, there are well established groups of companies and government entities that have and will continue to successfully apply and reap the benefits of this technology. These companies stand as evidence that these concepts are "alive and well" and poised to seed incredible changes in the synthetic intelligence landscape of the present and foreseeable future of technological achievement!

Please assist in propagating the appropriate source and proper recognition of this technology!