A short post, a thought. Something congealing in the back of my brain that I want to write down.
Kurzwell and Hawkins are both wrong, fundamentally, with hierarchical pattern recognition being the building block of the human brain. They’re right, but that is not what leads to the emergence of the mind.
Like a blind man laying on the floor and declaring that houses are made from the building blocks of carpet fibers.
This is why, primarily, AI has failed so far – in my opinion. It’s not about ‘how’ we recognize patterns though this is infinitely important. It is what we do with the meta data about the pattern recognized. A 6 month old child can stick their finger in their mouth and bite down – instantly building associations about the real world and parts of their brains. What AI has produced so far is not even half as…
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