"Every perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination."

-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
4 Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead?6 Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead?Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead?How can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18JournalIt seems plausible to us that work on tools for thought will be, over the next few decades, more important than work on AGI and BCI. And, given how fashionable and well-funded work on AGI and BCI currently is, it seems nearly certain that work on tools for thought offers vastly greater benefit, at the margin. What about the longer term? There, the situation is less clear. It seems likely that the three fields will merge, or at least feed strongly into one another. Together with Shan Carter, one of us has argued that one of the most promising applications for AI is as a way of discovering new tools for thought Shan Carter and Michael Nielsen, Using Artificial Intelligence to Augment Human Intelligence (2017).. Continue reading…