"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
2020-10-181 How can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18Journal1 How can we develop transformative tools for thought?2 How can we develop transformative tools for thought?3 How can we develop transformative tools for thought?4 How can we develop transformative tools for thought?5 How can we develop transformative tools for thought?6 How can we develop transformative tools for thought?7 How can we develop transformative tools for thought?Part I: Memory systemsIntroducing the mnemonic mediumThe early impact of the prototype mnemonic mediumExpanding the scope of memory systems: what types of understanding can they be used for?Improving the mnemonic medium: making better cardsTwo cheers for mnemonic techniquesHow important is memory, anyway?How to invent Hindu-Arabic numerals?Mnemonic videoWhy isn't there more work on tools for thought today?Questioning our basic premisesWhat if the best tools for thought have already been discovered?Isn't this what the tech industry does? Isn't there a lot of ongoing progress on tools for thought?Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead?Executable booksTools for thought must be developed while doing serious work. The aspiration to canonical contentStronger emotional connection through an inverted writing structureSummary and ConclusionBy Andy Matuschak and Michael Nielsen Part of the origin myth of modern computing is the story of a golden age in the 1960s and 1970s. In this story, visionary pioneers pursued a dream in which computers enabled powerful tools for thought, that is, tools to augment human intelligence E.g., Douglas Engelbart, Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework (1962).. One of those pioneers, Alan Kay, summed up the optimism of this dream when he wrote of the potential of the personal computer: “the very use of it would actually change the thought patterns of an entire civilization” Alan Kay, User Interface: A Personal View (1989)..   Continue reading… Index 1 How can we develop transformative tools for thought? 2 How can we develop transformative tools for thought? 3 How can we develop transformative tools for thought? 4 How can we develop transformative tools for thought? 5 How can we develop transformative tools for thought? 6 How can we develop transformative tools for thought? 7 How can we develop transformative tools for thought? Part I: Memory systems Introducing the mnemonic medium The early impact of the prototype mnemonic medium Expanding the scope of memory systems: what types of understanding can they be used for? Improving the mnemonic medium: making better cards Two cheers for mnemonic techniques How important is memory, anyway? How to invent Hindu-Arabic numerals? Mnemonic video Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today? Questioning our basic premises What if the best tools for thought have already been discovered? Isn't this what the tech industry does? Isn't there a lot of ongoing progress on tools for thought? Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead? Executable books Tools for thought must be developed while doing serious work. The aspiration to canonical content Stronger emotional connection through an inverted writing structure Summary and Conclusion Continue reading… (Original article) Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License