"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
2 Isn't this what the tech industry does? Isn't there a lot of ongoing progress on tools for thought?1 Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead?How can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18Journal1 Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead?2 Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead?3 Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead?4 Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead?5 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?We're often asked: why don't you work on AGI or BCI instead of tools for thought? Aren't those more important and more exciting? And for AGI, in particular, many of the skills required seem related. They certainly are important and exciting subjects. What's more, at present AGI and BCI are far more fashionable (and better funded). As a reader, you may be rolling your eyes, supposing our thinking here is pre-determined: we wouldn't be writing this essay if we didn't favor work on tools for thought. But these are questions we've wrestled hard with in deciding how to spend our own lives. One of us wrote a book about artificial intelligence before deciding to focus primarily on tools for thought; it was not a decision made lightly, and it's one he revisits from time to time. Indeed, given the ongoing excitement about AGI and BCI, it would be surprising if people working on tools for thought didn't regularly have a little voice inside their head saying “hey, shouldn't you be over there instead?” Fashion is seductive. Continue reading… Index 1 Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead? 2 Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead? 3 Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead? 4 Why not work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) or brain-computer interfaces (BCI) instead? 5 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? Continue reading…