“Engineering a Mind (Part 1)” — Podcast 6: David Saintloth and Wai Tsang


Episode 6 of the Connectome podcast brings together two guests who are obsessed with understanding how intelligence and thinking work – not by studying patients in MRI scanners, but by working to develop software that recognizes patterns and connections in the same way a brain does.

Our guests are David Saintloth, a software engineer who’s working on programs that use a technique he calls “action-oriented workflow” to proactively learn and adapt as they find connections between data patterns; and Wai H. Tsang, a thinker, lecturer, futurist and software programmer who champions what he calls the “fractal brain theory:” the idea that everything the brain does can be described in terms of a single type of fractal pattern.

To be fair, many of the ideas we discuss here – or, at least, very similar ones – have already been developed in detail by theorists like Jeff Hawkins and Ray Kurzweil. So our goal here is simply to share and compare what we’ve each learned so far, and bring you in on our conversation. We’re looking forward to dialoguing and debating with you in the comments.

Who knows – maybe you’ve noticed something all three of us are totally missing.

Enjoy, and feel free to email us questions and suggestions for next time!

(Produced by Devin O’Neill)

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