“Engineering a Mind (Part 2)” — Podcast 7: David Saintloth and Wai Tsang


On Episode 7 of the Connectome podcast, we rejoin our two-part roundtable discussion on the nature of intelligence, on the differences between biological and artificial intelligence, and on the ways in which the idea of digital intelligence can inform our understanding of how our own minds work. (Here’s the link to Part 1 of this discussion.)

Joining us, once again, 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.

As before, we’re discussing a lot of ideas developed by thinkers like Jeff Hawkins and Ray Kurzweil, and our goal here is simply to compare notes on each of our perspectives, look for ways in which computer science can inform neuroscience (and vice versa), and hash out some general outlines of a shared descriptive vocabulary for comparing intelligence across digital and biological platforms. So feel free to jump into the comments and share your thoughts, criticisms and insights.

Who knows – your idea might be the spark that launches this discussion in a whole new direction.

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

(Produced by Devin O’Neill)

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