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IEI's "Sunshine Transit" Project

Summary - Within vast, brain-like arrays of noise-driven neural networks, so-called "Creativity Machines" transiently form and dissolve. To harvest valuable notions generated within these chaotic neural systems, a means must be provided to detect the formation of these idea-generating structures and to extract their "thoughts." A new scientific observation provides the means for doing just this, enabling a whole new generation of inventive neural systems capable of lending meaning to their own cognitive turnover (i.e., self-awareness), and thus arguably achieving artificial consciousness.

Sunshine TransitDetails - The brain is not in any way a single neural network, but an array of brain cell colonies that are transiently connecting themselves into thoughts, sensations, and feelings. In emulating cognition and consciousness it is necessary to create millions of artificial neural colonies and to monitor them for the emergence of new ideas, whether they be abstract concepts or more straightforward action plans. Extended chains of neural modules collectively bind together as ideas that engender other such chains representing subsequent emotional responses. In effect, these fleeting unions of neural modules are compound Creativity Machines, as described in Thaler (1996, 2013), that transiently form and dissipate like wave patterns on the sea. In creating a useful form of advanced machine intelligence some means must be provided for finding and interpreting these fleeting cognitive patterns encoding both memories and original ideations.

In December, 2014, our founder published a paper in the International Journal of Machine Consciousness that outlined how factual information (e.g., data mining) could be distinguished from fantasy (e.g., creativity) within a synthetic cortex containing any number of neural nets. Sparing the reader a mathematical treatise and anthropomorphizing, the process boils down to this:

Imagine that you are listening to a room filled with conversing individuals and your attention wanders to someone rapidly saying, "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country." But suddenly, you detect a new voice at the same volume and tone, saying in a slow, tentative rhythm, "Now...is the hour...for every just man........to offer...assistance...to his nation." Naturally, your attention is drawn to both the novelty and the slow, sporadic rhythm rather than the now humdrum linear background buzz. In short, this slow tentative delivery is found to be the signature of novel concept formation in an artificial neural system that other such systems may home in on and evaluate for utility or value.

Similarly, in this paper, the author hypothesizes that the brain exploits this same principle, with certain observing neural nets sensitive to tentative pattern delivery, diverting their attention to the activation turnover of transiently forming Creativity Machines generating novel information. Whereas, neurobiologists must conduct extensive experiments to verify this theory, IEI has proceeded with the AI implementation of this concept using systems as large as a trillion neurons housed on computational platforms as common as personal computers, now fortified by a highly novel and patent-pending hardware scheme.

In short, such supernets come the closest yet to emulating both human cognition, creativity, and consciousness, with other so-called "cognitive computing" schemes, only representing the rebranding of decades old science and technology. To find out more about this exceptionally powerful new technology, watch this space in the following months for what is inevitably the next step in both emulating and surpassing human cognition, creativity, and consciousness.

References

Thaler, S.L. (1996). A Proposed Symbolism for Network-Implemented Discovery Processes, In Proceedings of the World Congress on Neural Networks, (WCNN'96), Lawrence Erlbaum, Mawah, NJ

Thaler, S.L. (2013). The Creativity Machine Paradigm, Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, (ed.) E.G. Carayannis, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Thaler S.L. (2014). Synaptic Perturbation and Consciousness, International Journal of Machine Consciousness, Vol. 06, No. 02, pp. 75-107.

 
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