Part 4 of the Intro to Artificial General Intelligence series

Emotions, Feelings and AGI. Source: Tengyart via Unsplash.

“With every increase in the degree of consciousness, and in proportion to that increase, the intensity of despair increases: the more consciousness, the more intense the despair.”

- Søren Kierkegaard

Welcome to Part 4 of this series exploring artificial general intelligence (AGI)! If you missed the first three parts, check them out here, starting with Part 1. This week we will look at a model of emotions and feelings, and try to unpack and pull apart some very loaded and misused terms.

Specifically, this week we are looking at and addressing these questions:


Thoughts and Theory

Part 3 of: Intro to Artificial General Intelligence series

Abstract meets applied. Source: Valentin B. Kremer via Unsplash.

“The biology of mind bridges the sciences — concerned with the natural world — and the humanities — concerned with the meaning of human experience.”

- Eric Kandel

Welcome to Part 3 of this new series exploring artificial general intelligence (AGI). If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, check them out; part 1 covers what AGI is, and part 2 is a brief overview of cognitive science for AI folk. This week we will introduce important concepts in philosophy of mind that I think every computer scientist, AI/ML researcher, or AGI enthusiast should know.

Specifically, we are introducing and…


Thoughts and Theory

Part 2 of: Intro to Artificial General Intelligence series

Are the brain and mind the same thing? Source: Bret Kavanaugh via Unsplash.

“Why doesn’t the brain make it self-evident that it is doing all these things? ‘Oh, by the way, it is me, Brainsy — in here in your head. I am what allows you to maintain balance and chew your food; I am the reason you fall asleep or fall in love…’”

― Dr. Patricia S. Churchland, Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain

Welcome to Part 2 of this new series exploring artificial general intelligence (AGI). If you missed Part 1, or are just looking for a little background on just what AGI is, then check it out here. …


Part 1 of: Intro to Artificial General Intelligence

A window into our own Humanity. Source: Possessed Photography via Unsplash.

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

– Carl Sagan

About this Series

Hi.

My name is Mike Ferguson, and I am an incoming research software engineer in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) department at MIT. In my undergrad days, I was the creator and instructor of a novel computer science course at the University of Virginia, looking at the intersection of AI, neuroscience, and philosophy. The course was entitled CS 1501: Artificial General Intelligence, and was taught for three semesters at UVA to almost 150 students, even receiving a teaching award from the UVA CS faculty. …

Mike Ferguson

Computational Research Developer at MIT

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