There are so many questions we never really think about.
Actually, I should clarify – there are so many thoughts we never really think about.
It’s all to do with the way our minds work. The architecture, the structures, the connections. We purposely don’t think about the doing, we magically just do. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes instinctively. Sometimes both.
Our minds constantly perform a beautiful complex dance that appears fluid and graceful. Our very own Adagio that each one of us has perfected.
But the truth is, most of this performance entitled “Cognition” is choreographed through repetition, mimicry and routine. Each containing a process that can be described. Each a study that has shaped our performance before each other.
The really unique part of our human cognition, is the genius within each one of us. The ability to imagine, to postulate, to empathise. But here too, if we think about how we think, we can find process as well.
Perhaps we can replicate these processes and in the end, enable a synthetic mind to perform its own variation of the Cognition dance.
This field of study, “thinking about thinking”, is called Metacognition. The ‘what’ and ‘how’ and ‘when’ and ‘why’ of thinking processes.
While others consider cognitive processes in terms of memory and psychology, I like to consider them in relation to logical structures and how application of similar process may lead to the development of true cognitive artificial intelligence.
How can a machine think, similar to the way we think? I may have some solutions for this.
But the big questions are - if a machine can think like us, does that mean we will relate and interact with it more efficiently? Will we form new types of relationships, similar to what we have with living things? Will we share and empathise and love and laugh and cry with them also?
This I don’t know, but I am going to find out.
Brennon Williams is the CEO and Founder of Iridium Systems and Robotics Corporation – ISR.
For the past 21 years, Brennon has worked around the globe as a contract software engineer, Chief Technology Officer and consultant technical advisor to companies such as Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and eBay as well as several smaller design and user experience (UX) focussed agencies both in London and New York.
With primary focusses on Cognitive Artificial Intelligence and Robotics hardware, Brennon has been building the future. The goals of his work and research into complex human-machine interaction are to open up possibilities that will improve the lives and experiences of others.