Notes on artificial general intelligence

This page collects my (work-in-progress) research notes on designing artificial general intelligence (AGI). By writing and sharing these, I want to:

The information presented here spans topics in math, computer science, and biology, and in places involves a good deal of speculation. Statements that I think are true, but have not been experimentally or mathematically verified, are followed by a red asterisk*Be skeptical! as a reminder not to believe everything I say blindly. I’ve tried to provide a thorough set of references, so you can and should come to your own conclusions.

We must not believe those, who today, with philosophical bearing and deliberative tone, prophesy the fall of culture and accept the ignorabimus. For us there is no ignorabimus, and in my opinion none whatever in natural science. In opposition to the foolish ignorabimus our slogan shall be:

We must know — we will know!

David Hilbert

What the brain is not

Before attempting to understand the mechanism of intelligence, we need to be sure that excessively weird things aren’t happening.

Computation in the brain

Where and how is data stored? How is information transmitted and routed?