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The brainchild of computational neuroscientist Dr. James Kozloski, a master inventor at IBM Research, the cognitive digital assistant has lofty goals: by acting as an external memory search module, it hopes to help people with memory impairments regain the cognitive ability to navigate through life with minimal help.
For the rest of us? A searchable memory could give us the opportunity to make innovative connections, support brainstorming sessions and help us tackle more problems and think more deeply.
In a recent interview with the Atlantic, Kozloski laid out his plans for a human-AI mind-meld future.
Acting as a model of the user’s memory and behavior, it surveys our conversations, monitors our actions and — using Bayesian inference, a probabilistic algorithm often used in machine learning — predicts what we want, detects when we need help and offers support.
Every time we bring back an old memory, we run the risk of changing it. It’s more like opening a document on a computer – the old information enters a surprisingly vulnerable state when it can be edited, overwritten, or even deleted. It takes a while for the memory to become strengthened anew, through a process called reconsolidation. Memories aren’t just written once, but every time we remember them.
"Memories are stored in the brain like individual files," Monfils said. "Each time they are opened, they can be modified before they're placed back in storage. Altering a memory during the time it is opened can create an updated memory that can be saved in place of the old one."
originally posted by: jonnywhite
Age old question: Are we using the machines to do more and be more or to do less and be less? Will the machines make us crippled retards or will they make us fit and of genius mind?
Will hte tech be used to improve humanity or to improve the elite? Will we stay human in any recognizable way?
Truth always seems to fall inbetween. Our fears are usually overblown. There's some truth to our fears, it's just not as bad.