Chapter 3 Reading Response – Julie Huynh

How to Create a Mind: Chapter 3 Response

I think Kurzweil’s thesis poses a strong theory on how the brain processes pattern recognition.  Memories such as deja-vu fit into this theory where although you cannot specifically place the direct connection, the brain confabulates a connection triggered by undirected thoughts.  The neocortex confabulates a connection caused by the trigger of undirected thoughts, such as a smell could trigger a familiar memory from the past.  Dreams are examples of undirected thoughts that are linked with direct thoughts, which are a sequence of patterns.  However, our dreams, lucid dreaming fit outside of this theory because our brain is in a state where it can be lax on the cultural rules enforced by the neocortex, and it can explore consequences of actions without the repercussions and triggering the fear from the amygdala.  Interpretation of the pattern input of dreams would give us a peak into understanding unresolved fears and desires, but I think a different system would be necessary to understanding dream patterns.  The PRTM thesis relates to artificial intelligence because by emulating these pattern recognizers and the system that house them we could create artificial intelligence that could recognize speech, or in the future process information for us.  By creating programs to recognize phonemes, recognizing the spoken word using hierarchical hidden Markov models will incorporate the distribution of magnitudes of each input, on the speech level, this will computationally simulate human intelligence.  Starting with the simulation of speech recognition we can take the next step towards artificial intelligence with a cortical algorithm in the temporal of constituent lists.