Publications

Below are a number of publications that provide a foundation for and explain Synthetic Cognition, the primary project of Institute for Augmenting Minds.

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Abstract – Synthetic Cognition: Implementing a Testable Hypothesis
Poster – Synthetic Cognition: Implementing a Testable Hypothesis
Research Proposal – Synthetic Cognition: Implementing a Testable Hypothesis
Human EEG Response to a Conditioned Stimulus Reward Delay

Abstract – Synthetic Cognition: Implementing a Testable Hypothesis

The following abstract is a very concise description of the project of Synthetic Cognition. It’s intent is not to describe the technology’s applications or implications; for that please see the Introductory Video and the FAQ. The following abstract is a primer helpful in understanding the essential basics of the proposed technical project. It is strongly suggested that this abstract is read before subsequent publications are viewed.

Abstract – Synthetic Cognition; Implementing a Testable Hypothesis

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Poster – Synthetic Cognition: Implementing a Testable Hypothesis

Click on image below for legible image. A few of the graphs require that the file be downloaded, which can also be done by clicking on the image below.

Synthetic Cognition

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Research Proposal – Synthetic Cognition: Implementing a Testable Hypothesis

The research proposal linked below describes a rigorous project, which will systematically develop synthetic cognition and its applications at all scales of human activity.  In order to do this, Augustus has created a schematic design of synthetic cognition that is inspired by both neuroscientific evidence of our only proof of concept, the embodied animal brain, and currently available technology.  Furthermore, a falsifiable theory is articulated that shall guide this process inexorably towards incremental success.

The first file is text only, while the second contains all the figures and drawings.  It is suggested that each be opened side-by-side in their own windows so that related content between the text and images can be seen together:

Synthetic Cognition Specifications v.01
Synthetic Cognition Figures v.01

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Human EEG Response to a Conditioned Stimulus Reward Delay

Shuler & Bear (2006) found that evoked responses in rat primary visual cortex (V1) to a flash of light changed with conditioning to a delayed reward. Our aim was to adapt the methods of this study for use in humans. In humans, evoked potentials must be extracted using non-invasive means. A naturally rewarding human behavior has to replace the water tube used to condition the rats.

Poster presented at Society for Neuroscience 2007

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