EP72 Joscha Bach on Minds, Machines & Magic

Joscha Bach talks to Jim about AI, human vs animal intelligence, GPT-3, realism, emergence, magic, hybrid AI approaches, cybernetics, and much more…

Joscha Bach

Joscha Bach talks to Jim about better understanding ourselves via AI, narrow vs general AI incentives, AGI & human-level intelligence, philosophy of AI, limitations of the human brain, GPT-2 & 3, understanding language, layers of meaning, brains columns & mini columns, human vs animal intelligence, matter vs information, physics, realism, spirt as OS, layers of interacting emergence, evolution & memetics, dualism, causally closed minds, rational magic, idealism, human cooperation & delayed maturity, symbolic cognition, compounding impacts of learning capacity, cognitive modularity in AI, cybernetics, Dietrich Dörner‘s impact on Joscha’s work, and much more.

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Joscha Bach is a cognitive scientist working for MIT Media Lab and the Harvard Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He earned his Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of Osnabrück, Germany, and has built computational models of motivated decision making, perception, categorization, and concept-formation. He is especially interested in the philosophy of AI and in the augmentation of the human mind.