Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Augmented Cognition

Augmented Cognition, or AugCog, is likely to be the first step towards greater than human intelligence. According to the Augmented Cognition International Society (run by an alphabet soup of government and military acronyms, including DARPA) AugCog:
"...seeks to extend a user's abilities via computational technologies, which are explicitly designed to address bottlenecks, limitations, and biases in cognition and to improve decision making capabilities. The goal of AugCog science and technology is to develop computational methods and neurotech tools that can account for and accommodate information processing bottlenecks inherent in human-system interaction (e.g., limitations in attention, memory, learning, comprehension, visualization abilities, and decision making)".
They've produced a very slick, Hollywoood quality video showing a fictional 2030 Cyberspace Monitoring Organization "command center that is tasked with monitoring cyberspace activities for anomalies that could threaten the global economy". CMO sounds so sterile. They should have stuck with its traditional name - Illuminati.

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