Synthesis and Generative AI

How might we conceptualize the design of AGI? Rather than machines synthesizing outside human systems, we should create machines that enhance our holistic, social right-brained capacities, fostering collective wisdom.

A pile of sand

A child piles up sand. When does she decide that the grains have formed a heap? This decision isn't straightforward due to two simultaneous phenomena.

The first process is a self-contained system, building a sand heap analytically. Though precise, it only knows its own models. It struggles to decide when the heap is complete, asking, what number of grains makes a heap? It can't step outside its confines without sacrificing accuracy, as this decision can't be analytically optimized.

To balance this, a second process operates externally, observing the sand heap and questioning its context, purpose, and potential interest. This process accepts ambiguity as part of life. It sees the heap's emergence—a sudden shift in perception. The child understands that the growing pile of sand has become a heap.

Our minds seamlessly integrate these two processes. The left brain directs the first process, while the right manages the second. Despite differing thought processes, our brain unifies experience into one conscious self.

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