The book Conscious Mind, Resonant Brain: How Each Brain Makes a Mind by Stephen Grossberg was recently released. I’ve read it and it was an eye opening read. Many of the issues that come up on this forum are discussed in that book. Some of the highlights for me:
- Algorithms for implementing active prediction
- Algortihms for implementing hierarchy
- Algorithms dealing with repetition in temporal sequences
- Algorithms for lifelong, continuous, real time, learning in machines
- Explanations of learning in place cells, grid cell modules, navigation, and cognitive maps
- Biological microcircuits that connect algorithms to cortex structures
- Biological macrocircuits that connect algorithms to brain structures and pathways
- Computational architectures for goal direction behavior and value/reward learning
- Support for macrocolumns in the sensory cortex
- Formal mathematical models of neural network dynamics
- Computational architectures that support multiple types of learning: unsupervised, supervised, semi-supervised, self-supervised, reinforcement learning, serial learning
There is a strong claim that adaptive resonance theory (ART) has explained and predicted more psychological and neurobiological data than other available theories. I believe that is correct. Just the knowledge about human vision and how that maps to biologically plausible computational algorithms is mind boggling. When you realize Grossberg also has modal architectures for audition, cognition, emotion, and motor control, it can be quite overwhelming! (hence the size of the book)
So much of Grossberg’s work is answering questions that were raised in Jeff’s book On Intelligence that I must admit to some frustration that I’ve only found this work now.
Grossberg is one of the founders of computational neuroscience, connectionist cognitive science, and neuromorphic technology. He has been researching AI for over 60 years. He has more than 80,000 academic citations.
I’m continuing to study Grossberg’s work and if others are also interested in collaborating on that, then please let me know.