A Brief History of Biological and Artificial Intelligence with Max Bennett

Nathan and Max Bennett explore the evolution of human intelligence and AI's potential in learning from these cognitive breakthroughs.


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In this episode, Nathan sits down with Max Bennett, author of the book: A Brief History of Intelligence. They discuss the five major breakthroughs in evolution that resulted in human brains and cognition. They delve deeper into the workings of each breakthrough, the evolution of intelligence, and how AI can benefit from understanding these principles. If you need an ecommerce platform, check out our sponsor Shopify: https://shopify.com/cognitive for a $1/month trial period.

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(00:00) Intro
(06:00) Max's background on commercializing AI in technology
(09:53) AI has taught us a lot of our intuitions are wrong
(11:22) Why we're better off avoiding defining intelligence
(14:38) The Five Breakthrough Model - steering, reinforcing, simulating, mentalizing, and speaking
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(18:20) The story of the first breakthrough - Steering
(21:40) Evolution doesn't have forethought and every generation has to survive
(23:05) The study of nematodes - how did this first brain emerge?
(27:10) yet in bilaterians, but the idea is you classify things in the world into good and bad.
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(36:16) The story of the second breakthrough - Reinforcing
(1:32:44) The story of the fourth breakthrough - Mentalizing
(1:45:57) The story of the fourth breakthrough - Speaking (pls listen to the audio book / read the book)
(1:46:46) How evolutionary paradigms will shape up in the future
(1:55:03) A unified theory of value or moral patienthood that can be applied to the five breakthroughs
(1:59:21) Wrap + Sponsor | Omneky

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