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Credible artificial intelligence startup Vicarious has taken in more money as accomplished billionaires fling cash towards what could be a hugely significant technology. The additional funding was disclosed by the company on Monday in an article in TechCrunch and subsequent interview with El Reg. Some of the Valley's best known …

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"Recursive Cortical Networks"

...is the model that Vicarious have publicly claimed to be working on. I wonder whether it's got any relationship to Confabulation Theory?

http://www.amazon.com/Confabulation-Theory-The-Mechanism-Thought/dp/3540496033

Confabulation theory was the first account I came across which seemed plausible from an evolutionary viewpoint - it posits that the same basic architectures that evolved for coordinating muscle movement were then specialized in evolving higher cognitive functions - and in light of the observation that comparatively few layers [think "gate delays" as an EE analogy] of processing can take place between our sensory input and our reactions if we are to react in a usefully short time.

In any case, with 5 out of 8 of their team members

http://vicarious.com/team.html

sporting PhDs, and the other three also sounding like overachieving types, it looks like it would be a very interesting place to work.

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...for the first comment referencing Terminator.

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I will REFRAIN from doing so and instead reference Metal Gear Solid 2

"YOU LACK THE QUALIFICATIONS TO EXERCISE FREE WILL"

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