23.05.2018 · Dan Lovy

Mission-1: a Coach’s Perspective

The Mindfire Foundation gathered some of the most talented thinkers from around the world and across disciplines for a mission to launch an effort to ‘crack the brain code’.

Introduction

The Mindfire Foundation gathered some of the most talented thinkers from around the world and across disciplines for a mission to launch an effort to ‘crack the brain code’. The mission was structured as a set of informative lectures, hands-on workshops and deep discussions. During the feedback phase and from hearing from some of our ‘talents’, one moment stood out for many. It was during the last discussion. Given how much of a highlight this was for many, we feel we should describe it in more detail.

 

Background

The goal was to have each phase of the mission build on the last. This is how the mission was structured:

  • Introductory Lectures: We presented the progress, challenges and ideas in artificial intelligence from a range of view points to bring everyone up to speed.
  • Hands-on Workshop: Organized by teams, Mindfire talents were challenged to design an ‘Autonomous Enabled Entity’. Its only requirements were that it was autonomous and provided value to people. We wanted the talents to build trust in others from different disciplines and create a model for how Mindfire collaborations might work.
  • Analysis Of The Brain Requirements: The teams were asked to analyze their designs from the standpoint of what brain and intelligence their inventions would require. What kind of ‘brain code’ would be needed to create these solutions? This had the teams shift from thinking about applications to focusing on what intelligence would be needed.
  • Discuss And Debate Solutions: Each team presented their designs. We were able to compare the designs and describe traits they all had in common. Once we had this list, experts from different fields weighed in on the solutions.
Discussion

After the presentation of the brain requirements, the talents were given a presentation of the latest advancements. The Mindfire team produced a list of common traits, features and capabilities.

The talents began discussing various solutions and strategies to these requirements. We posed a key question. Should we pursue each individual aspect as a separate capability OR are all these aspects of intelligence a facet of the same core pattern? Do we look deeper to find the common thread?

This was an ‘ah ha’ moment for many in the group. This was what the ‘brain code’ was! Is there a common denominator among all these aspects of intelligence that can be understood and recreated?

There was a palpable increase in the level of engagement and intensity in the room. There was debate as to whether this was the case and how to go about it. At one point during the discussions, we asked for a vote on the belief if there was a commonality that could be decoded. There was an overwhelming (90-10) YES response.

For many of the talents, this crystallized the goal. We could not have asked this question without taking the group through this intellectual journey. Having taken that journey as group, it formed a powerful summit for the mission. As one of the talents put it, “At 3:00 this afternoon, Mindfire was born.”