Creating a dynamic and supportive environment.
Researching the principles of intelligence
Mindfire launches one or more Missions per year that focus on understanding the relation between structure and function in the brain (or between brain and mind), to find a brain’s underlying wiring, communication, and computation rules, i.e. the brain code. By uncovering the brain code, Mindfire intends to eventually build human-level AI instead of emulating human intelligence or increasing computational power, as is prevalent today.
All Missions are structured by key intelligence research topics and every Mission builds on the findings of previous Missions. To break open current habits and practices, the disciplinary makeup of Mindfire not only features AI and neuroscience, but also strongly incorporates multidisciplinary fields like, e.g., cognitive science, systems biology, engineering, robotics or philosophy. Mindfire’s scientific advisory boards support Mindfire and especially the Talents throughout, while leading AI researchers and innovation coaches act as mentors. There are no hierarchies, only a shared sense of purpose. Mindfire’s ethics board ensures that all findings are in the public domain.
Talents are key to the success of Mindfire, and they are selected based on their potential contribution to the mission. Mindfire is open to all interested candidates, irrespective of academic credentials. Travel, accommodation and all activities are fully covered by the Mindfire Foundation. Talents are rewarded with Mindfire Tokens.
Will take place during the first half of 2019
7260 Davos Dorf
Program & Timeline
To eventually develop human-level AI through its Mission program, Mindfire aims to develop an artificial organism, analyze how an organism senses, reacts and learns, and create consciousness.
Mindfire’s work during the first Missions follows the coupling of model systems for artificial life through a variety of independent modalities, i.e. sensor systems and motility, to a natural or virtual reality environment. Given that the complexity of the brain cannot be grasped simply as a network of neurons and connections, Mindfire seeks an appropriate level of abstraction and description analogous to the way body organs are not conceived of as assemblages of cells but in terms of macroscopic action, treating for instance the heart as a pump.
Guiding questions throughout are: What is the data structure of the brain? What is the principle by which mental states are generated? And, what is the principle by which structure is transferred from the mental state into memory?
The first Mindfire Mission was held from 12-16 May 2018 in Davos, Switzerland. More than thirty talents and 16 world-renowned experts teamed up to discover the principles of artificial intelligence.
Read more about the successful kick-off of the Mindfire Mission program on our blog or in the media.