Development of Intelligence
Understanding the development of intelligence in a human infant is a key project of CBMM. This project engages the fundamental tradeoff between nature and nurture, or priors and data, and ultimately the origin of priors—how constraints are selected by evolution, encoded in genes, and instantiated in genetically wired brain circuits.
This project also represents a novel developmental approach to building human-like artificial intelligence systems and comprehensive computational models of human cognitive architecture. Instead of branching out from a single area of adult human intelligence, we start with an integrated cognitive model of multiple core capacities in the young child’s mind, along with a set of developmental or learning mechanisms for scaling up to an adult model.