Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
I was reading an article about Concept Map software in Wired Magazine and discovered the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). IHMC's research deals primarily with integrating human thought with technological systems. This is an intriguing concept and it seems to be a better alternative to Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI is tricky because researchers do not yet profoundly understand the brain's architecture and, consequently, cannot translate and later construct seemingly infinitesimal brain functions into a language or a blueprint that a machine can intelligently understand. So, IHMC is envisioning a more symbiotic relationship between humans and machines and may just "amplify human cognitive and perceptual abilities" similar to the way eyeglasses or hearing aids do. Humans and machines, both having weaknesses and strengths, can work together and perhaps positively advance our society well into the 21st century.