An open collective on a mission to augment thought for all.
We’re organizing our largest event yet! Augment Minds 2021 is an online unconference about developing transformative tools for thought where participants can host their own sessions. Join us to connect with like-minded people, exchange ideas, and find opportunities! Learn more and sign up here.
Just like there are sound frequencies we cannot hear and wavelengths of light we cannot see, there might very well be thoughts we cannot think.1 Being confined to a limited domain of thought is unsettling for many, especially considering our ideal of freedom of thought and the increasingly complex challenges we’re facing as a species.
However, just like there are advanced sensors that can help us detect sound and light beyond our bodily senses, there are transformative tools that can help us think beyond what was previously thinkable.2 We can engineer “spacecraft” for venturing into the depths of conceptual space, exploring what lies beyond the pale blue dot of native human cognition.3 Artificial intelligence is especially well-positioned to fuel the expansion of our cognitive horizons through its remarkable skill of manipulating abstract representations.4
What if you had a virtual assistant when navigating your thoughts? What if there was a Photoshop for editing concepts? What if you could radically edit your belief system on command? What if you could learn at a rate of decades per week? What if you could manipulate abstract representations with your body? Those are precisely the muddy, challenging, and daring questions we’re interested in.
Our mission is to provide a “launchpad” for ambitious projects aiming to augment thought in transformative ways.
Ready for takeoff.
Amplifying knowledge work through user-defined assistants.
Accelerating learning through machine-generated flashcards.
Extending conceptual thinking through semantic embeddings.
Expanding propositional memory through text mining.
Promoting critical thinking through prompt generation.
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Our only stakeholder is humanity. Help us keep it that way.
By supporting our efforts, you’re investing in transparent research and development at the frontier of thought. Not only are you helping us deliver open source tools reshaping the landscape of knowledge work, but you’re also setting in motion a broader movement around cognitive augmentation as a second-order consequence.
We’re passionate about exploring what lies beyond the human mind, but we’re still people (for now). Join Psionica if you want to be part of a growing community of designers, researchers, and developers committed to empowering individuals around the world in fundamentally new ways. Contribute to existing projects, develop your own, or just hang around for an insightful chat.