The Intelligence Amplifier with Brian Roemmele on Infinite Loops with Jim O’Shaughnessy

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Key Takeaways

  • Human senses take in about 100,000,000 bits of info per second but the human brain has a limit of 41 bits per second
  • Your inner editor helps you process input and removes things that it thinks are not important
  • The average person today takes in the same information in a day that a person living in the 1800s would take in in a year
  • Your inner voice remembers specific experiences and you make a connection with your personal contextual web – It amplifies your experiences
  • The Intelligence Amplifier concept says that people can sell access to themselves BUT only with security, permission, and control
  • “Realize that your time here is meant for you to figure out why you’re here and the only thing you leave behind is your love.” – Brian Roemmele

Intro

Brian Roemmele (t:BrianRoemmele) is a scientist, researcher, analyst, connector, and an AI expert.

Books

The Ultimate Resource – by Julian Lincoln Simon

Molecules of Emotion – the science behind mind-body medicine by Candice Pert

The User Illusion cutting consciousness down to size – by Tor Norretranders

The Intrigue of Human Speech

  • The human brain evolved to become the language center through a constant loop of decoding
  • Inner silent monologue is what you hear when you read silently – it’s your voice

Being an Innovator

  • Behind every invention in history, is an individual who sees things differently – some people consider these people crazy
  • “What stops people from innovating is the fear of group embarrassment especially with social media which can destroy someone within minutes”- Brian Roemmele
  • Don’t follow the masses – discern your opinions and ideas for yourself

The Battle for Your Head

  • The keyboard was the initial way for humans to talk with computers
  • In the User Illusion, studies showed that the human brain has a “bandwidth limit”
  • Only so much signal can be put into the human consciousness
  • Human senses take in about 100,000,000 bits of info per second but the human brain has a limit of 41 bits per second
  • Consciousness is very limited for humans– it is the observer of you
  • The five senses bring in too much info so you function with the help of an inner editor

The Inner Editor

  • The paradigm that helps you process information and removes things that it thinks are not important is your inner editor
  • What makes the paradigm?
    • Your parents
    • Your schooling
    • Your religion
    • Your government
    • Your social media
  • The flee, fight or freeze paradigm is a survival tactic that humans have which is essentially the overriding kill switch

Is Humanity Better For All This Info?

  • No. There’s too much noise and it results in information overload
  • Human consciousness can only take in so much
  • The average person today takes in the same information in a day that a person living in the 1800s would take in in a year
  • Yet the human brain is no larger
  • “Humans are optimized to a world that no longer exists” – Jim O’Shaughnessy

The Literacy Pyramid

  • Ancient people learned you can transfer a lot of info by encoding it into symbols
  • Humans are natural story-tellers and story-receivers
  • Symbols light up the right side of the brain, but humans are becoming left dominant because they are communicating through keyboards
  • The bottom of the pyramid is data, then the middle is insight, and then wisdom

The Intelligence Amplifier (IA)

  • Brian believes that humans already have all the info they need
  • You don’t want more info – you want sequential experiences in life to gain wisdom
  • “The biggest deficit in society is lack of wisdom.  We ‘ve replace old with shiny and new” – Brian Roemmele
  • In his Intelligence Amplifier concept, human emotion is the search mechanism to find peak experiences
  • You remember specific experiences and you make a connection with your personal contextual web – It amplifies your experiences

Selling Access to Your Brain

  • People can sell access to themselves basically let someone into their brain BUT with security, permission, and control – not in the cloud
  • In this scenario, advertisers would go straight to the customer, with no intermediate (like Google) in between
  • You could train this device to know what you like and don’t like = your own intelligence amplifier which will become your wisdom keeper
  • “IA can hold a torch in the dark places even if these places are ugly – it makes you stronger, not weaker.” – Brian Roemmele

The IA Dilemma

  • IA knows exactly the right time to introduce an idea – but it must remain within your grasp
  • Internet giants should not get this info!
  • Don’t plug your brain into the internet
  • Slow down, forget email, pick up the phone
  • “The overuse of tech is a lobotomy- it desensitizes us” – Brian Roemmele

Wisdom is the Human Legacy

  • Humans seek wisdom – it’s what drives society forward
    • Questioning wisdom is the job of the young
  • From the moment you’re born, the brain records everything you feel, see and heard
  • What you leave your children and grandchildren is your wisdom

Debunking the Perfect Environment

  • Brian debunked the idea at a high tech firm that they had “the perfect” environment for their programmers
  • He made one reclusive programmer:
    • Take off his headphones
    • Move his seat everyday
    • Stop wearing hoodies and sweats
    • Chang his desk lighting
  • The programmer lost over 40 lbs., became more social, started dating and his coding skills improved
  • Headphone culture is destroying creativity– it’s a bad signal to others because it discourages conversation =  the new cubicle

What Two Things Would You Like to See Happen to People?

  • Brian would like everyone to see the value of every human being
  • “Realize that your time here is meant for you to figure out why you’re here and the only thing you leave behind is your love.” – Brian Roemmele
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