This book is written from an engineer's perspective of the mind. "Artificial Mind System" exposes the reader to a broad spectrum of interesting areas in general brain science and mind-oriented studies. In this research monograph a picture of the holistic model of an artificial mind system and its behaviour is drawn, as concretely as possible, within a unified context, which could eventually lead to practical realisation in terms of hardware or software. With a view that "the mind is a system always evolving", ideas inspired by many branches of studies related to brain science are integrated within the text, i.e. artificial intelligence, cognitive science / psychology, connectionism, consciousness studies, general neuroscience, linguistics, pattern recognition / data clustering, robotics, and signal processing.
I decided to write this monograph partly because now I think is the right time to reflect at what stage we currently are and then where we should go towards the development of “brain-style” computers, which is counted as one of the major directions conducted by the group of “creating the brain” within the brain science institute, RIKEN.
Although I have done my best, I admit that for some parts of the holistic model only the frameworks are given and the descriptions may be deemed to be insufficient. However, I am inclined to say that such parts must be heavily dependent upon specific purposes and should be developed with careful consideration during the domain-related design process (see also the Statements to be given next), which is likely to require material outside of the scope of this book.