Exocortex (strages)

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12:30, 6 June 2012 (CDT)
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11:15, 19 July 2012 (CDT)


An exocortex is a theoretical artificial external information processing system that would augment a brain's biological high-level cognitive processes.

An individual's exocortex would be composed of external memory modules, processors, IO devices and software systems that would interact with, and augment, a person's biological brain.


The noun exocortex is composed of the Greek-derived prefix exo-, meaning external or outside, and the Latin noun cortex, which originally meant bark but is used in neuroscience for the outer bark-like layer of the brain that is the site of most sophisticated cognitive information processing. It was coined in allusion to the neocortex (literally 'new bark'), the newest part of the mammalian brain (in evolutionary history), believed to be responsible for the highest human cognitive abilities including conscious thought, spatial reasoning, and sensory perception. Thus the terminology suggests a progression from reptilian thought (the older parts of the brain) through human (neocortex) to high-level human or even supra-human cognitive processing capabilities (exocortex).

Personal setup

This is an attempt to map my current exocortex and will change as I improve it. See notes/progress or page history for when changes occurred. Feel free to contact me with questions.





  • 18:16, 6 June 2012 (CDT): Finding it hard to define IO, paritcularly output, and memory modules. Most output is just as much for me as it is for public consumption. Case in point Pinterest.

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