This is always evolving... here's what I was thinking a month or so ago.. it's my quite optimistic to-do list! Lisa said she recently crossed off everything on her list(!!) so I was inspired to make one. She has to make a new one since hers is finished...
program a computer to write beautiful, human-like, creative, new music. (Note: this has been on my list since I was about 7 years old)
develop the first artificial consciousness
hook up with women from all 7 continents before I get married (Antarctica is super-difficult)
reject a really hot girl
develop grand unified theory of emergence
learn to speak Cantonese
learn to write Chinese
learn to write Arabic
write a Cantopop song
get my Cantopop song on the radio in HK
write a broadway musical, get it produced in a major venue, attend world premiere. Hear people on the street humming the tunes.
write a textbook on music cognition and computer models
develop automatic stock trading software to manage my own trading portfolio
develop a theory of emergence in complex systems
revolutionize computing with "pressure-based cognitive programming", a replacement for traditional AI techniques based on ideas from Doug's group
make a lot of money
live in a luxury apartment high in a tower or on a hill somewhere like HK. Maid service must be included.
academic position, tenure (unless I have enough $ that it doesn't matter)
publish in Music Perception and also in Cognitive Science
publish book with MIT press
visit HK and China
have some correspondance with Schoenberg (Les Miz guy) and Neil Diamond about music composition and creativity
reduce my weight to 190 lbs
create music composition-assistance software to suggest melodies in songwriting
buy some decent speakers for my stereo
improve finances via multiple streams of passive income
start my huge creative AI research company (mentioned above). Open an office in a town I love, and solve the big AI/consciousness problems.