The name Bayon came to me while as I was collecting my thoughts after a long day at the Bayon temple in Cambodia.
The first stage of the company was Bayon EI – a project that aimed to break through the glass ceiling that’s been suffocating the field of psychology for the last half a century by applying empirical methodologies of reverse engineering.
On one hand, Bayon EI proved itself exceptionally fruitful as a coherent picture emerged, and with it, a framework of the abstract space that is the human mind. But, on the other hand, this framework was just far too complex for people to work with.
In a nutshell, imagine that the human mind isn’t a single thing, but instead, a collection of many different little minds acting together in collaboration. Obviously, there can’t be any collaboration without communication, and that’s what emotions are. Each primary emotion is essentially a specific message, that’s sent from a specific source, under specific conditions, in order to communicate their individual interpretation of the current state.
Since our conscious mind is still far behind our unconscious mind, both in terms of age and processing capacity, we usually fail to see their patterns and end up assuming that emotions are irrational. Ironically, these are the exact same mental circuits that construct our sense of rationality.
Bayon AI was later formed in an attempt to use technology to help us learn more about ourselves through our machines.