Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thinking, Thinking

The Air Force is sponsoring research to find the “core algorithms of human thought”, including “mathematical or computational models of human attention, memory, categorization, reasoning, problem solving, learning and motivation, and decision making.” Good luck with that. State of the art on that right now is the entire science of economics, which is notoriously bad at actually modelling human behavior. Probably because big parts of human thought are fundamentally not algorithmic.

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