Chomsky, Valiant and the algorithmic mirror
I recently had the pleasure of listening to some of Chomsky's lectures on linguistics, philosophy, and the mind (on YouTube), reading some of Chomsky's work within Linguistics (although certainly not enough) and reading Leslie Valiant's Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for ...
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- I loved this:
"There is a beautiful middle ground between creative natural languages and philosophical thought. And that is: Engineering...
It is thus in the makings Engineering where we should search for the perfect fossils of the mind's work...
Assuming an unbound drive for creativity—we would always strive to utilize our brains to their maximum capacity—...
A common technology, from any generation, considered solely in the context of its supporting technologies is as good a reflection of the mind at work—at maximum capacity and perfect balance between creativity desire and cognitive ability...
The algorithmic mirror is a shorthand for the notion that the algorithmic output of humans should be studied seriously in its own right of a faculty, differing from linguistic expression, that sheds light onto the mind's Iceberg from a different angle and often in a deeper way, as it encodes casual as well as carefully deliberated thoughts, in some cases spanning decades.
We seem to find ourselves in an exceptionally serendipitous moment. The formal descriptions of algorithmic technologies created by human engineers are readily available to us in a format convenient for inspection by means of our current best tool: these same algorithmic technologies. Perhaps the imminence of this moment—whereby the current deepest formally-encodable human thought coincides with the current best man-made technology for investigative enquiries, the Algorithm—will not be surprising in retrospect. But it is surely serendipitous that we are around to witness it and take part."Jul 27, 2014
- You wrote "The role of Valiant's Mind's Eye in the algorithmic mirror will find its place in a following article. " Did you write that following article?Jul 27, 2014
- Hi Bob,
Thanks for reading! I have had a growing number of things to say on this subject and it is my intention to renew my attention on making my blog a place for publishing those and inviting comments.
This plan is temporarily on hold as I meet my obligations to educate people how to use the circuit (gocircuit.org): A project of mine which in part is a DEVOPS tool for others to use (and for me to make a living) but also as a substrate (for myself) for building large cognitive science experiments.
One of the more significant continuations of the article is in fact the new Escher language (escher.io, still early release, but getting there).
This year I decided that I should communicate the first round of my ideas
on how (I think) we think-and-create via software (that others can use),
as opposed to papers and articles.
This has the benefit of being a practical object that others can use
and, if liked, would hopefully pay for itself somehow.
Once Escher takes off a little (hopefully soon) with demos and
some real-world apps, I intend to get back to dedicating more
time to writing all those follow-on articles.
I am treading a fine-line between funding (I am currently paid a
research grant to develop gocircuit.org) and meaning (my
desire to finish Escher and create a reverse-compiler for
Escher, which would be my take at the actual learning
algorithm of the mind.)
So, all is coming, with time :)Jul 28, 2014
- Thanks for the response. I'll watch those other projects.Jul 28, 2014
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