“What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? What balance of the new and familiar is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not. Computers, like us, confront limited space and time, so computer scientists have been grappling with similar problems for decades. And the solutions they’ve found have much to teach us.
In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths show how algorithms developed for computers also untangle very human questions. They explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others.”
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“The importance of getting to an answer isn’t lost on any of us, but many of us do neglect how important it is to ask a question in such a way that an answer is actually available to us.
Finding the true form of the problem is almost as important as the answer that comes after.
One of Shannon’s go-to tricks was to restructure and contrast the problem in as many different ways as possible.
Doubling the output of your ideas is the first step, but capturing the essence is the difference.
The word genius is thrown around casually, but there are very few people who actually deserve the moniker like Claude Shannon. He thought differently, and he thought playfully. But if it wasn’t for Shannon’s work, what we think of as the modern computer may not exist.”
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