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  • Mark 4:59 pm on March 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: behaviourism, cybernetic brain, dissensus,   

    Driving robots mad  

    From pg 68 of Andrew Pickering’s The Cybernetic Brain:

    Thus if the arrangement is such that the sound becomes positively associated both with the attracting light and with the withdrawal from an obstacle, it is possible for both a light and a sound to set up a paradoxical withdrawal. The ‘instinctive’ attraction to a light is abolished and the model can no longer approach its source of nourishment. This state seems remarkably similar to the neurotic behavior produced in human beings by exposure to conflicting influences or inconsistent education.” Or, as he put it more poetically in The Living Brain (1953, 183), “in trying, as it were, to sort out the implications of its dilemma, the model ends up, ‘sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,’ by losing all power of action.

  • Mark 6:55 pm on November 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: behaviourism, , ,   

    Big Data Behaviourism 


    Screen shot 2013-11-10 at 18.52.13

    From Science Rock Stars



    • Roy Wilson 7:31 pm on November 10, 2013 Permalink


      I took a quick peek at the site. They are trying to machine learn (from their behavior) what people are likely to do. They are ‘explaining’ why people choose X rather than Y only in a probabilistic sense, if that even constitutes explanation. For their purposes, and those of their clients, maybe that’s enough. So, I’m not sure what you mean by ‘behaviourism’ or why, for the intended purpose, it is (if it is) a ‘bad, bad, thing’.


    • Mark 7:37 pm on November 10, 2013 Permalink

      By behaviourism I mean exactly what you say (but orientated towards ‘big data’ which is what I find it interesting) and I didn’t say it was a ‘bad, bad, thing’!

    • Roy Wilson 7:47 pm on November 10, 2013 Permalink

      Ok. Lacking ‘big data’ about you, I imputed to you a motive in order to ‘explain’ your penultimate blog post. Maybe I should use machine learning on your blog entries instead. 🙂

      I’ve heard dogs can infer intention from human behavior. As one character in a J. P. Donleavy novel said, “Bow Wow”.

    • Mark 7:48 pm on November 10, 2013 Permalink

      Oh I don’t think it’s a good thing either though…

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