Humans Are the World's Best Pattern-Recognition Machines, But for How Long?

Dominic Basulto, Jul 25, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This post draws on two aspects of Ray Kurzweil's thought - first, the idea that human intelligence (and intelligence in general) is based on pattern recognition, and second, that computers of the future will be able to do this as well - "the future of intelligence is in making our patterns better, our heuristics stronger." I don't disagree, but I think the article is overstated ("The same goes for just about any field of expert endeavor - it's really just a matter of recognizing the right patterns faster than anyone else..."). Also, I don't think the insight is Kurzweil's, particularly. Anyone working in connectionism is doing pattern-matching, and before that, researchers looking at logics of (relevant) similarities were doing the same.

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