links for 2009-05-06

  • I am interested in how to live in a world we don’t understand very well –in other words, while most human thought (particularly since the enlightenment) has focused us on how to turn knowledge into decisions, I am interested in how to turn lack of information, lack of understanding, and lack of “knowledge” into decisions –how not to be a “turkey”. My last book The Black Swan drew a map of what we don’t understand; my current work focuses on how to domesticate the unknown .
  • "A black swan is an outlier, an event that lies beyond the realm of normal expectations. Most people expect all swans to be white because that's what their experience tells them; a black swan is by definition a surprise. Nevertheless, people tend to concoct explanations for them after the fact, which makes them appear more predictable, and less random, than they are. Our minds are designed to retain, for efficient storage, past information that fits into a compressed narrative. This distortion, called the hindsight bias, prevents us from adequately learning from the past."
  • "Facebook could soon be helping bridge the divide between humans and robots.

    Researchers are giving a robot its own Facebook profile page to help foster meaningful relationships with people.

    The page will be populated with interactions the robot has with people as well as photos of the time it spends in human company.

    Its creators hope that embedding it in a social web will give rise to a sustainable friendship can grow up between man and machine"


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