I THINK, therefore I am. This famous quotation by Rene Descartes is the title for the Prestige Lecture by the British Computer Society on 27th June. The speaker is Grady Booch, the Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research. Is the mind computable? is the subtitle.
It’s a strange phenomenon, this process of thinking.
Every meditation turns you into its observer.
And then you ask yourself: who observes?
Thinking is the precursor for speaking, writing, coding and other forms of expressing thought.
What’s the difference in thinking, when writing poetry, prose or code?
Or is it interpretation what we’re doing when we think we’re thinking?
Do we just interpret and make sense of what we see, hear, smell, touch and feel, when we think?
Where do thoughts originate? We know how many kinds of triggers there are.
We know how they generate feelings.
We know how they trigger memories.
Memories of sounds and images, words and numbers.
That’s exactly what we’ve trained computers to do.
And the web has become for humanity what libraries used to be for nations:
repositories of thoughts and insights, information and knowledge.
Now humanity has data, big and open, as a repository for developing thinking.
For that’s what my software methods will be good for. I’m still wondering how IBM will help. For, collectively, our job is to develop a Smarter Planet:
- With smart tools: to develop our intelligence.
- Collectively and connectedly: one mind and one computer at a time.
Thanks to the magic of Wordpres and Zemanta, I can offer you this delicious quote:
“Education is our progress from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty.”
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- Blog #1 (tabatneckm.wordpress.com)
- Descartes’ Grave (amindabroad.com)
- From Aristotle to Descartes – A Brief History of Quality (smartbear.com)
- Wisdom From Rene Descartes – Applying Reason (diminishedutility.com)
- Making choices in the ways that we think. (dillitante.wordpress.com)