Hallucination, prediction, guessing

Tyler Cowen makes a series of excellent points in a recent post where he muses over the value of large model hallucinations. He notes that he would not like for these systems to stop hallucinating, since the hallucinations have value in representing something. What this something is, he suggests, could be our statistical average view… Continue reading Hallucination, prediction, guessing

Energy and complexity (Philosophy of Complexity II)

A brief note today, about something to look into more. Could the energy consumption of a civilization be a measure of its complexity? If so, we could easily say that our civilization is becoming more and more complex - since we are consuming more energy all the time. There is something intriguing about this measure… Continue reading Energy and complexity (Philosophy of Complexity II)

Progress and complexity (Philosophy of Complexity I)

I have heard it said, and have argued myself, that complexity is increasing in our societies, and that evolution leads to increasing complexity. I have also known that this is an imprecise statement that needs some examination - or a lot of examination - in order to understand exactly how it can be corroborated or… Continue reading Progress and complexity (Philosophy of Complexity I)