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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

From TEDxBeaconStreet

February 6, 2014

Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It's F = T ∇ Sτ.

In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex Wissner-Gross explains what in the world that means.

Alex Wissner-Gross is a serial big-picture thinker. He applies physics and computer science principles to a wide variety of topics, like human intelligence, climate change and financial trading.

Lately Wissner-Gross started wondering: Why have we searched for so long to understand intelligence? Can it really be this elusive? His
latest work posits that intelligence can indeed be defined physically, as a dynamic force, rather than a static property. He explains intelligence in terms of causal entropic forces, ultimately defining it as "a force to maximize future freedom of action."

Wissner-Gross is a fellow at the Harvard Institute for Applied Computational Science and a research affiliate at the MIT Media Lab. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard and bachelor's degrees in physics, electrical science and engineering, and mathematics from MIT.

Scroll down and read thoughtful comments on this talk HERE.

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