An Equation For Intelligence: Alex Wissner-Gross [Video+Paper]


What is the most intelligent way to behave? Dr. Wissner-Gross explains how the latest research findings in physics, computer science, and animal behavior suggest that the smartest actions — from the dawn of human tool use all the way up to modern business and financial strategy — are all driven by the single fundamental principle of keeping future options as open as possible. Consequently, he argues, intelligence itself may be viewed as an engine for maximizing future freedom of action. With broad implications for fields ranging from management and investing to artificial intelligence, Dr. Wissner-Gross’s message reveals a profound new connection between intelligence and freedom.

Dr. Alexander D. Wissner-Gross is an award-winning scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He serves as an Institute Fellow at the Harvard University Institute for Applied Computational Science and as a Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Laboratory.


Title: Causal Entropic Forces
Author: A. D. Wissner-Gross, C. E. Freer
Publication: Physical Review Letters 110, 168702
Year: 2013


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