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Friday, June 16, 2006


Kovas Boguta

I liked Stephen's talk -- it was different from previous years. More ideas that go beyond what's in the NKS book.

One point he made was that much of the way the world currently works -- like the fact that trains run on a specific schedule -- is set up to be computationally reducible. But that the world of the future is moving towards something that is more random, yet more robust and efficient at the same time. That we cannot predict or even understand how the algorithms work, but that they somehow manage to do the right thing. This strikes me as true, and also significant.

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