Apr 25 • 1HR 37M

#89: Tom Griffiths on Formalizing the Mind

Cognitive Revolution | Tom's work uses inspiration from artificial intelligence to support his theories about the mind. We get into his ground-floor look at this approach to cognitive science.

 
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Tom Griffiths is Professor Psychology and Computation Science at Princeton University, where he directs the Computational Cognitive Science Lab. Tom uses algorithms from AI to inform his work as a psychologist—testing the ways in which hims align with or deviate from the standards set by the AI models. He’s a central figure in this field, and in this episode we go deep on how it first occurred to Tom to use computers to study the mind—as well as where this work has taken him over the years. Tom recently released a podcast series through Audible, co-hosted with Brian Christian, called Algorithms at Work. I finished it recently and can confidently say it’s one of the best podcast series I’ll listen to all year!


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