Monday, June 15, 2009

Meandering on . . .

Today is the birthday of Herbert Alexander Simon (June 15, 1916 – February 9, 2001), polymath, psychologist, and professor. He was an artificial intelligence expert and is oft referred to as the founder of the field of artificial intelligence.

Herbert A. Simon received the 1978 Nobel Prize in Economics, the A.M. Turing Award, the National Medal of Science, plus many other awards for his work in cognitive psychology and computer science.

"Most of us really aren't horribly unique. There are 6 billion of us. Put 'em all in one room and very few would stand out as individuals. So maybe we ought to think of worth in terms of our ability to get along as a part of nature, rather than being the lords over nature." - Herbert A. Simon

"What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it." - Herbert A. Simon

"There are no morals about technology at all. Technology expands our ways of thinking about things, expands our ways of doing things. If we're bad people we use technology for bad purposes and if we're good people we use it for good purposes." - Herbert A. Simon

"I don't care how big and fast computers are, they're not as big and fast as the world." - Herbert A. Simon

"Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones." - Herbert A. Simon

"The proper study of mankind is the science of design." - Herbert A. Simon

"One finds limits by pushing them." - Herbert A. Simon

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