#13 | THE HUMAN MIND | Unraveling the Tapestry of Human Learning and AI's Quest for Innovation
Human learning and knowledge transfer involve encoding ideas into language, transmitting them through sound waves, decoding them into a form similar to the original, integrating them with existing knowledge, and continually refining them through use and repetition. This process has been fundamental to the accumulation of human knowledge throughout history.
Human creativity and innovation stem from combining diverse ideas and concepts, often leading to the development of new and previously unknown facts or discoveries. The scientific method, for example, relies on this ability to unravel the mysteries of reality.
While AI can digitize and make vast amounts of human knowledge readily accessible, its capacity for true innovation remains debatable, especially in recognizing entirely new facts or phenomena beyond its programming. Human minds can think "outside the box," consider various possibilities and make complex decisions informed by legal, moral, scientific, and emotional factors, even when working with incomplete or uncertain information.
The statement, “….crafting of a human mind in the crucible of learning…” reminds me of the high-flooring verbiage of Educational Philosophy courses I took 60 years ago in grad school; ugh, trying to grasp and explain the transfer of knowledge from one professing the facts into an empty vessel, highly absorbent. Nonetheless, it is still a handy cipher for trying to grasp how an idea inscribed in a code of language, carried by sound waves to another, decoded into a facsimile of the original idea, integrated into saved previous knowledge and earning a new place as a variation that makes understanding possible.
Repeated use of the new concept “hardens” the spot in memory and is available for revisions as different facets become known. When the latest information is used successfully in private thought or interaction with others, it may achieve a reputation for being wisdom-beneficial information of long-standing viability. The process for all this is how the vast store of human knowledge came into use. It is also interesting to note that the human mind cannot devise or create anything that is not available as fact in the first place. The most horrible and devastating monsters created by Hollywood by geniuses in their own right all seem to have eyes, teeth, and grasping capabilities or suggestions. An invisible monster leaves the definition to the viewer from hints of destruction shown in situ.
With A.I., human knowledge is digitized, or soon will be, and is available to anyone who understands and can be informed about what has been, even if only seconds ago. The juxtaposition of ideas to develop a helpful concept is still in the grasp of human inventiveness driven by curiosity. The ability to take diverse ideas and formulate a new and unknown fact, the scientific method, to unravel the workings of reality can AI intuit outside of its scope and recognize a real thing unknown before?
The mind, aided by all known to a person, can think “outside the box” to examine bizarre, dangerous, dangerous, seductive, languorous, and conciliatory relationships, all within seconds, and reject or hold what will contribute to a solution. Even when working for a result that is only a guess, what would make the legal, moral, scientific, and emotional impact decision to keep or reject? The human mind can, imperfectly at first, but refined with use.