Controlling Uncertainty: Decision Making and Learning in Complex Worlds

Controlling Uncertainty: Decision Making and Learning in Complex Worlds

Controlling Uncertainty: Decision Making and Learning in Complex Worlds

Controlling Uncertainty: Decision Making and Learning in Complex Worlds

Synopsis

Controlling Uncertainty: Decision Making and Learning in Complex Worlds reviews and discusses the most current research relating to the ways we can control the uncertain world around us.
  • Features reviews and discussions of the most current research in a number of fields relevant to controlling uncertainty, such as psychology, neuroscience, computer science and engineering
  • Presents a new framework that is designed to integrate a variety of disparate fields of research
  • Represents the first book of its kind to provide a general overview of work related to understanding control

Excerpt

The ringmaster of a travelling circus told a promising young puppeteer of a mysterious string puppet that would present a challenge to anyone who tried to command it. The puppeteer was intrigued.

‘Though it could be mastered, it would take all the skill and determination of even the most maven puppeteer.’ Then, in answer to the young puppeteer’s question, the ringmaster replied, ‘The reason why it is so difficult to work the puppet is that inside the puppet is a mechanism which follows its own rules and logic.’

This was enough to inspire the puppeteer. At last he had found his ambition. He would seek out and learn all there is to know of the puppet and how to rule it. But, before leaving, as a warning to the young apprentice, the ringmaster’s final words on the matter of the string puppet were these:

Be very careful. You can’t always be sure if the puppet acts the way
you want it to because you’ve pulled the right strings or because of
what is inside it. Sometimes you’d be forgiven for thinking that it
acts as if it has a mind of its own.

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