Current Trends in Information Theory

Current Trends in Information Theory

Current Trends in Information Theory

Current Trends in Information Theory

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The topic which we have chosen for the seventh annual conference on Current Trends in Psychology is information theory. It is my privilege to introduce some of the people who have been working in this area and who will tell us of the new developments in information measurement and of their implications for the work of the psychologist.

Most of us are aware that the science of communication has become of vital importance and now includes many diverse fields of interest. It no longer seems strange for communication engineers to work with experimental psychologists on common problems. Broadly defined "communication" would include any means which links one mechanism or organism with another. Within this frame of reference would come the telephone and radio, speech, printed material, music, and the ceaseless transmission of volleys of impulses in neural networks. Indeed the goal-seeking missles of modern warfare may be said to communicate with their targets. If we prefer to say that such automatically controlled devices do not think, then perhaps we should redefine or dispense with this much misunderstood word.

What is this which is communicated? What theoretical bridge could link neural impulses with the functioning of relays or tubes in modern computers? Is . . .

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