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Moravec's paradox (wikipedia.org)
30 points by subnaught on Feb 6, 2016 | hide | past | favorite | 4 comments



People who think that high-level reasoning is easy compared to sensorimotor skills have successfully implemented neither and lack both.

-- Benjamin Franklin

Neural networks can be used to balance robots. They can't be used to generate Agda proofs of non-trivial theorems, or C programs that do something useful, etc.


Thank you I was trying to remember who said that quote ;-) ...

But seriously I'm not sure that just because checkers and various logical puzzles lend themselves to simple algorithms equates to "high-level reasoning requires very little computation"

I mean unless I've managed to miss all the AI bots sitting n the web asking me to talk. I think this might be a paradox that only existed until people thought more carefully about high level reasoning.


> balance robots

Making a robot that doesn't fall down is a really low standard.


This is a decent motivation for "manual automation". Figuring out what is a face in a picture is hard for a computer but easy for a person. Comparing that face with thousands of existing faces to eliminate 99% that aren't anywhere close to a match is easier for a computer than it is a person. Deciding if it is a true match is easier for a person than a computer.

There are a lot of situations that would benefit from such a workflow.




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