May 29, 2007

The Complexity is in the Environment

"Only human pride argues that the apparent intricacies of our path stem from a quite different source than the intricacy of the ant's path."

Herbert A. Simon, The Sciences of the Artificial, Third Edition, MIT Press, p.82.

May 24, 2007

Uncertainty Rewards Adaptivity

"Although the presence of uncertainty does not make intelligent choice impossible, it places a premium on robust adaptive procedures instead of optimizing strategies that work well only when finely tuned to precisely known environments."

Herbert A. Simon, The Sciences of the Artificial, Third Edition, MIT Press, p.35.