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Marvin Minsky on Problem Solving - Dictionary of Arguments

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Problem Solving/Minsky: In principle, we can use the generate and test method - that is, trial and error - to solve any problem whose solution we can recognize. But in practice, it can take too long for even the most powerful computer to test enough possible solutions.
Solution: The Progress Principle: Any process of exhaustive search can be greatly reduced if we possess some way to detect when progress has been made. Then we can trace a path toward a solution (...).Many easy problems can be solved this way, but for a hard problem, it may be almost as difficult to recognize progress as to solve the problem itself.
Solution: [identify] goals and subgoal[s]. [And use] knowledge. It often turned out easier to program machines to solve specialized problems that educated people considered hard - such as playing chess or proving theorems about logic or geometry - than to make machines do things that most people considered easy (...). >Learning/Minsky.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Minsky I
Marvin Minsky
The Society of Mind New York 1985

Minsky II
Marvin Minsky
Semantic Information Processing Cambridge, MA 2003

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