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Marvin Minsky on Trial and Error - Dictionary of Arguments

Minsky I 73
Trial and error/computers/AI/Minsky: By trial and error we mean programming the machine systematically to generate all possible structures within some universe of possibilities. For example, suppose you wished to have a robot machine that could build a bridge across a stream. The most efficient program for this would simply execute a specific procedure, planned out in advance, to precisely place some boards and nails. Of course, you couldn't write such a program unless you already knew how to build a bridge. But consider the alternative below, which is sometimes called the generate and test method. It consists of writing a two-part program.
[A.] Generate. The first process simply produces, one after another, every possible arrangement of the boards and nails.
[B.] Test. The second part of the process examines each arrangement to see whether the problem has been solved. >Puzzle principle/Terminology/Minsky.
This possibility makes us reexamine all our old ideas about intelligence and creativity, since it means that, in principle, at least, we can make machines solve any problems whose solutions we can recognize. >Intelligence/Minsky.

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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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