The Experience Machine: How Our Minds Predict and Shape Reality by Andy Clark
A research review of The Experience Machine: How Our Minds Predict and Shape Reality by Andy Clark.
Need to catch up on the latest in how our brains create reality? This is the book. The predictive brain theory is also important for AI researchers and enthusiasts. It offers deep insights into the intricate dance between sensory input and predictive output, echoing current developments in machine learning and predictive modeling.
What It’s About: Our brains as prediction machines. Reality is complex synthesis of sensory information and expectation.
Why It Matters: Once you understand the basics of predictive processing you will literally see the world in a different light. Our brains construct our experience using generative models that are constantly updating themselves using error signals from sensory data. This is not our intuition of the world!
Highlight: Ten times more neuronal connections run from the top to the bottom of our brains; predictions form our perceptions and when we are conscious of our predictions we can begin to reframe how we think.
Read If: You want an easy to understand explanation of how a predictive brain works - ie, yours.