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Framers

Kenneth Cukier

Framers

by Kenneth Cukier

Framers

Kenneth Cukier

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Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil shows that the power of human cognition lies in our unique ability to 'frame' the world around us.

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Framers

by Kenneth Cukier

Framers

Kenneth Cukier

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The world is a confusing and complex place at times. So, how do we make sense of it? Understanding the myriad of processes that are going on all around us requires mental models, otherwise known as 'frames.' We apply frames to understand and reshape the information we receive. Humans are highly skilled at recognising patterns and intuitively see cause and effect. This helps us to make predictions about the future. We can even think about things that haven’t happened yet, and simulate how they might play out.

In the age of algorithms and automation, many may think that it is computers that are the ultimate decision makers. Countless modern successes are attributed to the power of AI and big data, but this book’s authors demonstrate that it is the people BEHIND great technology that ultimately define it. It's cognitive flexibility that distinguishes us from deterministic machines, allowing us to grasp fresh perspectives and come up with novel ways of tackling the world. Through a mix of research and anecdotes, we discover how the human capacity to frame and analyze a problem is fundamental to a progressive society.

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"This ability to handle hypotheticals, to expand our mental model space far beyond what we can experience directly, is arguably the defining characteristic of human cognition."

François Chollet, AI researcher

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Kenneth Cukier

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