Deep Learning and Fontli
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Deep Learning and Fontli

In Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, Douglas Hofstadter gives centre stage to analogy making as a foundation for intelligence. Much of the book is occupied with an architecture for making analogies between letter patterns – i.e. a cognitive architecture for answering questions of the kind “if abb : bcc then eff : ?”. Hofstadter is brilliant at taking a basic question like how do we model human-like analogy-making computationally, and coming up with a small enough problem space that captures key problem features so we can actually have a go at it without being overwhelmed by the problem. I came across his book circa 2000 (probably 1998/9) and have been fascinated by both the problem and Hofstadter’s approach and thinking that went into it. The fact that his GEB:EGB had been an earlier favourite only added to the fascination.

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