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  1. Mar 2016
    1. The top players, it turns out, can’t fully access their own knowledge about how they’re able to perform so well. This self-ignorance is common to many human abilities, from driving a car in traffic to recognizing a face. This strange state of affairs was beautifully summarized by the philosopher and scientist Michael Polanyi, who said, “We know more than we can tell.” It’s a phenomenon that has come to be known as “Polanyi’s Paradox.”

      "The top players, it turns out, can’t fully access their own knowledge about how they’re able to perform so well. This self-ignorance is common to many human abilities, from driving a car in traffic to recognizing a face.[...] It’s a phenomenon that has come to be known as “Polanyi’s Paradox.”

      What if the mystery of "consciousness", i.e. the ability of being conscious of oneself were just that? Is it there really "consciousness"?

    1. AlphaGo no more understands the game of Go than a robot mower understands the concept of a lawn. What it understands is zeroes and ones, and the patterns that can be drawn from their prodigiously smart crunching.

      Reallyy?? I am just reading that so many humans' do not not comprehend at all most of their decisions and acts. Furthermore, most significant decisions and mindful processing are taken by the subconscious.

      So, what does it mean to "understand", really? Are we sure that AlphaGo's pure number-crunching is not equivalent to some sense of understanding? And cannot it be that the relative "awareness" of some of our being comes from that simple, non-intelligent number-crunching?