As many others I imagined you could achieve greatness when I as a kid saw the Conway’s game of life. Now older looking back at the simulation. What do I think of it now.
Well the whole abstract idea maybe exemplifies some problems belonging to simulations in general.
For one thing I tried to give the simulation the starting conditions for it to “live” longer. When I think about it. This just means that I wanted to make the simulation more interesting. I wanted to see more and more peculiar things. Speculating about things that could make the simulation more interesting. Could the simulation take advantage of randomness to revitalize itself? Could the objects in the simulation be equipped with sensors and an idea of survival. So maybe from the problems arising in simulations you get a concept of “interesting”.
You can derive many things from this by a comparison of problems existing in other fields. For instance. Big bang together with determinism seems to me be a very naive idea. I mean how could you set the starting conditions for the unfolding to be interesting for such a long time.
What if you can add a weight to different ideas? With this you could separate the very big ideas from the very small. I’m thinking why couldn’t you analyse different inventions from an idea perspective. The result should then be a number of ideas that captures the invention. I imagine several ideas will be the same for different inventions. This might add to their weight. Maybe this strategy could also be helpful for understanding biology and evolution. How many ideas comprises a little flower? An example would be the idea of “smooth edges”, photosynthesis and more. Then I imagine you can change an invention by mixing ideas, changing or adding ideas.
The idea is simple. In addition to classical learning. Why not let the students invent their own assignments and problems. The idea is that they learn to use their creative side. In math they could create relevant and interesting examples themselves and let their peers solve them. I think this might be a good way to engage the students. So don’t let the students be just math consumers.
This idea is inspired by painting. My experience is that when you paint. You make alterations based on feelings. If the drawing doesn’t feel quite right you make an alteration until everything feels right. Thinking about feelings. Everything we do generates a feeling within us. I don’t think that it’s just for show. When a person designs a product he looks at it and feels. If he then makes a prediction on what the changes should be to amplify that good feeling. Is he not optimizing that product with a feeling as a base? My idea is then that we might be able to capture or computer recognize that feeling and others with machine learning. Then we could have the computer make optimizations based on feelings. That is. The computer makes alterations to the design to maximize the specific “feeling” we want.
The idea is very simple. Divide the large cookie containers into singles or dual cookies wrapped in some foil paper. Sell this beside the chocolate bars and you can get a much healthier alternative to ordinary candy. Healthier because of the real ingredients like real sugar and flower. I believe this will be a win win for the consumers and for the cookie manufacturers. Single cookies will yield more money per cookie and the consumers will feel more healthy eating a non chocolate health-cookie.