Sunday, July 27, 2008

Life recording and Infinite regress

What if you could record your life all the time? You would then start reviewing those recordings so you could improve at whatever you do. And then you would obviously want to improve your reviewing process (as its something you do) so you could become better at whatever you were doing in the first place. This could go on for a while.

Likely the law of diminishing returns would kick in and you would stop before too many meta layers. How do we as intelligent beings so effortlessly make these decisions? Just reading this probably makes you wonder what kind of idiot I am for even positing such an absurd situation. Maybe we are protected by a mechanism of boredom. Seems like this would be an effective deterrent to the infinite regress in many forms. How would you design a machine that gets bored? Or I suppose this is the same question as how do you build a machine that has interests?