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Applying CSI to Practical Engineering Problems

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Next up in the Engineering and Metaphysics conference lineup is Eric Holloway’s talk on using ID concepts in engineering to solve problems. Holloway did an experiment to see whether or not he could garnish more information about a search space from an agent than from a machine. His results were lackluster (for a variety of reasons, not least of which that he couldn’t tell for sure if his subjects were machines or humans), but I think that his approach is quite worthwhile, and worth taking a look at. I think we’ll see a lot more from Holloway in the future, and I think up-and-coming ID’ers could learn a lot from his experimental approach. I think with some improvements his basic outline will become foundational to experimental and applied ID work. This is discussed at length in the Q&A on the video.

Also, while I will probably also highly posts from his blog separately as I have time, you should know that he has an excellent blog – Applied Intelligent Design.

Finally, if you have trouble with the video, the direct link to YouTube is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwRT-32IS2E.

6 Replies to “Applying CSI to Practical Engineering Problems

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    kairosfocus says:

    JB:

    Do you have slides, notes or a base paper?

    For future reference, pardon my presumption, I think a base paper — with abstract + key words — and slide show as well as a poster should be “standard requisites.”

    In effect, for an academic conference, I prefer talks to be the presented highlights of a base paper; built up from especially the abstract, introductory remarks and discussion, summarising key reasoning and results with graphics.

    Failing this, a transcript of the talks, done up as an ex post facto paper, could be used. (I would insist on the abstract with key words and poster as preparation for the talk. They allow participants to understand what is going on. For preference, I personally like a short paragraph length synopsis also, maybe 50 – 80 words. And of course, the about presenter should not be overlooked.)

    I hope I don’t sound too pedantic in putting it this way, but a conference done like this is in effect a live form peer-reviwed journal issue.

    If a full-bore compendium of proceedings [perhaps as further edited] is not forthcoming from a standard press, could a first, rough draft be done online as an electronic publication, in relevant format? I think PDF and EPUB should be great.

    Indeed, such could even initially be sold as an advanced reader copy, i.e. pre-print.

    The “poor man’s way” to build up and publish a library of resources that have passed peer review . . .

    KF

    PS: A similar approach to an educational seminar looks like a way to do a textbook or at least a course reader. Of course, I would add discussion questions and suggested independent work assignments and/or micro-projects.

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    kairosfocus says:

    PPS: What of time taken to solve? Algors were presumably created across decades, did intuitive opportunity recognition reach the boundary of best so far quickly?

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    kuartus says:

    Kairosfocus, I believe johnnyb mentioned that there will be a proceedings volume coming soon. Hope its not too pricey.

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    kairosfocus says:

    Okie doke. Thanks.

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