Episode 39: Byrne’s Methodology for Discovering Animal Insight (part 3)

In episode 39, Richard Byrne has spent his whole career trying to determine when animals learned to ‘think.’ We discuss Richard Byrne’s methodology for determining which animals have what he calls ‘insight’ (the ability to utilize mental models) and why his methodology is awesomely Popperian. Then we go over many examples of animal behavior that can’t be explained via genetic programming or trial-and-error learning. We also compare machine learning and animal intelligence and why animal intelligence is beyond our current machine learning capabilities.


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