Cognitive Psychologist Jones Presented with Early Career Award
Computers are making our lives more efficient and productive than ever, but we still want them to be faster, smarter, more powerful. The key, says cognitive psychologist and Early Career Investigator Award winner Michael Jones, is right under our noses, or actually above them: teach computers to think more like the human brain.
“The brain has been optimized by evolution to handle massive information processing problems,” explains Jones, an associate professor at Indiana University at Bloomington. In contrast, he says “even the world’s most sophisticated supercomputers still can’t solve some problems that my 3-year old daughter naturally gets.” That’s because most computer systems are designed to solve a single task or set of tasks, and they aren’t very good at transferring knowledge to other problems.
Above: Dr. Michael Jones (left) was presented with the FABBS Foundation Early Career Investigator Award by Dr. Kay Livesay, Society for Computers in Psychology President, at the SCiP conference in November in Toronto.