Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium: Causal Entropic Forces

Causal Entropic Forces
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Hewlett 200
Alex Wissner-Gross (Harvard)
Abstract / Description: 

Recent advances in fields ranging from cosmology to computer science have hinted at a possible deep connection between intelligence and entropy maximization, but no formal physical relationship between them has yet been established. In this talk, we present recent advances toward such a relationship in the form of a causal generalization of entropic forces that we find can cause a variety of rich cognitive adaptive behaviors -- including the passing of multiple animal intelligence tests, human game playing, and profitable financial trading -- to spontaneously emerge in simple physical and digital systems. Our results suggest a potentially general thermodynamic model of adaptive behavior as a nonequilibrium process in open systems.


Held Tuesdays at 4:15 pm, in the William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, room 200 (see map). Refreshments in the lobby of Varian Physics at 4:00 pm.

Autumn 2014/15, Committee: A. Linde (Chair), L. Hollberg, B. Macintosh & Young Lee