Recently, I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the stuff I put into my brain.
Let me tell you why….
Two years ago, Microsoft released a twitter bot named Tay.
Tay was supposed to use artificial intelligence to engage in intelligent-sounding discussions on Twitter.
Pretty cool. Except when it all goes wrong.
You see, the way Tay and other AI systems work is they take a lot of content (millions of tweets, for example) and run them through an artificial neural network to “learn” from the content.
Eventually, given enough data, the algorithm learns how to produce more of the same content (new original tweets).
Here’s what happened to Tay.
A bunch of trolls started tweeting Tay with offensive racist and sexist messages. And that content started affecting the algorithm.
Pretty quickly, Tay started posting extremely offensive stuff.
That’s the weakness with these learning algorithms – they need good inputs to produce good output.
What’s interesting though is that artificial neural networks like the ones that Tay used are just an attempt to duplicate how the human mind operates.
That means that the human brain likely works similarly to how Tay worked – we watch the world around us and consume information (in the form of experiences, but also stories, books, movies and thoughts), and produce learning from these experiences.
And, just like with an AI, if you fill your mind with poor quality content, your brain will produce poor quality thoughts.
And on the contrary, if you fill your mind up with high quality content, you will wind up with high quality thoughts.
Most of the stuff on the news and TV these days is low quality content. It’s the opinions of people who aren’t very smart, or fiction written by people who only want to entertain.
Not to mention the advertising and blatant deception that is prevalent.
You don’t want to program your neural network with that content.
Instead, focus your attention on the kind of content that lifts you up. Focus on reality and getting real life experience. Focus on the facts. When you seek out stories, focus on true stories of people who inspire you. When you seek out opinions, get the opinions of the brightest, most successful people you can learn from – people who have real experience, and who have achieved what you want to achieve.
And if you run out of high quality stuff to read, read the old stuff over again rather than resorting to low quality information.
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