Foldit….human pattern recognition trumps algorithms…

One of my tenets is that creating tools that help people recognize patterns can create better results than creating an algorithm than cannot take into account all the parameters of a situation.  Just like the saying “One picture is worth a thousand words”, you could say that ‘one person is worth a million lines of code’.   An algorithm sees only a shadow, a projection of a few dimensions of the reality of a situation.

People are limited in dimensions they see also, but they can handle variation, and alter the dimensions they focus on in a matter of seconds or minutes, whereas a computer algorithm could take a year to code to do the same thing (if it can be coded at all).

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About Brian D Gregory MD, MBA

Board Certified Anesthesiologist for 30 years. TOC design and implement for 30 years. MBA from U of Georgia '90: Finance, Data Management, Risk Management. Practiced in multiple US states and Saudi Arabia at KFSH&RC and KFMC Taught residents in two locations. Worked with CRNAs for 20 years.
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