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Why embracing failure, mistakes and forgetfulness is key to success


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Why embracing failure, mistakes and forgetfulness is key to success

Making mistakes helps us learn and get better at stuff, says neuroscientist Henning Beck, but be wary of thinking what works for humans will work for AI Mind 6 November 2019 As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I wrote a science “book” about the human body when I…

Why embracing failure, mistakes and forgetfulness is key to success

Making mistakes helps us learn and get better at stuff, says neuroscientist Henning Beck, but be wary of thinking what works for humans will work for AI



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6 November 2019

Henning Beck

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I wrote a science “book” about the human body when I was 8 years old. I think I always wanted to explain things.

In your latest book, you say that making mistakes is good. Why?

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Consider the alternative: if we never made any mistakes and followed the rules perfectly, we would never visit anywhere new. Breaking rules and making mistakes push the boundary of human knowledge.

How did you end up in neuroscience?

The brain is the …

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