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Homework 2

Problem 1. What are three questions you would be interested in asking Professor Minsky about Chapters 2 and 3 of The Emotion Machine?

Problem 2. _____________is the process of tracing the provenance of a action that resulted in a success or failure and modifying the responsible resources so that they will be used or avoided in similar future problems.

Problem 3. What role does pleasure play in Minsky’s theory of credit assignment?

Problem 4. In §3.5 Minsky1 writes that humor can be seen as a by-product of acquiring negative expertise. Do you agree? Write a joke and try to identify the negative expertise it contains.

Problem 5. Give three examples situations where you could use emotional exploitation.

1Also see: Minsky, Marvin. “Jokes and Their Relation to the Cognitive Unconscious.” AI Memo no. 603. November, 1980.

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