Sunday, 20 July 2014


Today, let's talk about importance of boredom in an "unsupervised intelligent entities in time".

Let me first elaborate on what are "unsupervised intelligent entities". As humans are good at understanding things by giving examples, the only available example of this, as per my knowledge: "Living Organism". Let's exclude all and talk about 'us', humans.

We evolved from primordial soup. I don't know if it was designed/started by some intelligent entity, but I do know that we have potential to make AI. Anyway, in evolution there is struggle for existence. Each entity has some potential and intelligence which helped them. Although ultimately only intelligence would matter, but so far body and intelligence both has mattered.

Now after setting the context let's talk about the importance of boredom. Boredom is just a feeling. And feeling has so far been very elusive (Buddha described feelings as perception of thoughts on body, that is bodily sensation which we feel due to certain thoughts). So let's talk about it in what is the purpose which it serves? When we feel fear, we take steps for protection. When we feel happy, we note that this is what gives me happiness and so I will do it again and again. But 'boredom' is a special feeling.

Let's try to break down intelligence. It is nothing, but a search (and heuristics are major component of time bound search). Now, in day-to-day life the entities needs to take decision and needs to reach a conclusion. For that, they use search (or their intelligence). But in real world time is limited. The response needs to come in real time. So heuristics are important. But imagine starting of evolution. At that time heuristics were not coded, they also evolved!!! For brain it was very easy to stuck in infinite iteration (in supervised code this happens, so what to speak of unsupervised ones). So only those entities survived which circumvent this problem. For this, a part of brain watched at signals or patterns generated by another. And if it finds the task repetitive it knows that something is wrong, so it lowers the importance of that task.

Usually this is not noticeable (and I doubt in lower species this noticeable at any point). But if there are not other tasks, than it becomes noticeable in form of : 'Boredom'.

So next time when you feel bored, think about what all tricks your mind is playing, and ya it's a survival instinct.