Learning to Make the Right Mistakes - a Brief Comparison Between Human Perception and Multimodal LMs
Mayukh Deb discusses the "right mistakes."
Imagine you’re chilling in your little log cabin in the woods all alone. As you start with the 2nd book of the week on a December evening, you hear some heavy foot-steps nearby. You run to the window to see what it was. Through the window, you see a large and seemingly furry silhouette fade into the dark woods just beyond the front yard. The information you received from your environment screams of a bigfoot encounter, but your rational mind tells you that it is far more likely that it’s just an overly enthusiastic hiker passing by.
You just successfully made the “right mistake” by assuming that it's probably just a hiker, even though the information you have suggests otherwise. Your mind found a “rational explanation” to the raw information thanks to the years of experience you have in the woods.
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