The Power of Mental Modeling and the Limits of AI


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By HBR Presents / Azeem Azhar. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Kenneth Cukier, senior editor at the Economist, and Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger, professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the University of Oxford, argue that because AI systems have no causal model of the world, they lack the human capacity for imagination and decision-making. Azeem Azhar explores their contention that we should not rely on AI to provide solutions to our problems. Rather we should systematically challenge how we frame our problems in order to produce breakthrough insights and innovations — then use AI to help enact those solutions.

They also discuss:

  • How “reframing” old technologies unleashed advances for SpaceX, Apple, Spotify and others.
  • How proper framing empowered New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to battle Covid-19 in her country.
  • Why you should not think “outside the box,” but instead “switch boxes.”


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