6.xxx (AKA 6.803 and 6.833)

The Human Intelligence Enterprise: 2017

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General Project Instructions
Updated 21 March 2017

General

You do a project only if you are registered for the graduate version, 6.833. You discharge your project obligation as follows:

Project proposal descriptions

You are to prepare a ascii text file—no doc, pdf, weird characters, ect.— with prescribed xml tags because that eliminates the time I would otherwise spend getting everything in a uniform format. Here is the template with the prescribed xml tags:

 
<project>  
<student>...</student>  
<title>...</title>  
<vision>  
... 
</vision>  
<type>  
... 
</type>  
<steps>  
<ul>  
<li>  
... 
</li> <li> 
... 
</li> <li> 
... 
</li> 
</ul>  
</steps>  
<contributions>  
<ul> 
<li> 
... 
</li><li> 
... 
</li> 
</ul> 
</contributions>   
</project> 

And here is a representative sample. Contributions are anticipated contributions, hence phrased in past tense.

 
<project>  
<student>Alan Turing and Marvin Minsky</student>  
<title>The Effect of Linguistic Expression on Memory</title>  
<vision>  
If we are to understand the role of language in forming memories, then we need to 
understand how our discussion of a written work increases our ability to recall the 
content later. 
</vision>  
<type>  
Pilot experiment. 
</type>  
<steps>  
<ul>  
<li>  
Subjects will be asked to read a short story.  Subjects in a control group will not be 
required to answer any questions.  One test group will be asked questions in written 
form, and the second group will have a discussion with us about the work. 
</li> <li> 
A week later, we will call back the subjects and ask them questions about the reading. 
Questions will vary in terms of difficulty in order to determine how much each subject 
actually remembers. 
</li>  
<li> 
We will draw conclusions from this data about whether the subjects that wrote or  
spoke about the work better remember details of the story.</li>  
</ul>  
</steps>  
<contributions>  
<ul> 
<li> 
Collected and analyzed data relevant to establishing whether written or oral exercise of 
language aids recall. 
</li><li> 
Demonstrated that exercising the language faculty increases (or does not increase) a subject's story recall.  
</li> 
</ul> 
</contributions>   
</project> 

FAQ

What sort of project can I do?

Projects can be, but are not limited to, any of the following types:

One possibility, cutting across all types, is to do something relevant to Patrick's Genesis project. You can get a general idea of what is going on by reading the genesis papers.

What about...