Daniel Kahneman has a new book coming out, a copy of the prologue is currently available here.
I’ve been throwing the term ‘noise’ around for the last, oh, 4 ish years in kind of a “Wag the Dog” sense, but the refinement that Kahneman provides gives an even greater sense of urgency to the act of recognizing noise.
I generally find myself biased against algorithms for their lack of ‘humanity,’ which implies a mix of bias, noise, and the je ne sais quoi that make us what we are. That algorithms provide the advantage of noiselessness is something I’ve largely underrated; I usually jump to the idea that an algorithm should be taking someone’s job: appraiser, mortgage lender, etc.
I also find ‘noise’ to be a much kinder description of the variability of responses to situations that I normally equate to hangriness, hormones, sleep deprivation and/or a lack of exercise.
In sum, I’ll read the book and will spend much more time thinking about overcoming noise in all aspects of life.