Memory as Bayesian inference: On the connection between memory and the second law of thermodynamics

@inproceedings{Hodson2016MemoryAB,
  title={Memory as Bayesian inference: On the connection between memory and the second law of thermodynamics},
  author={Wade Daniel Hodson},
  year={2016}
}
A recent theoretical paper by Leonard Mlodinow and Todd Brun suggests that the functioning of physical records or “memories” is never accompanied by a decrease in entropy, meaning that all memories “align” with the thermodynamic arrow of time. In this thesis, we characterize a class of physical systems as memories in terms of inferences that can be made about the state of the world, given certain information about these systems. Tools from Bayesian probability theory are used to quantify the… CONTINUE READING