Every year in mid- to late summer, cognitive scientists from around the world gather expectantly in a hotel foyer or a university courtyard, eager to learn that year’s winner of the David E. Rumelhart Prize. Established in 2001, the yearly award honors “an individual or collaborative team making a significant contemporary contribution to the theoretical foundations of human cognition.” The award includes $100,000 and a custom bronze medal. It’s the closest thing you’ll find to a Nobel Prize in cognitive science, the interdisciplinary study of the mind that arose after the “cognitive revolution” of the 1950s and 60s.
This year’s winner, announced last Friday in Quebec City at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, is Michael Jordan. (No, not that Michael Jordan.)
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