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An Information-Theoretic Analysis of Flexible Efficient Cognition for Persistent Sustainable Production

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, VTT, FI-02044 Espoo, Finland
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Entropy 2020, 22(4), 444; https://doi.org/10.3390/e22040444
Received: 4 March 2020 / Revised: 27 March 2020 / Accepted: 13 April 2020 / Published: 14 April 2020
Amidst certainty, efficiency can improve sustainability by reducing resource consumption. However, flexibility is needed to be able to survive when uncertainty increases. Apropos, sustainable production cannot persist in the long-term without having both flexibility and efficiency. Referring to cognitive science to inform the development of production systems is well established. However, recent research in cognitive science encompassing flexibility and efficiency in brain functioning have not been considered previously. In particular, research by others that encompasses information (I), information entropy (H), relative entropy (D), transfer entropy (TE), and brain entropy. By contrast, in this paper, flexibility and efficiency for persistent sustainable production is analyzed in relation to these information theory applications in cognitive science and is quantified in terms of information. Thus, this paper is consistent with the established practice of referring to cognitive science to inform the development of production systems. However, it is novel in addressing the need to combine flexibility and efficiency for persistent sustainability in terms of cognitive functioning as modelled with information theory. View Full-Text
Keywords: brain entropy; cognitive entropy; efficiency; flexibility; production distributions; relative entropy; sustainability; trade-offs; transfer entropy brain entropy; cognitive entropy; efficiency; flexibility; production distributions; relative entropy; sustainability; trade-offs; transfer entropy
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Fox, S.; Kotelba, A. An Information-Theoretic Analysis of Flexible Efficient Cognition for Persistent Sustainable Production. Entropy 2020, 22, 444.

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