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    feeding into a virtuous cycle

    Salaam
    What does "feeding into a virtuous cycle" mean in the following text please? Does it address an effective interaction between the two fields?

    "At the time, neuroscientists had yet to figure out the mechanisms within the brain that allow animals to learn in this way. But Minsky was still able to loosely mimic the behavior, thereby advancing artificial intelligence. Several decades later, as reinforcement learning continued to mature, it in turn helped the field of neuroscience discover those mechanisms, feeding into a virtuous cycle of advancement between the two fields." (Source)
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    Re: feeding into a virtuous cycle

    feeding into: promoting

    virtuous cycle: This is a play on words. The standard phrase is "vicious cycle", but that has negative connotations. Thus, here the author uses a word that sounds like "vicious" but that has a clear positive sense. This is a good cycle where each field was helping advance the other.

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    Re: feeding into a virtuous cycle

    I see you posted the same question here.

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