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“The Technological Singularity” by Murray Shanahan 2015

This post is still in very rough shape, to say the least.  It is basically just a set of notes that I took on the book when I read it.  You might be able to get something out of these notes with a bit of struggle though.  I apologize.   I’ll get back to whipping this post into more…… Continue reading “The Technological Singularity” by Murray Shanahan 2015

Artificial Intelligence · Information Technology

What can old-fashioned AI tell us about the brain

This is a review of the book Common Sense, The Turning Test and the Quest for Real AI by Hector Levesque, Copyright 2017. In the last few years artificial intelligence, or AI, has been growing and progressing by leaps and bounds.  Hardly a week goes by without an announcement of some kind of big AI breakthrough .  For example, we…… Continue reading What can old-fashioned AI tell us about the brain

Information Technology

Information: a history, a theory, a flood

Review of The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick. James Gleick’s book The Information is more that a simple history of information theory or a simple history of the computer.  It is actually a sweeping philosophical dissertation  on what he calls The Information.  And he is not talking about information, but The…… Continue reading Information: a history, a theory, a flood

Filter Bubbles · Information Technology

The Dangers of Social Media

Review of  #Republic: Divided Democracy in the age of Social Media by Cass R. Sunstein. Cass Sunstein is a legal scholar who often writes in the fields of law and the environment and behavioral economics.  I think he is one of the most innovative thinkers in America.  He often writes about threats to American Democracy and…… Continue reading The Dangers of Social Media