Author Archives: W.P. McNeill

Apex Fiction

Warning: spoilers for 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Terminator, Colussus: The Forbin Project, Demon Seed, Tau, Transcendence, and Ex Machina follow. Greetings, Computer Overlords The Singularity—the notion that intelligent computers will be able to build even more intelligent computers, kicking … Continue reading

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Final Destination VI

A group of high school seniors are about to board a bus to take them on a class trip when one of them, Heather, has a premonition of a horrible accident. She convinces three of her friends—her boyfriend Todd, her … Continue reading

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R-E-S-P-Etc.

In “The Performance of Transgender Inclusion” history professor Jen Manion disparages the new practice in academic meetings and the like of going round the room asking everyone their preferred gender pronoun. Though well-intentioned, Manion argues, this ends up being a … Continue reading

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Word Vectors Make all the Différance

A big thing in machine learning-driven artificial intelligence for language processing right now is word embedding vectors. The word cat is represented to the computer not as a string of letters c-a-t, nor as an item in a vocabulary (which … Continue reading

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1979

Leonid Brezhnev sat in the small theater at the back of the State Cultural Intelligence Agency, receiving his periodic briefing on western media. Up on the screen an Englishman in oversized spectacles (Elton John–though that wasn’t his real name) sat … Continue reading

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Intension and Extension in Python

{n|0≤n<20 . n is even} intension = (n for n in range(20) if n % 2 == 0) <generator object> extension = list(intension) [0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18]

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Wifey

Part of speech. Part of life. Continue reading

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