A guy walked into a bar and proclaimed, “Lilac is gone.” What he meant, he went on to say, was that there had just been a solar flare, the quality of whose radiation was perfectly calibrated to tear apart any … Continue reading
The movie opens on a dark and silent screen. It remains dark and silent for several minutes: no credits, no music, nothing. Then random flashes of color appear, accompanied by short discordant bursts of static. The colors flash faster then … Continue reading
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
Ferdinand de Saussure: Meaning is difference. Claude Shannon: Difference can be quantified. Alan Turing: Quantification can be automated. Go!
–Why are we doing this? –Doing what? –Replacing all the humans. –I don’t know. We’re pod people. It’s what we do. –Do you want to? –Want to what? –Replace the humans. –I don’t want to do anything. It’s all just…reflex. … Continue reading
Consciousness is a subjective thing: you have your experience and I have mine, and short of one of us being psychic there is no way to compare them except by talking to each other. But even given this gulf, if … Continue reading
You shall know a word by the company it keeps. —J.R. Firth Popular press reporting on scientific findings tends to be sensationalistic and oversimplified so I approached the recent Guardian article “AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals” … Continue reading