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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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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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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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Every Time I Fire a Linguist Someone Cooks Me a Delicious Osso Buco

My career as an artificial intelligence engineer began in a master’s program in linguistics. There I memorized the International Phonetic Alphabet, played hunt-the-allophone, read the literature on control verbs and code switching, and generally made a good faith effort to … Continue reading

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Haiku From the Golden Age of Computing

You’ve already seen this. Just wanted to get them all in one place. Continue reading

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Word Vectors, Gender Bias, and Postmodern Computing

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

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For the Sake of the King

Write a computer program to play chess. It doesn’t have to play particularly well, just display an ability comparable to the average human being who has some aptitude for the game. What is the point of that? Computers have been … Continue reading

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