How to effectively stop the news additcion

2017-01-02 11:00:00 +0100

It is at this time of the year that new years resolutions face the difficulty of actually being implemented. If your resolution is to kick the habit of reading so many news, this post is for you.

The obsession with online news is a nasty affliction, as it not only steals our time, but also saps our life energy by filling us with pessimism and a feeling of impending doom. To add insult to injury, our online behavior is monitored all the while with the express intent of making us spend more time reading online news.

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Robotic web surfers

2016-12-22 10:44:00 +0100

How do you like this weird planet, where robotic web surfers spend time clicking on advertising videos? And make their overlords 5 million dollars a day? (yes, 5.0e6 $ a day!)

But let us ignore the money here. I think it kind of unfortunate that we don’t have nice publications and professorial careers around the research and development needed to pull this off. It would be seriously rad to read about the technical details of this in stilted language pressed into an Elevier layout.

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Autonomous cars disappointing?

2016-12-19 10:44:00 +0100

This week has had a few interesting news which, perhaps, suggest that the autonomous car fantasy may be starting to slowly come appart.

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Misunderestimating Artificial Intelligence

2016-12-10 00:00:00 +0100

(Yes, that word.)

Let us consider an animistic perspective on AI: Just like the patterns a shaman perfroms in a raindance are intended to summon the rain, the patterns we imprint onto the memories of our silicon chips are intended to summon something from The Beyond. We want intelligent beings. This is especially true when the patterns are in the form of neural networks. The equation is

( Goofy bio-metaphor + mountains of data ) times lots of computing power = magic beings summoned

Now, let’s not be unkind.

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