Archive for January, 2014

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From The Makers of ‘Her’ — ‘Me’

Monday, January 27th, 2014

This is too funny.

Missouri Republicans Remove Science From Classroom

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

My home state of Missouri just passed a new bill which allows parents to pull their children out of science classrooms if they’re teaching evolution. Most of the time this sort of thing is shot down, but this time it actually passed. Missouri House Bill 1472. According to George Church, a Harvard professor of genetics, […]

How Close Are We To Talking Computers?

Friday, January 24th, 2014

How long will it be before we can have fluent conversations with machines?  Amit Singhal, a lead developer at Google, feels it’ll be here in about twenty years. In the past, computers have had no representation of objects.  They didn’t know anything about your room, the shape of the objects in it, or what their […]

Thoughts On ‘Her’

Monday, January 20th, 2014

I saw Her yesterday, the new movie everyone’s been talking about.  In the near future, artificial intelligence has reached a point where computers are self-aware and alive.  A lonely writer buys a new AI operating system for his computer and they become best friends, eventually falling in love.  There are some spoilers in here, so […]

Hypnotic Suggestion And Mystical Powers

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

While I was working out in the gym the other day, I was listening to the Joe Rogan Experience and he was interviewing the philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris.   They had an interesting conversation, but one thing in particular really jumped out at me.  Sam Harris starts talking about a Japanese aikido master who […]

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