1. Via Michelle Dawson, Turing maps (for the best ones you have to click through the links).2. Via Kat Walsh, Ayn Rand sez.3. Overcoming Bias blog now seems to be Robin Hanson solo.4. Why does Germany love Donald Duck?5. "a blogger for The Atlantic."
1 Randall Wright has a new on-line course.
2. Cass Sunstein on Whittaker Chambers vs. Ayn Rand.
3. Oliver Burkeman’s The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking is now out in paperback.
Shortly after they met, Peggy and Robin decided to read each other’s favorite works of literature. Peggy asked Robin to read “The Brothers Karamazov,” and he asked her to read “The Lord of the Rings.” She hated it. “I asked him why he loved it, and he said: ‘Because it’s so full of detail. This guy has invented this whole world.’ He asked me why I hated it, and I said: ‘Because it’s so full of detail. There was nowhere for the reader to imagine her own interpretation.’ ” Robin, less one for telling stories, describes their early days more succinctly.
In the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” when Toula was a little girl, she sat alone in the school cafeteria, frizzy haired, big nosed, and unpopular. The blonde girls at the next table asked her what she was eating, and Toula quietly said “moussaka.” The popular girls laughed cruelly, saying “Ewwww, ”moose caca!”” (more)
1. Where did the genius of the Polgar sisters come from?
2. Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom says the discovery of fossilized complex life on another world “would be by far the worst news ever printed on a newspaper cover.” On Robin Hanson’s “great filter” theory.
That is a new paper of mine, co-authored with Michelle Dawson. There is much more to Turing's classic essay than meets the eye. The famous "test" is not a standard for distinguishing human from machine intelligence but rather one step in an argument showing that such a distinction is not as important as we might think. Turing cleverly shows why the supposed test is misleading and the real qu
A programme that convinced humans that it was a 13-year-old boy has become the first computer ever to pass the Turing Test. The test — which requires that computers are indistinguishable from humans — is considered a landmark in the development of artificial intelligence, but academics have warned that the technology could be used for cybercrime.
With two new biographies being covered in all the major newspapers, The Daily Show, and elsewhere Ayn Rand is in the news. Yet all of the reviews that I have seen have focused on her personal life rather than her ideas. Nearly five years ago Tyler and I both wrote on Rand's ideas on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of her birth. It seems like a good time to reprise. Here is
1. China theory of the day: The Chinese save so much to compete for mates. Should I believe it?2. Paying interest on reserves, and why it should be easy to end nascent inflationary pressures. Do I believe it?