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.
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
1. Physical, paper books with embedded hyperlinks, via Michelle Dawson.
2. Why it's hard to find good teachers in China.
3. How they are improving Rybka.
4. Baseball markets in everything edition, unused ticket edition.
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?
1. Transcript of Bob Lucas talk, with eminent questioners and, at one point, Bob Lucas falling down the stairs.2. Bloggingheads.TV between Mark Thoma and Scott Sumner.3. What Larry Summers learned at a hedge fund.
1. All of sociology in one short blog post.2. New economics blog on political ignorance.3. $500 billion for the FDIC, ho-hum. Fortunately it is just "a loan."4. Lying with your writing, and Robin Hanson's new favorite book.