Category Archives: Artificial Intelligence

Michael Anissimov: Luddite

That’s right, it’s a throwdown. I’m calling him out. He may be one of my favorite people, but what else am I going to say when he writes something like this? Another product called “Tesla”, Nvidia is selling supercomputers up to 250 times faster than standard PCs and workstations for just $10,000. I’d prefer if […]

What We Didn’t Think to Ask

How about a computer program that can compete with human beings in a game of Jeopardy: For decades, humans have struggled to create machines that can extract meaning from human language, with all its messiness, subtle context, humor, and irony. Traditional approaches require a great deal of manual work up front to render material understandable […]

What We Didn't Think to Ask

How about a computer program that can compete with human beings in a game of Jeopardy: For decades, humans have struggled to create machines that can extract meaning from human language, with all its messiness, subtle context, humor, and irony. Traditional approaches require a great deal of manual work up front to render material understandable […]

As Human as We Need to Be

At H+, Ben Goertzel has a review of the new Ray Kurzweil bio documentary Transcendent Man. Ben’s review makes me all the more eager to see the film. I’m hoping there’s a screening in the Denver area soon. Here’ the trailer: This section of the review particularly caught my attention: “Ray, as you know, I’m […]

Computer Program Self-Discovers Laws of Physics

I can’t remember if this one was the same article mentioned by Michael D. on FastForward Radio, but I find it fitting to post this right after my last entry. Imagine this capability combined with Wolfram/Alpha. Imagine the trends and tendencies in nature and in human society it will be able to deduce that we […]

A Different Idea About Retirement

Well, as Harvey observes in the comments to my March on Washington post, it looks like my suggestion that we raise the retirement age has not been greeted with too much enthusiasm. I can’t blame people for not being excited about the idea of a delayed retirement. However, I did think people would have more […]

Looking into the Mind’s Eye

This is just about as astounding as it gets: Scientists extract images directly from brain Researchers from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed new brain analysis technology that can reconstruct the images inside a person’s mind and display them on a computer monitor, it was announced on December 11. According to the researchers, further […]

Looking into the Mind's Eye

This is just about as astounding as it gets: Scientists extract images directly from brain Researchers from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed new brain analysis technology that can reconstruct the images inside a person’s mind and display them on a computer monitor, it was announced on December 11. According to the researchers, further […]

All In

Just saw this Facebook notification for our FFR chat host Michael Darling: Michael went all-in in Texas Hold ‘Em Poker and won $2,441 chips in one hand. World-class playing! Not bad at all! Unfortunately, a few minutes later this notice appeared: Michael bet their way to success in Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, walking away with […]

What’s with the ‘God’ Angle?

A startling headline, no doubt: Self-assembling computer circuits, who needs God? And a pretty amazing story to go with it: On a cross between physics, chemistry, biology and what some could possibly call blasphemy, European scientists have developed a self-assembling integrated circuit, an important step towards the ultimate goal: self-assembling computers. According to Geoff Brumfiel […]