But the Turing test cuts both ways. You can’t tell if a machine has gotten smarter or if you’ve just lowered your own standards of intelligence to such a degree that the machine seems smart. If you can have a conversation with a simulated person presented by an AI program, can you tell how far you’ve let your sense of personhood degrade in order to make the illusion work for you? Jaron Lanier ☀
The idea that a computer might know you better than you know yourself may sound preposterous, but take stock of your life for a moment. How many years of credit card transactions, emails, Facebook likes, and digital photographs are sitting on some company’s servers right now, feeding algorithms about your preferences and habits? What would your first move be if you were in a new city and lost your smartphone? I think mine would be to borrow someone else’s smartphone and then get Google to help me rewire the missing circuits of my digital self. Ed Finn ☀
If anyone has tried—successfully or unsuccessfully—to make this change, I’d enjoy hearing about it.
I have been using a trackpad on my home setup for over a year now (haven’t changed my work setup but am leaning to converting there too, ever more likely with each passing day).
Some tips and notes:
There is a distinction between “tap” and “click” — initially (don’t know if this is default now on Mavericks), default is set to “click” which may be off putting to many (it was to a co-worker until I showed her how to modify this).
Heavy computer use would always result in mouse hand pain — but not true anymore, trackpad is so natural, feels like more intuitive extension to keyboard…
…except for copy and paste which required cognitive retraining which is still ongoing. Almost as fluid now as with the mouse but it took some getting used to — (I use the thumb to “start” the select and then “drag” with middle finger)’
But just about all other actions (including many not possible or only with tricked-out mouse and/or mechanics) much more natural on trackpad — scrolling with inertia (which I’m convinced most Windows users have no inkling of), “right” clicking (two finger tap for me), back/forward navigation, etc.
…artificial intelligence is a slippery term. It could refer to just getting machines to do things that seem intelligent on the surface, such as playing chess well or translating from one language to another on a superficial level—things that are impressive if you don’t look at the details. In that sense, we’ve already created what some people call artificial intelligence. But if you mean a machine that has real intelligence, that is thinking—that’s inaccurate. Watson is basically a text search algorithm connected to a database just like Google search. It doesn’t understand what it’s reading. In fact, read is the wrong word. It’s not reading anything because it’s not comprehending anything. Watson is finding text without having a clue as to what the text means. In that sense, there’s no intelligence there. It’s clever, it’s impressive, but it’s absolutely vacuous. Douglas Hofstadter ☀
A single 320-megabyte microchip requires at least 72 grams of chemicals, 700 grams of elemental gasses, 32,000 grams of water, and 1200 grams of fossil fuels. Another 440 grams of fossil fuels are used to operate the chip during its typical life span – four years of operation for three hours a day… Brenna Cussen Anglada ☀
As Marc Andreessen says, software is eating the world. It’s a creative gale of destruction that irreversibly changes every industry it touches, and if you don’t control the software, the software controls you. It mediates how and with whom you communicate, what news you see, and what other software you’re able to run. It influences the very way your brain works, as you process the creative gale of distraction that interrupts us all hundreds of times each day. With every ping, software burrows deeper into our lives. Matt Mullenweg ☀
I bet you think the mobile internet is open. That if you write the next great mobile app there is nothing that can stop it from fulfilling its destiny. That if you create a mobile content app that blows away netflix there is nothing that can stop it. Wrong. App Neutrality Should be Part of the Net Neutrality Discussion ☀
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