Constructing Intelligence

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About a year ago, I was tossing around an idea for a short science fiction story.  The plot was fairly simple: a computer scientist dedicates his life to researching artificial intelligence.  Around the time that he has a breakthrough in his research, he learns that he has a terminal illness, and he only has 6 […]

I Hate Schemas

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I was planning to write this post in a few days, but I figured it was an appropriate follow-up to my previous post.  I hate schemas.  And when I say “I hate schemas”, I actually mean that they make me noticeably angry.  Sure, I don’t become “punch grandma in the face” angry, but my typing […]

What is “The Model” ?

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The following is an e-mail response that I sent out to some colleagues earlier today.  Although some of the context is missing (ex: “what model?”), I think that most of this e-mail is still understandable.  It really summarizes a number of my thoughts about computers and the universe in general.  So, without further ado:   […]

Consistency — and Completeness — are Overrated

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I know I’ve hinted at these thoughts before, and I may have even explicitly declared them in a few posts.  But, for the record, I believe that neither Consistency nor Completeness are worthwhile ideals for any axiomatic system.  In fact, I believe that our own universe is just an asymptotically consistent and complete system.  (Again, […]

Majority Rule is Flawed

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The more I think about the previous entry, the more I realize that majority rule is flawed. Is it really necessary for martyrs to appear to push the majority in the correct direction? Why can’t we simply recognize what these people are doing for us and trust their decisions? There must be a better decision […]

The Voice of the Majority

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I don’t want to sound like I oppose Democracy, but I question how effective the popular vote really is. Consider what would happen if we allowed first graders to vote on what they will do in school. Obviously, they’d vote to have recess every class, and no one would actually learn anything. They might have […]