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Kurt GödelAs I peruse through biographies of the lives of philosophers, scientists, mathematicians, and other researchers, I find myself fascinated. I wonder how their hometowns, education backgrounds, and people they've met throughout their lives influenced their success in their work. In investigating what it means to be a genius and what it takes to produce … Continue reading The beauty of logic throughout history
With my new site A History of Artificial Intelligence, I share a story with over sixty events from the present day dating back to ancient civilizations. The way humans have created artificial intelligence such as self-driving cars and algorithms that recommend books to read has a lot of history behind it. Spanning literature, art, poetry, philosophy, … Continue reading Creating a greater story of artificial intelligence
From the 1831 revised edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, published by Colburn and Bentley, London.Frankenstein by English novelist Mary Shelley: with philosophy, literature, science, and history, Shelley speculated how humans would attempt to use scientific progress to tamper with nature as far back as 1818. Frankenstein and his rejected monster remain central to debates about … Continue reading "Frankenstein" and tampering with nature
With SeqAcademy.org, anyone can be a scientist.I seek to instill the virtues of a scientist in everyone. Through my writing and research, I think about what values scientists use in their work and how I can share those with non-scientists. Sharing stories about what research is like while valuing transparency and trust, I hope to achieve … Continue reading Anyone, even you, can be a scientist
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Illustration by Matt Starr.I'm currently editing a personal memoir "Light in the Jail Cell" so I can publish it one day. Here's an excerpt from the prologue: As a scientist would proclaim, “In the absence of light, every object shows its true colors.” With this statement of blackbody radiation, we find parallels within ourselves. In discovering … Continue reading "Light in the Jail Cell" memoir sneak peek
The "Uncanny Valley" may leave us with existential questions of what it means to be human.Quick update to "A history of artificial intelligence" with more details about the emotional reactions to automata among ancient Greeks as well as the "Uncanny Valley."
Daedalus constructs wings for his son, Icarus, Rome (Meyers Konversationslexikon, 1888)Greek myths of Hephaestus and Daedalus incorporated the idea of intelligent robots and artificial beings like Pandora. These “automaton” beings such as Talos would protect Crete from invaders.Read this article on "A history of artificial intelligence"...
AI should be subject to scrutiny as it respects privacy and fosters thought. These were among the new norms and values brought upon by artificial intelligence, emphasized Christine Tappolet, a professor of philosophy at the Université de Montréal. They would form part of the Montreal Declaration for responsible AI. Read this article on "A history … Continue reading A brief update on the Montreal Declaration for Responsible AI