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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."
I'd like to proudly announce the creation of my new website "A history of artificial intelligence." (http://ahistoryofai.com). Through it, I show the various ways artificial intelligence has changed since its dawn thousands of years ago. I hope to use this website to craft a story of understanding between different civilizations and eras citing writers like … Continue reading New website: "A history of artificial intelligence"
Chinese scientists recently created gene edited babies using the controversial CRISPR-Cas9 technique. Scholars have alarmed the world about the ethical questions raised by genetic engineering. Writers also grappled with the recent explosion of machine learning and its effects. This includes the science behind how computers make decisions. This way they can determine its effects on society. … Continue reading How to improve your moral reasoning in the digital age
More than just a game: the video game character Psycho Mantis broke the fourth wall by speaking to the player. This is like writer Kurt Vonnegut's addressing of the reader him/herself in Breakfast of Champions. It served to remind us the limits of video game technology in disseminating information: no matter what, we're still players … Continue reading How a 2001 video game warned us about the dangers of artificial intelligence and genetic engineering
As I parse through A Field Guide for Science Writers on my Kindle cloud reader, I recognize how science writing is a craft that takes decades to hone. I also begin to hypothesize that, no matter what you write, there are always ways to improve it. In describing how writing differs from other activities, I draw … Continue reading The immortality of science writing
Henry Fuselli's "Silence"I wake up in the middle of the night. I wake up frequently, actually, because I can barely get any sleep. A solitary prisoner confined to a cell, the night marched on. My comfort is forced to the cold, dank concrete that carried me in and out of sleep. As I dreamt, the … Continue reading The science and philosophy of silence
The aesthetic value of Umberto Boccioni's "Dynamism of a Cyclist" shaped the Futurist movement. It was an admiration of science and technology. The constant movement of the perceived world reveals how our minds conceive such speed and motion.Beauty is truth, truth beauty, — that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know … Continue reading Art meets science: the limits and ethics of neuroaesthetics
Zebra finches use a "critic" in the brain to differentiate between the rhythm of songs of other birds and, through this, learn songs.Like the ebb and flow of the ocean, A rhythm emerges from the pen,I capture it, imagine it,before it disappears. Appropriate rhythm in writing means making sense of the relation between words and phrases. Stress, … Continue reading The science, mathematics, and philosophy of rhythm