Month: June 2017

XVIII. 19/05-09/06/17; segues

Notes vanish with a software upgrade. What was lost? Artificial intelligence on desert island disks: Hassabis still sounds like the precocious and naive chess player he recalls himself to have been. An engineer is rarely a good philosopher. The idea of non-human consciousness fascinates the public. Why is that? Are we bored by our own intellect? During a train journey with Thameslink the train-driver was talkative. He described how, because of delays, he had been asked to make an unplanned stop at Tulse Hill. And he apologised in advance that it would take him a bit of extra time to release the doors of the new, complicated Class 700 train on the short Tulse Hill platform. The development of the written word is our greatest achievement. A connection between human minds is a unit of culture. Writing makes asynchronous, decentralised connections possible. Artificial Intelligence is interesting only when it develops culture. Game-playing artificial intelligence is trivial, no matter how complex the game is. Life is not a game. There is no objective function. There are …