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Are people digital or analog? March 19th, 2010

So I was watching the latest episode of Caprica, which features a digitized person trapped inside of a computer chip. The computer scientists were talking about why they were unable to make a copy of the chip, and the reason that they come up with is that the chip encodes something analog instead of ...

Will Google Fiber really help? March 12th, 2010

If you’re the sort of person who reads this blog, you probably know that Duluth is in the running to become a test city for Google’s proposed ultrahighspeed bandwidth test. At first, I really liked the idea of living in a city with 1 gigabit connection speed, aside from the fact that Google has ...

The Implications of AuthorBot December 15th, 2007

I like the idea of AuthorBot. Once I’ve learned enough, I’ll at least make an attempt at PoetryBot, because people are generally more forgiving when your lines don’t match up well (besides which, attempts have already been made for proof of concept). But more than AuthorBot, I like all the things that it ...

AuthorBot December 10th, 2007

So let’s say that you take the sum of all human English literature, and feed it into a computer program. Would that computer program, if properly written, be able to make judgments about the nature of literature? My guess is yes. The tricky part is the “if properly written” clause. When we talk ...

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