A collection of 12 posts

The Golden 20s

The Golden 20s

The Golden 20s of the 20th century began with the end of WW1 and ended with the stock market crash of 1929. It was considered the decade that was the


Codebreaker - A new film about the life of Alan Turing

CODEBREAKER tells the story ofΒ one of the most important people of the 20th century.Β  Alan Turing set in motion the computer age and his World War II codebreaking helped save two million lives. Β Yet few people have heard his name, know his tragic

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning

Cognitive Robotics And Artificial Intelligence

Eccerobot At theΒ swissnex San FranciscoΒ conference earlier this year,Β scientists from Switzerland and the US discussed their research on humanoid robots, cognitive robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI). Talk revolved around how some robots self-reflect, self-improve, and adapt to new circumstances, and whether it’

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning

Welcome to John McCarthy's new website.

From the website: John was a legendary computer scientist at Stanford University who developed time-sharing, invented LISP, and founded the field of Artificial Intelligence.* In March 2011 John launched Project JMC with the objective to make his work more approachable and accessible. The Project

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning

Robot readable world

How do robots see the world? How do they gather meaning from our streets, cities, media and from us? This is an experiment in found machine-vision footage, exploring the aesthetics of the robot eye.

Functional Programming

Hey kids, just say NO to programming !

Cory Doctorow’s latest talk ‘The Coming War on General Purpose Computing’ really puts things in perspective about life in the 21st century. This got me thinking more about functional programming languages and how they could be a future casualty in


40 Year Old 3D Computer Graphics (Pixar, 1972)

In 1972 Ed Catmull (founder of Pixar) and his colleagues created the world’s first 3D rendered movie, an animated version of Ed’s left hand. This is the film that they produced. It includes some “making of” footage (around


Chaitin Proving Darwin

White paper : To a mathematical theory of evolution and biological creativity We present an information-theoretic analysis of Darwin’s theory of evolution, modeled as a hill-climbing algorithm on a fitness landscape. Our space of possible organisms consists of computer programs, which are subjected

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning

Artificial Intuition

Artificial Intuition – A New Possible Path To Artificial Intelligence – by Monica Anderson Artificial Intelligence was born in Computer Science departments, and inherited their value sets including Correctness. This mindset, this necessity to be logical, provable, and correct has been a fatal roadblock


The Dangers of Computer Science Theory

Quotes from Don E. Knuth : “If we make an unbiased examination of the accomplishments made by mathematicians to the real world of computer programming, we are forced to conclude that, so far, the theory has actually done more harm than good. There are


Winter 2009 reading

Sonoluminescence: A Galaxy of Nanostars Created in a Beaker (NASA) The Idea Factory – Learning to Think at MIT, Pepper White : “This is a personal story of the educational process at one of the world’s great technological universities. Pepper White entered


Books for Spring 2009

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley : Re-reading but not from any paradise-engineering paranoia perspective. Simply insightful, focused and a great style. First covered this in high school decades ago. It’s ironic and deviously cool that this was actually course mandated at my