Monthly Archives: October 2001

Author, Author!

By the way, bravo for this. It gently lays out every one note, one agenda, right wing, left wing, etc. nut from Jerry Falwell on down who has tried to capitalize on what has happened and twist and turn it to fit their within the framework of their own strident, endless tirades.

AI Outside of Old Star Trek

Although the rest of this writeup of this years Loebner AI Challenge was pretty dry, the ending made me laugh. It’s a short read.
True story related to the above article: Once upon a time, years and years ago, Marvin Minsky came down here to Fort Worth to our Science and History museum. I think we had a big computer history exhibit at the time and he delivered a talk about artificial intelligence and then answered questions from the audience. After his talk I had my question all ready, “Do you consider the Turing Test a valid test of AI in a machine and if not, is there something better?” However, I was just a kid and Minsky apparently decided he would rather pick total freakin’ idiots from the audience than me. The best of the lot was something about “human engrams” (or something like that) being imprinted on machines to give them emotions, personality, etc. Minsky asked the guy where he got his question from and the fellow replied, “a Star Trek episode where they did that.” Uh huh….
I guess the article itself finally answers part of my question because I now know that Minsky thinks the Turing Test is stupid but I still don’t know if he thinks there is something better.

Poseidon UML Tool

They seem totally overwhelmed at the moment so you might want to wait a day or two (or just be very patient while installing) but the first release candidate for Gentleware’s UML tool Poseidon 1.0 is available. If you already have Java Web Start or OpenJNLP installed on your machine you can click here to install and run it.

Planning to Dump Blogger

I’ve been using Blogger for some time now to run my weblog but I’ve never been terribly pleased with anything about it except its ease of use. So I’m going to bite the bullet and try and install a new system on the server called MOVABLE TYPE. It offers a large number of features that Blogger does not and it’s advancing more quickly at this point than Blogger is.
I don’t know if anyone will ever want to get me anything off of it but I’ve added my Amazon wish list as a link up at the top of the page. It’s got DVDs, books, and various other stuff I would like to have. If you are really thrilled with something I told you about or some software I’ve written, maybe you could reward me 🙂