And I also want to keep an eye on those robots, in case they try anything. Prologue Claude Shannon, artificial intelligence pioneer and founder of information theory, met his wife, Mary Elizabeth, at work. Epilogue: The Unsung Beauty of the Glassware Cabinet Acknowledgments Notes The beautiful changes as a forest is changed By a chameleon's timing his skin to it; As a mantis, arranged On a green leaf grows Into it, makes the leaf leafier . -ROBERT PIRSIG As President, I believe that robotics can inspire young people to pursue science and engineering.Joining the Confederacy The sponsor and organizer of the Turing test (this particular incarnation of which is known as the Loebner Prize) is a colorful and somewhat curious figure: plastic roll-up portable disco dance floor baron Hugh Loebner.When asked his motives for backing and orchestrating this annual Turing test, Loebner cites laziness, of all things: his Utopian future, apparently, is one in which unemployment rates are nearly 100 percent and virtually all of human endeavor and industry is outsourced to intelligent machines.A Christian mommy blogger has announced she is dating retired soccer star Abby Wambach.Glennon Doyle Melton posted a smiling picture of herself and Wambach on Sunday, with the caption: 'Oh my God, she is so good to me. Wambach, who lost her sponsors after a DUI last April, is currently in the process of divorcing fellow soccer star, and wife of three years, Sarah Huffman.Published in the United States by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. There are no restrictions on what can be said: the dialogue can range from small talk to the facts of the world (e.g., how many legs ants have, what country Paris is in) to celebrity gossip and heavy-duty philosophy — the whole gamut of human conversation.
This was Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, the early 1940s. Introduction: The Most Human Human I wake up five thousand miles from home in a hotel room with no shower: for the first time in fifteen years, I take a bath.
In the next two hours I will sit down at a computer and have a series of five-minute instant-message chats with several strangers.
Normally these kinds of linguistic curiosities and cultural gaps interest and intrigue me; today, though, they are mostly a cause for concern.
I must say, this vision of the future makes me feel little but despair, and I have my own, quite different ideas about what an Al-populated world would look like and reasons for participating in the test.
But in any event, the central question of how computers are reshaping our sense of self, and what the ramifications of that process will be, is clearly the crucial one.