I don't think this post was very good as originally written. However, it is part 4 in a multi-part series, so in lieu of deleting it, I have re-written the arguments I made as part of a larger post, here. The arguments from this post made it into part 1 and part 4. There is … Continue reading Malevolent Artificial Intelligence (Sam Harris is Wrong, Part 4)
See the image below. Imagine you start at the dot. Your job is to construct roads, in such a way to minimize the time spent traveling. It needs to be possible, starting at the dot, to arrive anywhere at the line. Here is the challenge: how do you construct the roads? If cost is not … Continue reading Tree structures, the last mile problem, fractals, and the inevitability of hierarchy
[EDIT: Please don't read this! I wrote it a long time ago and I don't know how good it is. Instead, read my newer post, here, which recycles it's themes] What does computer science have to say about beauty? I seek to answer that. Have you ever wondered why it is pleasurable to listen to … Continue reading Why is Art Beautiful?
It has occurred to me that, although I am very interested in Computer Science, I do not have many posts on that topic. This post is nothing complicated; it could be read as a one answer for non-programmers: what's so interesting about CS? If you find it interesting, maybe CS is for you. Many times … Continue reading A Brief Journey in Recursion
Next up: Why Now? A Quest in Metaphysics: https://youtu.be/29AgSo6KOtI?t=86 Jaan Tallinn is someone I respect because he created Skype, something once deemed the realm of science fiction, and also because he created the term "Steelmanning". I like this speech because it is a good introduction to large number of topics in philosophy. The speech may be … Continue reading Speech: Jaan Tallinn explains the singularity
The arguments of this article have been re-written here in section 3.