The Jaron Lanier effect

The Jaron Lanier interference pattern was bound to ripple its way back into my awareness, sooner or later. I blame this squarely on how long I stared at the pages  in the giant black+white coffee-table photobook ‘DREADS‘… in which his was one of the portraits.  And one of my favourite write-ups, I have to say. …

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Discovering N-ness, and thus the entire field of mathematics

[updated 2010-06-13] If you haven’t gotten your mitts on ‘Mathematics: “Its Content, Methods and Meaning”* yet, run to chapters and grab a copy. It’s a hefty 3 volumes in one; let the cheery orange cover distract you from its price tag (though apparently it’s much cheaper online – on sale, no less… Sigh. Screwed by …

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Projected metadata : a new way of interfacing

A friend of mind passed on this video on a new type of wearable tech called ‘Sixth Sense’. Built as a device cobbled together from only $350 worth of off-the-shelf components, what gives ‘sixth sense’ the psychological edge is the tactile thing… After all, what could be more intuitive than manipulating things with your hands …

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People augmenting machines : WIRED article misses the point.

Nosing through the WIRED post about humans augmenting AI, I have only 2 things to say: 1) humans being a helpful extension sounds like a nice idea… especially as presented in the article, but 2) Those “helpful” tasks stand a high chance of being crappy, drudge-filled exercises of boredom. Picking out ‘what’s beautiful’ from a series …

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Let ‘stupid’ handle it…

[updated 2009-10-31] Have you ever had a customer service experience that left you completely, breathlessly in awe at the stupidity of all that transpired? Did you have to listen to a lot of circular non-reasoning, or worse – have to stare down a representative who seemed strangely incapable of initiating anything useful? Well then my …

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