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Taming the Beast: Building Self-regulating AI

Artificial Intelligence is all the rage these days–at least among the tech Illuminati. The attitude among the general population on the other hand seems to range from indifference, to fear, to outright antagonism. One of the big concerns many people share is the worry that AI systems will become too powerful and grow beyond the ability of their creators to manage and control. Is there a solution? [More]

Movie Notes: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Writer-director Martin McDonagh explores coginitive biases and dissonance against a backdrop of abuse, intolerance, bias, authority, revenge, and despair. Though a dark film, it's not gloomy. With high-energy actors and actresses, enough dark comedy to lighten the load, and a solid screenplay, the film works as a philosophical and emotional exploration. [More]

The Graduates and the Pizza

The graduate with a science degree asks, “Why does it work?” The graduate with an engineering degree asks, “How does it work?” The graduate with an accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?” The graduate with a philosophy degree asks, “Do you want fries with that?” Q: What’s the difference between a philosopher and a pizza? A: A pizza can feed a family of four!

When a Fundamentalist Finds Philosophy

I had grown up a Christian fundamentalist who generally had the world figured out by the time I was a teen and had my eyes firmly set on full time ministry. I took a required intro to philosophy class during my senior year at an ultra-conservative Baptist college by a professor who was not so conservative (and not so Baptist it turns out). I would never be the same. [More]

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