epigraph: "As President, I believe that robotics can inspire young people to purse science and engineering. And I also want to keep an eye on those robots, in case they try anything."
p. 5, top the Loebner Prize, begun in 1994, an offshoot of the Turing Test (first proposed in 1950)
p. 87 Need to experience machines in order to appreciate being human. Pauline Kael, the noted movie critic: "Trash has given us an appetite for art."
*p. 88 It's not really AI that's the enemy, although many people not involved with software development may misunderstand the process: Show to Peter R and John M "I think, quite earnestly, that all high school students should be taught how to program. It will give our next generation a well-deserved indignation at the repetitiveness and rule-bound-ness of some of the things they'll be asked to do. And it will also give them the solution."
p. 90 In favoring reflection and non-speed, he cites architect Glenn Murcutt: One of the great problems of our period is that we've developed tools that allow rapidity, but rapidity and repetitiveness do not lead to right solutions. Perception gives us right solutions."
p. 92-94 My Dinner with Andre a film entirely about conversation between two long-time friends illustrates the value of human verbal interaction (see photocopy in file)
p. 96 Pablo Picasso: Every child is born an artist. The trouble is how to stay one as you grow up." "Art doesn't scale."
p. 101 origin of "cliche" (coming from a French onomatopoeia for the printing process, words being reproduced without either alteration or understanding")
p. 114-116 letter writing for humans is a form of programming (salutation, conclusion, etc.)
p. 121 "Rote memory is useless without understanding." Gary Kasparov, on how many young chess students blindly memorize openings of games w/o a sense of what comes next
p. 129 a "Proust questionnaire"
p. 133 Sartre's idea that "what defines us is that we don’t know what to do" humans are not pre-programmed
p. 134 "[Human] purpose must be invented . . . can never be found."
p. 138 "Computers are the first tools to precede their tasks."
p. 140-141 defining games
p. 147 books read list on the web
p. 149 "animals who play" and "animals who are smart" are almost the same list; the intrinsic important of playing
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