Archive for January, 2018

Framing AI as Life

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

George Lakoff introduced the concept of “framing” in his book Metaphors We Live By. The terms and metaphors that we use to describe things serve as frames that influence our perceptions and our values. In his book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Max Tegmark frames future artificial intelligence (AI) as […]

Only a Summary

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

While listening to NPR today, I heard a Republican congressman say that we shouldn’t be concerned about the release of sensitive intelligence in the so-called “Nunes Memo,” which alleges abuses by the FBI and Justice Department in their investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election. Why should we not be concerned? Because the Nunes […]

Scholarly Peer Reviews Must Involve Experts

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

The manner in which scholarly peer reviews are being performed in some settings today is not serving as an effective gatekeeper. Peer review is supposed to filter out invalid or otherwise inadequate work and to encourage good work. Most of the poor work that is being produced could be blocked from publication if the peer […]

Embrace Complexity

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

We live in a complex world. Humans are complex. The natural systems that operate in our world are complex. The systems and technologies that we create are increasingly complex. Despite essential complexities, we prefer to see things simply. This preference, although understandable, is becoming ever more dangerous. I promote simplicity, but a version that strives […]