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Kasparov on Artificial Intelligence

I enjoyed this article on the New York Review of Books website, excerpting an essay by the chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov from the book Chess Metaphors: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Mind. In it, Kasparov talks a little about the … Continue reading

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Drive-thru: the masquerade…

Sometimes I like to fantasize that I’m a consultant, whom companies can hire to get ‘honest opinions’ about their customer service. Not my most exciting imaginary career, of course, but I did innovate the ‘no eye contact’ option for Apple … Continue reading

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I’m on Vacation

The planets/academic schedules were in perfect alignment this week for my sweetheart and me to spend a few days in Vegas. (There was a professional reason for the trip, too, but not so as you’d notice.) I lived in Vegas … Continue reading

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Cheap Girls’ Giant Orange Gets a Whole Lot Right

The Michigan-based 3-piece Cheap Girls has been inching up the ladder of wide-scale releases since their 2008 debut. Meanwhile, they’ve also been sounding better with every record. Their latest, Giant Orange, offers a solid round-up of the band’s strengths, in … Continue reading

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Inaugural post and introductions

My last journal was a book, and it had the bad luck to be inside a backpack that was stolen out of my car, last Friday night. The theft made me think a little about the illusion of privacy — … Continue reading

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