Fall is a time when I think about what I have accomplished in the year past, and what I will do in the year ahead. It has taken me nearly a year to write 70 posts in the After Reading series. About a dozen more would have concluded Part I of the series. I have notes for seven parts. Yup, six more years of essays, and that would have just been another draft of my goal of a book. [ 162 more words ]
I caught the bug for technology from Star Trek, when I was ten years old. Star Trek debuted in 1966, the year I was born. Created by Gene Roddenberry as a western in space, it lasted three years and was canceled. It was it reruns that the show found its following, spawning more series and movies. None of that existed in 1976. [ 334 more words ]
Phaedrus is the chatbot for my website and Facebook page. I created it on whim, first as a simple "Hello World" version. A second version was functional and prettier. This third and final (for now) version has actual language smarts. You have to play with it. Link. Many chatbots don't know what to do with words they do not recognize. [ 82 more words ]
Link My friend, "Kerrumba," said that my chatbot needed a name. He suggested "Phaedrus." Kerrumba groks this. Maybe it also needs a new picture? I recently posted the "Hello World" version of my chatbot. It did not do much. The new version is much more functional. Keep in mind that a chatbot is not a full-blown artificial intelligence. It is designed to facilitate a chat-like dialog about a specific range of subjects. [ 127 more words ]
I built my first "robot" today, using snatchbot. If you visit my site and click on the avatar on the bottom right, you will be able to chat with it. That, or click here. It is very basic at present, but it is learning. Visit soon to see improvements.
And slowly I arrived at a realization so startling I was almost afraid to believe it. I found, as I moved through this subterranean forest, that I could imagine a book, known or unknown, read or unread, and be certain of the path I would have to take to find it. … We all have titles, questions swept like sodden leaves into the corners of our minds, that we have little hope will ever be answered or solved, but that we cannot get rid of. [ 70 more words ]
A book is a binding of truth. Truth is out there, first in the world, long before anyone commits it to paper. The written form is subject to the errors of brain and body and language, a lesser truth. A book is a stack of papers bound on edge, pasted with glue or stitched with thread. Websites are also bound, a collection of web pages linked to a single domain name. [ 414 more words ]
Link Two thousand years ago the book replaced the scroll. The book was portable. Pages allowed for precise references. The spine allowed a title to be imprinted, easier to organize in libraries. The book was the superior technology for reading. Digital technology has introduced the web browser and the e-reader. Is the book dead? Why has the book lasted 2000 years? [ 52 more words ]
Mitsuku is a chatbot created by Steve Worswick. It has won the Loebner Prize, which is awarded to the most "human-like" Chatbot, three times, again in August 2017. In my first test chats with Mitsuku, its snappy responses were relevant but highly scripted. It recognized me as a returning visitor, but when prompted to "ask me anything," it always replied with the same question, "Who is your favourite band?"
"the whole essence of spirituality could be distilled down to forgoing your sense of self in deference to the moment"
Enlightenment: Behind The Scenes, by Marc Leavitt. Recommended reading.
Passages that I highlighted https://www.goodreads.com/…/19468780-…/35741948-john-miedema
Only a mobile creature needs a brain, points out New York University neurophysiologist Rodolfo Llinias in his 2002 book, I of the Vortex: From Neurons to Self. To illustrate he uses the example of a tiny jellyfish-like animal called the sea squirt: Born with a simple spinal cord and a three hundred-neuron "brain," the larva motors around in the shallows until it finds a nice patch of coral on which to put down its roots. [ 352 more words ]