“Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.” - Raymond Chandler
How many Wikipedias might we build every day if we didn’t watch advertising? [transcript]
“Shirky defines as a unit of attention “the Wikipedia”: 100 million person-hours of thought. As a society we have been burning 2,000 Wikipedias per year watching mostly sitcoms”
There is something irresponsible about making money from advertising. The idea of monetizing people’s attention makes me feel the same way I’d feel about burning books to stay warm.
“He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how. ” (Friedrich Nietzsche, quoted in Frankl, 1963, p. 121)
“I remember friends over describing one guy as the type “who would put his foot in the toilet and pee down his leg in order to be quiet about it”
Stolen wholesale from kur05hin.
Also from Kuro5hin:
“Godwin’s Law: As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.
popularly understood as “the first person in an argument to refer to Hitler or the Nazis loses the argument”, but it isn’t a law like “murder is a crime” is a law. It’s more like Newton’s Laws–not something that can be “invoked” or “violated”, but an observation of the surrounding world.
Godwin’s corollary: When someone takes an unofficial “law” like Godwin’s or Moore’s too seriously and writes new corollaries for it, they automatically lose.
I concede defeat! “
“no matter how much you practice, the bra is an elusive and clever adversary”
“The action of a recurrent network in converging upon the final output involves a sequence through a series of states. It is the operation of the network state stepping sequentially toward the final result that is described by the term attractor. This developing sequence is most clearly seen when shown as a phase diagram. The diagrams here almost make the right point, but, in my opinion, do not adequately present the idea of the phase space. This issue would all be inconsequential were it not for the confusion which arises in thinking of any pattern recognizer as an attractor. I find an unfortunate tendency in some other places for the term to be devalued by its use in this latter sense. “
- Lloyd Rice (emphasis mine)
“If we’re all god’s children, what’s so special about Jesus?”
We are “consciously aware of thoughts according to their: stability, persistence, level of influence” – Kinsbourne (1997), Mathis + Moser (1995)
“Three conceptual errors commonly made by classical AI researchers are presuming the presence of monolithic internal models, monolithic control, and the existence of general purpose processing. These and other errors primarily derive from naive models based on subjective observation and introspection, and biases from common computational metaphors (mathematical logic, Von Neumann architectures, etc.). A modern understanding of cognitive science and neuroscience refutes these assumptions.
- Alternative Essences of Intelligence
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”