It’s again 4th Tuesday! Remember, 6 p.m. the usual place (suggestions of alternative venues welcome but it’s too late to change the location for
tomorrow’s *looks at the clock* today’s meetup).
Some possible topics of discussion below.
Some recent posts from Scott’s blog:
- Everyone has heard about the Dark Ages! (Obligatory Monty Python reference.) Or wait, no, today everyone has knows how Dark Ages were a myth. (This includes Cracked.) Scott’s makes his case that Cracked is bbeing silly and yes, Dark Ages were a thing: http://slatestarcodex.com/2017/10/15/were-there-dark-ages/ and comment highlights (because nobody has time to read them anyway, right?) http://slatestarcodex.com/2017/10/17/highlights-from-the-comments-on-dark-ages/
- Do other people live in truly different worlds in a inexplicable way that’s difficult to measure? Does the esteemed Scott have a superpower called Cast a Niceness Field? http://slatestarcodex.com/2017/10/02/different-worlds/
- IQ is a useful measure on statistical population level, but isn’t that important on personal scale: http://slatestarcodex.com/2017/09/27/against-individual-iq-worries/. The other Scott A. comments:
“if you want to know, let’s say, whether you can succeed as a physicist, then surely the best way to find out is to start studying physics and see how well you do”.
(related: https://terrytao.wordpress.com/career-advice/does-one-have-to-be-a-genius-to-do-maths/ ; also applicable to other fields.)
Then there’s was a couple of posts I admit I have not read:
- a takedown of a silly essay someone wrote for the Boston Globe: http://slatestarcodex.com/2017/10/09/in-favor-of-futurism-being-about-the-future/ (I confess I thought the original article was boring and then proceeded to skip the take-down, too.)
- another post about serotonin receptors http://slatestarcodex.com/2017/10/10/ssc-journal-club-serotonin-receptors/
And somewhere else on the internet:
- The other Scott A. found about Reddit: https://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=3488
Meanwhile, later today I read a newspiece that tells Aalto and HY are together going to found a brand new Finnish Centre for Artificial Intelligence (link in FI). Wow!
…I was very excited for about 5 minutes, but then I looked at the names of the professors involved and apparently the new FCAI project would be more accurately described as rebranding of current HIIT machine learning and data science research efforts, rather than something truly new. And thus I tuned my level of interest down by maybe 30%. (It’t still quite exciting but not that exciting. Is this how it feels to have sand thrown in your eyes?)
Maybe Chollet is right, at least in the sense that the increasing proliferation of buzzword “AI” is more harmful than beneficial because of all the confusion it creates?
Other topics are welcome! These are merely starters / suggestions.