I know, I know, it’s Wednesday. I’ve skipped updating for two days. I have some good reasons, though! My excuses, let me show you them:
1) I have been watching Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I blew this show off when I first heard about it, because I thought the movies sucked and just assumed the show would be equally craptastic. A word to the wise: It is not. In fact, the show is awesome, and FOX earns my undying love for making it available all hassle-free and good-quality online.
3) Okay, and I’ve maybe been looking up things like Turing tests and the halting problem. The posters on the forums made me start thinking about the Termiverse (… shut up) as more of an exercise in AI and time-travel theory than I had before (you know, when I was busy dismissing the whole thing as a series of shitty movies). While I have a fair handle on various theories of time-travel, I know next to nothing about AI and its possibilities, so… I have a lot of reading to do.
4) And then I got going on theories of human intelligence and found myself reading everything I could find about heuristics as a sort of spin-off the the whole “halting problem” thing. At this point, y’all, I have even managed to lose myself.
5) So, of course, the thing to do was go play with A.L.I.C.E. and see if I could apply some of this stuff. I couldn’t — or at least mostly couldn’t — but I did decide that she passes her Turing test better than ELIZA or the SmarterChild AIMbot.
In conclusion, I have nothing to write about, a whole bunch of geeky links, and one good show recommendation. Some days, it would be better were I to just turn the damn computer off.