"indecision may or may not be my problem."
Theater actors have been staging artificial intelligence for centuries. If one shares the view that intelligence manifests in behavior, one must wonder what lessons the AI community can draw from a practice that is historically concerned with the infusion of artificial behavior into such vessels as body and text.
this work is based on the longer Four Lessons paper.
the things you learn getting coffee at the media lab. did you know that volkswagen produced a concept car as far back as 2002 that runs on 1 litre of fuel for 100km. that's 235 mpg for the american reader.
vw is an old favorite of mine. a 1975 beetle was the only car i ever owned (and sold at a profit!), and if i ever get rich and famous, i'll get myself a karmann ghia as a midlife crisis present.
gotta hand it to the register, with this story about women shutting off their brains during sex.
while the story is only mildly interesting, the account of it is, as so often, brilliant.
There was no mention of whether the results may have been affected by the fact the couples were being watched by a bunch of geeks in white coats while at least one partner had their head connected to a machine that goes bing.
our minds work in weird ways.
in a research testing whether the notion that a computer is "on your team" makes a difference in behavior and perception, reeves & nass found the following.
two groups were to solve a simple problem. group 1 was told that their performance will be graded in combination to a computer's performance, and they also wore wristbands of the same color as the computer monitor. group 2 ran the same program, but shared neither the group identity (color) or interdependence of grading with the computer.
group 1 significantly felt that their computer 'thought' more like they did, that its answers were better, and they were more likely to change their answers to fit the ones of the computer, than group 2.
i also like their notion of computer teammates being a good middle ground between the metaphor of a computer as a 'tool' or a 'wizard'.
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