Art+ificiality: Machine Creativity & Its Critics

  §. In Sean D. Kelly's, A philosopher argues that an AI can't be an artist, the author, at the outset, declares: "Creativity is, and always will be, a human endeavour." (S. D. Kelly) A bold claim, one which can hardly be rendered sensible without first defining 'creativity,' as the author well realizes, writing: "Creativity… Continue reading Art+ificiality: Machine Creativity & Its Critics

The Last Messiah & The Lacunae Of Man

Since the rise of the hard sciences, particularly the cognitive sciences, the task of philosophy has become quite vague. What is the role of a philosopher when the image of the human is stripped, bit by bit, via the encroachments of the material sciences? That the image is stripped is not to say, as is… Continue reading The Last Messiah & The Lacunae Of Man

Synnefocracy_Abstract.2

“I want to tame the winds and keep them on a leash... I want a pack of winds, fleet-footed hounds, to hunt the puffed-up, whiskery clouds.” ‒ F.T. Marinetti. ♦ ♦ ♦ Cartography of the Cloud  It would be pointless to discuss synnefocracy in any further depth without first defining what The Cloud actually is.… Continue reading Synnefocracy_Abstract.2

Layered ANN Architecture & Duvenaud’s Layerless Neural ODE

Artificial neural nets (ANNs) have classically been composed of algorithms which can 'learn' to perform specific functions without being programmed for specific tasks. ANNs are, in short, function approximators. The rub is that, because neural nets are built in a layered fashion, to scale up the net, one would always have to add-on more and… Continue reading Layered ANN Architecture & Duvenaud’s Layerless Neural ODE

Commentary On The AI Now Institute 2018 Report

The interdisciplinary New York-based AI Now Institute has released their sizable and informative 2018 report on artificial intelligence. The paper, authored by the leaders of the institute in conjunction with a team of researchers, puts forth 10 policy recommendations in relation to artificial intelligences (AI Now policy suggestions in bold-face, our commentary in standard-type). Governments… Continue reading Commentary On The AI Now Institute 2018 Report

The ADL’s Online ‘Hate’ Index: Implications of Automated Censorship

In January of 2018, The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith's (ADL) Center For Technology & Society, in partnership with UC Berkeley's D-Lab, debuted a report on their Online Hate Index (OHI), a scalable machine learning tool designed to help tech companies recognize "hate" on the internet. According to the promotional video released in support of the project,… Continue reading The ADL’s Online ‘Hate’ Index: Implications of Automated Censorship

Following Japan, China Develops Plan For Deepsea Habitation

Following Japan's Project Ocean Spiral, China has recently released plans for a 1.1 billion yuan (160 million USD) underwater city in the Hadal Zone (6000-11,000 meters deep) of the South China Sea. The prospective habitation will be designed somewhat like a space station, with docking platforms and cutting-edge analytical equipment. In contradistinction to Ocean Spiral,… Continue reading Following Japan, China Develops Plan For Deepsea Habitation