Category Archives: AI

AI Ain’t What It Used to Be

Stephen Downes posted a link to the Metafilter blog where a discussion that begins thus is taking place: Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Malfunction, It Was Just Bad. There were no software glitches or sensor breakdowns that led to a fatal … Continue reading

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What AI Is and Isn’t

I think there is a lot of paranoia about Artificial Intelligence. Some of it is warranted but not for the reasons many would suspect. On Twitter, for instance, Elon Musk speculated that an AI system could choose to start a … Continue reading

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Translating the Voynich Manuscript and Other AI Puzzles

There are a number of silly stories out there right now about Artificial Intelligence. None more silly than AI translating the unintelligible Voynich Manuscript (such as the one in News Week). The Voynich Manuscript is from 15th cent. and is … Continue reading

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Some Notes on the Phenomenology of Artificial Intelligence

I am not a fan of the term “artificial intelligence.” I know that is my peculiar problem – usage of a term will define its meaning long before or after logical precision gets to take a stab at it, and … Continue reading

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Virtual TA: Online Student Success and Retention Issues

Here are a few articles for our bot project: “Issues of isolation, disconnectedness, and technological problems may be factors that influence a student to leave a course.” http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/sites/default/files/v8n4_willging_2.pdf “The authors point out that pedagogy and support structures must be enhanced … Continue reading

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Being Sentient Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

I am reading the Stanford Report on AI. This statement from the report brought back on all the things I had read about AI growing up: “Contrary to the more fantastic predictions for AI in the popular press, the Study Panel found … Continue reading

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Connectivism, Neuroscience, and Education

I have never been comfortable with proclamations by educators or scientists (and yes, there is a difference) about how the brain works. The logical fallacy goes something like this: “we have isolated a mechanism in the brain, learning takes place … Continue reading

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