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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Participatory Universe on PEL

On the Partially Examined Life they are talking about a Scientific American article which basically discuses metaphysics. This stood out to me because my whole philosophical position can be described as an exploration of the concept of what Wheeler calls the "participatory universe". I just call it "reality". The discussion is a mixed bag, but, as usual, Mark and Wes have fine things to say.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

IBM Builds Jeopardy Playing Supercomputer

IBM spent upwards of 20 million dollars developing Watson, a question answering supercomputer that was able to compete and win on Jeopardy. This technology will eventually be put to use making medical diagnoses for those Americans that have health insurance. Plans are also in the works for building a special robot that will swiftly end the miserable lives of Americans who lack health insurance.