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review 2018-08-13 18:42
GOFAI vs AML: "Common Sense, the Turing Test, and the Quest for Real AI" by Hector J. Levesque
Common Sense, the Turing Test, and the Quest for Real AI - Hector J. Levesque

 

 

“Its is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.”

 

 

S. I. Hayakawa, quoted by Hector J. Levesque In "Common Sense, the Turing Test, and the Quest for Real AI"

 

 

The problem here is in the frequent ambiguity of the English language caused by its excessively simplistic grammar, made so by the collision between Germanic and Romance that produced the English language of today, essentially a creole construction. It would not arise in a language that is less mixed and more precise, e.g., German (my favourite language for rigorous thoughts and statements). Yet, it should be easy enough to fix, by making the parser look up idiomatic expressions and test them against the context of the conversation. The devices of gender and declension, present in German, allow for quite precise associations.

 

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, read on.

 

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review 2018-08-01 19:51
Hector Servadac - Jules Verne

"Soyez tranquille, mon capitaine, dit Ben-Zouf. Il vivra, j’en réponds. Ces petits hommes-là, c’est tout nerfs ! J’en ai vu de plus secs que lui, et qui étaient revenus de plus loin !
– Et d’où étaient-ils revenus, Ben-Zouf ?
– D’Égypte, mon capitaine, dans une belle boîte peinturlurée !
– C’étaient des momies, imbécile !
– Comme vous dites, mon capitaine !"

 

"En finirons-nous ? demanda le professeur. Le volume d’une sphère…
– Est égal au produit de la surface… répondit Hector Servadac en tâtonnant, multiplié…
– Par le tiers du rayon, monsieur ! s’écria Palmyrin Rosette. Par le tiers du rayon ! Est-ce fini ?
– À peu près ! Le tiers du rayon de Gallia étant de cent vingt-trois, trois, trois, trois, trois, trois…
– Trois, trois, trois, trois… répéta Ben-Zouf, en parcourant la gamme des sons.
– Silence ! cria le professeur, sérieusement irrité. Contentez-vous des deux premières décimales, et négligez les autres.
– Je néglige, répondit Hector Servadac.

 

 

Un jour, le 12 octobre, Ben-Zouf, qui rôdait autour de la grande salle de Nina-Ruche, dans laquelle le professeur se trouvait en ce moment, l’entendit pousser un cri retentissant.
Ben-Zouf courut à lui.
"Vous vous êtes fait mal, sans doute ? lui demanda-t-il du ton dont il aurait dit : Comment vous portez-vous ?
– Eurêka ! te dis-je, eurêka !" répondit Palmyrin Rosette, qui trépignait comme un fou. Il y avait dans son transport à la fois du contentement et de la rage.
"Eurêka ? redit Ben-Zouf.
– Oui, eurêka ! Sais-tu ce que cela veut dire ?
– Non.
– Eh bien, va-t’en au diable !"
"Heureusement, pensa l’ordonnance, que lorsqu’il ne veut pas répondre, M. Rosette y met au moins des formes !"
Et il s’en alla, non au diable, mais trouver Hector Servadac.
"Mon capitaine, dit-il, il y a du nouveau.
– Qu’est-ce donc ?
– Le savant… eh bien ! il a « eurêké…".
– Il a trouvé !… s’écria le capitaine Servadac. Mais qu’a-t-il trouvé ?
– Cela, je ne le sais pas.
– Eh ! c’est ce qu’il faudrait précisément savoir !"

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review 2018-04-09 17:18
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life - Francesc Miralles,Hector Garcia-Molina,Marisa Martinez Abad,Heather Cleary

There's a point of intersection between what you love, waht you are good at, what the world needs and what you can be paid for and that's Ikigai, and I'm still not sure what mine is. It's something I really should think about rather than yearning for something more in my life, and maybe it's in my hobbies rather than in my job but I really should try to find something in my life that feeds my soul.

Comes across as a bit pat and simplistic but interesting and food for thought

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review 2017-08-17 00:00
Last Night, When I Prayed
Last Night, When I Prayed - Sunshine Rod... Last Night, When I Prayed - Sunshine Rodgers,Hector Acosta I received this book through BookLikes and I found it an interesting read for children. I received an ebook so for my reader there were a couple of layout issues that were not massive but weren't great.

The illustrations were really vivid, the language was good. I would share this book with some children and maybe adults I know but I am aware it was some pretty heavy content. It would be of interest to people dealing with a hard point in their lives.

The book deals with the unseen realms around us and I think sometimes that can be upsetting. This book handled the subject well though.
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review 2017-08-17 00:00
Last Night, When I Prayed
Last Night, When I Prayed - Sunshine Rod... Last Night, When I Prayed - Sunshine Rodgers,Hector Acosta I received this book through BookLikes and I found it an interesting read for children. I received an ebook so for my reader there were a couple of layout issues that were not massive but weren't great.

The illustrations were really vivid, the language was good. I would share this book with some children and maybe adults I know but I am aware it was some pretty heavy content. It would be of interest to people dealing with a hard point in their lives.

The book deals with the unseen realms around us and I think sometimes that can be upsetting. This book handled the subject well though.
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