Category Archives: modern life

Pretirement

As a high school kid in the 1960s, I wrote a snarky term paper arguing that retirement is wasted on old people. By the time you get your promised years of leisure, you’re too worn out to enjoy them. So … Continue reading

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Driving the dreamboat

Slide behind the wheel of this dreamboat. Push the electronic control button. Then sit back and let transistors take over. There’s something curiously tentative about this vision of the future of motoring, as seen from 1964. You’re invited to push … Continue reading

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Only correlate!

I’m not actually a shill for Google Labs, although it may seem that way from all my recent (and ongoing) attention to the Google Ngram Viewer: four posts (1, 2, 3, 4) and an American Scientist column, so far. What … Continue reading

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Oh, the places I’ve been!

When I heard the rumors that my iPhone was tracking my movements and keeping a log of location data, I was annoyed. Now that Apple has fixed this bug/feature, I’m even more annoyed. There’s just no pleasing me. The fuss … Continue reading

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Give me that good old-fashioned AI

It is said that to explain is to explain away. This maxim is nowhere so well fulfilled as in the area of computer programming, especially in what is called heuristic programming and artificial intelligence. For in those realms machines are … Continue reading

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