Monthly Archives: September 2011

Cylons Shouldn’t Sweat

In 1950, Alan Turing sought to answer the question “can machines think?” He designed a test that involved a computer having a typed conversation with a human. If a third party couldn’t consistently tell the computer from the human, the … Continue reading

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Just What Do You Think You’re Doing, Dave?

I’d rather be stuck in an elevator with Freddy Kruger than with HAL. Cool as a cucumber, mind-bogglingly capable, and unfailingly and often maddeningly reasonable, HAL appears to be the perfect spaceship computer. Among other things, HAL can speak, recognize … Continue reading

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Doing the Time Warp

Have you ever noticed that humans seem to be waiting for aliens to visit us, rather than the other way around? The reason for this is the commute. At its closest, Jupiter is roughly 390 million miles away. Alpha Centauri, … Continue reading

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