Steven Pinker highlighted this study which tracks the predictions of when human level AI (artificial intelligence) will be achieved. According to the paper, the predictions cluster around predicting that it will be achieved in 15-25 years, and they have been doing so for the last 60 or so years. The paper also notes that expert predictions have fared … Continue reading Human level AI is always 20 years in the future
Seth Shostak has a post up at HuffPost asking what we should say if we ever find ourselves in conversation with aliens. Apparently this was the topic of a recent conference at the SETI institute. Before commenting on Shostak's main thesis, I think he makes an assertion that deserves scrutiny. A decade of research by … Continue reading How should we communicate with aliens? Should we communicate?
In a talk that I think is a good illustration why science is not just an empirical enterprise, Jack Horner explores why we historically haven't seen baby dinosaur bone displays. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQa11RMCeSI via Jack Horner: Where are the baby dinosaurs? | Talk Video | TED.com.