… please confuse my every decision:
Can a pun-spouting raccoon
really be the next big meme? I doubt it,
but since this is Pun Salad…
days ago, I referred to an amusing rant
from incoherent leftist
David Glenn Cox. One of his targets was AOL's purchase
of the Huffington Post. Sample:
Look at AOL's purchase of the Huffington Post, was it to expand AOL's balance sheet? Or was it because AOL thought that they could do a better job of running the place? It was about Capitalism and Capitalism's sole purpose is to make money. Why didn't AOL with their deep pockets and expertise build their own web site? Capitalism buys to either make their own or to eliminate from competition its rivals. AOL will maximize the advertising while minimizing the product until it is just another organ of the loyal opposition, the phony left, the phony center, the phony phony.AOL no doubt wishes that it were the ruthlessly competent "Capitalist" money-making enterprise imagined by David Glenn Cox. But as a Slashdot headline asserted last month:
60% of AOL's Profits Come From Misinformed CustomersI can't resist adding: "… making it a natural partner with the Huffington Post."
I first heard about the Turing Test back in high school, when
I happened to read Mortimer J. Adler's
Difference of Man and the Difference It Makes. (It was mostly about what separates us from
very smart animals, but it discussed computers as well.)
Turing suggested that if a computer could carry on a natural-language
discussion with a human, and the human couldn't tell whether
he was talking to another human or a machine, then the machine could
be said to be "thinking."
In two hours, I will sit down at a computer and have a series of five-minute instant-message chats with several strangers. At the other end of these chats will be a psychologist, a linguist, a computer scientist, and the host of a popular British technology show. Together they form a judging panel, evaluating my ability to do one of the strangest things I've ever been asked to do.It's very funny. Also you can learn stuff.
I must convince them that I'm human.
Fortunately, I am human; unfortunately, it's not clear how much that will help.