Category Archives: Science

Thinking like a machine (part 2 of 3)

In our previous post, we mentioned John Danaher’s excellent review of Brett Frischmann’s 2014 paper exploring the possibility of a Reverse Turing Test. One of the insightful contributions Frischmann makes to this voluminous literature is his idea of a Turing … Continue reading

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Reverse Turing Tests and Ethical Machines (part 1 of 3)

Our colleague John Danaher recently pondered the possibility of a “Reverse Turing Test” in this intriguing blog post dated 21 July 2016. That is, instead of testing for a machine’s ability to think like a human, what if we tested for a … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a shot block

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Science stamps

The Royal Mail (U.K.) has launched a special stamp set in honor of British inventors. The stamps pictured above depict a wide variety of British inventions (moving clockwise, from top-left to bottom-left): the World Wide Web, the world’s first digital computer … Continue reading

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Traffic Jam Paradox

Notice how a single car in the video below creates a chain-reaction leading to a traffic jam. Thus the paradox: given driver behavior, what if building more highways (or expanding existing ones) doesn’t result in reductions of traffic jams? Instead, … Continue reading

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Geological timeline

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XY/XX lavatory signs

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Review of Trivers (2016)

We’ve just finished reading Robert Trivers’s strange memoir “Wild Life: Adventures of an Evolutionary Biologist.” But before proceeding with our short review, we must disclose up front that Dr Trivers is one of our intellectual heroes–along with Thomas Schelling, Gordon … Continue reading

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Satellite Traffic (1957-2015)

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True or False?

"Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know." ~Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) — Cliff Pickover (@pickover) November 24, 2015

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