Friday, December 10, 2010

WBBT Stop - Ted Chiang

"GB: Your novella seems to be about parenthood as much as it is about robots. What was the motivation behind that?Stories

TC: I believe the process of training an artificial intelligence will almost inevitably resemble the raising of a child. The reason I believe this is that traditional approaches to AI have failed so badly; it turns out you can't simply program in the information you want an AI to know. Our best hope appears to be building a learning machine and then teaching everything you want it to know. It's not strictly necessary that this training process have the emotional dimension that parenting has, but I think there'd be advantages if it did."

4 out of 5

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Reasoning about the Body - Ted Chiang

From LCRW magazine : "Contents of issue #26 (dated December 2010) include:"

"Reasoning about the Body" by Ted Chiang