All Media Should Be Timeshifted

ReplayTV…I love download into MS lectures and playing them back at 1.5 speed…All media should be timeshifted. *All* *media*. via [Marquee de Sells: Chris’s insight outlet]

I don’t even have a PVR and I agree. One of my many, many side-projects is writing a .NET CF RSS aggregator that displays the articles using RSVP (Rapid Sequential Visual Presentation — flashing the words at you at a rate that significantly exceeds your regular reading rate). So much software to write, so little time…


Peter is floored by InfoPath prerelease

Peter just messaged me: “Hands down, InfoPath (prerelease version) is microsoft’s coolest ink app, after onenote.” I can’t wait to read his comments on his blog.

OK. That settles it. I’m downloading the prerelease InfoPath even if that means I have to reinstall everything later. Here goes nothing… via [Incremental Blogger]

Hmmm… InfoPath isn’t really targeted towards an independent contractor like myself, but if it’s mad for ink…

10 Songs I Didn’t Choose

As seen at adimiron‘s place:

Step 1: Open your mp3 player. (iTunes here)
Step 2: Put all of your music on random.
Step 3: List the first ten songs it plays, no matter how embarrassing.

via [The .NET Guy]

Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” -U2

“Get Down” – Butthole Surfers

“Sunday Morning Coming Down” – Johnny Cash

“Acetate Prophets” – Jurassic 5

“Smells Like Funk”  – Black-eyed Peas

“Baby’s Got Sauce”

“Insomniac” – Echobelly

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

“New Age Girl” – Deadeye Dick

“The Shame of Life” – Butthole Surfers

That’s too good to be random (Down-Down name match, Jurassic 5- Black-eyed Peas match, 2 Songs from the “Dumb and Dumber” soundtrack, 2 songs from the Butthole Surfers), but that’s why I use Music Match Jukebox. I got to clear that Christmas stuff off my machine, though!


Strong AI Smackdown — Seriously, This Time

The January ’04 CACM’s lead letter is a smackdown of Hans Moravec and the concept that more MIPS is the path to AI. (When really it’s spam that will lead to AI.) Anyway, the author tersely makes the excellent points that people such as Moravec are again making the argument that “Someday computers will wake up,” with “the same intellectually faulty arguments and foundational quicksand AI has always suffered….Just because you put a picture of a chim and a human on the same graph with a Dell Computer doesn’t mean the chimp, or human, capabilities will be meaningfully measured in MIPS…[Moravec leaves] entirely undefined, unspecified, and unaddressed [such questions as]: What is behavior?; What is a mind?; What is consciousness?; What is reasoning?” to which Moravec’s lame reply is to pretend that the letter writer is caught up in “Western philosophy, let alone religion.”

There’s been virtually no progress in AI theory in the past decade. Everyone in AI seems to be crossing their fingers and hoping that some unexpected emergent phenomena will kick in when enough something (data, MIPS, facts, environmental input…) crosses some line. Maybe. I think it’s less likely than my joke that spam will lead to the co-evolution of machine intelligence.