Teaching computers teaches us how little we understand about ourselves

My latest Locus column is Teaching Computers Shows Us How Little We Understand About Ourselves, an essay about how ideas we think of as simple and well-understood – names, families, fairness in games – turn out to be transcendentally complicated when we try to define them in rule-based terms for computers. I’m especially happy with… READ THE REST

This is why Skynet will indiscriminately kill us all. It’s a whole lot of work to figure out who the “good” workers will be compared to the ones that are going to lead the resistance.

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