blog  Victim of the Brain.

Mar 2010

If you've heard about the 'brain in a vat' thought experiment but never had the time to read more about it, this movie is a quite pleasant dramatisation of the argument!


blog  A Sneak Preview of Wolfram Alpha.

May 2009

It's the new brainchild of Stephen Wolfram, author of Mathematica. It does look impressive in my opinion - can't wait to try it live (due to launch some time in may)!


blog  What can the analytical engine do? Ask Charles Babbage...

Jun 2007

I recently read the original article of Charles Babbage - which deals with the work he and Lady Ada Augusta Countess of Lovelace did on the Analytical Engine, one of the (mechanical) predecessors of the modern computer - thanks to a blog post from David Dodds. I guess that his position is representative of that one of many people in the xml community - people who, when facing the ontologists/AI/intelligent-agents/SW prophets, always try to keep things down to earth. But anyways. The original passage from the Countess of Lovelace is quite interesting:

blog  Article: 'The Semantic Web: The Origins of Artificial Intelligence Redux'.

Jun 2007

A very interesting article from Harry Halpin, whose work lies at the borderline between history of science (of computer science especially, I gather) and (Semantic) Web. I think it should be a must-read for all SW practitioners, so to understand where we (yes - I'm part of them..) stand in relation to the past...


blog  A doctor hidden in your mac.

Mar 2006

What a treat to find a hidden AI gem in your computer. As it turns out, OS X comes with the simulated therapy program, Eliza, pre-installed. Eliza was written at MIT by Joseph Weizenbaum between 1964 to 1966, and it was one of the early examples of natural language processing.