How much can we afford to forget, if we train machines to remember?

Read the full essay at Aeonhttps://aeon.co/ideas/how-much-can-we-afford-to-forget-if-we-train-machines-to-remember “As the internet grows ever more powerful and comprehensive, why bother to remember and retain information? If students can access the world’s knowledge on a smartphone, why should they be required to carry so much of it around in their heads?” Gene TracyChancellor professor of physics at William &…

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NoelG: A mélange

A collection; a library; a museum: of things I like, or find thought provoking. To make them easy for me to find if nothing else. The image is one I took in Stourhead, England, a beautiful National Trust property and landscaped garden. Everything you see is actually artificial, the lake, the hills, the planting. Though it is no…

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How to Have an Intellectual Conversation

Originally posted on Wander Woman Thea:
What do politics, sports, and religion have in common? Aside from being extremely lucrative career paths for men, they are totally taboo conversational topics and you never discuss them. Ever. Why do you think this is so? Because conversations about topics that tend to polarise people in a powerful…

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‘He Do the Police in Different Voices’: On Speech and Language Policing

Originally posted on Jeanne de Montbaston:
“And I’ll tell you another thing about the way women don’t Talk Proper …”Filippo Lippi, Man and Woman at a Casement. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to speak, as T. S. Eliot puts it, ‘in different voices’. We…

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David Attenborough- and some penguins, some gorillas, and a pretty lizard

I have been watching David Attenborough for as long as I can remember. This clip recalls some of his earlier work, from long before I encountered him, as well as the more well-known pieces. Including the gorillas of course, and new to me, the baby (blind) rhinoceros. The lizard is Attenborough’s fan-throated lizard (Sitana attenboroughii),…

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