Friday, July 16, 2004
Fiction is not science
I would be surpised if Asimov thought his laws could become the basis of the real science of AI or sentient robots. The fun of his short stories, and probably of writing them as well must have been been also coming from the quirks of the interactions of the laws with the real world, and how their vagueness permitted paradoxes, interpretations, and doubts in the minds of both humans, and robots. The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SingInst) has been studying the ethics of AI and now published a new site,, devoted to the popular discussion of the three laws of robotics, and their fallacies. Hosting a blog (should it be a wiki?), it will foster the right kind of public debate.

Thursday, July 15, 2004
Playing with wikis
I was waiting for an opportunity to start playing with wikis, and Joi Ito's blog gave me the start with his public Socialtext wiki, where I quickly created a page of my own. So far so good...
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
For the record
I like a lot, but their choice of what to save sometimes differs from mine: I'd rather take a snapshot of what the homepage of looks like right now...
Originally uploaded by david.orban.
Playing with Flickr
"This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing." says the test post generated by Flickr itself. Maybe they are a bit too sticky, requiring registration for the most basic display of photos, too? The flash based photo roll thay I inserted in the right hand column of the blog is really fancy, though.
Ideas fighting it out in the scarce resource of a mind.

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