Go Go Gallimaufry

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Accepted Session
Long Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 10:00 – 11:45am in B202/203

Excerpt

At one point it was popular to refer to the eyes as windows to the soul, and common wisdom accepted that you could learn a great deal about a person's inner thoughts by looking at their eyes. Then that notion fell out of fashion, except perhaps in love songs. But once we learned how to track people's eye motions, record them, and analyse the data, we realized that there may have been something to it.

Description

In which Markus Disputes Conventional Wisdom,
Trash Talks the ACM,
and Extols the Virtues of Learning over Winning.
With Code Samples1 and sundry Interesting Diagrams

There is a disturbing tend afoot in artificial intelligence circles to focus on beating humans at stuff, as if that was the one true goal of AI. There are a number of reasons2 why this is wrongheaded. And if our recent political history has taught us anything, it’s that there is only one thing any right thinking person can do in the face of such wrongheadedness: rush to the opposite extreme, so that balance is restored!

Along the way we’ll confront such weighty questions as What was the point again? and Are people always like this? and, with luck, waltz right past them. So come join the fun as Markus does just that, and help explore a small corner of the space of quixotic coding—or just watch smugly from the sidelines as fools3 rush in4.

1 Not in Go though.

2 The number is at least five:

  1. We don’t need machines to beat humans at stuff, we already have other humans for that
  2. If that were the goal, the field would be called BHAS, not AI
  3. Skynet, anyone?
  4. Since the only real utility in beating humans at stuff is the pleasure it provides the victor, and computers are singularly incapable5 of feeling pleasure, well…

3 Only a single fool will be supplied by the organizers; if you want more, you’ll have to join in.

4 Popcorn will be provided, weather & venue permitting.

5 So far.

Speaking experience

Yes. For over fifty years.

Speaker

  • Markus

    Biography

    Markus J. Q. Roberts has been pulling stunts like this on the computer industry for over thirty years.

    Sessions

      • Title: Go Go Gallimaufry
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 10:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        At one point it was popular to refer to the eyes as windows to the soul, and common wisdom accepted that you could learn a great deal about a person’s inner thoughts by looking at their eyes. Then that notion fell out of fashion, except perhaps in love songs. But once we learned how to track people’s eye motions, record them, and analyse the data, we realized that there may have been something to it.

      • Speakers: Markus Roberts