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Norvig vs. Chomsky and the Fight for the Future of AI

Norvig vs. Chomsky and the Fight for the Future of AI | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Recently, Peter Norvig, Google’s Director of Research and co-author of the most popular artificial intelligence textbook in the world, wrote a webpage extensively criticizing Noam Chomsky, arguably the most influential linguist in the world.

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Neuroscience and Moral Responsibility

Neuroscience and Moral Responsibility | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It is crucial that as a society, we learn how to think more clearly about causes and personal responsibility — not only for extraordinary actions like crime but also for ordinary ones, like maintaining exercise regimens, eating sensibly and saving for retirement.

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The ruins of empire: Asia's emergence from western imperialism

The ruins of empire: Asia's emergence from western imperialism | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The central event of the modern era is Asia's emergence from the ravages of western imperialism. In Britain, meanwhile, Niall Ferguson is an ardent 'neo-imperialist'. Why can't we escape our narcissistic version of history, asks Pankaj Mishra.

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Is It A Good Idea To Label Genetically Modified Foods?

Is It A Good Idea To Label Genetically Modified Foods? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A new bill in California would force food producers to disclose if any genetically engineered ingredients were in what you eat. Is the law common sense or simply trying to hold back the future of food?

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On the life and flourishing posthumous reputation of Walter Benjamin

On the life and flourishing posthumous reputation of Walter Benjamin | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Letters formed an extension for Benjamin’s undoubted gift for friendship, but they were also a particular mode of thought, driven and shaped by what Adorno calls their 'mediated, objectified immediacy'.

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Nietzsche Is Dead

Nietzsche Is Dead | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Count Harry Kessler received the news in the officers’ mess of his army regiment from a fellow officer going through dispatches. On October 25, 1900, Friedrich Nietzsche, who had famously announced the death of God, had himself died.

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Noam Chomsky: How the Magna Carta became a Minor Carta, part 2

Noam Chomsky: How the Magna Carta became a Minor Carta, part 2 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Obama administration has perpetuated an assault on the foundations of traditional liberties.

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We think, therefore we are

We think, therefore we are | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Public forums for the discussion of ideas are flourishing everywhere, from festivals to pubs. But will the popularity of philosophy groups have any lasting impact?

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A time when violence is normal

A time when violence is normal | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Chaos and carnage hover over the novels of Cormac McCarthy and the writings of thinker Thomas Hobbes. It's not a love of domination that makes people violent, but the need for safety, says philosopher John Gray.

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The Philosophy of the Technology of the Gun

The Philosophy of the Technology of the Gun | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Does the old rallying cry 'Guns don't kill people. People kill people' hold up to philosophical scrutiny?

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Zombie Nouns

Zombie Nouns | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Zombie nouns do their worst damage when they gather in jargon-generating packs and infect every noun, verb and adjective in sight: globe becomes global becomes globalize becomes globalization. The grandfather of all nominalizations, antidisestablishmentarianism, potentially contains at least two verbs, three adjectives and six other nouns.

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Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt

Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt | Gavagai | Scoop.it

For several days this month, Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations.

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What Higher Education Will Look Like in 2020

What Higher Education Will Look Like in 2020 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The latest Pew Study on higher education says 60% of experts and stakeholders predict colleges and universities in 2020 will incorporate e-learning.

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Scientists use light to control monkey brains

Scientists use light to control monkey brains | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Optogenetics, a brand new field of research in which living, cortical neurons and other cells can be manipulated or controlled with optical technology (namely fiber optic cables), has been heralded as the next big thing for treating such things as heart conditions, paralysis, and even diabetes.

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The Probability That You Are Dreaming Right Now? 1 in 10.

The Probability That You Are Dreaming Right Now? 1 in 10. | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Navigating the maze of dream-decisions, dream-consequences, and the invariable world of experiences.

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Moral Enhancement

Moral Enhancement | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Julian Savulescu and Ingmar Persson argue that artificial moral enhancement is now essential if humanity is to avoid catastrophe.

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The Great Pretender: Turing as a Philosopher of Imitation

The Great Pretender: Turing as a Philosopher of Imitation | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Such is Turing's legacy: that of a nested chain of pretenses, each pointing not to reality, but to the caricature of another idea, device, individual, or concept.

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The Moral Hazard of Drones

The Moral Hazard of Drones | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As in the myth of Gyges, our use of drone warfare confuses our ability to kill without detection with the moral right to do so.

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The new leveller

The new leveller | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Anderson is a chillin’ philosopher in the groove of John Dewey and John Stuart Mill. She admires the Levellers and seeks to extend democracy and egalitarianism. Her new book The Imperative of Integration examines issues around poverty and race. She brings a smart sassy vim to feminist arguments for a better world.

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