Lanzamiento de Global Medieval Sourcebook

  Un nuevo sitio web creado por profesores y estudiantes de Stanford, el Global Medieval Sourcebook, es un repositorio digital de textos medievales traducido al inglés por primera vez. La Edad Media produjo una asombrosa cantidad de obras literarias, abarcando decenas de lenguas y casi 1.000 años. La cuestión actual es cómo hacer llegar estos … Sigue leyendo Lanzamiento de Global Medieval Sourcebook

Education in the Age of AI

Quam Proxime | As near as may be

There’s all this talk that robots will replace humans in the workplace, leaving us poor, redundant schmucks with nothing to do but embrace the glorious (yet terrifying) creative potential of opiates and ennui. (Let it be noted that bumdom was all the rage in the 19th century, leading to the surging ecstasies of Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and the crown priest of hermeticism (and my all-time favorite poet besides Sappho*), Stéphane Mallarmé**).

As I’ve argued in a previous post, I think that’s bollocks. But I also think it’s worth thinking about what cognitive, services-oriented jobs could and should look like in the next 20 years as technology advances. Note that I’m restricting my commentary to professional services work, as the manufacturing, agricultural, and transportation (truck and taxi driving) sectors entail a different type of work activity and are governed by different economic dynamics. They may indeed be quite threatened by emerging artificial intelligence…

Ver la entrada original 3.181 palabras más

The Temporality of Artificial Intelligence

Quam Proxime | As near as may be

Nothing sounds more futuristic than artificial intelligence (AI). Our predictions about the future of AI are largely shaped by science fiction. Go to any conference, skim any WIRED article, peruse any gallery of stock images depicting AI*, and you can’t help but imagine AI as a disembodied cyberbabe (as in Spike Jonze’s Her), a Tin Man (who just wanted a heart!) gone rogue (as in the Terminator), or, my personal favorite, a brain out-of-the-vat-like-a-fish-out-of-water-and-into-some-non-brain-appropriate-space-like-a-robot-hand-or-an-android-intestine (as in Krang in the Ninja Turtles).

Screen Shot 2017-07-16 at 9.11.35 AM A legit AI marketing photo!

Screen Shot 2017-07-16 at 9.12.33 AM Krang should be the AI mascot, not the Terminator!

The truth is, AI looks more like this:

Screen Shot 2017-07-16 at 9.16.46 AM A slide from Pieter Abbeel’s lecture at MILA’s Reinforcement Learning Summer School.

Of course, it takes domain expertise to picture just what kind of embodied AI product such formal mathematical equations would create. Visual art, argued Gene Kogan, a cosmopolitan coder-artist, may just be the best…

Ver la entrada original 1.755 palabras más

¿Significa Internet la muerte de la literatura? El fenómeno BookTube

Juan Manuel de Prada, autor de «Me hallará la muerte» (Destino, 2012), novelista y crítico literario, afirmaba en una entrevista celebrada en ABC, que "Internet es la muerte de nuestra vida. Es la muerte de todo". Es cierto que con la llegada de Internet muchos alarmistas anunciaron la temprana muerte de la literatura entre los … Sigue leyendo ¿Significa Internet la muerte de la literatura? El fenómeno BookTube