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Monthly Archives: July, 2017

ARE YOU (STILL NOT) TALKING TO ME? PART 2

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE bots are learning to chat with each other in their own language. Using deep-learning skills to screw on bottle caps is one thing, but language is decidedly more … Continue reading

July 31, 2017 · 2 Comments

ARE YOU (NOT) TALKING TO ME? PART 1

FOR YEARS, science fiction has depicted computers developing their own lives and adversely affecting ours. Think of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968. Now, however, Artificial Intelligence has reached … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

ON POLITICIANS AND HYPOCRISY

THESE DAYS, “politician” and “hypocrisy” are naturals in a word-association test. Our current lamentable state encouraged me to do some etymological research on this word pair. My old pals Merriam-Webster … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING TWO VERY SPECIAL MATHEMATICIANS

MATHEMATICIANS MARINA Ratner and Maryam Mirzakhani passed away within a week of each other, on July 7 and July 14, 2017, respectively. That they were successful women in a predominately … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · 3 Comments

ON NIGERIAN OFFICIALS, SPANISH PRISONERS, (AND RUSSIAN AGENTS?)

AS A SimanaitisSays Public Service Announcement, I thought it most appropriate to offer details of classic cons. Three that come to mind are the Nigerian Official, the Spanish Prisoner, and, … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · 4 Comments

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO PUT YOU IN THIS CAR?

SALES PITCHES for early automobiles evolved quickly indeed, with lines of persuasion that have come down through the years. My source for this is Floyd Clymer’s Historical Motor Scrapbook, 1944. … Continue reading

July 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

THOUGHTS ON COMMUNICATION

COMMUNICATION AND lady friend miscommunication have been in the news a lot these days. E-mails and tweets, leaked, deleted and otherwise, are part of this. Nathan Heller’s article in the … Continue reading

July 25, 2017 · Leave a comment