Programmatic Conquest

The programmatic activities and interests of an AI hacker.
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Justin Corwin

Jul 26

The Midwest is a breeding ground of terrible jokes. The Prairie Home Companion is great compendium of these.

Jul 24

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May 26

We’ve launched our Indiegogo campaign to get a new CNC Mill and provide you with cool classes. Check out the link for more details.

Apr 29
“Remember that stuff about crazy people and bad code? The internet is that except it’s literally a billion times worse. Websites that are glorified shopping carts with maybe three dynamic pages are maintained by teams of people around the clock, because the truth is everything is breaking all the time, everywhere, for everyone. Right now someone who works for Facebook is getting tens of thousands of error messages and frantically trying to find the problem before the whole charade collapses. There’s a team at a Google office that hasn’t slept in three days. Somewhere there’s a database programmer surrounded by empty Mountain Dew bottles whose husband thinks she’s dead. And if these people stop, the world burns.”

Programming Sucks

This is one of the best articles I’ve ever read. What people don’t understand about programming (even many programmers) is that it is not a mature discipline. It’s comparatively young, and so freakishly quickly being applied to every single thing in our civilization that the amazing thing is that it works at all.

Some day we’ll have a sane software platform for all the things we want to do, but it is probably not going to happen until a similar amount of time to say, constructing a cathedral is spent. There are too many details, and someone is just going to have to go through them all. There is no solution to this. And the half-assed solutions we make now so that we can ship a product in less than five years just means someone will have to come back and solve it again.

But what’s the alternative?

Apr 24

"When people come and go in the industry, they have all these contacts and better access than other people have and more opportunity for their voices to be heard and their influence to be deployed," he said. "I think that only enhances the power of the special interest at the expense of the public interest."

The revolving door “isn’t peculiar to the Federal Communications Commission. It’s kind of everywhere you look. Probably it’s one reason why a lot of people have diminished trust or diminished faith in government.”

Washington’s revolving door: Cellular lobby and FCC have traded leaders | Ars Technica

Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, speaking about the shockingly pro-industry decision by the FCC regarding Net Neutrality, and why allowing industry members to regulate themselves by the backdoor is problematic.

The current FCC Head was previously the president of the National Cable and Telecom Association, and obviously has close ties to companies like Comcast, which was welcomed the rules change which will allow them to charge individually negotiated ransoms to provide “better service” to sites on the internet.

Apr 16

Apr 5

AI Fridays Academic AI Results (by justin corwin)

A review of Academic AI Research, with a focus on two results I find exciting from the last five years. Turn on annotations for corrections and notes. Next week we’re talking about the for-profit boys.

Apr 4

(via MicroHouse Workshop | Open Source Ecology)
I love this group, and I hope to get them to LA at some point through Crashspace.


(via MicroHouse Workshop | Open Source Ecology)

I love this group, and I hope to get them to LA at some point through Crashspace.

Mar 29

AI Fridays My perspective (by justin corwin)

I hate talking about myself, but it might be important to tell people a bit about why I’m doing this, and what my background in Artificial Intelligence is.

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