- A group blog about computer narrative, games, poetry, and art.
January 24, 2008
- Six years in the making, Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer is an impressive collection of 29 essays by an array of computer scientists, philosophers and bot builders. Published by Springer, it’s pricey at $199, so I plan to use my local university library to access a copy. (Also, Amazon lets you browse random scanned-in pages of the book, to give you a flavor; it looks really good.)
- Seven years in the making, Erica T. Carter, Jim Carpenter’s poetry generation system, has gone open source. Read a GTxA post on Erica from a year ago here.
- This month’s Culture Clash column has a good critique of dialog in games, paralleling Noah’s discussion of Mass Effect from last month.
- David Kushner has a piece in Wired, “Two AI Pioneers. Two Bizarre Suicides. What Really Happened?“, about Push Singh and Chris McKinstry. It’s a sad story. (Here’s a GTxA post from 2005 touching on Push’s work.)
- It’s not all glum, though: according to David Levy and his new book, Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships, we’ll be rolling in the hay with AI robots by 2050…
- … unless Cyberdyne Systems has something to say about it. I’ve enjoyed watching AI developers get seduced by sexy gun-toting heroines in the new Fox TV series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The first 3 episodes are currently watchable online. Timeline-wise, the show takes place after T2 and before T3 (though perhaps will become its own time-shard, not connecting to T3; read up about it on the Terminator Wiki, before the Singularity shuts it down).