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I'm building a corpus of political discourse that will first include the 2012 and 2016 debates and associated news coverage accessed from the TV News Archive. These are some notes on tools I can and likely will use to do that and ideas for a prototype web app, or "corpus plus".
An essay on some on ideas on how symbolic processinng could be an emergent property of connectionist models. Based on a prompt by Professor Chris Kello.
A very brief history of Parallel Distributed Processing that mostly focuses on what came after: neural networks, machine learning, machine intelligence, TensorFlow, and deep learning. Presented in COGS 201 led by Professor Chris Kello.
Searle argued that only machines could be conscious, by which he meant that there is no mental stuff that is conscious. How might consciousness be measured? Tononi and co-workers provide a potential means to measure consciousness in natural or engineered systems. Based on a prompt by Professor Chris Kello.
Some time ago I copied a vinyl record of a speech given by Nobel laureate George Wald in protest of the Vietnam war and the weaponization of academic achievements. He describes his observations of a pervasive feeling of loss and hopelessness among his students, pointing out that "a lecture is more of a conversation" than most people realize. This is a radio show I made to explore the key points from the speech. There are two other related posts preceding this one on my old blog at mtpain.github.io.
Some ranty, incoherently angry (hangry?) blog posts I wrote as my time at Rice University as a grad student in applied physics was coming to an end. I had been participating in some protest events in Houston, presenting my work to investors from the CIA, and struggling to understand how to balance my love for my country and patriotism with the feeling that we as a country don't always do the right thing.
Last Updated October 7, 2016