Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Link roundup

1. "Facebook has recently launched a limited beta of its ground-breaking AI called M. M’s capabilities far exceed those of any competing AI."

When communicating with M, it insists it’s an AI, and that it lives right inside Messenger. However, its non-instantaneous nature and the sheer unlimited complexity of tasks it can handle suggest otherwise. The opinion is split as to whether or not it’s a real AI, and there seems to be no way of proving its nature on way or the other.
As it happens, I did find a way of proving M’s nature. But good storytelling mandates that first, I describe my laborious path to the result, and the inconclusive experiments I had to conduct before I finally got a definitive answer.
2. "Aziz Ansari on Acting, Race and Hollywood"
Fisher Stevens was cooking dinner when I got him on the phone. I had wanted to talk to him for years
One day in college, I decided to go on the television and film website IMDB to see what happened to the Indian actor from “Short Circuit 2.” Turns out, the Indian guy was a white guy.
3. New beanies at Last Exit to Nowhere based on Jaws, Robocop, and The Thing.