Digital Humanities at #AARSBL15

One important element in the decision to bring the Blogger and Online Publication program unit to an end was the fact that the Digital Humanities program unit was open to folding our area within theirs. Indeed, they invited me to join their steering committee, and we had a meeting over breakfast this morning, discussing lots [Read More...]

How Mail Has Changed

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Alpha Testing The World Table

You will now see that in addition to Disqus, you have the option to comment using The World Table. This is an opportunity to alpha test this new system and provide feedback not only about technical issues, but also about some things that you already began to talk about on my previous post – the [Read More...]

Robot Ethics CFP

Via the Religion Call for Papers Tumblr I learned about this volume, which I should perhaps consider submitting an abstract for, since I have published on the topic in the past. But I have other projects I am committed to completing before the end of the year, and so am still unsure if I will. But I [Read More...]

Rainmeter (LCARS my Desktop)

I just had Rainmeter drawn to my attention. How did I miss it for so long? It is a way of customizing your computer’s desktop background and making it interactive. The first thing that came to mind was obviously Star Trek’s interactive computer screens from The Next Generation onward. I mentioned a few years ago my [Read More...]

Amazon Echo: The Future Is Now

I paid a visit to today to see if I could find a particular piece of sheet music. I didn’t find it, but on the front page was an announcement that Amazon Echo is available to the general public. I had not really paid attention to the news about this before. But when they quoted [Read More...]

Prophets of the Technological Future

I had been meaning to blog about the movie Ex Machina for a while now. It makes explicit the potential for the creation of artificial intelligence to be thought of in terms of godlikeness. It is interesting that, whenever we imagine creation of sentient beings taking place, whether in Genesis or sci-fi, they never fail to [Read More...]

Even on Social Media

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Does This Get Your Goat?

  As you can see above, a friend of mine asked on Facebook whether anyone they know has a goat. As I said in my comment, that is the first time I have encountered a goat request on Facebook. What’s the oddest request you’ve encountered on social media? And how will the fact that one can [Read More...]

Thanks, Bing

This isn’t something I found online. I actually made the above myself. I saw Facebook offering to translate laughter, and just had to click to see what it offered as the translation. What’s the deeper significance? Laughter is untranslatable? Laughter needs no translation? Bing is useless? All of the above? [Read more...]

Staring at their Hands in Despair

April 1st’s Bizarro is funny, but also problematic. How can people who are engaging in constant conversation be “incapable of conversation”? But I am happy to see a depiction of an afterlife without cell phones. Can you imagine how long it would take you to get from one cloud to another if you were stuck [Read More...]