– Can a machine know? Can it be taught to feel?
– What counts as knowledge?
– What is the difference between “data”, “information”, and “knowledge”?
–What are the effects of the digital age on knowledge (creation and sharing)?
Scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey (written by Arthur C. Clarke). In this scene Dave the astronaut tries to deactivate the murderous and human-like computer HAL 9000.
Scene from Bladerunner (Turing Test):
ARTICLE: The Trouble with the Turing Test
What is IBM’s Watson and how did it get here?
“We are trying to produce a deep questioning and answering machine which will change the way people interact with computers and machines”
(visit the Watson YouTube channel if you are interested)
READ: “Latest Perspectives on the Computational Age” (also in our Diigo group)
*Choose a passage to include on your blog and write about
The “goal” on the website is to democratize knowledge, or “make all the world’s knowledge systematically computable and accessible”.
Let’s check out Stephan Wolfram’s TED talk about Wolfram Alpha.
…and here’s an example of using CDF to show the Orton Effect in Photography
How is Wolfram Alpha like a Matryoshka Doll? It’s in the nesting! http://blog.wolframalpha.com/2012/06/12/how-is-wolframalpha-like-a-matryoshka-doll/
Can a program be creative? musical? Let’s find out: http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2011/06/music-mathematica-and-the-computational-universe/
TIME TO PLAY!
First watch the INTRO
Access Wolfram Alpha HERE
Facebook Analytics (find out how to do it here) – after doing your own analytics, post some screen shots to your blog (optional) and reflect on the insight you gained from these analytics.
Check out the interesting lesson plans on the educators portal – what do you think?
1. _____Explore your EE topic using Wolfram Alpha- provide an example, post to blog
2. _____Do a frivolous comparison or other kind of search – post to blog.
3. _____Ask at least 2 “knowledge issue” questions related to this tool and the goals of the company (post to blog)
4. Be sure to follow Stephan and Conrad on Twitter- if you feel daring, ask them a relevant question (I heard from a friend of theirs Conrad will more likely answer). Let us know!
Here’s Conrad’s TEDx talk in Brussels “I Calculate, Therefore I Am” (he actually poses a lot of “Knoweldge Issue” questions in this, including “Is it Cheating to use W. A. in Math homework?”)
BLOG: What do you think about this article? (post thoughts to blog). ***If you can find an amusing tweet, video or cartoon about Siri please include.
CLASS NOTES from TWITTER