Friday’s footnote notwithstanding, that’s pretty much all I remember from three years of Latin. (Cogito, ergo sum. Res ipsa loquitur. Arma virumque cano . . .)
But in a few years I may have all the world’s languages implanted in my little brain:
KURZWEIL, TELOMERASE, JEOPARDY, 2001
Sue Hoell: ‘Did you see the TIME article on Ray Kurzweil?’
☞ The basic notion is that in about 35 years computers will have become so fast – and so much smarter than humans – that they will take over their own continuously improved designs and brush us aside (what would they need us for?) or meld with us (who among us would not want a few implanted superpowers?). And (as mentioned here from time to time), we could live forever.
(‘In November, researchers at Harvard Medical School announced in Nature that they had . . . administered telomerase to a group of mice suffering from age-related degeneration. The damage went away. The mice didn’t just get better; they got younger.’)
Forty-three years ago, the computer HAL (subtract one letter from I and B and M) all but succeeded in brushing aside its human masters in the iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Last week, IBM’s Watson drubbed its human competitors at Jeopardy. Where will we be in 2045? And wouldn’t it be a very good idea to learn to get along with each other in the meantime?
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Amo amas amat; amamus amatis amant. Ave, atque vale.
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On the day of the 1983 economic summit, James A. Baker 3rd, then chief of staff, realized Mr. Reagan had not read his briefing book. When Mr. Baker asked why, Mr. Reagan responded, 'Well, Jim, The Sound of Music was on last night.'~Professor Herbert S. Parmet reviewing President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime
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