December 3rd, 2002

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Consumerism

It's funny, but it's scary too. I like giving and getting presents but the money side of it all is scary. And as the man says:
"People go crazy at Christmastime. I can't believe how much crap they buy, whether it's putty or anything else."
Online putty retailer Aaron Muderick Wired News
Hang on; this guy sells putty?
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Smarter machines

Take a model of a system, include rules of how it should work and heuristics for what to do if it doesn't and give it meta-reasoning about the components that make up the system and the system that they make up: immobile robots are going into space probes and photocopiers and maybe soon cars. Interesting piece at Technology Review
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