The new domain http://www.SocialTechHigh.org/ is now available, with just a single page on it. A new blog post on http://SocialTechNovel.SocialTechnology.ca/ contains Chapter Six of the online novel, Social Tech High, which shows for the first time some dialogue with a user. This looks something like AI, which I claim it is not. I feel uncomfortable anytime a person mentions AI, which reminds me of the poor performance of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. This dialogue represents no more than the output of a natural language interface to a very large question and answer database of Social Survey and related data, most of it to be newly collected with better survey instruments and just such a natural language interface program. But my post on the Software Development blog at Software Development does consider some questions about AI, especially the one about whether this natural language interface and the huge database it represents could actually be used to implement an artificial intelligence. I provide hints about how to prevent this from degenerating into an ELIZA vs. PARRY viscious circle feedback loop, and end up with a very qualified maybe. — dpw
I continue to use the clickable image below, though it dates from a time when I naively ignored the dangers of Social Technology.
Like all truly advanced technology, these solutions to social problems will involve a lot of math, but must not require users to have special knowledge or skills. Programmers are invited to help with the development of open source libraries for applied social mathematics.
Non-technical accounts of all these topics as well as accessible accounts of the underlying math are on the front pages of a network of associated websites.
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