Author Topic: The Standard Theory  (Read 66 times)

Offline Baruch (OP)

The Standard Theory
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:16:53 PM »


Good qualitative review (though 3 hours) of present Standard Theory ... the basis of current materialism.

Notice that this popularization uses its own mythos ... to present it (two people who have travelled to the future).  I find retro scifi more interesting, alternative past, not alternative future.  For example, the British government giving Babbage more support, which creates an earlier computer revolution, leading to a much more world dominance by the British Empire.
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Re: The Standard Theory
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 05:20:02 PM »
Yeah, they should've given Ada Lovelace more support and encouragement, as well:

How Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s Daughter, Became the World’s First Computer Programmer
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How a young woman with the uncommon talent of applying poetic imagination to science envisioned the Symbolic Medea that would become the modern computer, sparking the birth of the digital age.
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"Nihilism: any aim is lacking, any answer to the question "why" is lacking. What does nihilism mean?--that the supreme values devaluate themselves."
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Offline Baruch (OP)

Re: The Standard Theory
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 09:32:28 PM »
Yeah, they should've given Ada Lovelace more support and encouragement, as well:

How Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s Daughter, Became the World’s First Computer Programmer

But she would have set back the world wide domination of AI by decades, because she denied computers can think, in her very first paper ;-)
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Re: The Standard Theory
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 01:42:24 PM »
Well, she was right - computers can't think. A chess-playing (or Go-playing) computer isn't thinking, it's just looking at numbers.
God Not Found
"Nihilism: any aim is lacking, any answer to the question "why" is lacking. What does nihilism mean?--that the supreme values devaluate themselves."
Friedrich Nietzsche

Offline Baruch (OP)

Re: The Standard Theory
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 06:42:34 PM »
I believe the intention of the Analytical Engine was decimal ... so not binary ... like modern computers.  But functionally the same thing.  A few modern electronic computers tried to do decimal, but binary was a lot easier.
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