Monday, June 30, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sometimes invitations arrive too late.
Weizenbaum will be remembered for several achievements, including being the father of ELIZA and the author of the very influential Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment To Calculation.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
If you cannot attend in person, this Wiki-debate allows participants to read and comment on the abstract of all papers that will be presented at the conference.
Wiki-debate is found at http://www.wiki-debate.org/ and a tutorial is available on-line.
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Friday, June 13, 2008
"In the spring of 1947, Wiener went to England, where he visited the British computer-building projects, and spoke with Alan Turing." (note)
interesting... (see previous blog)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
- Username: hea
- Password: welcome
More information on the program here.
As for the talk, in it I argue that recent technological transformations in the life-cycle of information have brought about a fourth revolution, in the long process of reassessing humanity’s fundamental nature and role in the universe.
We are not immobile, at the centre of the universe (Copernicus); we are not unnaturally distinct and different from the rest of the animal world (Darwin); and we are far from being entirely transparent to ourselves (Freud). We are now slowly accepting the idea that we might be informational organisms among many agents (Turing), inforgs not so dramatically different from clever, engineered artefacts, but sharing with them a global environment that is ultimately made of information, the infosphere.
This new conceptual revolution is humbling, but also exciting. For in view of this important evolution in our self-understanding, and given the sort of IT-mediated interactions that humans will increasingly enjoy with other agents, whether natural or synthetic, we have the unique opportunity of developing a new ecological approach to the whole of reality, in which e-learning may play a crucial role.