Sunday, January 6, 2013

Daily Thoughts 01/06/2012

Foto del escritor Jorge Luis Borges en el Hôtel des Beaux Arts donde murió Oscar Wilde (llamado entonces Hôtel d´Alsace) y donde quiso morir Borges.

Daily Thoughts 01/06/2012

This morning, I spent a little more time thinking about Big Data.  It is very interesting to me. I also spent a little time looking at social reading.  I rather like a project called Open Utopia.  It strikes a chord in me.

I also checked my social media accounts.  This article on Ray Kurzweil being the new Director of Engineering for Google is rather interesting.

I read some more of How To Create a Mind.  Right now, I am reading about consciousness and whether it is possible for machines to be conscious.  Ray Kurzweil describes the philosophy of emergent consciousness where there are different degrees of consciousness; an ant is conscious, but a dog is a little more conscious, and a human being is more conscious than a dog.  It is interesting.  Maybe Ray Kurzweil will make a conscious search engine which will discuss what we are looking for.  This part of the book is quite philosophical and includes discussions of people like Rene Descartes and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Web Bits

5 Reasons Being a Librarian is Stressful
This is pretty accurate.  A lot of libraries are going through increasing funding cuts,  which creates job stress and the fear of layoffs.

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