Ever wondered how a particular band came by their name? Here’s a lengthy list of explanations.
One I particularly like reads: “Michael Jackson—From the subtle combination of his family name, Jackson, plus the christian name given to him by his parents at the time of his birth, Michael”. Silly sods.
I have previously sung the praises of Channel 4 News and their daily Snowmail email bulletins. I’ve just discovered that they’re no longer alone, as good old Auntie offers up the Newsnight Newsletter.
There’s two established reasons not to run your car on cooking oil: it’s a legal requirement to pay tax on vehicle fuel, and cooking oil is for cooking.
When stories like this turn up in the press, people invariably start bleating about “the environment”. Will someone please think of “the environment”. Fingers get pointed, usually at the Government, and all because finger-pointing is a lot easier than facing up to the real issues.
Apparently, the world’s funniest joke as been revealed. Maybe we should drop it on Iraq, hey Tony?
I’ve joined a band. Not a difficult process really: turn up to a rehearsal room and make daft noises. It’ll be nice to be making noise with other people—music (as with many things in life) is so much better when you do it with other people.
About two months ago, I began a project to build a computer program that could learn by probability. I’m not going to write up all the details just yet—only those relevant to this particular story.
As mammals, humans are equipped with emotional reflexes. Fear, for example, allows us not only to become physically prepared for a threat, but also to recall and calculate the events caused by previous threats to aid us in making judgements regarding the supposed imminent threat. Basically, we are designed to learn on a very basic and fundamental level.
Computers do not yet have such sophisticated capabilities. The concept of learning is one of the great challenges facing the information age. However, I came up with the idea of allowing a computer to carry out simple learning processes loosely based on the human emotional reflex—i.e. assess how to handle a piece of information by assessing how previous information was handled. I refer to these processes as the Cohesive Learning Engine.