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Tuesday, February 20, 2001
went up to gaithersburg, MD again. got to play ping pong! also visited the national gallery of art and postal museum in DC. saw lake lucerne for real :) i thought these were really cool, too :

and be sure to check out the graceful envelope! some of them are (from trendy lake oswego :) pretty amazing :)... and socially conscious, too!

also museum morpheus! (via ghost rocket :) and robotica! (via sensible erection :)

Friday, February 16, 2001

dialogue on dialogue (idler)

more it from bit (newsci)

at fucking last- the transcript! - barbelith underground (via linkmachinego!)

episode 10: gummi bears :) (0tv)

episode 11: no i do understand yeah i know no no i know (0tv)

prodjects: music sketcher (research.ibm)

all your base are belong to us the movie :) (via meatfilter)

Thursday, February 15, 2001
chaos in group decisions or the condorcet voting paradox, generally the arrow impossibility theorem

log rolling and pathological behavior

dynamics of multiagent systems

Multiagent systems arise in human societies, biological ecosystems, the immune system and distributed computation. While very different in detail they all face the issue of producing complex global behavior through the local interactions of their constituent parts. This is particularly problematic since the individual parts have only a limited view of the system as a whole.

a word about media coverage

We have begun to explore some machine learning techniques that allow agents to model one another's behavior in hopes that this will help them to anticipate possible retaliation... We have also started to experiment with various methods for introducing and/or exploiting frictional forces as a possible stabilizing force.

Wednesday, February 14, 2001
against sociobiology (via ptypes)

from the FT :) a critique of natural selection as secular religion or something. sets up these false dichotomies/straw men (by what measure?) and stuff, but it's still pretty cool to read. i guess that's just kind of like the nature of rhetorical argument or whatever. need something to push up against to sound convincing/be convinced of soliditude. friction. get close to the edge, fall into the gap. i'm still into this narrative consciousness thing.

two more articles from wired (it was a good issue!)

  1. on edward tian and the changes he hopes to make
  2. how technoculture is shaping up in europe (vis-a-vis the US)

"neural networks - the power of fuzzy thinking" (via haddock) had a link to this nice informative tutorial.

"something from nothing" spikemag's review of charles leadbeater's living on thin air had a reference to this whitepaper, which apparently has been pretty influential in UK policy making circles.

Tuesday, February 13, 2001
here's an article by erik davis on the dragonslayer that was mentioned on slashdot awhile back. so that's what he was doing in skokie. here are the sparknotes to grendel, btw :)

also, slashdot mentioned today the pilot project in detroit to use superconducting "tape" to replace copper wires at some power station. they just released this new powercosm report from the gildergroup, too.

welcome to the bright, bright future. it's shimmery!

oh, and wired had an article on the new richard linklater movie, waking life. i'm thinking it might be like that kick-ass shadrach video. update: oh wait, i guess it is. rotoscope.

Monday, February 12, 2001

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