I’ve got a new From the Ombuds out, with a few thoughts on the difference between “live” and AI:
I reference Memorex not just to make the point that I am old and out of touch, alienating anyone young enough not to have looked forward to, then been disappointed by, and then come to really enjoy that new Star Trek series that didn’t even have Kirk or Spock. I’d like instead to riff on the differences between something live and real and a simulation. Does it really matter? And I’m going to do it, hopefully, without ending up in a Philip K. Dick novel (this was a question that he played with throughout his writing). So let’s take a step on an existential journey.