Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 558. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2020-01-17 14:28:02+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: an example of untranslatable text I'm in need of two rhetorical devices, as follows: (1) a few very short examples of text that would put up obviously insurmountable resistance to a satisfactory rendering in any computational markup language. A problem that would pose such an impossibility would be an ambiguity that must not be resolved and whose range of renditions is indefinite. For my purposes the text should be in ordinary, everyday English. (2) analogies or metaphors that were or are used to characterise artificial intelligence. Historical examples are 'fast moron' and 'idiot savant'. The first of these (according to Pamela McCorduck) was invented at IBM to allay fears of its customers, but its persistence suggests the ring of truth. It's more or less vanished, but the second remains popular. The problem is not to bad-mouth AI, rather to illustrate to a novice that any possible intelligence of which the digital machine could be capable has specific characteristics that can be traced back to its design. These characteristics, I am wanting to argue, are limited, as the characteristics of any definite thing are limited, but not so as to make an AI necessarily less 'intelligent', only differently so. Many thanks for examples -- or for more intelligent framing of the problem :-). Yours, WM -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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