The AI Revolution: Road to Superintelligence – Wait But Why

Is mankind on the cusp of an artificial intelligence revolution? We have already mastered artificial narrow intelligence. Following Moore’s Law and similar theories applied to artificial intelligence, we may master artificial general intelligence within the decade and artificial super intelligence within a generation. How exciting will the AI revolution be? Continue reading

Fencing Language in “The Princess Bride”

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Here is a breakdown of fencing terminology in the “Princess Bride” Cliffs of Insanity scene between Inigo Montoya and the Dread Pirate Roberts. Be sure to check the comments in the original blog.

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If you’re anything like me, you found the movie The Princess Bride (1987) by Rob Reiner, to be a very entertaining film.  In all honesty, this was the film that poured gasoline on my desire to wield a sword, and quote the lines (with accent), “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die.”  For others it may have been Errol Flynn or Douglas Fairbanks; but for me, it was the sword fight on “The Cliffs of Insanity” that sparked my early fascination with fencing.

In this particular scene, while dueling (then, a life-or-death affair), while at the same time showing overwhelming sportsmanship, Inigo Montoya and the Man-In-Black (Westley) casually (and most humorously) discuss complex fencing tactics.  It was this friendly exchange of historical references that I found completely intriguing.  For years, I would quote the lines, but it wasn’t until…

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Dave Barry Learns Everything You Need to Know About Being a Husband From Reading 50 Shades of Grey

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” contains an encouraging message to men everywhere: Women are interested in sex with abusive, but superhot billionaires. The rest of us will have to wait until the next “Fifty Shades” movie (or win the lottery a hundred times) before we can have sex with our own wives.

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So I read Fifty Shades of Grey. This is the book written by female British author “E. L. James” that became a huge bestseller, devoured by pretty much every woman on Earth except my wife (or so she claims).

I think I might be the only man who read this book. I did it sneakily, hiding the cover, especially when I was on an airplane, which actually is a good place to read this book because you have access to a barf bag. I say this because of the writing style, which is . . . OK, here’s one tiny sample of the writing style:

“Did you give him our address?”
“No, but stalking is one of his specialties,” I muse matter-of-factly.
Kate’s brow knits further.

That’s right: This is the kind of a book where, instead of saying things, characters muse them, and they are somehow able to…

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