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I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

Authority: A Novel
Jeff VanderMeer
Progress: 90/340 pages
Let's Talk About Love
Claire Kann
Progress: 66/277 pages
Princess Prince
Tomoko Taniguchi
Progress: 310/336 pages
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Peter Godfrey-Smith
Progress: 41/255 pages
A Rational Arrangement
Rowyn Ashby
Progress: 89/537 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

Reading progress update: I've listened 458 out of 555 minutes.

The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer - Paul Michael Garcia, David Leavitt

It's fascinating hearing about Turing's attempts to advocate for giving machines something similar to the amount of leeway we give humans. For example, we don't expect humans to know how to do things without first getting some kind of training or instruction, and we don't expect humans to always get everything right.

 

But yeah, now the author has gotten to Turing's ideas on how a machine might be taught, and it's old fashioned child rearing strategies, with some form of punishment being viewed as better and more effective at inspiring change and growth in the machine than praise. As far as this part goes, I prefer Ted Chiang's The Lifecycle of Software Objects.