A Taxonomy Of AI Systems

(NOTE: the following is all highly speculative and not researched very well.) In a blog post on domain-specific programming languages author Eric Raymond made a distinction between the kinds of problems best solved through raw automation and the kinds of problems best solved by making a human perform better. This gave me an idea for a 4-quadrant […]

Profiting From The Written Word

– Mentorbox is a new subscription-based service which sends customers a monthly box containing interesting books filled with study sheets, detailed notes, summaries, and the like. – Alain De Botton’s School of Life has a bibliotherapy service in which people are guided to penetrating works of literature that grapple with whatever problems they’re currently facing. Feeling […]


I just finished Christopher Butler’s “Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction”, and my impression of the philosophy is still that it consists of a half-dozen genuinely useful insights inflated to completely absurd dimensions. Yes, to a surprisingly large extent the things we take for granted are social and linguistic constructions; yes, the ‘discourse’ of mutually connected […]