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Over at The Occasional Pamphlet, I describe an interesting connection between "two British-born, Oxbridge-educated, permanent bachelors with sui generis demeanors, questioned sexualities, and occasional stammers, interested in logic and mathematics" and am especially interested in what computer scientists think of the speculation that it leads to.
…the huge ledger… Still from Codebreaker showing Turing's checkout of three Carroll books. The charming town of Guildford, 40 minutes southwest of London on South West Trains, is associated with tw...
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Using a markup language for writing scholarly articles is old hat among the math/CS/physics community. (LaTeX anyone?) But the rest of academia hasn't caught up. Here are my thoughts on why they should use Markdown. Plus, a hidden agenda!
With few exceptions, scholars would be better off writing their papers in a lightweight markup format called Markdown, rather than using a word-processing program like Microsoft Word. This post explains why, and reveals a hidden agenda as well.1 ...
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My new paper on the Turing Test — "There can be no Turing-Test-Passing memorizing machines" — discussing +Ned Block's "Aunt Bertha machine" objection to the Test, is now available from Philosophers' Imprint, the open-access philosophy journal from Michigan Publishing. I'd hazard to guess it's one of the few philosophy papers in which a derivative is taken.
Title: There Can Be No Turing-Test-Passing Memorizing Machines [vol. 14, no. 16, pp. 1-13]. Author: Shieber, Stuart M. Collection: Philosophers' Imprint · More info | Add to bookbag · Next Page. Page image. Next Page. Permanent URL for this title: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3521354.0014.016 ...
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If taxpayer-funded research ought to be publicly available, as open-access advocates frequently claim, then it's worth noting how much research is taxpayer funded. Namely, all university research.
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I have a new post proposing a model publication agreement for use by open-access journals. The basic approach is to have authors grant a CC-BY license, while also making sure that some of the related details are fully specified to protect both author and publisher. There's already some discussion of possible variations in the comment thread for the post. Other thoughts gratefully accepted, ideally over at the blog.
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Random thoughts on a variant of "cut-and-choose" as a mechanism for addressing gerrymandering. (If only the political bit were solvable.)
By reshaping districts to eliminate the voting power of particular individuals, as modern district mapping software allows, some persons are being denied equal protection, I'd have thought. And so have certain Supreme Court justices. It's hard to know what to do about the problem.
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My thoughts on the current "Turing moment": 

We seem to be at the “Turing moment”, what with Benedict Cumberbatch, erstwhile Sherlock Holmes, now starring as a Hollywood Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. The release culminates a series of Turing-related events over the last few years.... 
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I'm looking for some thoughts from you natural-language processing people out there. For my undergraduate NLP/CL class this fall, I'm thinking about assigning final projects in a new way. Instead of having students design their own projects, I'd provide a small set of classic NLP papers, say five or six. Each student would replicate the result in the paper, and if inspired, extend it a bit.

Now for the question: What papers do you think would be appropriate for such an exercise. To qualify, a paper should introduce a relatively simple method, one reimplementable in a couple of weeks; operate over available data or data that can be easily constructed; be amenable to a quantitative evaluation; and generate a satisfying feeling upon completion.

Any recommendations?
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I'll be heading to Scotland for most of June. Here are the deets.
I'm excited to be heading to Scotland for much of June under the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship program of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance, visiting the Universities of Aberdeen, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh, and giving talks at each. If any locals are around and would ...
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From the "necessity the mother of invention" department: Here's my ultraportable device for turning a smartphone into a document scanner. Complete with video!
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So you want to found a new open-access journal. Good for you. Please read this first.
Precipitated by a recent request to review some proposals for new open-access journals, I spent some time gathering my own admittedly idiosyncratic thoughts on some of the issues that should be considered when founding new open-access journals. I make them available here.
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It's about time. (h/t Harry Lewis)
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