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Stuart Shieber
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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.

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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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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!

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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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.

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I'll be heading to Scotland for most of June. Here are the deets.

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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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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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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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So you want to found a new open-access journal. Good for you. Please read this first.
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