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Jay Richards interviews Robert J. Marks at COSM 2019

Are Our Brains Downloadable?

Jay Richards interviews Dr. Robert J. Marks II, Director of the Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence, about the meaning and future of artificial intelligence. Marks challenges the notion espoused by Ray Kurzweil and others that our minds are “downloadable.” In Marks’ view, there are certain aspects of our brain that are not algorithmic and thus can’t be uploaded Read More ›

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Robert J. Marks at Dallas Launch

Robert J. Marks II on One Thing Only Humans Can Do

In a panel discussion at the Dallas launch of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence, the Center’s director, Baylor Professor of Computer Engineering Robert J. Marks, offered some thoughts on the evening’s topic, “Will “Smart” Machines Take Over Our Jobs?”

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Economist George Gilder on Capitalism, Socialism, and Google

Life After Google author George Gilder explains the role of creativity in capitalism as he shares economic insight on Life, Liberty & Levin. Learning, he says, is the heart of capitalism. Whereas capitalism is about creativity, socialism is about planning and rests on the assumption that we already know everything we need to know in order to plan our future.

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Make a Wish
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Surprise and Creativity

Why in the world do we need yet another “new” economics? Jamming the libraries and the bookstores of the world are avatars of what must be every variation on the great themes of market and managerial economics. Scores of Nobel Prizes have been awarded for various nugatory refinements of the prevailing ideas. All these schemes, however, fail to answer the Read More ›

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Time flies. Red vintage alarm clock falling down into blue and white paint with splash effect. Abstract art background.

The Gods Must Be Tidy!

When as a boy I read “The Scouring of the Shire” near the end of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, I could not understand why Tolkien felt the need to tack on such an anti-climactic and shabby bit of evil. Only later, as I began to notice modernity’s penchant for ugliness in the world beyond Middle Read More ›

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The Act of Creation

For Homer the act of creating poetry is a divine gift, one that derives from an otherworldly source and is not ultimately reducible to this world. This conception of human creativity as a divine gift pervaded the ancient world, and was also evident among the Hebrews. In Exodus, for instance, we read that God filled the two artisans Bezaleel and Aholiab with wisdom so that they might complete the work of the tabernacle. Read More ›