Link-Soup for 2006-04-30
Sick of receiving spam emails requesting submissions to the 2005 World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics – which charges $390 for each attendee – students Jeremy Stribling, Daniel Aguayo and Maxwell Krohn of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote a program to generate a nonsense paper.
Starting with skeleton sentences, pools of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and a random assortment of computer science jargon, the program produced a grammatically correct yet utterly nonsensical paper titled: “Rooter: a methodology for the typical unification of access points and redundancy”. “This isn’t artificial intelligence, it’s the dirt-simplest way we could think to do this,” Stribling says.
An A-List blogger’s recent decission to avoid “people who were deeply unhappy” and spend more time with people who are happy earned him a lot of scorn. But another blogger says that the decision might be scientifically sound.
A few things I’ll try to explain in this post:
1) One of the most important recent neuroscience discoveries–“mirror neurons”, and the role they play in a decision like Robert’s
2) The heavily-researched social science phenomenon known as “emotional contagion”
3) Ignorance and misperceptions around the idea of “happy people”