The fourth century BC witnessed the height of Greece: Plato was writing the bane of intro to philosophy. And while many may be familiar with the Allegory of the Cave, the core assumptions behind modern artificial intelligence were also being produced.
I read an essay called “A Mathematician’s Apology” by G.H. Hardy. I was an undergrad in pure mathematics, minoring in English literature; it was suggested to me by a professor who probably thought I was a hopeless excuse for a math student but who himself enjoyed reading.
If you’re one of the 12 people that read my last blog post, this article is dedicated to you. If not, well, this article is still pretty cool. Previously I talked about why AI is scary. This article is about why we shouldn’t be scared. But first we have to go deeper. To understand why AI-anxiety so pervasive, we have to go… nuclear.
The Terminator. Blade Runner. The Matrix. 2001: A Space Odessy. With the exception of Bicentennial Man, AI hardly ever saves the day on the big screen. I wouldn’t say War Games was a turning point for AI as one of Hollywood’s favorite boogeymen, but since then, Arnold Schwarzenegger dressed up like a time-traveling, indestructible robot has pretty much served as every sensationalist news journalist’s favorite image of when AI’s turn into rebellious teenagers and actually go through with emancipating themselves.
This is the first post in a series of pieces on the sweetest formulae you’ve never heard of. These will be a selection of my favorite theorems and their simplified proofs; particularly those that make your head tilt because, honestly, we never learned any of those as kids. Also because I have a ton of other articles which I feel aren’t researched enough and I keep telling myself I’ll finish them. But really because this is pretty cool and it’ll make you more worldy. See? I did you a favor. Don’t say I never did anything for you.
In 2019 I continue to stand by this assessment.