Archive for September, 2007

29
Sep
07

What is computation?

I’ve posted an essay I wrote as a first reading for my intro programming courses – both animate arts and our EECS course.  It’s called What is Computation? and the idea is to combat the perception of computer science as being purely about fussy details of coding by placing computation in a social and historical context, and using that as a way of introducing some of the fundamental concepts that make information technology fundamentally different from other technologies.  Comments welcome.

23
Sep
07

position paper: ai and psychopathology

I’ve just put up the final version of my position paper for the AAAI Symposium on Intelligent Narrative Technologies.  It argues that popular narratives deal at least as much with the ways characters depart from ideal rationality as it deals with actual rational behavior, that we don’t have computational theories of those modes of behavior, and that we could learn a lot by trying to model them.

23
Sep
07

dragged kicking and screaming into 2007

My home page is no longer embarassingly out of date.