Monday, 8 May 2000

Darwin among the machines

Listening to:

Bebop by Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie.

Just read:

Darwin among the machines by George Dyson.

This wasn’t that good after all. The historical narrative seemed accurate, and was interesting. However, the conclusions Dyson was drawing about the nature of AI, evolution and all that sort of thing, were waffly (i.e., lacked precision, making it impossible to tell what, if anything he meant), and occasionally just bizarre.

Java a meta-language? Object oriented programming languages somehow analogous to the random processes of natural selection? Yeah, right.

To read next:

Back to Forster; Room with a view.