Form vs. Meaning

There is a fundamental difference between form and meaning. Form is the physical structure of something, while meaning is the interpretation or concept that is attached to that form. For example, the form of a chair is its physical structure – four legs, a seat, and a back. The meaning of a chair is that it is something you can sit on.This distinction is important when considering whether or not an AI system can be trained to learn semantic meaning.

Scott Aaronson

What we are actually listening to is human limitation and the audacity to transcend it. Artificial Intelligence, for all its unlimited potential, simply doesn’t have this capacity. How could it? And this is the essence of transcendence. If we have limitless potential then what is there to transcend? And therefore what is the purpose of the imagination at all. Music has the ability to touch the celestial sphere with the tips of its fingers and the awe and wonder we feel is in the desperate temerity of the reach, not just the outcome. Where is the transcendent splendour in unlimited potential? 

Nick Cave, in response to a question from a fan in in The Red Hand Files, his newsletter.

What remains are the things that cannot be relegated to machines and algorithms, copied from others, or reduced to formulas, directions, and recipes: the artist remains—the singular human individual capable of creative ideas, original thoughts, deep contemplation, and unique expressions of complex ideas, philosophies, and emotions.

Guy Tal

Say hello to the Hangzhou Internet Court that is in session and accessible via WeChat. It has handled 3 million legal cases or other judicial procedures. It was first established in 2017 to help online trade disputes, copyright cases, and e-commerce product liability claims. By using artificial intelligence, chatbots, and other new technologies, the digital court judges are augmented by humans to get quick decisions. The cost of mistyping couldn’t be higher. Read on Japan Times.

An AI to save cats

Only 500 leopard wild cats survive in the almost urban jungle of Taiwan and are on the verge of extinction. In order to protect the endangered species, DT42, a Taiwan-based deep learning startup is using AI (in collaboration with Taiwan’s Directorate General of Highways) to “detect leopard cats when they near roads and keep them out of harm’s way, reducing roadkills.” Just a reminder that while we can fear AI, it can come in handy.

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