Program typically represented by large number of numeric parameters.
These numeric parameters may collectively define say behaviour
(a mapping from input senses to output actions)
or a pattern classifier (e.g. handwriting recognition).
Numeric parameters then modified by large number of interactions with the world
(e.g. the real world, the problem, a software world)
until the program works.
Does not worry about contradictions.
Contains vast number of rules which may contradict each other.
Makes ever-changing decisions about which rules to follow.
Solution may be hard to analyse,
and hard to know if optimal or always correct,
yet may still be better than symbolic alternative.
Philosophy - Whatever works, works, in evolution.
No particular reason for evolution to care about constructing logical systems.
The mind - even the mind of a logician - is an irrational competition of
multiple conflicting ideas, rules and
Logic is done rarely, if at all, by most people.
Spam detection software, running on the system "alpamayo.computing.dcu.ie", has
identified this incoming email as possible spam.
Content analysis details: (25.2 points, 2.0 required)
pts rule name description
---- ---------------------- --------------------------------------------------
1.0 FSL_XM_419 Old OE version in X-Mailer only seen in 419 spam
2.6 NSL_RCVD_FROM_USER Received from User
0.0 FSL_RCVD_USER FSL_RCVD_USER
2.4 TVD_PH_BODY_ACCOUNTS_PRE BODY: TVD_PH_BODY_ACCOUNTS_PRE
0.0 HTML_MESSAGE BODY: HTML included in message
0.8 BAYES_50 BODY: Bayes spam probability is 40 to 60%
0.0 T_OBFU_HTML_ATTACH BODY: HTML attachment with non-text MIME type
0.7 MIME_HTML_ONLY BODY: Message only has text/html MIME parts
0.8 FSL_UA FSL_UA
0.4 HTML_MIME_NO_HTML_TAG HTML-only message, but there is no HTML tag
0.1 FORGED_OUTLOOK_TAGS Outlook can't send HTML in this format
0.0 T_HTML_ATTACH HTML attachment to bypass scanning?
1.7 FROM_MISSP_MSFT From misspaced + supposed Microsoft tool
0.0 T_OBFU_ATTACH_MISSP Obfuscated attachment type and misspaced From
0.0 FSL_NEW_HELO_USER FSL_NEW_HELO_USER
1.9 AXB_XMAILER_MIMEOLE_OL_024C2 AXB_XMAILER_MIMEOLE_OL_024C2
2.6 MSOE_MID_WRONG_CASE MSOE_MID_WRONG_CASE
0.0 FORGED_OUTLOOK_HTML Outlook can't send HTML message only
3.7 FROM_MISSP_TO_UNDISC From misspaced, To undisclosed
2.0 FSL_MISSP_REPLYTO Mis-spaced from and Reply-to
1.0 FROM_MISSP_USER From misspaced, from "User"
1.6 FROM_MISSPACED From: missing whitespace
0.0 FROM_MISSP_REPLYTO From misspaced, has Reply-To
1.9 FORGED_MUA_OUTLOOK Forged mail pretending to be from MS Outlook
Baron und Baronin Willy von Wattenwyl und ihre kinder Yvonne, Gérard und Sigismund
geben hiemit tiefbetrübt Nachricht von dem Ableben ihrer innigstgeliebten Mutter, Schwiegermutter, Grossmutter und Urgrossmutter, der hochwohlgeborenen Frau
Baronin von Stenksch-Prittag geb. Margaret Livingston-Gibbon,
welche am 3. Januar 1911 nach kurzem Leiden in ihrem 93. Lebensjahre in Schloss Lannach bei Graz gottergeben entschlummerte.
Die teure Heimgegangene wird nach Graz zur Aufbahrung in der Leichenhalle des Evangelischen Friedhofes überführt, woselbst Donnerstag den 5. d. M. um 2 Uhr nachmittags die Einsegnung und hierauf die Bestattung im eigenen Grabe erfolgt.
Lannach, am 3. Januar 1911.
1911 death notice in my genealogy research.
Baron and Baroness Willy von Watteville and their children Yvonne, Gérard and Sigismund
hereby give deeply saddened by the death of their message innigstgeliebten mother, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, the woman Highborne
Baroness von Stenksch-Prittag born Margaret Livingston-Gibbon,
which asleep resignedly on January 3 in 1911 according to recently suffering in its 93rd year of life in Schloss Lannach near Graz.
The expensive home Gone is transferred to Graz for laying out in the morgue of the Protestant cemetery, woselbst Thursday 5th inst. By 2 clock in the afternoon, the blessing and then the burial in his own tomb done.
Lannach, on 3 January 1911th
Baron and Baroness Willy von Wattenwyl and their children Yvonne, Gérard and Sigismund
hereby give deeply grieved notice of the death of their dearly beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother, the most noble lady
Baroness von Stenksch-Prittag, formerly Margaret Livingston Gibbon,
who on 3 January 1911 after a short illness at the age of 93 years, in Lannach Castle near Graz, passed away.
The dear departed will be taken to Graz to lie in the mortuary of the Protestant cemetery, where on Thursday the 5th of the month at 2 o'clock in the afternoon the benediction and afterwards the burial in her own vault will take place.
Lannach, 3 January 1911.
Chess was an AI goal for decades since: (1) it is easy to computerise,
and: (2) it is very hard to beat humans.
Finally, AI beat humans in 1997 when the IBM machine
beat the chess world champion
This led to much discussion:
Deep Blue examines 200 million moves a second.
Which seems totally different to how humans do it.
It is often said that human chess experts examine at most 4 moves a second.
But, one argument goes, how do they know?
That's all the expert is conscious of,
but maybe his subconscious parallel pattern-matchers are examining hundreds of moves a second.
Or implicitly examining millions of moves a second
by passing the current board position through a neural machine that has the results of millions of past moves compiled into it.
Only the best of the subconscious matches get passed up to the conscious for heavy-duty analysis.
Sometimes I link to Wikipedia.
I have written something
In defence of Wikipedia.
It is often a useful starting point
but you cannot trust it.
Linking to it is like linking to a Google search.
A starting point, not a destination.
highlight in red all
links to Wikipedia and Google search
and other possibly-unreliable user-generated content.