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A group of researchers in philosophy, psychology and mathematics are requesting the assistance of the mathematical community by participating in a survey about mathematicians’ philosophical intuitions. The survey is available here: http://goo.gl/Gu5S4E. For the...

Martin Fowler’s Design S...

Martin Fowler’s Design Stamina Hypothesis expresses a widely held belief among practicing software engineers and other technical professionals that is also taught in computer science curricula. Basically, the idea is that “good software design,” a...

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Eugene Goostman, an artificial intelligence program purporting to be a thirteen year old boy from the Ukraine, recently prompted a spate of breathless news articles reporting that an AI had finally and for the first time passed the famous Turing Test, fooling humans...

The Mathematics of Terminators...

Can we make computers that think like or even better than human beings? If we can, will these computers make the world a better place as in Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot science-fiction stories or try to wipe us out as in James Cameron’s dystopian Terminator...

The Refactoring...

Hello Theo, You have asked me to send an account of the miraculous occurrence known as The Refactoring. In answer to your inquiry, I have consulted both our Git commit messages and actually spoken with living witnesses to this miracle of miracles. Here is a true...

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STEM Shortage Claims and Faceb...

Tech titan Facebook’s recent acquisition of WhatsApp for the bargain basement price of $19 billion in cash and stock (slightly less than the inflation adjusted cost of the Manhattan Project) generated a spate of news articles noting that both WhatsApp co-founders...
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