artificial intelligence

This is Huge

Amazon Mechanical Turk — “Artificial Artificial Intelligence”:

Amazon Mechanical Turk provides a web services API for computers to integrate “artificial, artificial intelligence” directly into their processing by making requests of humans. Developers use the Amazon Mechanical Turk web services API to submit tasks to the Amazon Mechanical Turk web site, approve completed tasks, and incorporate the answers into their software applications. To the application, the transaction looks very much like any remote procedure call: the application sends the request, and the service returns the results. In reality, a network of humans fuels this artificial, artificial intelligence by coming to the web site, searching for and completing tasks, and receiving payment for their work.

It’s insanely ambitious, but I applaud the Amazon guys for coming up with something like this.

3 down, 2 to go

Somebody should shoot my university's schedule-makers. It's Christmas time, everyone's partying, and I have to study for exams! How does one expect me to study Artificial Intelligence (exam on the 29th) with this holiday season around? And I have nothing, simply nothing to say about my E-Commerce papers, which are oh-so-conveniently slated for, yes you guessed it right, the 31st of December. I wonder if they're planning a cute little party at the CompSci department at the end of it.

And if you thought this was the end of my rant about my the University of Delhi, Computer Science Dept.'s sadistic pleasures, I'm sorry, there's more. Some extremely wise and foresighted individuals decided that the exams shall be conducted from 2:30 to 5:30 in the afternoon/evening, which in this 6°C weather, makes it almost impossible to have any motor control over your hands by the end of it all. You might think it's funny to see a guy squirm in the cold trying to write somewhat legibly while at the same time control the urge to visit the bathroom in the dying minutes of an examination, but I assure you, it's not. I speak from experience.


It's been almost a month now since college started. I've become a "4th yearie" now, and along with the priviledge of being part the most senior student batch in college, comes the burden of selecting 5 electives out of a list of 11 specialized subjects. Here's what I chose:

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  2. Data Mining
  3. Advanced Internet Technology
  4. Unix Network Programming
  5. Cost Accounting and HRM

Out of these, AI and Data Mining are my two favourite subjects, and it's really cool to learn about logic, knowledge and stuff.

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Just started reading Akio Morita's

Just started reading Akio Morita's Made in Japan. It's the story of how Akio rose from the World War 2 hit Japan and became the chairman of Sony, one of the coolest companies around.

Found this algorithm to get rid of Spam, via /. It uses AI like principles, probability and weights to filter out bad emails. But have doubts about how well the Bayersian Method would work - should try implementing the it sometime. Personally, I think spam is fun. For example, I got this one today:

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