April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
— T.S. Elliot, The Wasteland
Why call out Memory and Desire to label this blog’s posts?
Put these qualities alongside
intelligence, the current darling of elite culture, and target of wide-ranging research in Artificial Intelligence. How often would you hear “I want my kids to be intelligent”, compared to “I want my kids to develop good Memories?”, or “to know the sources of their desire?” But Memory and Desire I maintain are more fundamental, and key to the mystery of our human nature. Heck, we already have a good idea how one can build a machine that’s intelligent.
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John Mark Agosta works in machine learning in the Bay Area.