Why do people hold particular political beliefs? Why is there such a large and persistent divide, at least in the USA, on the same set of core issues? And why is communication so difficult between people holding opposing views? In the mid-1990s – soon after the publication of Newt Gringrich’s Contract With America … Continue reading One Big, Happy Family
Imagine you’re at a new friend’s house for dinner, and the house is stiflingly hot. You feel uncomfortable turning on the AC yourself, so instead, you casually remark: “Boy, it sure is warm in here!” Your friend will probably infer your intentions, and will turn on the AC or open a window. Now imagine that … Continue reading When will machines understand our intentions?