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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Mike Dwyer
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    I also love the internet and can’t imagine not having it, but I also make a conscious effort to stay grounded with real-world social activities. I belong to several clubs and organizations that force me to mingle and stay active. I wish the Moose Lodge and Rotary Clubs would make a comeback. One of the additional obstacles I see is less willingness for parents to leave the kids at home with a babysitter and go ‘have a life’. Their parenting circle becomes their social group, hence also the rise of traveling sports teams, etc.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird
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    ELIZA was one hell of a computer program back a million years ago.

    Here’s the sentence that gives me pause (I’m adding the emphasis):

    While ELIZA was capable of engaging in discourse, ELIZA could not converse with true understanding. However, many early users were convinced of ELIZA’s intelligence and understanding, despite Weizenbaum’s insistence to the contrary.

    The internet, as a whole, as an Eliza with even better pattern matching.Report

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