Common sense: the Chomsky/Piaget debates come to AI

In 1975, Noam Chomsky and Jean Paiget held a historic debate about the nature of human cognition; Chomsky held that babies are born with a bunch of in-built rules and instincts that help them build up the knowledge that they need to navigate the world; Piaget argued that babies are effectively blank slates that acquire knowledge from experiencing the world (including the knowledge that there is a thing called "experience" and "the world"). Read the rest

You are the elevator captain: a guide to Japan's unspoken elevator etiquette

The first person in an elevator in Japan in the "elevator captain," with duties to keep the door-open button pressed during load/unload and then button-mash close-door once loading is complete, with elevator captaincy being transferred to the next-most-proximate rider once the captain reaches their floor. Read the rest