# Category Archives: Uncategorized

## 50 Years of Wow- I lived through 5 decades of computing milestones [4400 views]

Everyone’s all, “Wow, chatGPT, amazing, a real milestone, everything will change from now on”. And they’re right – but probably don’t realize that this is not the first time something like this has happened. In fact there’s been wave after … Continue reading

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## Just How Smart are You, ChatGPT? I quiz chatGPT about math.[7200 views]

Everyone’s heard about chatGPT, the latest and most sophisticated chatbot to date.We all know it can bs proficiently about ‘soft’ topics like English literature. I decided to quiz it about a hard topic, mathematics. As you probably know, I have … Continue reading

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## To Be or Not to Be – Mathematical Existence and the Axiom of Choice [3700 views]

The axiom of choice (AC) seems harmless enough. It says that given a family of non empty sets, there is a choice function that assigns to each set an element of that set. AC is practically indispensable for doing modern … Continue reading

## GOFAI is dead – long live (NF) AI! [9900 views]

Art is what you can get away with.– Marshall McLuhan [All the images in this post were produced with generative AI – Midjourney, DALL-E 2, Stable diffusion.] I used to teach the AI course at the University of Victoria – … Continue reading

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## We Demand Data – the story of Lucid and Eduction [1700 views]

Power concedes nothing without a demand. -Frederick Douglass When the late Ed Ashcroft and I invented Lucid, we had no idea what we were getting in for.

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## Hyperstreams – Nesting in Lucid [1000 views]

When Ed Ashcroft and I invented Lucid, we intended it be a general purpose language like Pascal (very popular at the time.) Pascal had while loops and we managed to do iteration with equations. However in Pascal you can nest … Continue reading

## PyLucid – where to get it, how to use it [130 views]

Recently there was a post on the HN front page pointing to a GitHub repository containing an old (2019) version of the source for PyLucid (I don’t know who posted it). It generated a lot of interest in Lucid but … Continue reading

## Shennat dissertation: Dimensional analysis of Lucid programs [380 views]

I recently graduated my 17th and last PhD student, Monem Shennat. This is the abstract of his dissertation with my annotations (the abstract of a University of Victoria dissertation is limited to 500 words). The problem he tackled was that of … Continue reading