So, uh, this week I was a bit distracted. Not by the thing you’re thinking of… well, yeah, I suppose I was distracted by that too. But mostly I was distracted by writing an essay on the Penrose–Lucas argument (and why I think it’s bogus). The short, short version: Penrose (a physicist and mathematician) and Lucas (a philosopher) think that AI is impossible because humans can “see” the truth of certain things that a computer cannot prove, and I argue that humans aren’t seeing the truth so much as guessing at what might be true.

The details really go off into the weeds of mathematics, information theory, and computer science. You’d probably be bored to tears reading it.

So, uh, yeah. This is totally what I meant to write this week. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.