October 26th, 2005

Brian and Anne

Other AI /OpenMind/ Common Sense projects

I dropped a question to the folks at MIT and in his response, Push Sing pointed out,

There have been a few clones that have made improvements. You might take a look at the Honda Indoor Commonsense site:

Also Tim Chklovski's learner site even asks questions by analogy to things people have previously taught:

(My question was as to the fact that the original Open Mind user interface doesn't allow you to point out when something it asks you to explain doesn't make sense.)

New political party name - what do you think?

Brendan and I are trying to figure out a good name for a new political party. One that would (at the very least) grab those states marked out in purple on the US map. (The ones where the separation between how many voted for Bush and how many voted for Kerry was less than %10). We have lot of political ideas of what a new party needs to focus on, but let's stick to practicalities for the moment. It needs a name. A name that has good, sensible connotations. One that does not have strong negative associations. One that can be pluralized to indicate members of the party (ever wonder why the Rainbow Party never got anywhere? Are you a Rainbow?).

Tonight Brendan had an idea we both liked: The Common Party. Members of the Common Party would be Commoners.

Interestingly enough, www.commonparty.org is already registered, by someone in Ohio. In June 2004, Mike McCaib called for a common party on FightingBob.com. On September 21 of this year, James Manning posted an argument for a 'Common Party' in his blog, "Peace on That" in a post that was linked to by Dell Gines.

I like it for its focus on common sense and finding commonalities.

What do you think?
Brian and Anne

For those who have not yet seen MirrorMask

It will be showing at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor in November, scheduled for Friday, November 11 through Thursday, November 17th. MirrorMask is a creation of Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman. I saw it and I really liked it. I wasn't entirely sure I would, but I did. When I first started reading things illustrated by Dave McKean I didn't quite take to his illustrative style, but now I'm quite used to it, and the visual effects in this film are wonderful.

Please consider going to see it while it's at the Michigan. It's better on the big screen and I really want to encourage the Michigan Theater to show this type of film.