What does "assimilation" (in its socio-cultural sense) really mean in an age of globalization, easy digital communication, international integration, migration, and recently in the wake of recrudescent nationalisms? On a vary basic level, we know that assimilation refers to a process by which individuals of a more or less distinct group (perhaps indigenous, immigrant, or … Continue reading Assimilation – in the 21st century?
I've just changed the theme template of Multidisciplinary Perspectives to give it a different look. This is the first change of appearance since I started it just over 10 years ago. The three columns are retained, though in a different arrangement. The rest of the blog is basically the same, though some minor changes will … Continue reading New look
Chess is a game designed for two players. All the experiments with ever more advanced computers playing either against humans or each other naturally conform to this assumption. But what if the game were changed so that each piece were artificially intelligent (AI), made its own moves, and the decision about which piece on a … Continue reading A chess game with 32 intelligent pieces?
Popular usage of the term "renewable energy" is problematic, because it includes two distinct classes or sub-categories of energy sources: On the one hand, forms of bioenergy that serve as fuels for vehicles, feedstock for power plants (i.e., biomass, biofuels, etc.), and all the way down to firewood for cookstoves; and on the other hand, a set … Continue reading Reframing “renewable energy” & “bioenergy”
It may not rise to the level of "torture," but it sure is annoying - the constant resort to a "dangling this" in hyperlinks intended to entice readers to click on them. What comes to mind, especially after observing its use, is the water drip torture - often referred to as "Chinese water torture" or … Continue reading “Dangling this” drip torture, or the “poor man’s clickbait”
Northbound on US Interstate 75 near the Ohio-Michigan border last week, I came to a stretch of highway where road repairs necessitated closing all but the right lane. Cars in front began finding openings in the already slowing lane to my right, and all of a sudden I found myself alone with an empty lane … Continue reading Zipper-merging & traffic as a system
Two items concerning how we think about "work" posted to LinkedIn in May 2018. The first is another in what is becoming a mini-genre of articles about the potential for the standard job/work-day being less than the familiar 8 hours. The second is an older academic article discussing how we categorize different types of work, … Continue reading [LI] A shorter job-day; reconceptualizing types of work