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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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J. Goard

Your post begins with an egregious equivocation on the concept of "mastering speech". Infants do not easily master conversion of a spoken form to a written form, in the absence of either a rich semantics of the physical world or a rich pragmatics of human interaction in a shared environment. Even when these projects succeed in their stated goals, the successful mechanism and skill set will hardly be comparable to human processing of the speech signal in conversation.

AIs are not trailing far behind human brains in the same race. They are using profoundly different mechanisms to produce complementary skills. After all, Edison's first phonograph already kicked human ass on its own terms, i.e. repeating a speech signal without major phonetic distortion.

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