Moral Algorithms

Why Justice Requires Computation I’d like to be able to say for certain that I own zero slaves.  Of course, I don’t own slaves outright, in the de jure sense. There is no person who works for me without pay, and I don’t have any title or deed to such a person.  But I’m not […]

Rhyme and Meter are Error Correcting Codes

Any electrical engineer will tell you: the two ways to overcome noise on a channel are using energy to boost your signal, and adding redundancy on the channel. Energy makes the signal louder. Redundancy allows receivers to better deal with loss. Shakespeare didn’t have electrical amplifiers, but he did have ancient, error-correcting code technology known […]