Author Archives: Doug Wilson

Traveling Salesman Approximations

Approximation algorithms for huge instances of the Traveling Salesman Problem This page is now obsolete, but may be of some interest. What it says is not wrong, it is just out of context, missing the key information about why this … Continue reading

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Can It Work?

Some problems are easy, some far to difficult.  Can we actually create software which will do what is necessary? The most important distinction goes under the name “Inverse Problems”, which will be the title of a web page soon. This … Continue reading

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The Real Plan

So far, the only plan is this: Put everything that has been done so far on the web. Beg for people’s help on every page Appeal to the greed of the greedy who might see the commercial potential Appeal to … Continue reading

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Term Extraction from Parallel Texts

One way to specify precise meanings is to use two words instead of one.   ‘Hide’ might mean a skin or ‘to conceal’.  ‘Skin’ might mean a piece of leather or ‘to flay’, to remove the skin of an animal. … Continue reading

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Trans-Human

This is a specific reference to the page Practical Immortality , as the phrase is used by the author of both these pages, DouglasPardoeWilson . For most of my life I have read on average about one book a day, … Continue reading

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A Non-Arbitrary Language Composed Entirely of Acronyms

Since my imagination was first captured by the idea of a non-arbitrary ideal language, twenty-five years ago, this idea has gone through many variations, some with quite interesting properties. Oddly enough I think the original  idea of  an acronymic language … Continue reading

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A Few Technical Notes

Since the following was written a new page with more technical information has been written. Technical information will be found on many different pages here, but this will be a central location for finding and accessing all of it.  For … Continue reading

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Technological Fantasies

This post was taken from the home page of a site about future technology.   I am less concerned with how practical the ideas are than I am with the ideas themselves.  I call these Technological Fantasies. I used to … Continue reading

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Power and Influence Structures

One might describe politics as the art of building power structures. But power structures also exist in society independently of anything people intentionally create. Amongst the people I know are some who have little or no influence over my activities, … Continue reading

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The Social Technology Mailing List

The Social Technology Mailing list existed for many years, from before the World Wide Web made mailing lists less important.  It had several describers and inspired good discussions.  It still existed in various forms for years after that, mostly recently … Continue reading

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