FB只是一种社交媒体、明斯基的遗憾

Facebook, Phones, and Phonebooks

Facebook 成功的地方在于为人类提供了一个建立在线身份的场所,但是却是一个公开的场所。Ben Thompson 提出一个很有意思的观点:在社交产品里,有电话本和电话两种类型:

It is increasingly clear that there are two types of social apps: one is the phone book, and one is the phone. The phone book is incredibly valuable: it connects you to anyone, whether they be a personal friend, an acquaintance, or a business. The social phone book, though, goes much further: it allows the creation of ad hoc groups for an event or network, it is continually updated with the status of anyone you may know or wish to know, and it even provides an unlimited supply of entertaining professionally produced content whenever you feel the slightest bit bored.

The phone, on the other hand, is personal: it is about communication between you and someone you purposely reach out to. True, telemarketing calls can happen, but they are annoying and often dismissed. The phone is simply about the conversation that is happening right now, one that will be gone the moment you hang up.


马文•明斯基与人工智能之探

文章谈得很浅,下面这段话反而像对作者研究明斯基方法的反讽:

明斯基并没有天真地认为,机器拥有与人类相似的学习能力不会给人类带来挑战,但他相信人类能够从容应对。他会对每一个想法进行全方位的丰富思考,如痴如醉地投入研究,那不是几条草草了事的推文,不是为期3年的短期资助研究,也不仅仅是几轮IPO融资,而是几十年如一日的坚持。