First of all, there aren’t really any mathematics that you have to do. Yeah, there are a few equations in the first chapter, but they’re elementary—high school level—and I’ve solved them all for you. There isn’t any test, pop quiz or turning in your papers. Yes, there are a few numbers, but they’re no more difficult than remembering your height or age.
The cover story of Wired magazine for July 2013 (aka issue 21.06 for geeks), and indeed the entire theme of this magazine, welcomed us to the “programmable world” of millions of connected, electronic devices that will be in some sense “intelligent” and that we’ll grow to need, if not love. Plus, there is a more subtle problem with the idea that any set of electronic sensors can be “intelligent,” and can “fulfill our dreams.” I take strong exception to the idea of a programmable, “thinking” world, and I’d like to say why. Continue reading