Today, January 8, is Hawking’s birthday, yet on this day it’s worth examining just who and what we are really celebrating: the man, the mind or … the machines?
To understand Hawking, you [have] to understand the people and the machines without whom he would be unable to act and think; you [have] to understand the ways in which these entities augment and amplify Hawking’s competencies. For example: The specialties of his students, which are spread across very different research fields, enable him to integrate diverse information and the different facets of a problem in a way that others cannot. His secretary provides him with a mental assistant many of us would never have, by sorting and arranging his data according to his interests and what he is able to process.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Brilliant Wired piece on Steven Hawking
Helene Mialet writes about Steven Hawking in Wired. It was his birthday yesterday. She writes: