It’s been a great first week in the UK for MHH. My talk at the RSA was a real thrill, and the questions were fascinating. Likewise for the London School of Economics and Bristol Festival of Ideas talks (the latter with philosopher and WSJ reviewer Julian Baggini, whom it was a pleasure to meet in person). It’s been such a great experience meeting and talking with everyone in England, and seeing how sharp and engaged everyone’s been.
I was excited to contribute pieces to this week’s issues of The Guardian weekend supplement, where I talked about my experience as a Loebner Prize confederate, and Wired’s “Ideas Bank,” where I talk about the role of timing in conversation and the notion that in dialogue the “when” is often at least as complex as the “what.”
On the press front, there have been some great mentions in The Times (“Remarkable . . . a philosophical joyride”), The Economist, Time Out London, London Metro, and New Statesman (“lively and thought-stirring . . . an invaluable sourcebook on computing in modern-day life”).
Thanks to all the great folks at Viking and Penguin UK helping to make MHH feel so welcome in the United Kingdom.