[extropy-chat] Google Sets

Chris Phoenix cphoenix at CRNano.org
Wed Jul 7 20:09:40 UTC 2004

Mike Lorrey <mlorrey at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Did it, done it, multiple times. Used names of FSP leaders, my own
> name, and other libertarian organizations. Seems that Google Sets is
> trying to will the FSP out of existence.... perhaps a programmer bias?
> --- Adrian Tymes <wingcat at pacbell.net> wrote:
>>> --- Mike Lorrey <mlorrey at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>>> > It claims no sets for Free State Project. Seems
>>>> > pretty useless to me...
>>> You have to give it multiple items.  Just entering
>>> "Adrian Tymes", for instance, gives a couple telecom
>>> researchers I've never heard of before, so a useless
>>> "set".

I just tried various names associated with molecular manufacturing.  I 
was unable to find any combination of three names that would return a 
non-empty set.

I just tried "Dick Cheney", "Paul Wolfowitz", and "George Bush".  I got 
back a small and uninteresting set:
   Dick Cheney
   George Bush
   Al Gore

I don't think it's a matter of giving it multiple items.  Giving it the 
original three names one at a time: Eugen Leitl, Eliezer Yudkowsky, 
Anders Sandberg: it gives long and overlapping lists for Eugen and 
Anders, and a rather shorter list for Eliezer.

Interestingly, "Chris Phoenix" alone returns the empty set, but I 
influenced Eric Drexler's set. "Eric Drexler" alone returns:
   Eric Drexler
   Marvin Minsky
   William H Calvin

"Chris Phoenix" and "Eric Drexler" returns the same list with one 
notable difference:
   Eric Drexler
   Cog the humanoid robot
   William H Calvin
   Marvin Minsky


Chris Phoenix                                  cphoenix at CRNano.org
Director of Research
Center for Responsible Nanotechnology          http://CRNano.org

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