Ex Uno Plura is a new blog with the goal of exploring philosophical arguments and ideas that are new and a bit cutting edge. Some of the topics that will be explored include recent developments in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, machine learning, evolutionary adaptation, atheism (and its discontents), technology and the humanities, literature and literary theory, and a raft of other topics that register as experimental. The goal is to always try to do justice to the topic and contextualize it historically and as part of intellectual history.
Note that the title might be a translation mistake. I have conflicting information on this; maybe it should be Ex Uno Plures but others concur with Ex Uno Plura. At least it’s not as bad as some of the other guesses floating around, including a title by David Foster Wallace.
My name is Mark Davis and I am an entrepreneur, computer scientist, and author. I split my time between New Mexico and Sili Valley (AKA Silicon Valley, but I like calling it Sili). My background ranges from an unusual upbringing in New Mexico to time in the US Peace Corps, to working for Microsoft and XeroX PARC, and, recently, to startups in computational linguistics, big data analytics, and machine learning. I just retired from a role as a CTO and Distinguished Engineer at Dell Software Group following the sale of my startup company, Kitenga, one of the first big data analytics companies. My new cognitive computing and deep learning startup, Like Human, is under development.
I am the author of a couple dozen scientific papers on a range of topics (though I haven’t written one in a decade now), numerous patents, and three novels. My first novel, Teleology, explored the impact of a technological singularity on the lives of twins. My second novel, Signals and Noise, tracks the life of a teenage hacker as he tries to unravel what is real and what is imaginary after discovering strange mind-controlling signals in the internet. I am pleased to announce a new novel, Against Superheroes, is now available. I am now working on a comedy—possibly tragic, depending on your mindset—titled ¡Reconquista! with launch in early 2018. I plan to serialize additional work through this blog.