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Gideon Rosenblatt

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Grounded futurist.

Beschäftigung: I write about the future of the human experience in an era of machine intelligence. (The Vital Edge)

Ort: Seattle

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Cream of the Crop: 04/01/2012

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Yifat Cohen86,045*Why does the ex-head of American Express Chairman’s Innovation Fund think our future is in “producerism,” not consumerism?* What does it even mean?!? _This Hangout is public so feel free to share and invite your friends._ Using frameworks +Steve Faktor developed such as the 4C’s of Innovation™ - Creativity, Capabilities, Culture, and Context - and the Creativity Cube™, Mr. Faktor deconstructs the current economic environment to reveal innovation opportunities and growth sectors – health and education in particular. *Although his initial scenario suggests doom and gloom for the U.S. and other markets, the future he envisions is ripe with opportunity.* *SO - How do You Get Innovation Right?* Well, if we're lucky (and we usually are), Steve will dive into his latest book Econovation and share with us a future we've taken for granted. *It empowers readers to think big, dream big, and conquer economic conditions that will paralyze others.*  *WE WILL TOUCH ON HOW TO* Capitalize on a market that will go from making nothing to making everything . . . for China. Use psychological pricing and some crafty tricks from Google to reduce reliance on tapped-out consumers. Sell to consumers whose new identities will be based on what they create, not what they buy, click or super-size. Seduce a desperate government to finance your business, then feed you pancakes in the morning. Motivate tomorrow’s employees with social currency instead of the green, depreciating kind. Upgrade your business and your kids with a little help from Mormons and kindergartners with hacksaws. *WHO IS STEVEN?* Developing B2B startups at @109499489972846579596  and corporate speaking about emerging producerism opportunities that I wrote about in my book @116385844146363178305 and Forbes column.  --------------------- #hangoutsonair   #americanexpress   #econovation   #interview   #entrepreneur   #entrepreneurship   #economy   #goodbusiness   #amazon   #fortune500   #gplusgotogal  How Global Trends Will Shape the Future of Innovation.2013-01-17 18:00:0046  
Yifat Cohen86,045*Google+ changes the Truth about social media marketing.* _This is a public Hangout, feel free to share and invite_ Have you noticed the date? *Today the world is ending.* And it's a wonderful, wonderful thing. *Everything you know*, or think you know, about online marketing, social media, engagement and where's the money is online - *is no longer true*. *IN THIS HANGOUTS WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SOME TRULY CONTROVERSIAL CLAIMS* @116901017556394771817 is going to show you why you should pay attention to Google+ now, if you want to make money online.  He'll show you why the *money is no longer in the list* How the conversation have moved from one-to-many to *many-to-many* How you can *broadcast your Hangouts simultaneously on hundreds of sites* And most of all - *how to position yourself in front of this trend that is going to turn the social media world upside down.* *BUT WHO IS ALEX MANDOSSIAN TO BE CLAIMING THIS?* His colleagues and students acknowledge him as the Warren Buffet of the Internet because of his unique ability to teach his students how to make BIG money with very little risk.  Alex has generated $243 million in sales and profits for his small business students, clients and joint venture partners since 1993.   Many of the business strategies you'll learn today transformed his annual income in 2001 to be a monthly income in 2003; and eventually daily income by 2006. These marketing principles helped him grow his student data base from 200 people to 20,000 during his first 2 years in business ... and to over 200,000 during the following 3 years. He has engaged with best-selling authors such as Jack Canfield, @112439370122733503773  @105578574150809713602 and @113217646903708244617 (4-Hr Work Wk) Business leaders such as Donald Trump, Vic Conant of Nightingale Conant and Ivan Misner, CEO of Business Network International, and celebs such as Larry King and Mohammad Ali to name a few. *As a family-centered entrepreneur who works from home*, his goal is to become the world’s 1st "work-at-home" billionaire, not just in Net Worth, but by creating 1,000 other Internet millionaires …The money is no longer in the list, so where is it?2012-12-20 18:00:0059  
Yifat Cohen86,045*How the social revolution is changing the way we do business.* We all keep hearing about how important it is to engage and build relationships - what does it really mean, and what tools are out there to help us master it? When @105103058358743760661 spoke at DreamForce he saw *a vision for a future of business information systems that is entirely based on relationships.* *ENGAGE OR DIE.* In this Hangout On Air, we'll dive into the topic of engagement with @105103058358743760661   as he explains what he calls "engagement leverage." This framework bridges the kind of internal engagement you need with employees with the external engagement you need with customers, suppliers, partners and other external stakeholders. It's a simple, yet surprisingly powerful way for thinking about the way your organization gets work done.  Gideon writes at Alchemy of Change about helping companies bring purpose and technology together into a more powerful source of competitive advantage. Gideon just came back from leading a panel on engagement at Salesforce's Dreamforce Conference (now the biggest tech conference in the world) and so in addition to talking with us about the engagement leverage model, he'll also share some of what he saw at Dreamforce. (http://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/DF12/)DreamForce: what I learned about the relationship revolution.2012-10-04 18:00:0063  

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2016-04-27 04:13:38 (52 comments; 5 reshares; 82 +1s)Open 

Do Animals Dream?

I was in the depths of writing today and stumbled up on a question: do animals dream?

Having seen my fair share of leg twitching while watching dogs sleep, I assumed so, but I just couldn't let this sleeping dog of a question lie. 

It turns out, rats, cats and even squids seem to exhibit signs like Rapid Eye Movement (REM) while sleeping, and when this has been suppressed in cats (I don't want to know how), the cats started exhibiting behavior like arching their backs, stalking prey and getting in fights - all while they were sleeping. 

I'd assumed mammals dreamed, but it's thought-provoking to consider that squids seem to exhibit similar signs of dreaming. Squids and other cephalopods are highly intelligent creatures, but how far down the evolutionary stack might these signs of some sort of dreaming activityext... mehr »

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2016-04-24 23:54:22 (2 comments; 43 reshares; 83 +1s)Open 

Great Overview of Adoption of Machine Intelligence by Businesses

Companies are now re-orienting and re-organizing themselves to better understand how machine learning will change the way they work. At the same time, artificial intelligence developers are learning how to translate what to now has largely been algorithm-speak into the language of business: solutions. These are two of the ways that machine learning, over this last year, has started to make its way into businesses.

Another trend highlighted in this piece is the increased application of machine intelligence into particular industries. Another way of saying that in business speak is "vertical applications." And we're just getting started.

One of the best parts of this article by Shivon Zilis is the infographic (see below, but click through to the article for the larger image). It lays out... mehr »

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2016-04-29 15:46:51 (8 comments; 12 reshares; 145 +1s)Open 

Rapid Eye Movement Found in Reptile Sleep

This week, I've been thinking about dreams, and how far back they go in our evolutionary history. Research being released today finds REM cycles in reptiles, which suggests that it goes back to our amniote ancestors (the common ancestor mammals share with birds and reptiles).

But do reptiles actually dream?

_In humans, REM sleep is closely associated with dreaming. So do Australian dragons dream? There's no way to be sure right now, Laurent said. The answer may also depend on how you define dreaming. Under a strict definition in which dreaming requires higher cognition, the answer might be no. But if dreaming were defined as a replay of brain activity during sleep that resembles brain activity during wakefulness, lizards might well dream, Laurent said._

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2016-05-28 00:49:09 (23 comments; 7 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

One Perspective on Why Humans Are Spiritual

It seems to be baked in.

Right Brain Left Brain
At this point the religion-as-accident theory says nothing about supernatural beliefs. Babies have two systems that work in a cold-bloodedly rational way to help them anticipate and understand—and, when they get older, to manipulate—physical and social entities. In other words, both these systems are biological adaptations that give human beings a badly needed head start in dealing with objects and people. But these systems go awry in two important ways that are the foundations of religion. First, we perceive the world of objects as essentially separate from the world of minds, making it possible for us to envision soulless bodies and bodiless souls. This helps explain why we believe in gods and an afterlife. Second, as we will see, our system of social understandingove... mehr »

One Perspective on Why Humans Are Spiritual

It seems to be baked in.

Right Brain Left Brain
At this point the religion-as-accident theory says nothing about supernatural beliefs. Babies have two systems that work in a cold-bloodedly rational way to help them anticipate and understand—and, when they get older, to manipulate—physical and social entities. In other words, both these systems are biological adaptations that give human beings a badly needed head start in dealing with objects and people. But these systems go awry in two important ways that are the foundations of religion. First, we perceive the world of objects as essentially separate from the world of minds, making it possible for us to envision soulless bodies and bodiless souls. This helps explain why we believe in gods and an afterlife. Second, as we will see, our system of social understanding overshoots, inferring goals and desires where none exist. This makes us animists and creationists.

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On Purpose
We have what the anthropologist Pascal Boyer has called a hypertrophy of social cognition. We see purpose, intention, design, even when it is not there.

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But the real problem with natural selection is that it makes no intuitive sense. It is like quantum physics; we may intellectually grasp it, but it will never feel right to us. When we see a complex structure, we see it as the product of beliefs and goals and desires. Our social mode of understanding leaves it difficult for us to make sense of it any other way. Our gut feeling is that design requires a designer—a fact that is understandably exploited by those who argue against Darwin.

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Religious teachings certainly shape many of the specific beliefs we hold; nobody is born with the idea that the birthplace of humanity was the Garden of Eden, or that the soul enters the body at the moment of conception, or that martyrs will be rewarded with sexual access to scores of virgins. These ideas are learned. But the universal themes of religion are not learned. They emerge as accidental by-products of our mental systems. They are part of human nature.___

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2016-05-25 14:27:05 (1 comments; 9 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

White House Explorations of Artificial Intelligence

The White House is sponsoring a series of four public discussions on the future of artificial intelligence. I went to first of these, which happened to be here in Seattle at the University of Washington. I have to say that it was a very thoughtful and informative discussion - not the kind of usual "Terminator!!" type stuff.

Here's the full recording from yesterday, for those motivated to watch it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-99kMuWlXk

White House Explorations of Artificial Intelligence

The White House is sponsoring a series of four public discussions on the future of artificial intelligence. I went to first of these, which happened to be here in Seattle at the University of Washington. I have to say that it was a very thoughtful and informative discussion - not the kind of usual "Terminator!!" type stuff.

Here's the full recording from yesterday, for those motivated to watch it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-99kMuWlXk___

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2016-05-24 12:01:45 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Nonprofit alternatives emerge to fill the hole in Austin's ride sharing market. Personally, I think they missed the real opportunity here, which would have been to launch a driver-owned network. Still, it'll be interesting to watch what happens here.

Nonprofit alternatives emerge to fill the hole in Austin's ride sharing market. Personally, I think they missed the real opportunity here, which would have been to launch a driver-owned network. Still, it'll be interesting to watch what happens here.___

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2016-05-20 23:55:09 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

This piece helped me understand the tensions around feminism and Hilary Clinton in a new way. I found it a worthwhile read.

This piece helped me understand the tensions around feminism and Hilary Clinton in a new way. I found it a worthwhile read.___

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2016-05-19 22:46:07 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

When a talk changes minds.

Above all, I ask you to understand that there is an enormous difference between entering into an argument for the purpose of proving how smart you already are — and engaging in research and discussion for the purpose of stretching your mind and giving free rein to your conscience.


HT +Gil Friend on Twitter

When a talk changes minds.

Above all, I ask you to understand that there is an enormous difference between entering into an argument for the purpose of proving how smart you already are — and engaging in research and discussion for the purpose of stretching your mind and giving free rein to your conscience.


HT +Gil Friend on Twitter___

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2016-05-18 20:12:14 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Chatbots Embedded into Google's Messaging - Video Calls too

As expected, Google announced integration of chatbots into messaging at I/O today. 

Chatbots Embedded into Google's Messaging - Video Calls too

As expected, Google announced integration of chatbots into messaging at I/O today. ___

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2016-05-18 05:46:28 (18 comments; 11 reshares; 84 +1s)Open 

Confirming earlier reports, the NY Times saysthat Google will introduce a voice-controlled digital assistant device for the home tomorrow at its developer conference in San Francisco. The stand-alone unit will apparently be called “Google Home” and become available in the fall.


Confirming earlier reports, the NY Times saysthat Google will introduce a voice-controlled digital assistant device for the home tomorrow at its developer conference in San Francisco. The stand-alone unit will apparently be called “Google Home” and become available in the fall.
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2016-05-17 13:57:51 (15 comments; 13 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

Chatbots as the Interface Between Humans and Organizations

Chatbots are getting a lot of attention these days. In this relatively short article, I explain why I think they could end up being a real game-changer when it comes to the way we interact with -- and even think about -- organizations.

#chatbots #artificialintelligence #organizations

Chatbots as the Interface Between Humans and Organizations

Chatbots are getting a lot of attention these days. In this relatively short article, I explain why I think they could end up being a real game-changer when it comes to the way we interact with -- and even think about -- organizations.

#chatbots #artificialintelligence #organizations___

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2016-05-16 22:23:57 (12 comments; 6 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

New Collaboration Tool

Spaces looks pretty darn simple and powerful now that I'm playing around with it a bit. Very simple concept but I could actually see using this a lot.

I must admit to a little head-scratching at first, because it initially there seemed to me to be some G+ overlap here. But after playing with a bit, it's clear that this is something more akin to some mashup between Google Groups functionality and a bit of Google+ look and feel. This is going to be great for document sharing of Google Docs.

Just wish that Google would help to make these distinctions more clear, particularly as relates to Google+ - especially given the big focus here on sharing of interests now. That's sort of what Spaces is, but in a much more work-spacey kind of way than what G+ is trying to do. Just stating that clearly up front would go a long way to clarifying... mehr »

New Collaboration Tool

Spaces looks pretty darn simple and powerful now that I'm playing around with it a bit. Very simple concept but I could actually see using this a lot.

I must admit to a little head-scratching at first, because it initially there seemed to me to be some G+ overlap here. But after playing with a bit, it's clear that this is something more akin to some mashup between Google Groups functionality and a bit of Google+ look and feel. This is going to be great for document sharing of Google Docs.

Just wish that Google would help to make these distinctions more clear, particularly as relates to Google+ - especially given the big focus here on sharing of interests now. That's sort of what Spaces is, but in a much more work-spacey kind of way than what G+ is trying to do. Just stating that clearly up front would go a long way to clarifying potential confusions before they show up here and in the G+ trigger-happy press.

Anyway, I think this looks cool and am experimenting now. ___

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2016-05-16 16:29:01 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Know a great leader with a background in media who is also driven to make the world a better place? If so, you may just be able to help them find their next calling.

This morning, YES! Magazine is announcing its search for its next executive director. You never know, some simple step you take right now just might be the connection that finds the next leader for this wonderful organization.

YES! Magazine has a rare opening for a new leader to help us deepen the impact of our work, reach new audiences, increase revenue, and evolve our nonprofit business model. If you are a person who cares about the world, is eager to contribute to transformational change, and ready to lead a talented, ambitious media organization, this is a great opportunity for you.___Know a great leader with a background in media who is also driven to make the world a better place? If so, you may just be able to help them find their next calling.

This morning, YES! Magazine is announcing its search for its next executive director. You never know, some simple step you take right now just might be the connection that finds the next leader for this wonderful organization.

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2016-05-15 14:03:54 (11 comments; 8 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Connecting Knowledge to Experience

Here's +David Amerland​ explaining the crucial importance that search has to artificial intelligence - and vice versa. Lots of practical advice for marketers towards the end too.

I'm calling out a passage that speaks to something I've been thinking about recently:

Knowledge, once collected, analyzed and understood, frequently gives rise to metadata that is abstract and which connects real-life, tangible events with the more ethereal needs and intent of a person. This is why a murder (a tangible, real-life event) cannot reasonably have a suspect who does not have means, motive and opportunity (or in search terms: access, context and intent). These are the basic requirements for connecting what’s inside a person’s head with what he does in the world we see and touch (and search now plays a key role even in murderconvic... mehr »

Connecting Knowledge to Experience

Here's +David Amerland​ explaining the crucial importance that search has to artificial intelligence - and vice versa. Lots of practical advice for marketers towards the end too.

I'm calling out a passage that speaks to something I've been thinking about recently:

Knowledge, once collected, analyzed and understood, frequently gives rise to metadata that is abstract and which connects real-life, tangible events with the more ethereal needs and intent of a person. This is why a murder (a tangible, real-life event) cannot reasonably have a suspect who does not have means, motive and opportunity (or in search terms: access, context and intent). These are the basic requirements for connecting what’s inside a person’s head with what he does in the world we see and touch (and search now plays a key role even in murder convictions).

(No, I haven't been thinking about murder, just to be clear.) I've been thinking about the connection between abstract knowledge -- you know of the kind that Plato was fond of speaking about -- and the way we humans connect that knowledge to our own experience.

Rudolph Steiner once described this process as our perceptual reality coming together with a conceptual reality through a kind of medium of our personal mental images. We map the two together. I'm becoming increasingly convinced that this is one the essential keys to nothing short of the way we humans learn, the way we bridge messy experience into logic.

What David's piece for me thinking about is how this bridging process shows up in our technological reality, our "Technium" (to borrow from Kevin Kelly). Could it be that metadata are the breadcrumbs of that mapping process, that integration of perceptual and conceptual reality -- a visible sign of our mental images and the meaning-making prices itself?

#search #knowledge #meaning___

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2016-05-14 19:16:04 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

The Likely Origins of Eukaryotic Life

An informative and fun video on the likely origins of eukaryotic life - which is you, me, dogs, trees, centipedes, and even Donald Trump. Definitely worth the watch.

Thanks to +Daniel Estrada for sharing this piece (https://goo.gl/e1vsML) about an important breakthrough in our understanding of eukaryotes (they don't necessarily have to have mitochondria). It was that article that led me to this video.

The Likely Origins of Eukaryotic Life

An informative and fun video on the likely origins of eukaryotic life - which is you, me, dogs, trees, centipedes, and even Donald Trump. Definitely worth the watch.

Thanks to +Daniel Estrada for sharing this piece (https://goo.gl/e1vsML) about an important breakthrough in our understanding of eukaryotes (they don't necessarily have to have mitochondria). It was that article that led me to this video.___

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2016-05-13 12:58:58 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

Google Open Sources "Parsey McParseface" for Natural Language Understanding

SyntaxNet is a framework for what’s known in academic circles as a syntactic parser, which is a key first component in many NLU systems. Given a sentence as input, it tags each word with a part-of-speech (POS) tag that describes the word's syntactic function, and it determines the syntactic relationships between words in the sentence, represented in the dependency parse tree. These syntactic relationships are directly related to the underlying meaning of the sentence in question.

One of the main problems that makes parsing so challenging is that human languages show remarkable levels of ambiguity. It is not uncommon for moderate length sentences - say 20 or 30 words in length - to have hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of possible syntactic structures. A natural languagepa... mehr »

Google Open Sources "Parsey McParseface" for Natural Language Understanding

SyntaxNet is a framework for what’s known in academic circles as a syntactic parser, which is a key first component in many NLU systems. Given a sentence as input, it tags each word with a part-of-speech (POS) tag that describes the word's syntactic function, and it determines the syntactic relationships between words in the sentence, represented in the dependency parse tree. These syntactic relationships are directly related to the underlying meaning of the sentence in question.

One of the main problems that makes parsing so challenging is that human languages show remarkable levels of ambiguity. It is not uncommon for moderate length sentences - say 20 or 30 words in length - to have hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of possible syntactic structures. A natural language parser must somehow search through all of these alternatives, and find the most plausible structure given the context. As a very simple example, the sentence Alice drove down the street in her car has at least two possible dependency parses - The first corresponds to the (correct) interpretation where Alice is driving in her car; the second corresponds to the (absurd, but possible) interpretation where the street is located in her car.

SyntaxNet applies neural networks to the ambiguity problem. An input sentence is processed from left to right, with dependencies between words being incrementally added as each word in the sentence is considered. At each point in processing many decisions may be possible—due to ambiguity—and a neural network gives scores for competing decisions based on their plausibility. For this reason, it is very important to use beam search in the model. Instead of simply taking the first-best decision at each point, multiple partial hypotheses are kept at each step, with hypotheses only being discarded when there are several other higher-ranked hypotheses under consideration.

Parsey McParseface recovers individual dependencies between words with over 94% accuracy, beating our own previous state-of-the-art results, which were already better than any previous approach. While there are no explicit studies in the literature about human performance, we know from our in-house annotation projects that linguists trained for this task agree in 96-97% of the cases. This suggests that we are approaching human performance—but only on well-formed text.___

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2016-05-12 22:29:48 (15 comments; 15 reshares; 97 +1s)Open 

Pretty remarkable robotic fluidity. Be sure to watch the video on the linked page.

+RobotEnomics​, just in case you haven't seen this.

VIDEO: Latest robot from Disney Research has fluid movements similar to humans

https://futuristech.info/posts/video-latest-robot-from-disney-research-has-fluid-movements-similar-to-humans___Pretty remarkable robotic fluidity. Be sure to watch the video on the linked page.

+RobotEnomics​, just in case you haven't seen this.

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2016-05-12 16:04:53 (5 comments; 15 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

On the Merits of Algorithmic Redistricting to Dampen Gerrymandering

A good piece on one way to go about reducing the debilitating blight of gerrymandering on the U.S. political system.

Also, there's a new initiative, called Independent Lines, that is working towards similar goals. Still learning about them, but here's the link: http://independentlines.org/



On the Merits of Algorithmic Redistricting to Dampen Gerrymandering

A good piece on one way to go about reducing the debilitating blight of gerrymandering on the U.S. political system.

Also, there's a new initiative, called Independent Lines, that is working towards similar goals. Still learning about them, but here's the link: http://independentlines.org/

___

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2016-05-11 14:22:21 (16 comments; 3 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Medium as a Powerful Shared Interest Community

In this case, the shared interest is fighting cancer, and it's the visible face of a major, new moon shot being pushed by Vice President Biden.

About four years old, Medium has become one of official Washington's favorite ways to bypass the traditional media with messages. The White House has used Medium several times, including to release Obama's last two State of the Union addresses early and to post the Iran nuclear deal with congressional statements of support.

Might Google+ have been able to do this? If not, why not?

Medium as a Powerful Shared Interest Community

In this case, the shared interest is fighting cancer, and it's the visible face of a major, new moon shot being pushed by Vice President Biden.

About four years old, Medium has become one of official Washington's favorite ways to bypass the traditional media with messages. The White House has used Medium several times, including to release Obama's last two State of the Union addresses early and to post the Iran nuclear deal with congressional statements of support.

Might Google+ have been able to do this? If not, why not?___

2016-05-10 21:24:36 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

The Responsive.org Manifesto

The world has become one giant network where instantly accessible and shareable information rewrites the future as quickly as it can be understood. Fueled by relentless technological innovation, this accelerating connectivity has created an ever increasing rate of change. As a result, the future is becoming increasingly difficult to predict.

Meanwhile, most organizations still rely on a way of working designed over 100 years ago for the challenges and opportunities of the industrial age. Team structures support routine and static jobs. Siloed, command and control systems enable senior leadership to drive efficiency and predictability at the expense of free information flow, rapid learning, and adaptability.

http://www.responsive.org/manifesto

The Responsive.org Manifesto

The world has become one giant network where instantly accessible and shareable information rewrites the future as quickly as it can be understood. Fueled by relentless technological innovation, this accelerating connectivity has created an ever increasing rate of change. As a result, the future is becoming increasingly difficult to predict.

Meanwhile, most organizations still rely on a way of working designed over 100 years ago for the challenges and opportunities of the industrial age. Team structures support routine and static jobs. Siloed, command and control systems enable senior leadership to drive efficiency and predictability at the expense of free information flow, rapid learning, and adaptability.

http://www.responsive.org/manifesto___

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2016-05-09 23:31:46 (30 comments; 21 reshares; 74 +1s)Open 

The creators of Siri just showed off their next AI assistant, Viv, and it's incredible

This is "conversation as platform" - an exciting new programming approach for Virtual Personal Assistants. I predict a bidding war for Viv. It's what Facebook should have demo'ed.

Viv's founders believe that third-party developers and merchants will choose them because of the strength of their AI and because they are a neutral party, not a tech giant. Onstage it showed off what it claims is a breakthrough: "dynamic program generation." With every verbal request Viv dynamically spit out code showing off how it understood and handled the request. That would hypothetically allow developers to build out a robust conversational UI for their services simply by speaking to Viv and tweaking the code she generates in return.

Be sure to watch the... mehr »

The creators of Siri just showed off their next AI assistant, Viv, and it's incredible

This is "conversation as platform" - an exciting new programming approach for Virtual Personal Assistants. I predict a bidding war for Viv. It's what Facebook should have demo'ed.

Viv's founders believe that third-party developers and merchants will choose them because of the strength of their AI and because they are a neutral party, not a tech giant. Onstage it showed off what it claims is a breakthrough: "dynamic program generation." With every verbal request Viv dynamically spit out code showing off how it understood and handled the request. That would hypothetically allow developers to build out a robust conversational UI for their services simply by speaking to Viv and tweaking the code she generates in return.

Be sure to watch the video of this Viv demo.

#VPA #artificialintelligence #viv___

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2016-05-09 20:56:20 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

"We want the people who use NewHive to own their data," Verdin wrote on one of his many NewHive pages a few weeks ago. "Instead of selling their information, we choose, instead, to make money through the tools we’ve built and what people choose to do with them. We believe in the power of our tools, as well as the artists we invest in—and that they make things that people will want to buy. That is how we plan to make money."

Getting creatives what they deserve for their work is one of the big, lingering questions that every technology and media company is currently grappling with. Doing so without the soft cushion of banner advertising around content is a tall task for anyone. When pressed, Verdin was careful to not pin NewHive to any one specific business model. Yet he was cheerfully optimistic that he and his team could experiment their way to a solution. "Comingup wi... mehr »

"We want the people who use NewHive to own their data," Verdin wrote on one of his many NewHive pages a few weeks ago. "Instead of selling their information, we choose, instead, to make money through the tools we’ve built and what people choose to do with them. We believe in the power of our tools, as well as the artists we invest in—and that they make things that people will want to buy. That is how we plan to make money."

Getting creatives what they deserve for their work is one of the big, lingering questions that every technology and media company is currently grappling with. Doing so without the soft cushion of banner advertising around content is a tall task for anyone. When pressed, Verdin was careful to not pin NewHive to any one specific business model. Yet he was cheerfully optimistic that he and his team could experiment their way to a solution. "Coming up with a way for people who support artists and support makers to pay these people directly is, like, a worthwhile cause," he says. "It just boils down to: Can you create a portal through which someone who's a fan of somebody else can pay them directly in exchange for something?"___

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2016-05-09 04:19:34 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

Yang, missing Yin.

Yang, missing Yin.___

2016-05-08 16:32:44 (29 comments; 3 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

People Being Dropped from My Circles

OK. That does it. This morning, I just noticed that I no longer had someone circled who I've been talking to for years here on Google+. Someone I really like. I know I did not uncircle her myself. This is not the first person I have noticed this with either. I just happen to notice - hey I circled that person long ago, but it was sporadic enough that I just didn't think too much of it. But now I'm realizing it's a pattern. Surprising people, people I had no intention of taking out of my circles are suddenly out of my circles.

What is going on here?

I have +Circloscope​ and use it every six months or so, but I know how to use it and am very careful, so I don't think it's that.

Has anyone what experienced this problem? This sucks.

And so, here is my plea: if you've noticed thatI... mehr »

People Being Dropped from My Circles

OK. That does it. This morning, I just noticed that I no longer had someone circled who I've been talking to for years here on Google+. Someone I really like. I know I did not uncircle her myself. This is not the first person I have noticed this with either. I just happen to notice - hey I circled that person long ago, but it was sporadic enough that I just didn't think too much of it. But now I'm realizing it's a pattern. Surprising people, people I had no intention of taking out of my circles are suddenly out of my circles.

What is going on here?

I have +Circloscope​ and use it every six months or so, but I know how to use it and am very careful, so I don't think it's that.

Has anyone what experienced this problem? This sucks.

And so, here is my plea: if you've noticed that I've uncircled you and you're someone I have interacted with here and are wondering why I may have uncircled you, please don't be shy and please plus the first comment I leave below to let me know. Otherwise, it's hard for me to know (although I could probably out some Circloscope query together to help I suppose).

I'm sorry in advance for anyone I've unintentionally dropped and am actually pretty mad about this. I'm just not sure what is even causing this in the first place. Ugh. Very irritating.



Update:

OK. I think I've figure this out. It's a disconnect between what mobile is showing and what the desktop is showing when it comes to whether or not someone I've circled is really circled. I have found a profile where I can now verify that shows very clearly on mobile as someone I have not circled but when I look using either classic or new desktop UI, I clearly have circled this person.

That is a serious bug. 
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2016-05-08 15:40:25 (16 comments; 22 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

The border between physical and digital realities is beginning to dissolve. If and when the relationship between humans and intelligent systems gets more seamlessly intertwined, the border between human intelligence and artificial intelligence might begin to dissolve, too. The A disappears in front of the I, making the concept of artificial intelligence irrelevant and obsolete.

By Jarno M. Koponen

The border between physical and digital realities is beginning to dissolve. If and when the relationship between humans and intelligent systems gets more seamlessly intertwined, the border between human intelligence and artificial intelligence might begin to dissolve, too. The A disappears in front of the I, making the concept of artificial intelligence irrelevant and obsolete.

By Jarno M. Koponen___

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2016-05-08 14:38:27 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Latest weekly update from +Mark Bruce​, full of amazing breakthroughs.

More on the deep learning SDK from Qualcomm:

This SDK will allow OEMs to run their own neural network models on Snapdragon 820 devices such as smart phones, security cameras, automobiles and drones, all without a connection to the cloud. Common deep learning user experiences that can be realized with the SDK are scene detection, text recognition, object tracking and avoidance, gesturing, face recognition and natural language processing.

Intelligence everywhere.

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 19/2016.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2016/05/towards-artificial-womb-printed.html

Towards artificial wombs, Printed terahertz lens, Autonomous robot surgeons, Cloud quantum computing, Machine learning development, Rejuvenation updates, Biomimicking bee navigation, Modular microfluidics, Femtosecond clock synchronisation, Holographic displays.

1. Towards an Artificial Womb
An artificial placenta has been developed that successfully kept alive extremely premature baby lambs outside the womb http://labblog.uofmhealth.org/health-tech/artificial-placenta-holds-promise-for-extremely-premature-infants. The device utilises extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to help oxygenate the tissues when the lungs are not fully developed; in humans this might allow the current limit of 24 weeks to be pushed back significantly. Meanwhile new protocols allow human embryos to reach the 2 week stage of development for the first time, and was only cut short due to established ethical policies that will hopefully be overturned http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/4/11591318/cambridge-rockefeller-university-human-embryo-study-ethics-limit. I can see this gap continuing to shrink.

2. 3D Printed Terahertz Lens
A lens for focusing the terahertz spectrum of light has been developed by 3D printing a metamaterial structure with a gradient refractive index https://3dprint.com/132220/northwestern-terahertz-lens/. This method used a curable photopolymer to build up the precise features of the lens, which might be useful in imaging, security, and biological applications. In other 3D printing news a better recipe has been developed for 3D printed bones http://inbt.jhu.edu/2016/05/04/building-a-better-recipe-for-3d-printed-bones/.

3. Autonomous Robot Surgeons
In certain surgical tasks robots are now outperforming humans, as demonstrated in recent work in which a robot stitched up a pig’s small intestine http://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/robotics/medical-robots/autonomous-robot-surgeon-bests-human-surgeons-in-world-first. This was done on both intestine samples and also on living anesthetised pigs; the intestines repaired by robots had more consistent stitches and were more resistant to leaks. This is considered a breakthrough as the first time a robotic system has outperformed human surgeons on soft tissue repair work.

4. Quantum Computing in the Cloud
IBM launched a new cloud service to provide users everywhere with access to their 5-qubit quantum computer processor http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/49661.wss. While the current system is not a universal quantum computer the main purpose here is to provide the scientific community with access to the system in order to help accelerate innovations in the field and discover new applications for the technology.

5. Latest Machine Learning Developments
Machine learning is well on the path to ubiquity with Qualcomm’s announcement of a new deep learning SDK for their Snapdragon 820 processors, which will find their way into many if not most mobile devices launched this year and next https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2016/05/02/qualcomm-helps-make-your-mobile-devices-smarter-new-snapdragon-machine. Nvidia demonstrates a deep learning system that taught an autonomous car how to drive after watching humans drive for just 72 hours, and which continuously learns after deployment http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/nvidia-gpu-driverless-car/. And another deep learning system suggests autonomous cars would respond to new situations in a similar manner to humans https://www.kuleuven.be/english/news/2016/machines-can-learn-to-respond-to-new-situations-like-human-beings-would.

6. Latest Rejuvenation Biotech Updates
FightAging! had a trio of interesting rejuvenation developments this week. First, another senolytic drug candidate working via a different mechanism to kill senescent cells https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2016/05/abt-737-is-another-new-senolytic-drug-candidate-working-via-bcl-w-bcl-xl-and-induced-apoptosis/. Second, a new study shows how macrophages repair broken and leaky blood vessels in the brain, suggesting another benefit of boosting macrophage activity https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2016/05/macrophages-repair-broken-capillaries-in-the-brain/. Finally, an interesting new drug that enhances autophagy in the cell, boosting cellular cleanup of damage and wastes https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2016/05/auten-67-as-an-example-of-an-autophagy-enhancing-drug-candidate/.

7. Bee Navigation for Drones
The latest improvements in computer models of how bees navigate the world using vision to detect movement in the world around them and avoiding collisions look set to provide superior navigation and object avoidance abilities to robots and autonomous drones http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/bee-model-1.573018. The new work provides a system able to detect both motion direction and motion speed using the optical flow of the visual world around them. Definitely looking forward to seeing autonomous drones using this to zip effortlessly through a forest.

8. Modular Plug-n-Play Microfluidics & Lablets
Microfluidics takes a step forward with the development of standard modular components including microvalves and micropumps that can be reliably used plug-n-play style to develop and evolve different microfluidic circuits and applications http://www.research.a-star.edu.sg/research/7504/small-devices-make-a-big-impact. Drilling down to smaller scales electronic microlabs (lablets) measuring 140 micrometers can control specific chemical reactions with voltage codes designed to enable an interesting platform for chemical evolution http://rubin.rub.de/en/featured-topic-when-science-and-science-fiction-merge/electronic-micro-labs-control-chemical; this is a fascinating chemical synthesis and control platform.

9. Femtosecond Clock Synchronisation
DARPA has a femtosecond clock synchronisation project (QuASAR & PULSE) underway aimed at facilitating advanced applications in ultraprecise satellite formations and radio astronomy http://nextbigfuture.com/2016/05/femtosecond-clock-synchronization-for.html. The most recent work demonstrated the most accurate clock ever with uncertainty measuring 2 parts in 10^18, or 1 second in 14 billion years, giving 10,000 times better performance than existing GPS clocks, and with novel time and motion compensations in both free space and atmospheric conditions.

10. Flexible Holographic Displays
HoloFlex is a new flexible smartphone with a holographic display http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/consumer-electronics/gadgets/holoflex-a-flexible-smartphone-with-a-holographic-display. The display is a 1080p flexible OLED screen with a layer of 3D printed flexible lenses - over 16,000 individual lenses - that enable a holographic lightfield display and 3D glasses-free images over a 35 degree field of view. An interesting display platform to keep an eye on.

SciTech Tip Jar: http://www.scitechdigest.net/p/donate.html___Latest weekly update from +Mark Bruce​, full of amazing breakthroughs.

More on the deep learning SDK from Qualcomm:

This SDK will allow OEMs to run their own neural network models on Snapdragon 820 devices such as smart phones, security cameras, automobiles and drones, all without a connection to the cloud. Common deep learning user experiences that can be realized with the SDK are scene detection, text recognition, object tracking and avoidance, gesturing, face recognition and natural language processing.

Intelligence everywhere.

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2016-05-08 14:21:49 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Good piece by +Eli Fennell​, helping us make sense of how Google is connecting identity to the Knowledge Graph, and the various changes to this strategy over recent years.

While Google didn’t succeed in building a rich data set connecting Online Identities and Web Content with Real Identities via the Google Authorship program, they still need to find a way connecting Entities with Identities, as I described in Google Authorship & The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence, in order to bring that into their Semantic Search efforts.

Luckily, they don’t need a Facebook Killer to start achieving this goal. Through their Semantic Knowledge Base, they already know who a lot of the high authority Entities are: celebrities and public figures, businesses and organizations, many of whom have already obtained Verified Google Accounts.  Others could be enticed by the straightforwardvalue p... mehr »

Google Posts and Entity
+Eli Fennell on Google posts as important to business entity (brand) creation in search.

#googleposts   #entity   #businesstips  ___Good piece by +Eli Fennell​, helping us make sense of how Google is connecting identity to the Knowledge Graph, and the various changes to this strategy over recent years.

While Google didn’t succeed in building a rich data set connecting Online Identities and Web Content with Real Identities via the Google Authorship program, they still need to find a way connecting Entities with Identities, as I described in Google Authorship & The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence, in order to bring that into their Semantic Search efforts.

Luckily, they don’t need a Facebook Killer to start achieving this goal. Through their Semantic Knowledge Base, they already know who a lot of the high authority Entities are: celebrities and public figures, businesses and organizations, many of whom have already obtained Verified Google Accounts.  Others could be enticed by the straightforward value proposition of Posting updates directly to Google Search, which can stand and be measured on its own without being tied to the success of a social network or bogged down in the complicated rules and tricks of SEO.




Thanks for catching this one, +Zara Altair​.

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2016-05-07 22:01:43 (8 comments; 10 reshares; 117 +1s)Open 

A mummy from ancient Egypt was heavily tattooed with sacred symbols, which may have served to advertise and enhance the religious powers of the woman who received them more than 3,000 years ago.

Especially prominent among the new tattoos are so-called wadjet eyes: possible symbols of protection against evil that adorn the mummy’s neck, shoulders and back.

“Any angle that you look at this woman, you see a pair of divine eyes looking back at you,”...



A mummy from ancient Egypt was heavily tattooed with sacred symbols, which may have served to advertise and enhance the religious powers of the woman who received them more than 3,000 years ago.

Especially prominent among the new tattoos are so-called wadjet eyes: possible symbols of protection against evil that adorn the mummy’s neck, shoulders and back.

“Any angle that you look at this woman, you see a pair of divine eyes looking back at you,”...

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2016-05-07 01:54:45 (21 comments; 7 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

Artificial Teacher's Assistant?

As a prank, this professor at Georgia Institute of Technology (a.k.a. "Georgie Institute of Technology," according to The Verge...sigh), set up an IBM Watson-powered bot to interact with students.

A sign of things to come?

+Laura Gibbs and +George Station - be prepared. ;)

Artificial Teacher's Assistant?

As a prank, this professor at Georgia Institute of Technology (a.k.a. "Georgie Institute of Technology," according to The Verge...sigh), set up an IBM Watson-powered bot to interact with students.

A sign of things to come?

+Laura Gibbs and +George Station - be prepared. ;)___

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2016-05-06 22:59:01 (33 comments; 8 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Spiritual Bot?

A Buddhist temple outside of Beijing is experimenting with passing on insights through a robot. Its answers to serious problems, like one user's prompt "I want to kill myself" were far from acceptable. One might even say cavalier. Luckily, I doubt most users are expecting that much from this machine or its software at this point.

But that may change.

Will we eventually turn to software like this to help people to wrestle with their deepest, most personal struggles--including wisdoms of spirituality? My guess is, yes, we will, and probably well before the intelligence of these systems is truly up to the task. And this raises serious ethical questions as we move past the novelty phase of our interactions with artificial entities and actually come to expect human-like behavior and wisdom from them.



Spiritual Bot?

A Buddhist temple outside of Beijing is experimenting with passing on insights through a robot. Its answers to serious problems, like one user's prompt "I want to kill myself" were far from acceptable. One might even say cavalier. Luckily, I doubt most users are expecting that much from this machine or its software at this point.

But that may change.

Will we eventually turn to software like this to help people to wrestle with their deepest, most personal struggles--including wisdoms of spirituality? My guess is, yes, we will, and probably well before the intelligence of these systems is truly up to the task. And this raises serious ethical questions as we move past the novelty phase of our interactions with artificial entities and actually come to expect human-like behavior and wisdom from them.

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2016-05-06 21:46:33 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

"If you run a bar, the law doesn’t prevent you from picking up my used pint glass, but it prevents you from pulling my DNA off it."

Facial recognition may be running into a serious legal hurdle. 

"If you run a bar, the law doesn’t prevent you from picking up my used pint glass, but it prevents you from pulling my DNA off it."

Facial recognition may be running into a serious legal hurdle. ___

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2016-05-06 21:28:56 (23 comments; 4 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Bye Bye Power User Interfaces

Why Complicate, When You Can Automate
This is an interesting look at his the interface for Google Maps has changed in recent years, as it's lost information granularity and density in favor of a cleaner, simple look.

Here is the author's take, which is essentially: who needs this complexity when turn-by-turn software will just get you where you need to go?

Turn-by-turn directions and automated route selection mean that fewer and fewer people ever have to figure out how to get from one place to another or even to know where they are. As a navigation aid, the map is becoming a vestigial organ. So why not get rid of the useful details and start to think of the map as merely a picture or an image, or a canvas for advertisements?

This is a similar argument to one I made in a recent talk about our containers ofco... mehr »

Bye Bye Power User Interfaces

Why Complicate, When You Can Automate
This is an interesting look at his the interface for Google Maps has changed in recent years, as it's lost information granularity and density in favor of a cleaner, simple look.

Here is the author's take, which is essentially: who needs this complexity when turn-by-turn software will just get you where you need to go?

Turn-by-turn directions and automated route selection mean that fewer and fewer people ever have to figure out how to get from one place to another or even to know where they are. As a navigation aid, the map is becoming a vestigial organ. So why not get rid of the useful details and start to think of the map as merely a picture or an image, or a canvas for advertisements?

This is a similar argument to one I made in a recent talk about our containers of collective intelligence (https://youtu.be/VCla7dE9G38).

Complexity and Ad-Driven Business Models
But I think the may be another, equally, if not more, important factor at work here; and that's the business model.

When you're running an Internet-scale service that is fueled, ultimately, by advertising, simple tends to be better for business. Simple generates less support cost, and even if you don't offer support because it's a free service (and free services don't provide support, no matter how much money they generate from paying-customers), it's never good to have a bunch of frustrated users. Simple also means it's much easier for new users to embrace, which makes growth much easier (something that is particularly important as Google and Facebook race one another to bring the next few billions onto the web in the developing world).

In short, simple un-complicates things.

That's probably why I can no longer plan my multi-city road trips on Google Maps. I used to absolutely love that feature, but then, one day, it just wasn't there. Too complicated of a use case. It's just not important enough to enough people to warrant the investments needed to maintain and support it over time -- especially as Google makes large-scale updates to underlying code bases.

And this gets us to Google+ and the changes made to the code base and the user experience over this last year or so. It, too, was about simplification. And not because of any automation like turn-by-turn navigation, but instead because the underlying business models pushes the design on this direction. (more on that point here: https://goo.gl/ZChLmk)
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2016-05-06 16:55:51 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

Smart Viral Marketing

Some of you have probably seen this before on other beta sites where you've been wait-listed to try the service. I thought this was cool enough to share. This is for an artificial intelligence bot that will help you schedule meetings with other people rather than all that back and forth nonsense.

I'm also actually using another service for this called "Sunrise" which seems pretty good, but it's still early days for me in using it.

Anyway, if you're curious about the ai calendar assistant, you can check it out using this link while simultaneously getting me bumped up the stack and rewarding what I thought was a pretty clever approach to encouraging a fan out effect.

Link: https://x.ai?rf=1l6xcme

Caveat: I haven't yet tried this service yet, so I can't vouch for it yet.
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Smart Viral Marketing

Some of you have probably seen this before on other beta sites where you've been wait-listed to try the service. I thought this was cool enough to share. This is for an artificial intelligence bot that will help you schedule meetings with other people rather than all that back and forth nonsense.

I'm also actually using another service for this called "Sunrise" which seems pretty good, but it's still early days for me in using it.

Anyway, if you're curious about the ai calendar assistant, you can check it out using this link while simultaneously getting me bumped up the stack and rewarding what I thought was a pretty clever approach to encouraging a fan out effect.

Link: https://x.ai?rf=1l6xcme

Caveat: I haven't yet tried this service yet, so I can't vouch for it yet.

#calendar #bots___

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2016-05-06 12:28:55 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Almost put this in my "Knowledge and Information" collection because of the nature of this work, but the implications to our relationship with machines was just too great: so that's where it goes.

The AI engine was fed 2,865 romance novels to improve its understanding of language. By reading thousands of romance novels, the company believes it will help enhance the technology with some personality and conversational skills.

As a result, Google’s research team were able to teach the AI to write its own sentences which closely resembled those read in the books. When BuzzFeed News asked Dai if the engine could write its own romance novel if it wanted, his response was, “Theoretically, it could.”

Thanks +Matthew J Price​.

People fall in love with much stranger and sillier things than statues of beautiful women. Of course if your virtual assistant is beautiful, always there and entertaining and personal and useful... Duh people are going to fall in love with them.___Almost put this in my "Knowledge and Information" collection because of the nature of this work, but the implications to our relationship with machines was just too great: so that's where it goes.

The AI engine was fed 2,865 romance novels to improve its understanding of language. By reading thousands of romance novels, the company believes it will help enhance the technology with some personality and conversational skills.

As a result, Google’s research team were able to teach the AI to write its own sentences which closely resembled those read in the books. When BuzzFeed News asked Dai if the engine could write its own romance novel if it wanted, his response was, “Theoretically, it could.”

Thanks +Matthew J Price​.

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2016-05-05 14:54:34 (11 comments; 27 reshares; 96 +1s)Open 

I like this part:

Let’s step back from the world of artificial intelligence for a second and think about a biological process we all are familiar with — evolution. Evolution really is a remarkable thing, whether it’s in man or machine (or software really, because that’s the artificial intelligence we are talking about here). If evolution was a conscious and sentient being, he or she would not know at this point in time what the final product he or she was going to end up being (hey, kind of like all of us). Evolution — goes on. Our intelligence, our consciousness, our creativity, our present world itself are all products of our evolution. We cannot even precisely predict our own world five or ten years into the future, because everything we’ve learned in the past and learn today contributes to this collective evolution of mankind. To me that’s what the debate on artificialintelligence is — whe... mehr »

I like this part:

Let’s step back from the world of artificial intelligence for a second and think about a biological process we all are familiar with — evolution. Evolution really is a remarkable thing, whether it’s in man or machine (or software really, because that’s the artificial intelligence we are talking about here). If evolution was a conscious and sentient being, he or she would not know at this point in time what the final product he or she was going to end up being (hey, kind of like all of us). Evolution — goes on. Our intelligence, our consciousness, our creativity, our present world itself are all products of our evolution. We cannot even precisely predict our own world five or ten years into the future, because everything we’ve learned in the past and learn today contributes to this collective evolution of mankind. To me that’s what the debate on artificial intelligence is — whether we should let anything that does not exist in nature have that kind of power over itself and the choice to choose it’s destiny.___

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2016-05-04 20:31:52 (9 comments; 11 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Ugh. Web Lockdown.

The W3C’s project is called EME, for encrypted media extensions. This is a way of restricting the playback of video in browsers, and for a given EME version to work, it has to have the blessing of the entertainment giants. EME is designed to allow publishers to invoke global copyright rules, such as the European Union Copyright Directive and the US’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prohibits tampering with a digital lock, even for legal purposes. Thus, companies that try to receive EME-locked videos without permission face legal shutdown.

If other W3C standards worked like EME, there would have been no Mozilla. Now that EME is a standard, we may never get another Mozilla-like eruption of new browsers – browsers that cater to users, not corporations. New browsers make a niche for themselves by taking the side of users over publishers. With EME,publi... mehr »

For all those who love FaceBook___Ugh. Web Lockdown.

The W3C’s project is called EME, for encrypted media extensions. This is a way of restricting the playback of video in browsers, and for a given EME version to work, it has to have the blessing of the entertainment giants. EME is designed to allow publishers to invoke global copyright rules, such as the European Union Copyright Directive and the US’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prohibits tampering with a digital lock, even for legal purposes. Thus, companies that try to receive EME-locked videos without permission face legal shutdown.

If other W3C standards worked like EME, there would have been no Mozilla. Now that EME is a standard, we may never get another Mozilla-like eruption of new browsers – browsers that cater to users, not corporations. New browsers make a niche for themselves by taking the side of users over publishers. With EME, publishers get to decide which browsers can and can’t display their wares, ending this cycle of renewal.

More centralization and control of the web. But maybe this will be the push it takes for more fully decentralized solutions to build critical adoption.

Thanks +John Verdon.

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2016-05-04 13:53:35 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

How Facebook Messenger chatbots could become the interface for Internet of Things toasters.

It's not inevitable, but without IP messaging standards, that might be how we interface with the AI in distributed, intelligent devices.

#iot #artificialintelligence #chatbots

How Facebook Messenger chatbots could become the interface for Internet of Things toasters.

It's not inevitable, but without IP messaging standards, that might be how we interface with the AI in distributed, intelligent devices.

#iot #artificialintelligence #chatbots___

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2016-05-03 23:33:15 (19 comments; 19 reshares; 77 +1s)Open 

Chatbots are far more revolutionary than they seem...

This is my latest article, just published in Chatbots Magazine on Medium.

For those wondering about what all the fuss is about chatbots - and particularly Facebook's latest moves in this area - this piece is for you. For those who care about the future of business and particularly those who like to think about the future of organizations, I think you will really like this. Chatbots represent a coming change in the way that humans "interface" - or connect - with organizations.

Oh, and did I mention the Internet of Things? Because that's a big part of this story. Chatbots like what are now emerging in Facebook's Messenger are...well, they're absolutely key to the way you will talk to your toaster...

#chatbots #artificialintelligence #iot  

Just off the topof ... mehr »

Chatbots are far more revolutionary than they seem...

This is my latest article, just published in Chatbots Magazine on Medium.

For those wondering about what all the fuss is about chatbots - and particularly Facebook's latest moves in this area - this piece is for you. For those who care about the future of business and particularly those who like to think about the future of organizations, I think you will really like this. Chatbots represent a coming change in the way that humans "interface" - or connect - with organizations.

Oh, and did I mention the Internet of Things? Because that's a big part of this story. Chatbots like what are now emerging in Facebook's Messenger are...well, they're absolutely key to the way you will talk to your toaster...

#chatbots #artificialintelligence #iot  

Just off the top of mind, a few people who might enjoy this:
+Gregory Esau, +Teodora Petkova, +Zara Altair, +John Verdon, +John Kellden, +David Amerland, +Joe Repka, +Daniel Estrada, +David Fuchs, +Darius Gabriel Black, +John Hagel.

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2016-05-02 23:09:55 (29 comments; 6 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

The Decline of Social Networks

Good piece by +Mike Elgan on the slowing of the social network, as opposed to social media. 

Confusion about the difference between social networking and social media is why most people haven't noticed the decline of social networking. People don't stop to think about the difference.

Social networking is personal content. Social media is professional content.

social networking is being outrun by a universe of professional attention-grabbers.

Twitter last week reportedly recategorized itself in Apple's App Store. The company removed its app from the "social networking" category and put it into the "news" category.

If one were listening closely to Twitter, even way back, it was clear that they were actually well aware of this social network vs. social media distinction:the... mehr »

I'm calling it: Social networking is over

(Read my column http://goo.gl/I10wwL )

And just like that, social networking is no more. The sites formerly known as social networks are pivoting to something else.

It was great while it lasted, but social networking is going away.

A few years ago, social networking was the center of the known universe. “Social” served as linguistic pixie dust that magically transformed any boring old thing into something relevant.

Call me Debbie Downer, but I'm here to tell you that those days are over.

Here's who's killing social networking and why:

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3062925/social-media/im-calling-it-social-networking-is-over.html

#socialnetworking #facebook #socialmedia

(Photo shows an art piece by the Cuban artist Kcho, animation taken with permission of the Kcho museum.)
___The Decline of Social Networks

Good piece by +Mike Elgan on the slowing of the social network, as opposed to social media. 

Confusion about the difference between social networking and social media is why most people haven't noticed the decline of social networking. People don't stop to think about the difference.

Social networking is personal content. Social media is professional content.

social networking is being outrun by a universe of professional attention-grabbers.

Twitter last week reportedly recategorized itself in Apple's App Store. The company removed its app from the "social networking" category and put it into the "news" category.

If one were listening closely to Twitter, even way back, it was clear that they were actually well aware of this social network vs. social media distinction: they called themselves a "real-time information network."  http://goo.gl/5DFHFC

There's good nuance in this piece about the evolution of Facebook as well. 

Thanks for flagging this one, +Denis Labelle.

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2016-05-02 22:41:32 (9 comments; 6 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

Pretty remarkable imagery with Artistic Style Transfer. Where do we draw the lines around creativity?

HT +Andrew Kidoo 

Artistic Style Transfer For Videos
Graphics research from the University of Freiburg Computer Vision group have adapted the artistic Style Transfer method for video / moving image to great effect.
More Here: http://prostheticknowledge.tumblr.com/post/143750023006/artistic-style-transfer-for-videos-graphics___Pretty remarkable imagery with Artistic Style Transfer. Where do we draw the lines around creativity?

HT +Andrew Kidoo 

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2016-04-29 15:46:51 (8 comments; 12 reshares; 145 +1s)Open 

Rapid Eye Movement Found in Reptile Sleep

This week, I've been thinking about dreams, and how far back they go in our evolutionary history. Research being released today finds REM cycles in reptiles, which suggests that it goes back to our amniote ancestors (the common ancestor mammals share with birds and reptiles).

But do reptiles actually dream?

_In humans, REM sleep is closely associated with dreaming. So do Australian dragons dream? There's no way to be sure right now, Laurent said. The answer may also depend on how you define dreaming. Under a strict definition in which dreaming requires higher cognition, the answer might be no. But if dreaming were defined as a replay of brain activity during sleep that resembles brain activity during wakefulness, lizards might well dream, Laurent said._

Rapid Eye Movement Found in Reptile Sleep

This week, I've been thinking about dreams, and how far back they go in our evolutionary history. Research being released today finds REM cycles in reptiles, which suggests that it goes back to our amniote ancestors (the common ancestor mammals share with birds and reptiles).

But do reptiles actually dream?

_In humans, REM sleep is closely associated with dreaming. So do Australian dragons dream? There's no way to be sure right now, Laurent said. The answer may also depend on how you define dreaming. Under a strict definition in which dreaming requires higher cognition, the answer might be no. But if dreaming were defined as a replay of brain activity during sleep that resembles brain activity during wakefulness, lizards might well dream, Laurent said.____

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2016-04-28 20:29:51 (6 comments; 14 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

Why Open AI Matters

Here's +Miguel Rodriguez talking about why the Open AI project, founded by Elon Musk and others, is so important. Miguel happens to refer to some of the points in my talk in Singapore last month to support his point. I'm glad it resonated with him, particularly because he's right on about the need for projects like Open AI.

Key point:
The big players in the Deep Learning revolution are unexpectedly the big software companies that we all know: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Baidoo. And while the current tenor among the Artificial Intelligence community is to share all they work on, it is not clear that:
A) They will keep doing it
B) They are really sharing everything.

Good points. It's always good to have a backup. 

Why Open AI Matters

Here's +Miguel Rodriguez talking about why the Open AI project, founded by Elon Musk and others, is so important. Miguel happens to refer to some of the points in my talk in Singapore last month to support his point. I'm glad it resonated with him, particularly because he's right on about the need for projects like Open AI.

Key point:
The big players in the Deep Learning revolution are unexpectedly the big software companies that we all know: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Baidoo. And while the current tenor among the Artificial Intelligence community is to share all they work on, it is not clear that:
A) They will keep doing it
B) They are really sharing everything.

Good points. It's always good to have a backup. ___

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2016-04-28 05:31:04 (8 comments; 16 reshares; 103 +1s)Open 

“That’s what is exciting here, because maybe this mechanism appeared really early in the history of life,” Boisseau said to the Los Angeles Times. “Probably learning abilities evolved first, before the evolution of neurons and nervous systems.”

HT +Paulo Silveira​

“That’s what is exciting here, because maybe this mechanism appeared really early in the history of life,” Boisseau said to the Los Angeles Times. “Probably learning abilities evolved first, before the evolution of neurons and nervous systems.”

HT +Paulo Silveira​___

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2016-04-27 04:13:38 (52 comments; 5 reshares; 82 +1s)Open 

Do Animals Dream?

I was in the depths of writing today and stumbled up on a question: do animals dream?

Having seen my fair share of leg twitching while watching dogs sleep, I assumed so, but I just couldn't let this sleeping dog of a question lie. 

It turns out, rats, cats and even squids seem to exhibit signs like Rapid Eye Movement (REM) while sleeping, and when this has been suppressed in cats (I don't want to know how), the cats started exhibiting behavior like arching their backs, stalking prey and getting in fights - all while they were sleeping. 

I'd assumed mammals dreamed, but it's thought-provoking to consider that squids seem to exhibit similar signs of dreaming. Squids and other cephalopods are highly intelligent creatures, but how far down the evolutionary stack might these signs of some sort of dreaming activityext... mehr »

Do Animals Dream?

I was in the depths of writing today and stumbled up on a question: do animals dream?

Having seen my fair share of leg twitching while watching dogs sleep, I assumed so, but I just couldn't let this sleeping dog of a question lie. 

It turns out, rats, cats and even squids seem to exhibit signs like Rapid Eye Movement (REM) while sleeping, and when this has been suppressed in cats (I don't want to know how), the cats started exhibiting behavior like arching their backs, stalking prey and getting in fights - all while they were sleeping. 

I'd assumed mammals dreamed, but it's thought-provoking to consider that squids seem to exhibit similar signs of dreaming. Squids and other cephalopods are highly intelligent creatures, but how far down the evolutionary stack might these signs of some sort of dreaming activity extend? 

Also, just because these animals are exhibiting REM signals doesn't necessarily mean that they're dreaming in the way we humans experience dreaming. Cracking that nut, to understand their experience is going to be tough (if not impossible, without actually becoming a rat - or even a squid). ___

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2016-04-27 01:25:03 (20 comments; 18 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

The Coming Chat Bot Revolution A pretty good overview of what's happening with the coming chat bot revolution.  It breaks my heart that the promise of chat bot technology is getting locked up in proprietary messaging services like Facebook's Messenger, Slack, etc. I'm hoping that a big player like Google will disrupt this by targeting chat bot technology at plain old SMS. 

Yeah, yeah, I know it'll be missing all the bells and whistles of the kinds of forms and interactivity of what Facebook will be able to do - initially at least. But dammit, we should be trying to keep this next wave of innovation as open as possible so that multiple AI solutions can target the same SMS client. 

OK. I'll stop my ranting now. ;)

The Coming Chat Bot Revolution A pretty good overview of what's happening with the coming chat bot revolution.  It breaks my heart that the promise of chat bot technology is getting locked up in proprietary messaging services like Facebook's Messenger, Slack, etc. I'm hoping that a big player like Google will disrupt this by targeting chat bot technology at plain old SMS. 

Yeah, yeah, I know it'll be missing all the bells and whistles of the kinds of forms and interactivity of what Facebook will be able to do - initially at least. But dammit, we should be trying to keep this next wave of innovation as open as possible so that multiple AI solutions can target the same SMS client. 

OK. I'll stop my ranting now. ;)___

2016-04-27 01:07:58 (18 comments; 4 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

SMS and Chat Bots

It breaks my heart that the promise of chat bot technology is getting locked up in proprietary messaging services like Facebook's Messenger, Slack, etc. I'm hoping that a big player like Google will disrupt this by targeting chat bot technology at plain old SMS. 

Yeah, yeah, I know it'll be missing all the bells and whistles of the kinds of forms and interactivity of what Facebook will be able to do - initially at least. But dammit, we should be trying to keep this next wave of innovation as open as possible so that multiple AI solutions can target the same SMS client. 

OK. I'll stop my ranting now. ;)

SMS and Chat Bots

It breaks my heart that the promise of chat bot technology is getting locked up in proprietary messaging services like Facebook's Messenger, Slack, etc. I'm hoping that a big player like Google will disrupt this by targeting chat bot technology at plain old SMS. 

Yeah, yeah, I know it'll be missing all the bells and whistles of the kinds of forms and interactivity of what Facebook will be able to do - initially at least. But dammit, we should be trying to keep this next wave of innovation as open as possible so that multiple AI solutions can target the same SMS client. 

OK. I'll stop my ranting now. ;)___

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2016-04-25 23:01:39 (4 comments; 11 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Just in case you want a cool looking poster that explores the Mandelbrot set. This is what I love about people: that one us would make something like this.

___Just in case you want a cool looking poster that explores the Mandelbrot set. This is what I love about people: that one us would make something like this.

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2016-04-24 23:56:04 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Very worthwhile read on the applications of machine learning in business. One of the best I've read.

Great Overview of Adoption of Machine Intelligence by Businesses

Companies are now re-orienting and re-organizing themselves to better understand how machine learning will change the way they work. At the same time, artificial intelligence developers are learning how to translate what to now has largely been algorithm-speak into the language of business: solutions. These are two of the ways that machine learning, over this last year, has started to make its way into businesses.

Another trend highlighted in this piece is the increased application of machine intelligence into particular industries. Another way of saying that in business speak is "vertical applications." And we're just getting started.

One of the best parts of this article by Shivon Zilis is the infographic (see below, but click through to the article for the larger image). It lays out some of the verticals as well as the "horizontal" platform investments necessary for machine intelligence to fully embed itself in business.

Definitely a worthwhile read.

#machineintelligence #machinelearning #business #artificialintelligence
___Very worthwhile read on the applications of machine learning in business. One of the best I've read.

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2016-04-24 23:54:22 (2 comments; 43 reshares; 83 +1s)Open 

Great Overview of Adoption of Machine Intelligence by Businesses

Companies are now re-orienting and re-organizing themselves to better understand how machine learning will change the way they work. At the same time, artificial intelligence developers are learning how to translate what to now has largely been algorithm-speak into the language of business: solutions. These are two of the ways that machine learning, over this last year, has started to make its way into businesses.

Another trend highlighted in this piece is the increased application of machine intelligence into particular industries. Another way of saying that in business speak is "vertical applications." And we're just getting started.

One of the best parts of this article by Shivon Zilis is the infographic (see below, but click through to the article for the larger image). It lays out... mehr »

Great Overview of Adoption of Machine Intelligence by Businesses

Companies are now re-orienting and re-organizing themselves to better understand how machine learning will change the way they work. At the same time, artificial intelligence developers are learning how to translate what to now has largely been algorithm-speak into the language of business: solutions. These are two of the ways that machine learning, over this last year, has started to make its way into businesses.

Another trend highlighted in this piece is the increased application of machine intelligence into particular industries. Another way of saying that in business speak is "vertical applications." And we're just getting started.

One of the best parts of this article by Shivon Zilis is the infographic (see below, but click through to the article for the larger image). It lays out some of the verticals as well as the "horizontal" platform investments necessary for machine intelligence to fully embed itself in business.

Definitely a worthwhile read.

#machineintelligence #machinelearning #business #artificialintelligence
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2016-04-24 06:08:23 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Bearcat urine doesn’t just smell like buttered popcorn, it's made from the exact same chemical compound.

http://www.sciencealert.com/researchers-finally-understand-why-bearcats-smell-like-buttered-popcorn

An odd science story to get your Sunday going.
+ScienceSunday +ScienceSunday

(via http://www.compoundchem.com/2016/04/17/twic17042016/ )___Bearcat urine doesn’t just smell like buttered popcorn, it's made from the exact same chemical compound.

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2016-04-23 04:49:27 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 50 +1s)Open 

Artificial Intelligence to help protect the planet.

Artificial Intelligence to help protect the planet.___

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2016-04-23 04:11:13 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

These reefs might serve as steppingstones between the Brazil reefs and the Caribbean reefs and might serve as a temporary refuge for some of the animals that live between them, Yager said. They might also reveal how coral reefs survive in less than optimal conditions – and thus might offer insight into how reefs behave in the future, as the oceans become increasingly unfriendly to them. Coral reefs around the world are under threat as ocean temperatures and acidity levels rise thanks in large part to human activity.


These reefs might serve as steppingstones between the Brazil reefs and the Caribbean reefs and might serve as a temporary refuge for some of the animals that live between them, Yager said. They might also reveal how coral reefs survive in less than optimal conditions – and thus might offer insight into how reefs behave in the future, as the oceans become increasingly unfriendly to them. Coral reefs around the world are under threat as ocean temperatures and acidity levels rise thanks in large part to human activity.
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2016-04-22 02:55:22 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

A Faltering Infrastructure for Democracy

Most of us are well aware of the crumbling infrastructure that continues to plague the United States. What's becoming increasingly clear is that our infrastructure for ensuring a high-functioning democracy is also faltering. No doubt there is suppression and fraud happening as well, but in addition to that, we just aren't putting our money where our mouths are when it comes to keeping the gears of democracy well oiled. 

A Faltering Infrastructure for Democracy

Most of us are well aware of the crumbling infrastructure that continues to plague the United States. What's becoming increasingly clear is that our infrastructure for ensuring a high-functioning democracy is also faltering. No doubt there is suppression and fraud happening as well, but in addition to that, we just aren't putting our money where our mouths are when it comes to keeping the gears of democracy well oiled. ___

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