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Gideon Rosenblatt

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Grounding Machines in Humanity

Beschäftigung: I write about the future of the human experience in an era of machine intelligence.

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Cream of the Crop: 04/01/2012

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Yifat Cohen87,918*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 Cohen87,918*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 18:00:0058  
Yifat Cohen87,918*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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"人工知能" is Japanese for "Artificial Intelligence."

人 = human.
工 = made.
知 = knowing.
能 = ability.

Language is awesome, isn't it?

Update note: I should have clarified -- these are Chinese characters, and mean AI in Chinese too.

Second update: Nope, not quite. See the comments below to see the subtle differences between the Japanese and Chinese characters for AI. 

Die meisten Reshares: 24

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2017-03-25 17:40:15 (16 comments; 24 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Daniel Dennett's Long Focus on Consciousness

Here are a few highlights from a longish piece on Daniel Dennett, philosopher of mind, science and biology.

The problem presupposes that consciousness is like a light switch: either an animal has a self or it doesn’t. But Dennett thinks these things are like evolution, essentially gradualist, without hard borders. The obvious answer to the question of whether animals have selves is that they sort of have them. He loves the phrase “sort of.” Picture the brain, he often says, as a collection of subsystems that “sort of” know, think, decide, and feel. These layers build up, incrementally, to the real thing. Animals have fewer mental layers than people—in particular, they lack language, which Dennett believes endows human mental life with its complexity and texture—but this doesn’t make them zombies. It just meansthat they “sort... mehr »

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2017-03-27 01:21:21 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 141 +1s; )Open 

It is the Nature of Life to Learn.

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2017-03-30 03:07:30 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

So here is a list of the lawmakers who voted to betray you, and how much money they received from the telecom industry in their most recent election cycle.

HT +Dennis D. McDonald.

The Verge: The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them.
http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwpOur2jQ___So here is a list of the lawmakers who voted to betray you, and how much money they received from the telecom industry in their most recent election cycle.

HT +Dennis D. McDonald.

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2017-03-28 22:03:30 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

When Politics Is Really Out of Touch

In every congressional district, a majority of adults supports limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. But many Republicans in Congress (and some Democrats) agree with President Trump, who this week may move to kill an Obama administration plan that would have scaled back the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Nationally, about seven in 10 Americans support regulating carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants — and 75 percent support regulating CO2 as a pollutant more generally. But lawmakers are unlikely to change direction soon.

Bob Inglis, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina, warned that committed activists — like the Tea Party — can shape politicians’ approaches to issues like climate change. “Those are the ones who can take you out at the next primary,” hesaid. Mr. Ing... mehr »

When Politics Is Really Out of Touch

In every congressional district, a majority of adults supports limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. But many Republicans in Congress (and some Democrats) agree with President Trump, who this week may move to kill an Obama administration plan that would have scaled back the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Nationally, about seven in 10 Americans support regulating carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants — and 75 percent support regulating CO2 as a pollutant more generally. But lawmakers are unlikely to change direction soon.

Bob Inglis, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina, warned that committed activists — like the Tea Party — can shape politicians’ approaches to issues like climate change. “Those are the ones who can take you out at the next primary,” he said. Mr. Inglis lost his primary in 2010 to Trey Gowdy, a Tea Party candidate who attacked his climate views.

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2017-03-28 15:52:39 (11 comments; 9 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

The Semi-Automated Mason, nicknamed Sam, can lay 3,000 bricks a day, while a builder's average is 500.

Yeah, the masons get to work alongside Sam.

For now.


HT +Mike Murphy

#marchoftherobots +Gideon Rosenblatt​___The Semi-Automated Mason, nicknamed Sam, can lay 3,000 bricks a day, while a builder's average is 500.

Yeah, the masons get to work alongside Sam.

For now.


HT +Mike Murphy

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2017-03-28 06:06:14 (12 comments; 10 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Elon Musk is founding another company, Neuralink, focused on building a direct link between computers and the human brain.

The "neural lace" Musk has talked about is typically described as an implant or an appendage that would be attached to the brain, that would provide a way for brains to interact with devices, or otherwise augment human intelligence.

Speaking at the Code Conference in 2016, Musk said to think of the arrangement this way: "You have your limbic system, the cortex, and then a digital layer, sort of a third layer above the cortex that could work well and symbiotically with you."

Though the lace would interact directly with a person's brain, Musk said implanting it might not require extensive surgery, remarking that it could be injected into the veins.





Elon Musk is founding another company, Neuralink, focused on building a direct link between computers and the human brain.

The "neural lace" Musk has talked about is typically described as an implant or an appendage that would be attached to the brain, that would provide a way for brains to interact with devices, or otherwise augment human intelligence.

Speaking at the Code Conference in 2016, Musk said to think of the arrangement this way: "You have your limbic system, the cortex, and then a digital layer, sort of a third layer above the cortex that could work well and symbiotically with you."

Though the lace would interact directly with a person's brain, Musk said implanting it might not require extensive surgery, remarking that it could be injected into the veins.



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2017-03-28 00:31:21 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Natural Language Processing, paired with the Semantic Web: clearly the next battleground in user interface.

I find their choice of knowledge bases somewhat...Well, random:

The app received an action that allows it to access IMDB ratings, this is in addition to access to large knowledge banks on heart diseases, Mars and horse races in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and France. Google’s Assistant also gained direct integration with Neato’s vacuum-bots, this allows the user to issue voice commands to the company’s autonomous cleaners bots. Other actions such as Bugle Notes will help U.S. Military Academy cadets in learning The Soldier’s Creed and other vital information. And finally 16-year-old Matthew Gillen created an action that allows the assistant to quote Jaden Smith’s words.

Thanks for catching this, +David Amerland​.

Google Assistant Loaded with New Actions and an Enhanced Knowledge Base

In what is likely to have some pretty far-reaching implications for search Google Assistant (https://goo.gl/ako56C) is now loaded with more actions and a whole lot of new databases! ___Natural Language Processing, paired with the Semantic Web: clearly the next battleground in user interface.

I find their choice of knowledge bases somewhat...Well, random:

The app received an action that allows it to access IMDB ratings, this is in addition to access to large knowledge banks on heart diseases, Mars and horse races in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and France. Google’s Assistant also gained direct integration with Neato’s vacuum-bots, this allows the user to issue voice commands to the company’s autonomous cleaners bots. Other actions such as Bugle Notes will help U.S. Military Academy cadets in learning The Soldier’s Creed and other vital information. And finally 16-year-old Matthew Gillen created an action that allows the assistant to quote Jaden Smith’s words.

Thanks for catching this, +David Amerland​.

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2017-03-27 01:21:21 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 141 +1s; )Open 

It is the Nature of Life to Learn.

It is the Nature of Life to Learn.___

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2017-03-25 17:40:15 (16 comments; 24 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Daniel Dennett's Long Focus on Consciousness

Here are a few highlights from a longish piece on Daniel Dennett, philosopher of mind, science and biology.

The problem presupposes that consciousness is like a light switch: either an animal has a self or it doesn’t. But Dennett thinks these things are like evolution, essentially gradualist, without hard borders. The obvious answer to the question of whether animals have selves is that they sort of have them. He loves the phrase “sort of.” Picture the brain, he often says, as a collection of subsystems that “sort of” know, think, decide, and feel. These layers build up, incrementally, to the real thing. Animals have fewer mental layers than people—in particular, they lack language, which Dennett believes endows human mental life with its complexity and texture—but this doesn’t make them zombies. It just meansthat they “sort... mehr »

Daniel Dennett's Long Focus on Consciousness

Here are a few highlights from a longish piece on Daniel Dennett, philosopher of mind, science and biology.

The problem presupposes that consciousness is like a light switch: either an animal has a self or it doesn’t. But Dennett thinks these things are like evolution, essentially gradualist, without hard borders. The obvious answer to the question of whether animals have selves is that they sort of have them. He loves the phrase “sort of.” Picture the brain, he often says, as a collection of subsystems that “sort of” know, think, decide, and feel. These layers build up, incrementally, to the real thing. Animals have fewer mental layers than people—in particular, they lack language, which Dennett believes endows human mental life with its complexity and texture—but this doesn’t make them zombies. It just means that they “sort of” have consciousness, as measured by human standards.
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If philosophy were a sport, its ball would be human intuition. Philosophers compete to shift our intuitions from one end of the field to the other. Some intuitions, however, resist being shifted. Among these is our conviction that there are only two states of being: awake or asleep, conscious or unconscious, alive or dead, soulful or material. Dennett believes that there is a spectrum, and that we can train ourselves to find the idea of that spectrum intuitive.
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“Darwin’s dangerous idea,” Dennett writes, is that Bach’s music, Christianity, human culture, the human mind, and Homo sapiens “all exist as fruits of a single tree, the Tree of Life,” which “created itself, not in a miraculous, instantaneous whoosh, but slowly, slowly.” He asks, “Is this Tree of Life a God one could worship? Pray to? Fear? Probably not.” But, he says, it is “greater than anything any of us will ever conceive of in detail worthy of its detail. . . . I could not pray to it, but I can stand in affirmation of its magnificence. This world is sacred.”
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Consider your laptop. It’s processing information but isn’t having experiences. Now, suppose that every year your laptop gets smarter. A few years from now, it may, like I.B.M.’s Watson, win “Jeopardy!” Soon afterward, it may have meaningful conversations with you, like the smartphone voiced by Scarlett Johansson in “Her.” Johansson’s character is conscious: you can fall in love with her, and she with you. There’s a soul in that phone. But how did it get there? How was the inner space of consciousness opened up within the circuits and code? This is the hard problem. Dennett regards it, too, as a philosopher’s fantasy. Chalmers thinks that, at present, it is insurmountable. If it’s easy for you to imagine a conscious robot, then you probably side with Dennett. If it’s easier to imagine a robot that only seems conscious, you’re probably with Chalmers.
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Physics, Dennett said, tells us that there are more than three dimensions, and we can use math to prove they’re there; at the same time, we struggle to picture them in our heads. That doesn’t mean they’re not real. Perhaps, he thought, the wholly material soul is similarly hard to imagine. “I’m not ready to say it’s unimaginable, because there are times when I think I can imagine it,” he said, “and then it doesn’t seem to be such a big leap at all. But—it is.”
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2017-03-23 18:02:56 (8 comments; 9 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

When AI Training Data Meets a Black Swan

How the Long Tail makes it extremely difficult to determine training set size for machine learning.

HT to +Oleg Moskalensky

Short, yet illuminating article on long-tail approach to AI

ping: +Gideon Rosenblatt___When AI Training Data Meets a Black Swan

How the Long Tail makes it extremely difficult to determine training set size for machine learning.

HT to +Oleg Moskalensky

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2017-03-23 16:00:34 (4 comments; 8 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

Evolutionary algorithms represent another, important branch of machine learning. Pedro Domingo did an excellent job of explaining it and the various other approaches to AI algorithms in his book, The Master Algorithm.

Can evolutionary algorithms provide a technique to discover effective neural network architectures automatically? Check out a nice writeup by +Quartz on some new experiments by the Google Brain team (g.co/brain) and OpenAI.___Evolutionary algorithms represent another, important branch of machine learning. Pedro Domingo did an excellent job of explaining it and the various other approaches to AI algorithms in his book, The Master Algorithm.

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2017-03-23 14:58:17 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Older, Northern, Re-Org'ed Dinos

Baron’s tree rewrites the first chapters of the dinosaur story in several ways. It suggests that they first arose around 247 million years ago, slightly earlier than the 231 to 243 million year range that’s typically cited. It hints that they might have originated in the northern half of the world rather than the southern half. And most importantly, it says that the ancestral dinosaurs split into two major groups—just not the ones we traditionally recognize.



Older, Northern, Re-Org'ed Dinos

Baron’s tree rewrites the first chapters of the dinosaur story in several ways. It suggests that they first arose around 247 million years ago, slightly earlier than the 231 to 243 million year range that’s typically cited. It hints that they might have originated in the northern half of the world rather than the southern half. And most importantly, it says that the ancestral dinosaurs split into two major groups—just not the ones we traditionally recognize.

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2017-03-23 00:33:49 (17 comments; 10 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Alexa as Dominating the Voice Platform?

I must admit that I've not been giving Amazon's Alexa sufficient attention. According to this Backchannel piece, Amazon is set to really own this space. Personally, I think this race is far from over. It's just getting started and Google has many, many tricks up its sleeve on this front.

#alexa #voice #VoiceComputing

Alexa as Dominating the Voice Platform?

I must admit that I've not been giving Amazon's Alexa sufficient attention. According to this Backchannel piece, Amazon is set to really own this space. Personally, I think this race is far from over. It's just getting started and Google has many, many tricks up its sleeve on this front.

#alexa #voice #VoiceComputing___

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2017-03-23 00:11:19 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 


Remember Google Posts? They're Now Open to Organizations

In case you forgot, Google is allowing celebs to create "Posts" that can be posted directly to the search results pages.

As of today, Google is now opening up this functionality to organizations and is initially targeting movies, museums, sports teams, and sports leagues.

"We’ve opened up posting on Google to museums, sports teams, sports leagues, and movies in the US, and all of the above plus musicians in Brazil. We’re continuing to experiment with other categories and regions, so stay tuned."


Want to see an example? Search for "vanessa da mata" and look at the box on the right side of the page, titled "Vanessa da Mata on Google". If you click through to more, you get a stream of posts like this:h... mehr »


Remember Google Posts? They're Now Open to Organizations

In case you forgot, Google is allowing celebs to create "Posts" that can be posted directly to the search results pages.

As of today, Google is now opening up this functionality to organizations and is initially targeting movies, museums, sports teams, and sports leagues.

"We’ve opened up posting on Google to museums, sports teams, sports leagues, and movies in the US, and all of the above plus musicians in Brazil. We’re continuing to experiment with other categories and regions, so stay tuned."


Want to see an example? Search for "vanessa da mata" and look at the box on the right side of the page, titled "Vanessa da Mata on Google". If you click through to more, you get a stream of posts like this:
https://posts.google.com/share/IOxeT7U5

How much traction will this approach get? No clue, but with something like this, why in the world would you ever bother with a Google+ Page if you're an organization trying to reach people? I wouldn't.

It's unclear what the approval process really entails, but here's the link if you're curious: https://posts.withgoogle.com/us

#Google #Posts___

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2017-03-22 15:37:41 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

This brings me back to the question of what the tech plutocrats mean by freedom. Martin Luther King led the March on Washington for “jobs and Freedom.” It’s obvious now that the new freedom brought to us by the libertarian elite will not come with jobs. The fact that Facebook generates revenues of $8 billion with less than 9000 employees speaks volumes. Is Peter Thiel’s idea of corporations, free to reap monopoly profits free from government regulation, what we want for our country? Thiel’s icon Ayn Rand defines freedom as “to ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.” How far is this from Jefferson’s great inspiration, the Greek philosopher Epicurus, who defines the good life in these terms?

* The company of good friends.

* The freedom and autonomy to enjoy meaningful work.

* The willingness to live an examined life with a core faith orphilosophy.
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This brings me back to the question of what the tech plutocrats mean by freedom. Martin Luther King led the March on Washington for “jobs and Freedom.” It’s obvious now that the new freedom brought to us by the libertarian elite will not come with jobs. The fact that Facebook generates revenues of $8 billion with less than 9000 employees speaks volumes. Is Peter Thiel’s idea of corporations, free to reap monopoly profits free from government regulation, what we want for our country? Thiel’s icon Ayn Rand defines freedom as “to ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.” How far is this from Jefferson’s great inspiration, the Greek philosopher Epicurus, who defines the good life in these terms?

* The company of good friends.

* The freedom and autonomy to enjoy meaningful work.

* The willingness to live an examined life with a core faith or philosophy.

I worry that our universities are being turned into trade schools in the pursuit of the almighty tech dollar. Are we forsaking the humanities and a basic liberal arts education all in promise to prepare students for the shark tank that awaits them in Silicon Valley or on Wall Street? As I said at the outset, I have no answers, but another phrase from Dr. King’s sermon calls out to me: “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and unguided men.”

Let us not assume that this technological revolution we are living through has but one inevitable outcome. History is made by man, not by corporations or machines. It is time to wake up and begin to think about a digital renaissance. As my colleague Ethan Zuckerman said, “It’s obvious now what we did was a fiasco, so let me remind you that what we wanted to do was something brave and noble.” Your generation does not need to surrender to some sort of techno-determinist future. Let’s try and “rewire” (Ethan’s term) the Internet.

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2017-03-21 20:09:16 (26 comments; 5 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Humanity, what are we doing?


Humanity, what are we doing?
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2017-03-17 23:56:13 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Trump's polarity in opposing climate action is creating an equal and opposite reaction. A great read by +Alex Steffen​.

Trump's polarity in opposing climate action is creating an equal and opposite reaction. A great read by +Alex Steffen​.___

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2017-03-16 19:39:10 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Imagine the most moving song in the world. Machine learning is now listening to your brain waves to make music.

Lots of room here for good, but also for emotional manipulation.

Machine learning devices are learning how to compose songs that can elicit specific emotions in us humans ___Imagine the most moving song in the world. Machine learning is now listening to your brain waves to make music.

Lots of room here for good, but also for emotional manipulation.

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2017-03-15 19:32:26 (58 comments; 18 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

"人工知能" is Japanese for "Artificial Intelligence."

人 = human.
工 = made.
知 = knowing.
能 = ability.

Language is awesome, isn't it?

Update note: I should have clarified -- these are Chinese characters, and mean AI in Chinese too.

Second update: Nope, not quite. See the comments below to see the subtle differences between the Japanese and Chinese characters for AI. 

"人工知能" is Japanese for "Artificial Intelligence."

人 = human.
工 = made.
知 = knowing.
能 = ability.

Language is awesome, isn't it?

Update note: I should have clarified -- these are Chinese characters, and mean AI in Chinese too.

Second update: Nope, not quite. See the comments below to see the subtle differences between the Japanese and Chinese characters for AI. ___

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2017-03-15 13:16:54 (1 comments; 13 reshares; 109 +1s; )Open 

Deep Mind Teaches AI to Remember It's Own Lessons


The Deep Mind folks have another important breakthrough. This time, it's a neutral network that didn't completely trash what it learned from earlier tasks in order to learn the next task. This kind of "memory" is critical to its ability to move from bespoke applications that are finely tuned for just one thing, to more general purpose applications.

“We are still a really long way from general-purpose artificial intelligence and there are many research challenges left to solve,” he added. “One key part of the puzzle is building systems that can learn to tackle new tasks and challenges while retaining the abilities that they have already learnt. This research is an early step in that direction, and could in time help us build problem-solving systems that can learn more flexibly andeffic... mehr »

Artificial General Intelligence in the Horizon

Humans learn because we don't forget the lessons we've been through while learning. Deep in our minds different connections are activated and different centers of the brain talk to each other and this renders us intelligent in the general sense.

The phenomenon is called "transfer" having learnt to punch a heavy bag made of leather and hanging from the ceiling, for instance, has given me skills that enable me to punch a grown man whose squared up against me and is hitting me back (we call this boxing :) ). In my brain the dynamics of motion and the physics of impact that I acquired while punching the heavy bag are superimposed upon the situation with my opponent sufficiently well for me (and him) to be able to train to square off against each other.

Computers powered by AI algorithms do not work like that. While they can learn to be faster and perhaps more precise than me when it comes to punching the heavy bag, the moment they square up (if they could) against a human opponent they need to go back to the drawing board, have a huge number of real matches and then begin to win.

Transfer, in short doesn't happen, because they do not remember what they learnt from that previous situation. But what if they could? What if they could learn sufficiently well as to be able to remember how they learnt so they can apply the principles in the new dynamic?

That is the premise of this fresh breakthrough by Google's DeepMind. Thankfully they are not quite up to speed yet and humans have a significant advantage, at present, but the gap is narrowing. :) ___Deep Mind Teaches AI to Remember It's Own Lessons


The Deep Mind folks have another important breakthrough. This time, it's a neutral network that didn't completely trash what it learned from earlier tasks in order to learn the next task. This kind of "memory" is critical to its ability to move from bespoke applications that are finely tuned for just one thing, to more general purpose applications.

“We are still a really long way from general-purpose artificial intelligence and there are many research challenges left to solve,” he added. “One key part of the puzzle is building systems that can learn to tackle new tasks and challenges while retaining the abilities that they have already learnt. This research is an early step in that direction, and could in time help us build problem-solving systems that can learn more flexibly and efficiently.”

Details: https://goo.gl/OapRbu

Great catch, +David Amerland​.

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2017-03-14 22:13:59 (8 comments; 14 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Pretty cool.

HT +Daniel Estrada

Joto: Connected Whiteboard Robot Draws, Writes What You Like
More info: http://www.gadgetify.com/joto-robot/

neat :) ___Pretty cool.

HT +Daniel Estrada

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2017-03-13 20:46:32 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Our calendar, in the West, was originally only ten months long.

December got its name from the Latin word decem (meaning ten) because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar, which began in March. The winter days following December were not included as part of any month. Later, the months of January and February were created out of the monthless period and added to the beginning of the calendar, but December retained its name.

Our calendar, in the West, was originally only ten months long.

December got its name from the Latin word decem (meaning ten) because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar, which began in March. The winter days following December were not included as part of any month. Later, the months of January and February were created out of the monthless period and added to the beginning of the calendar, but December retained its name.___

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2017-03-13 03:01:04 (11 comments; 21 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

The Power of Intelligence: Wielding AI with Wisdom

Intelligence has long been a political question, with important implications for how humans organize and govern themselves. So, when it comes to AI, the real risks are more likely to come from humans using the technology to enhance their power over others:

We would do better to worry about what humans might do with AI, rather than what it might do by itself. We humans are far more likely to deploy intelligent systems against each other, or to become over-reliant on them. As in the fable of the sorcerer’s apprentice, if AIs do cause harm, it’s more likely to be because we give them well-meaning but ill-thought-through goals – not because they wish to conquer us. Natural stupidity, rather than artificial intelligence, remains the greatest risk.

With truly wise rulers, the article suggests in the end, we wouldhave ... mehr »

The Power of Intelligence: Wielding AI with Wisdom

Intelligence has long been a political question, with important implications for how humans organize and govern themselves. So, when it comes to AI, the real risks are more likely to come from humans using the technology to enhance their power over others:

We would do better to worry about what humans might do with AI, rather than what it might do by itself. We humans are far more likely to deploy intelligent systems against each other, or to become over-reliant on them. As in the fable of the sorcerer’s apprentice, if AIs do cause harm, it’s more likely to be because we give them well-meaning but ill-thought-through goals – not because they wish to conquer us. Natural stupidity, rather than artificial intelligence, remains the greatest risk.

With truly wise rulers, the article suggests in the end, we would have much less to worry about with the rise of intelligent machines.

HT +Darius Gabriel Black

#ArtificialIntelligence #Intelligence #power

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2017-03-12 20:32:19 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Google News and Fake News

Fake news isn't just about Trump and Hillary. Sometimes it's about alien bases on the moon.

This article showed up today under Google News headlines on my phone. That, in itself, is a problem. Just as bad is the fact that the Google News user interface has no way to train Google's algorithms that this is not only sobering I don't want to see, but that it is not legitimate news, on my opinion. In short, there is no "fake news" button to provide Google with human feedback.

We are seeing an increasingly troubling erosion of consensus reality these days. Like Facebook, Google is on the front lines of this battle, and Google News plays a particularly important role. Its lack of user feedback options suggests to me that they are not taking this problem with enough seriousness.

Google News and Fake News

Fake news isn't just about Trump and Hillary. Sometimes it's about alien bases on the moon.

This article showed up today under Google News headlines on my phone. That, in itself, is a problem. Just as bad is the fact that the Google News user interface has no way to train Google's algorithms that this is not only sobering I don't want to see, but that it is not legitimate news, on my opinion. In short, there is no "fake news" button to provide Google with human feedback.

We are seeing an increasingly troubling erosion of consensus reality these days. Like Facebook, Google is on the front lines of this battle, and Google News plays a particularly important role. Its lack of user feedback options suggests to me that they are not taking this problem with enough seriousness.___

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2017-03-10 19:02:51 (10 comments; 5 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

“Love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places

yes is a world
& in this world of yes live
(skillfully curled)
all worlds”


― E.E. Cummings

“Love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places

yes is a world
& in this world of yes live
(skillfully curled)
all worlds”


― E.E. Cummings___

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2017-03-10 04:07:03 (13 comments; 7 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

2017 Plans for Google+ for the Enterprise

Here is Google+ Product Manager +Danielle Buckley talking about plans for taking Google+ into the enterprise. The primary focus of development work will be around domain-related security. There will be multiple levels of domain-based openness, likely be year-end. These include:

* Public (corporate users can post publicly)
* Discovery (corporate users can see posts from outside their domain, but not post or comment publicly)
* Walled Garden (corporate users can only see and publish posts within their corporate domain)

Also of interest: users in different organizations will be able to collaborate with one another across multiple domains. For example, a company might set up a community that it opens up to select partners.

To be honest, I'm not quite sure what to make of this new direction. My net... mehr »

Wow! I was surprised to get mentioned in this talk but Google+ has had a big positive effect on our corporate culture so I'm happy about it.___2017 Plans for Google+ for the Enterprise

Here is Google+ Product Manager +Danielle Buckley talking about plans for taking Google+ into the enterprise. The primary focus of development work will be around domain-related security. There will be multiple levels of domain-based openness, likely be year-end. These include:

* Public (corporate users can post publicly)
* Discovery (corporate users can see posts from outside their domain, but not post or comment publicly)
* Walled Garden (corporate users can only see and publish posts within their corporate domain)

Also of interest: users in different organizations will be able to collaborate with one another across multiple domains. For example, a company might set up a community that it opens up to select partners.

To be honest, I'm not quite sure what to make of this new direction. My net takeaway though is that this is a good thing. The inclusion of Google+ in G Suite just might strengthen the case for G+ internally at Google. There are real challenges here serving more sophisticated business customers with the new, greatly simplified G+ UI. But if this G+ enterprise usage scenario actually takes off, we may well see more development resources flow into Google+ again.

And that would be a very good thing.

HT +Ade Oshineye

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2017-03-08 20:54:47 (3 comments; 20 reshares; 129 +1s; )Open 

Word Cloud

Word Cloud using tagul.com to visualize topics from this article:

When Machines Know: The Evolution of Knowledge and Artificial Intelligence
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/knowledge-and-artificial-intelligence/



Word Cloud

Word Cloud using tagul.com to visualize topics from this article:

When Machines Know: The Evolution of Knowledge and Artificial Intelligence
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/knowledge-and-artificial-intelligence/

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2017-03-08 15:48:40 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

Synthetic Image Generation and the Generative Adversarial Net

In a GAN (generative adversarial net), two neural networks train together with minimal outside help. One network, the generator, produces fake images; the other, the discriminator, tries to tell those fake images from real ones. After that, the discriminator checks which images were real and which were fake, so that it can get better at distinguishing between them. The generator never sees the real images — instead, the discriminator tells it how to tweak its output to make its pictures more like the real thing.

Good background on GANs here:
Astronomers explore uses for AI-generated images
https://goo.gl/BNRIkF


Synthetic Image Generation and the Generative Adversarial Net

In a GAN (generative adversarial net), two neural networks train together with minimal outside help. One network, the generator, produces fake images; the other, the discriminator, tries to tell those fake images from real ones. After that, the discriminator checks which images were real and which were fake, so that it can get better at distinguishing between them. The generator never sees the real images — instead, the discriminator tells it how to tweak its output to make its pictures more like the real thing.

Good background on GANs here:
Astronomers explore uses for AI-generated images
https://goo.gl/BNRIkF
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2017-03-07 17:11:50 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

A new platform for values-based investment. Cool.

Investment platform Motif launches value-driven automated investment service

The tech-enabled investment advisory space gains a new entrant this morning as Motif, a mobile and web-based investment platform, launches its own version of automated investments for customers. While companies like Betterment and Wealthfront have built sizable holdings by creating automating investment tools that purport to better manage an investor’s money, Motif takes the technology one step further by overlaying issues-based filters around sustainability, corporate governance or fair labor. Through a partnership with MSCIESG Research, Motif’s software develops a portfolio of investments based on assessments of a company’s performance around metrics beyond basic earnings. That can include its adherence to child labor laws, environmental policy, or good corporate governance (in most cases good governance companies also adhere to the other two policies, #justsyain).

___A new platform for values-based investment. Cool.

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2017-03-06 23:18:32 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

"Really, we don't know what the best questions are to ask that computer"

Some more background on quantum computing.

Thanks +Teodora Petkova for flagging this one. 

"Really, we don't know what the best questions are to ask that computer"

Some more background on quantum computing.

Thanks +Teodora Petkova for flagging this one. ___

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2017-03-06 20:38:55 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

There are many problems that are simply not possible to solve on a classical computer. Enter quantum computing into commercial applications. At least that's what IBM is saying will happen very soon with its latest announcement.

So far, IBM has demonstrated systems that use quantum effects in small-scale demonstrations. They have taken advantage of effects like superpositioning, which means that electrons can exist in two states at the same time – behaviour that could in the future be harnessed to allow them to work in far more complex ways than the 1s and 0s that are used in today's computers.

Industry is now racing to apply scientific insights that simply do not track with the way that most of us comprehend reality. Fewer and fewer of us will comprehend the new reality about to be released with quantum computing, assisted by artificial intelligence. That is, unless we'reu... mehr »

There are many problems that are simply not possible to solve on a classical computer. Enter quantum computing into commercial applications. At least that's what IBM is saying will happen very soon with its latest announcement.

So far, IBM has demonstrated systems that use quantum effects in small-scale demonstrations. They have taken advantage of effects like superpositioning, which means that electrons can exist in two states at the same time – behaviour that could in the future be harnessed to allow them to work in far more complex ways than the 1s and 0s that are used in today's computers.

Industry is now racing to apply scientific insights that simply do not track with the way that most of us comprehend reality. Fewer and fewer of us will comprehend the new reality about to be released with quantum computing, assisted by artificial intelligence. That is, unless we're using AI to do that understanding.___

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2017-03-05 22:15:22 (37 comments; 20 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Skewing and Isolation in Right-Wing Media

This is a very detailed look at media organizations, mapped against readers' political affiliation (as determined by social media sharing). The core finding is that there is a very new network of media outlets on the far right that operates in a much more insulated and self-reinforcing way than similar networks on the left. Very worthwhile read.

What we find in our data is a network of mutually-reinforcing hyper-partisan sites that revive what Richard Hofstadter called “the paranoid style in American politics,” combining decontextualized truths, repeated falsehoods, and leaps of logic to create a fundamentally misleading view of the world. “Fake news,” which implies made of whole cloth by politically disinterested parties out to make a buck of Facebook advertising dollars, rather than propaganda and disinformation, is notan adeq... mehr »

Skewing and Isolation in Right-Wing Media

This is a very detailed look at media organizations, mapped against readers' political affiliation (as determined by social media sharing). The core finding is that there is a very new network of media outlets on the far right that operates in a much more insulated and self-reinforcing way than similar networks on the left. Very worthwhile read.

What we find in our data is a network of mutually-reinforcing hyper-partisan sites that revive what Richard Hofstadter called “the paranoid style in American politics,” combining decontextualized truths, repeated falsehoods, and leaps of logic to create a fundamentally misleading view of the world. “Fake news,” which implies made of whole cloth by politically disinterested parties out to make a buck of Facebook advertising dollars, rather than propaganda and disinformation, is not an adequate term. By repetition, variation, and circulation through many associated sites, the network of sites make their claims familiar to readers, and this fluency with the core narrative gives credence to the incredible.

Use of disinformation by partisan media sources is neither new nor limited to the right wing, but the insulation of the partisan right-wing media from traditional journalistic media sources, and the vehemence of its attacks on journalism in common cause with a similarly outspoken president, is new and distinctive.

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2017-03-05 20:37:08 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Big Data Changing Business Decision Making

More and more, we are going to see algorithmically-managed organizations.

...The dirty little productivity secret of big data is that Pareto’s 80/20 insight has decayed into empirical anachronism. Analytically aggressive firms increasingly see Pareto proportions closer to 10/90, 5/50, 2/30, and 1/25. Depending on how rigorously the data is digitally sliced, diced, and defined, 1/50, 5/75, and, yes, 10/150 Paretos emerge. Pareto’s “vital few” becomes a “vital fewer.”

The preliminary success of Pareto ensembles recalls the critical insight from the Netflix Prize competition: The best results came not from improving individual model performance but from creating ensembles where the best attributes were collectively amplified. Ironically but appropriately, Pareto analytics could determine the most valuableensembles.<... mehr »

Big Data Changing Business Decision Making

More and more, we are going to see algorithmically-managed organizations.

...The dirty little productivity secret of big data is that Pareto’s 80/20 insight has decayed into empirical anachronism. Analytically aggressive firms increasingly see Pareto proportions closer to 10/90, 5/50, 2/30, and 1/25. Depending on how rigorously the data is digitally sliced, diced, and defined, 1/50, 5/75, and, yes, 10/150 Paretos emerge. Pareto’s “vital few” becomes a “vital fewer.”

The preliminary success of Pareto ensembles recalls the critical insight from the Netflix Prize competition: The best results came not from improving individual model performance but from creating ensembles where the best attributes were collectively amplified. Ironically but appropriately, Pareto analytics could determine the most valuable ensembles.

Rigorously applying the Pareto analytics to Pareto analytics seems obvious, but few organizations demonstrate that discipline every day. That must change. Strategic plans and technology road maps need to be analytically informed by “Pareto pathways.” The ability to better predict tomorrow’s vital few, the opportunity to combinatorially combine KPIs from across the enterprise, will become sources of not just greater efficiencies but also determinants of disruptive value creation.

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2017-03-05 19:16:46 (9 comments; 10 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

The Experiencing Self and the Remembering Self (and what they mean for happiness)

What this is telling us, really, is that we might be thinking of ourselves and of other people in terms of two selves. There is an experiencing self, who lives in the present and knows the present, is capable of re-living the past, but basically it has only the present. It's the experiencing self that the doctor approaches — you know, when the doctor asks, "Does it hurt now when I touch you here?" And then there is a remembering self, and the remembering self is the one that keeps score, and maintains the story of our life, and it's the one that the doctor approaches in asking the question, "How have you been feeling lately?" or "How was your trip to Albania?" or something like that. Those are two very different entities, the experiencing self and the remembering self,a... mehr »

The Experiencing Self and the Remembering Self (and what they mean for happiness)

What this is telling us, really, is that we might be thinking of ourselves and of other people in terms of two selves. There is an experiencing self, who lives in the present and knows the present, is capable of re-living the past, but basically it has only the present. It's the experiencing self that the doctor approaches — you know, when the doctor asks, "Does it hurt now when I touch you here?" And then there is a remembering self, and the remembering self is the one that keeps score, and maintains the story of our life, and it's the one that the doctor approaches in asking the question, "How have you been feeling lately?" or "How was your trip to Albania?" or something like that. Those are two very different entities, the experiencing self and the remembering self, and getting confused between them is part of the mess about the notion of happiness.

HT +David Amerland via a link included in this post today (https://goo.gl/dOfkIC)___

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2017-03-05 17:27:57 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Nice exploration from +David Amerland on the importance of sharing knowledge. Lots of very interesting links embedded here too that are worth exploring.

Experience

I never take for granted the exceptionality of my position. I do what I love as a job and use my own curiosity and drive to explore the world I live in and also share what I then find with others: https://goo.gl/2IQHra. My sense of excitement at the things I discover is tempered by the awareness that every time I share a fresh piece of information, a new item of knowledge I seemingly act against my own self-interest and the argument that lies at the heart of human economic behavior (https://goo.gl/PsIZTX) which argues that he open sharing of information and knowledge (https://goo.gl/0CXqWH) devalues it and negates any advantage its possession might have given to the person first holding it.

Information, as Brand said, wants to be both free and expensive (https://goo.gl/eVl81i) and these two things are seemingly irreconcilable. But that is only if your worldview is one of closed borders, silo-ed voices and status driven by the perception of value as the direct result of hoarding and accumulation.

That the world does not work like that, that it should not work like that, is a premise I’ve directly experienced. In my somewhat unconventional youth I was fortunate enough to encounter people who a more responsible-parenting environment would have kept me well away from. In the course of that contact not only did I learn that you can never judge a person by appearance (https://goo.gl/LjrA66) but also that knowledge spread is a gift that keeps on coming back to you in many different and often unexpected ways.

I learnt that knowledge gained is basically static its value illusionary - we can choose to hoard it but it is already out of date the moment we acquire it. It is like a brick we hold onto hoping it will prove useful some day. What makes knowledge so powerful is that by sharing it we actually get to hear of the experiences of others. If knowledge is about information and how things work, experience is about facts and how things connect. It is what others will add to our knowledge or make of it that allows us to leverage information to gain more experience than we can possibly have on our own. By sharing knowledge we acquire more experience and perspective, we see how the brick we are holding can fit alongside other bricks to build an edifice that’s far bigger than just a dividing wall.

Kahneman often talks about the dynamic between experience and memory, the facts we know versus the facts we have knowledge of: https://goo.gl/0miu1E. The catalytic impact of openly sharing information finds proponents in the most unlikely quarters, like General Stanley McChrystal (https://goo.gl/7GPVJ), whose fight against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan led him to understand just how short-sighted the hoarding of information really is: https://goo.gl/2Q23Oy.

There is a suggestion, which to me makes sense, that there are only two kinds of people in the world. Those who share information and those who hoard it: https://goo.gl/4N6clc. They perhaps overlook (or willfully ignore) the massive benefits of sharing knowledge: https://goo.gl/D5S0CZ and the desirability of a sharing culture: https://goo.gl/7UQDRb and its attributes: https://goo.gl/9QkhM2.

The Middle Ages, arguably one of the darkest, most ignorant times of our history – a moment when we lived in relative isolation, obtaining our answers from sources considered pre-ordained and lacking all kinds of curiosity and even an awareness of our own ignorance (https://goo.gl/JH6uS9) was a time when knowledge and learning, reading and information sharing appeared to be almost prohibited. Reading and writing the purview of the few and the containment of knowledge only led to the end of early civilization (https://goo.gl/hnaQ8c) and the virtual downfall of mankind.

It would take a near-global (for the time) pandemic to shake us out of that particular groove in which we were stuck in and kindle the Renaissance (https://goo.gl/0IpPdn).

The sharing of knowledge, like the sharing of ideas opens up fresh avenues of cooperation and gain (https://goo.gl/bcv7F0) which paradoxically makes it compatible with basic motivation in human economic behavior theory, albeit in a somewhat broader, perhaps more enlightened and maybe more self-aware perspective.

Coming to terms with who we are takes more than just intelligence and it requires more than just knowledge. While it is as esoteric a journey as you might imagine it can be taught, to a degree and become an acquired skill: http://goo.gl/yUFAPW. Given the fact that self-awareness, itself is a complex state with many components: http://goo.gl/1FvLTI a beginning, any beginning, might be a great place to start as we look, in detail, around our world, understand that it needs to change and begin to wonder how can this process even start (https://goo.gl/eRNjG7).

I would suggest that it starts small. It starts with sharing knowledge, experience and ideas. It starts with sharing the basis for beliefs and values (https://goo.gl/A8x15g). It starts with accepting the compromises that will have to come with the careful consideration of the perspective of others.

It starts with us. Or it does not start at all.

I hope you’ve been curious enough to expand your selection of sugary treats to include more than one kind of croissants, donuts, cookies and chocolate cake and your choices of coffee are not locked in a groove of habit. Have an awesome Sunday wherever you are. ___Nice exploration from +David Amerland on the importance of sharing knowledge. Lots of very interesting links embedded here too that are worth exploring.

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2017-03-04 22:31:26 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Amazing voyage through the human body.

HT +Andreas Englund.

What your body looks like from top to bottom. 

via: http://jupiter2.tumblr.com/post/96400232274/what-your-body-looks-like-top-to-bottom___Amazing voyage through the human body.

HT +Andreas Englund.

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2017-03-04 20:29:57 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Policymakers are already seeing this inconvenient truth as a reason to put the brakes on renewable energy. In parts of Europe and China, investment in renewables is slowing as subsidies are cut back. However, the solution is not less wind and solar. It is to rethink how the world prices clean energy in order to make better use of it.

Policymakers are already seeing this inconvenient truth as a reason to put the brakes on renewable energy. In parts of Europe and China, investment in renewables is slowing as subsidies are cut back. However, the solution is not less wind and solar. It is to rethink how the world prices clean energy in order to make better use of it.___

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2017-03-03 15:31:08 (24 comments; 5 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

The alphabet changed the way we think. Artificial intelligence will do the same.

My latest, on alphabets, memorization, and what it says about the way we will know things in the future.

Like much of my writing, this one was inspired by a conversation here on Google+. In this case, it was +Laura Gibbs, recommending the book I talk about in this piece and interesting additional thoughts from +Thomas Morffew, +Sowmyan Tirumurti, and +John Verdon.

#knowledge #artificialintelligence #alphabet





The alphabet changed the way we think. Artificial intelligence will do the same.

My latest, on alphabets, memorization, and what it says about the way we will know things in the future.

Like much of my writing, this one was inspired by a conversation here on Google+. In this case, it was +Laura Gibbs, recommending the book I talk about in this piece and interesting additional thoughts from +Thomas Morffew, +Sowmyan Tirumurti, and +John Verdon.

#knowledge #artificialintelligence #alphabet



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2017-03-01 14:31:34 (16 comments; 4 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Artificial intelligence for suicide prevention

Facebook is turning to a high stakes application of artificial intelligence as part of its efforts to deal with suicide amongst its users. This is very commendable and yet fraught with difficulties. So very many tricky, nuanced issues to deal with here in getting this right, especially with such high stakes.

I'm hoping this will remain closely monitored by humans behind the scenes.

Artificial intelligence for suicide prevention

Facebook is turning to a high stakes application of artificial intelligence as part of its efforts to deal with suicide amongst its users. This is very commendable and yet fraught with difficulties. So very many tricky, nuanced issues to deal with here in getting this right, especially with such high stakes.

I'm hoping this will remain closely monitored by humans behind the scenes.___

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2017-02-28 03:06:26 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 

My 17-year-old son immortalized his first road trip - all with video taken on a Google Pixel phone. Pretty amazing tool, and he's doing some interesting editing these day. Fun. 

My 17-year-old son immortalized his first road trip - all with video taken on a Google Pixel phone. Pretty amazing tool, and he's doing some interesting editing these day. Fun. ___

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2017-02-28 01:08:11 (11 comments; 6 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Is tech creating new types of mental and emotional disorders?

Some of these are humorous, but some are fairly insightful...


Is tech creating new types of mental and emotional disorders?

Some of these are humorous, but some are fairly insightful...
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2017-02-25 01:02:22 (27 comments; 3 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

This way lies tyranny. 

This way lies tyranny. ___

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2017-02-24 15:48:35 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Automating the data farming -- of farming. DNA phenotyping by robots in the field.

"One of the big advances of the last few years is that we can now determine the complete DNA blueprint of each plant. But how do we use that? What we need is to be able to describe a plant as it grows. You could do that perhaps with an army of people, but now the robot can do all of that for you. We can combine the phenotypic information about how the plant's performing with the genetic blueprint and identify the combination of genes we need to get the best plant possible," Long said.

HT +David Fuchs​.

___Automating the data farming -- of farming. DNA phenotyping by robots in the field.

"One of the big advances of the last few years is that we can now determine the complete DNA blueprint of each plant. But how do we use that? What we need is to be able to describe a plant as it grows. You could do that perhaps with an army of people, but now the robot can do all of that for you. We can combine the phenotypic information about how the plant's performing with the genetic blueprint and identify the combination of genes we need to get the best plant possible," Long said.

HT +David Fuchs​.

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2017-02-24 02:19:54 (19 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Using Artificial Intelligence to Curb Toxic Behavior

Looks like Alphabet's subsidiary, Jigsaw, is developing machine-learning based solutions for fighting toxic commentary. It makes me wonder whether we'll be seeing these tools deployed here on G+.

Remember years back when it looked like Google+ might make its commenting engine available more broadly to third party sites? I used it on my WordPress site, until the plugin I used (Comments Evolved) broke and hasn't been repaired by its developer. I don't get the sense that the G+ team is focused there anymore, but having integration with this Perspective tool might be pretty compelling. Instead though, it looks like it's just being implemented as an API.

Here's more background on the bigger, "Conversation AI" project. It bills itself as a collaborative research effort exploring machine... mehr »

Can Machine Learning Take on Online Trolls?

Google is betting on machine learning to make the fight against online toxic comments easier. Rather than adopt a person-led rules-based approach which has failed spectacularly at Facebook when it comes to content: https://goo.gl/aAjZsk - Google is using the machine learning algorithm's capacity for adaptation and constant refinement to provide a handy aid for the human operators of websites.

You can check out Perspective here: https://goo.gl/GXK9dp and if you're a developer you can learn all about the APi here: https://goo.gl/e4QVwp___Using Artificial Intelligence to Curb Toxic Behavior

Looks like Alphabet's subsidiary, Jigsaw, is developing machine-learning based solutions for fighting toxic commentary. It makes me wonder whether we'll be seeing these tools deployed here on G+.

Remember years back when it looked like Google+ might make its commenting engine available more broadly to third party sites? I used it on my WordPress site, until the plugin I used (Comments Evolved) broke and hasn't been repaired by its developer. I don't get the sense that the G+ team is focused there anymore, but having integration with this Perspective tool might be pretty compelling. Instead though, it looks like it's just being implemented as an API.

Here's more background on the bigger, "Conversation AI" project. It bills itself as a collaborative research effort exploring machine learning as a tool for better discussions online.
https://conversationai.github.io/

Also, for anyone who's into using AI to combat toxic behavior, you might be interested in this piece I did on Riot Games and their innovative work in this area:
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/artificial-intelligence-behavior/

Thanks to +David Amerland for finding this.

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2017-02-22 16:49:12 (35 comments; 10 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

When we consider the future of knowledge, we must consider whether something like knowledge can exist without a human mind to grasp it.

My latest...

#knowledge #AI

When we consider the future of knowledge, we must consider whether something like knowledge can exist without a human mind to grasp it.

My latest...

#knowledge #AI___

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2017-02-21 21:20:08 (14 comments; 8 reshares; 73 +1s; )Open 

Keep an eye on Microsoft, and in particular, how they integrate machine learning into Office. I've got a feeling we're going to see some really interesting advances on this front in the next few years.

This is an interesting quote from CEO, Satya Nadella:

Calling AI "the third run time", Nadella said, "If the operating system was the first run time, the second run time you could say was the browser, and the third run time can actually be the agent. Because in some sense, the agent knows you, your work context, and knows the work. And that's how we are building Cortana. We are giving it a really natural language understanding."

HT to +David Amerland.

Microsoft's Focus on AI

Satya Nadella's take on Cortana and the impact of artificial intelligence in consumers is really interesting and pretty much spot on. Agents will be transformational. For further context on the subject read this: https://goo.gl/aYUujU. ___Keep an eye on Microsoft, and in particular, how they integrate machine learning into Office. I've got a feeling we're going to see some really interesting advances on this front in the next few years.

This is an interesting quote from CEO, Satya Nadella:

Calling AI "the third run time", Nadella said, "If the operating system was the first run time, the second run time you could say was the browser, and the third run time can actually be the agent. Because in some sense, the agent knows you, your work context, and knows the work. And that's how we are building Cortana. We are giving it a really natural language understanding."

HT to +David Amerland.

2017-02-21 20:08:05 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

+Leland LeCuyer shares some of his own insights around the already interesting story of the Kraft Heinz failed takeover of Unilever and the clash of cultures it would have entailed.

Two Models Of Capitalism
I just ran into this article on Forbes and immediately thought of this community. +Julian Birkinshaw examines why the proposed merger of Kraft Heinz with Unilever was withdrawn. He sees it as not only a clash between widely different and possibly irreconcilable business cultures, but a between two distinct models of business. Kraft Heinz is a relentless cost-cutting, profit-maximizing machine aiming to enrich its shareholders; Unilever “exemplifies the view of a corporation as a force for good in society.”

Birkinshaw became all mushy at the end, arguing we need “a balanced diet” of capitalism — namely that there’s a need for both ruthless efficiency and social benefit. However, contrary to what Birkinshaw appears to be advocating here, these two visions of business cannot exist separately without inflicting terrible harm upon society and the earth itself. A company can be ruthlessly efficient at manufacturing disaster. Indeed the standard model of shareholder sovereignty has proven to be a recipe for precisely that, as evidenced not only by the usual suspects — tobacco and oil companies — but even in businesses that one would expect to provide socially beneficial services — food companies and hospitals. Too often the impulse to generate profit leads to decisions which undermine the very mission that the firm purportedly was established to fulfill.

I am more inclined to agree with Peter Drucker who claimed business enterprises “do not exist for their own sake, but to fulfill a specific social purpose and to satisfy a specific need of a society, a community, or individuals.” History supports Drucker’s observation, because long before shareholder supremacy became codified into law, all corporate charters required a specific goal and the corporation would dissolve upon fulfillment of that goal. Open-ended corporate charters, not to mention corporate “personhood” were not established until the railroad.

But I’m preaching to the converted. What about the other side of Birkinshaw's thesis?

I can lay claim to the title of "World’s Worst Businessman,” thus I attest from experience that engaging to do good in the world also demands discipline — even (or especially) fiscal discipline. Being broke harbors a strange tendency to limit the good that one can do. It goes without saying that a modicum of ruthlessness is required even in the pursuit of good.

So permit me to channel someone who is widely regarded as a better businessman than me — Steve Jobs — and add “one last thing”: Even the most bottom-line oriented capitalist enterprise like Kraft succeeds at doing some good. At the very least it makes money for its investors. The problem isn't whether or not it does some good; instead the problem is who benefits and the corollary who gets harmed. The problem with the bottom line is that it has been too narrowly defined.

Similarly, corporations like Unilever that strive to benefit society may be accused of defining their mission too broadly. How exactly does a firm benefit society? All of society? Like all things, there must be tradeoffs: benefits and harms. A good business seeks to benefit others in addition to themselves. It also seeks to mitigate whatever harm it induces. These are not easy things to do or to measure. P&L balance sheets do not exist to hold an entity to account for the impact it has upon the world.

In the end a business or an individual may only do so much. Like my grandmother taught, try to leave the world a little better than before.___+Leland LeCuyer shares some of his own insights around the already interesting story of the Kraft Heinz failed takeover of Unilever and the clash of cultures it would have entailed.

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2017-02-21 16:52:42 (16 comments; 5 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Understanding a Third Pillar to Trump

In other words, we can append a third category to the two classically understood division of Trump supporters:
1) Generally older people who naively believe Trump will “make America great again”, that is to say, return it to its 1950s ideal evoked by both Trump and Clinton.
2) The 1 percent, who know this promise is empty, but also know it will be beneficial to short term business interests.
3) Younger members of the 99 percent, like Anon, who also know this promise is empty, but who support Trump as a defiant expression of despair.

This is a long, but very worthwhile read. I feel like I just got a glimpse into the history of 4chan, Anonymous, and GamerGate and some insight into Trump's allure among young, white males.

The first half is retrospective, a history that is fascinating. Reading this part, I feltlik... mehr »

Understanding a Third Pillar to Trump

In other words, we can append a third category to the two classically understood division of Trump supporters:
1) Generally older people who naively believe Trump will “make America great again”, that is to say, return it to its 1950s ideal evoked by both Trump and Clinton.
2) The 1 percent, who know this promise is empty, but also know it will be beneficial to short term business interests.
3) Younger members of the 99 percent, like Anon, who also know this promise is empty, but who support Trump as a defiant expression of despair.

This is a long, but very worthwhile read. I feel like I just got a glimpse into the history of 4chan, Anonymous, and GamerGate and some insight into Trump's allure among young, white males.

The first half is retrospective, a history that is fascinating. Reading this part, I felt like a light bulb suddenly went off, explaining certain types of interactions I've had with people on reddit, YouTube as well as here on Google+. If, like me, you don't know the 4chan world, this article really is a must-read.

The second half of this piece is more psychological analysis, and I'm just not sure how accurate it is. I'm not saying it's inaccurate -- just that I don't know enough to judge. If true, however, it does suggest that there might be some paths for dealing with this group that are more productive than we've got right now.

#4chan #anonymous ___

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2017-02-20 18:52:43 (10 comments; 4 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Existential Choice

I was just re-reading a book (Michael Polanyi's "The Tacit Dimension"), and the author refers a few times to the notion of "existential choice." Having only a vague remembrance of what that was, I looked it up, and found this great, short video explanation. 

Existential Choice

I was just re-reading a book (Michael Polanyi's "The Tacit Dimension"), and the author refers a few times to the notion of "existential choice." Having only a vague remembrance of what that was, I looked it up, and found this great, short video explanation. ___

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2017-02-20 16:18:42 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Photos, Permanence and Personal History

This author discovered the power of Google Photos and it got him thinking about how it is shifting the market for online photos away from ephemerality:

The experience convinced me that the next generation of big personal data coupled with AI and a smart product will shift the aggregate value equation for photos back toward permanence. We are on the cusp of bringing photos as meaningful history back into style.

What that means is that the next battleground between companies like Facebook, Snap and Google won’t be over access to just shared photos, but over what value can be provided from a person’s photo history.

I have to agree. Over the holidays, I bought my wife two photo frames that connect to Google Photos. We had a frame like that before, but not one that connected to Google or other services. You had toloa... mehr »

Photos, Permanence and Personal History

This author discovered the power of Google Photos and it got him thinking about how it is shifting the market for online photos away from ephemerality:

The experience convinced me that the next generation of big personal data coupled with AI and a smart product will shift the aggregate value equation for photos back toward permanence. We are on the cusp of bringing photos as meaningful history back into style.

What that means is that the next battleground between companies like Facebook, Snap and Google won’t be over access to just shared photos, but over what value can be provided from a person’s photo history.

I have to agree. Over the holidays, I bought my wife two photo frames that connect to Google Photos. We had a frame like that before, but not one that connected to Google or other services. You had to load shot onto a little USB drive, which meant that, for us at least, they pretty much just stayed the same for four years or so.

Now, by hooking up these frames to different albums on Google Photos, we get some really interesting variety. For Valentines for example, I did a search for photos of just my wife and me, put them in a dedicated album, threw in another new pic with me with a sign saying "Happy Valentines!" and it was a great little surprise sitting next to her desk. Since getting these new photo frames, we are reliving memories in a way that is qualitatively different. It's pretty cool.

#photos

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2017-02-20 07:06:48 (17 comments; 4 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

After the printing press, memory became less critical to knowledge. And knowledge became more widely dispersed as the reliance on memory being required for interpretation and understanding diminished. And with that, the collective power of the human mind was multiplied.

HT +John Verdon​, who is always sharing interesting stuff...

___After the printing press, memory became less critical to knowledge. And knowledge became more widely dispersed as the reliance on memory being required for interpretation and understanding diminished. And with that, the collective power of the human mind was multiplied.

HT +John Verdon​, who is always sharing interesting stuff...

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2017-02-20 02:13:02 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

In the category of what not to do. Things sound pretty bad at Uber. Can't say I'm surprised. The company just kinda has that feel to it...

This is absolute CRAZY - Lots of people apparently are deleting uber over it
Doesn't surprise me though, you are either skinny and get hit on, or fat and get told you are a fat lesbian a lot of the time, especially if you have an opinion!___In the category of what not to do. Things sound pretty bad at Uber. Can't say I'm surprised. The company just kinda has that feel to it...

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