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Gideon Rosenblatt

Gideon Rosenblatt 

Grounding Machines in Humanity

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

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Yifat Cohen87,870*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 Cohen87,870*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 Cohen87,870*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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Blowing Up the DNC

The only solace I take from Tuesday night is the growing public awareness of just how broken the Democratic party has become. It's time for all new leadership and thinking.

The Democratic party once represented the working class. But over the last three decades the party has been taken over by Washington-based fundraisers, bundlers, analysts, and pollsters who have focused instead on raising campaign money from corporate and Wall Street executives and getting votes from upper middle-class households in “swing” suburbs.

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2016-11-28 22:37:13 (4 comments; 36 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Want to Understand What All the Fuss is in North Dakota?

Here's Robert F. Kennedy Jr. laying out the reality of today's energy market and the massive subsidization, the last dying breaths, of the carbon extraction sector, trying to saddle us with infrastructure and gigatons of carbon where we don't want it - in the sky.

Well this pipeline, using bald chicanery, said that they’re going to take advantage of that environmental assessment, that shortcut. They’re pretending that this pipeline which is 12,000 miles long is a one-acre project. Well that’s just a lie! It’s clearly illegal. Their clearly breaking the law. And the people of this camp are standing up and saying “All we want is law and order. All we want is compliance with the federal law.” And the state instead of supporting the people who are asking for law and order, is deploying the awesomemilitary po... mehr »

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2016-11-01 03:19:26 (12 comments; 32 reshares; 162 +1s; )Open 

Good overview and history of artificial intelligence.

Even the Internet metaphor doesn’t do justice to what AI with deep learning will mean, in (Andrew) Ng’s view. “AI is the new electricity,” he says. “Just as 100 years ago electricity transformed industry after industry, AI will now do the same.”

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2016-12-08 04:37:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Incense. 

Incense. ___

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2016-12-07 15:53:31 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 


Creative Musings on the Creative Process

I don't know about you, but when I see articles promising "10 quick ways to boost your creativity" or "how to unstick yourself from a creative slump," I am wary. That's because whenever I follow the link, I seem to be disappointed by the lightweight treatment that is so often given to something as sacred as Creativity.

This piece by +Gina Fiedel is a real exception. She does a beautiful deep dive into the many aspects of the creative process, mixing the practical with the poetic.

I just have to quote from this portion on brainwaves:

In the flow state our brainwaves slow down. Instead of being run by the fast pace of the beta of normal waking consciousness we enter to a rhythm that’s at a pace between alpha and theta. Alpha is associated with day-dreaming, a place that doesn’tinf... mehr »

Creativity, Process & Creative Process At Work
Binding Threads

Creativity and the creative process are recognized as sterling motivators and known to be critical factors in much if not all of the work we do. Yet even though there are theories and explanations of how they are understood to function, they’re still rendered somewhat invisible, lurking quietly waiting to be uncovered, illusive and undefined in many cases. Their life and breadth is both conscious and unconscious and that may make them difficult to track, define and to power up. Especially to those not trained in creative disciplines. But uncomplicated, basic processes can also lead us to creative thinking no matter what our training has been.

Here’s what got me thinking about this- I asked myself recently what it is that I love most about the simple activity of work and combined with that the work of creating content, one of the more tangibly creative activities that engages me in my job. Also my work with clients on tapping into their creative thinking for their website content has me thinking on this.

The answer to my personal question came with a realization that it’s basic process and not only overtly creative process that teases me forward with a craving to do more, to work harder and more effectively. It quite literally makes me want to work to know, in advance, that I will become engrossed in process once I begin. Its beguiling, preoccupying charm is like a carrot tempting a hungry rabbit.

Post shared by +Gina Fiedel for +Fat Eyes Web Development

#Creativity #CreativeProcess #Process___
Creative Musings on the Creative Process

I don't know about you, but when I see articles promising "10 quick ways to boost your creativity" or "how to unstick yourself from a creative slump," I am wary. That's because whenever I follow the link, I seem to be disappointed by the lightweight treatment that is so often given to something as sacred as Creativity.

This piece by +Gina Fiedel is a real exception. She does a beautiful deep dive into the many aspects of the creative process, mixing the practical with the poetic.

I just have to quote from this portion on brainwaves:

In the flow state our brainwaves slow down. Instead of being run by the fast pace of the beta of normal waking consciousness we enter to a rhythm that’s at a pace between alpha and theta. Alpha is associated with day-dreaming, a place that doesn’t inflict much resistance to thoughts. We drift freely. Make unexpected lateral connections more freely. Theta exists in both REM sleep and just before we fall asleep with those crazy nonsensical flipbooks of unrelated thoughts and images. I think we’ve all been there.

What instigates flow is the deactivation of our higher cognitive function in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. This is why our sense of self (and self-consciousness) quiets down. The other areas that take a back seat are the parts of the brain that are in charge of self-monitoring, impulse control, our inner critic, the voice of doubt. So what happens is we’re more willing to play, to take risks, we have more courage and a greater capacity for imagining the potential of a thing.

All this and among other mechanisms large quantities of feel good, performance enhancing chemicals norepinephrine, dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are released during flow impacting our creativity positively.

And yes, if you read through this piece, you'll see that she quotes a piece I did earlier on writing. But that's not at all why I'm sharing this work. I'm sharing it because it's really thoughtful and will hopefully spark some creativity for you.

#creativity



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2016-12-06 01:01:01 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Amazon Automates the Convenience Store

Amazon says that what makes the store tick is a combination of computer vision, the aggregation of data from different sensors and machine learning. It calls the whole cocktail “Just Walk Out technology.”

It can tell, say, when a particular shopper picks up a carton of milk from a shelf, and the technology puts it in that shopper’s virtual cart. It can also tell when an item is put back on the shelf — and removes it from the virtual cart accordingly.

Shoppers walking into the store call up the Amazon Go app and hold their smartphone to a scanner as they would at an airport security line. That opens a gate. Then they just pick any combination of products and walk out. Amazon charges them after they leave the store.



Amazon Automates the Convenience Store

Amazon says that what makes the store tick is a combination of computer vision, the aggregation of data from different sensors and machine learning. It calls the whole cocktail “Just Walk Out technology.”

It can tell, say, when a particular shopper picks up a carton of milk from a shelf, and the technology puts it in that shopper’s virtual cart. It can also tell when an item is put back on the shelf — and removes it from the virtual cart accordingly.

Shoppers walking into the store call up the Amazon Go app and hold their smartphone to a scanner as they would at an airport security line. That opens a gate. Then they just pick any combination of products and walk out. Amazon charges them after they leave the store.

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2016-12-05 15:55:34 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Easement Denied to North Dakota Access Pipeline

Last night, the Army Corps of Engineers denied a critical easement for the North Dakota Access Pipeline. They're also requiring an Environmental Impact Statement. This is a major setback for the pipeline.

This whole pipeline encounter was a fiasco that was a better story for the 19th century instead of the 21st. It represented the total breakdown in communications between the tribes and the state of North Dakota. However, there’s now a path toward the healing that needs to occur. And that is what should be inevitable. A done deal.

Easement Denied to North Dakota Access Pipeline

Last night, the Army Corps of Engineers denied a critical easement for the North Dakota Access Pipeline. They're also requiring an Environmental Impact Statement. This is a major setback for the pipeline.

This whole pipeline encounter was a fiasco that was a better story for the 19th century instead of the 21st. It represented the total breakdown in communications between the tribes and the state of North Dakota. However, there’s now a path toward the healing that needs to occur. And that is what should be inevitable. A done deal.___

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2016-12-05 03:34:03 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

The growing problem of homelessness in our youth.

Very powerful article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/06/17/these-are-the-faces-of-americas-growing-youth-homeless-population/?utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=bufferfde79&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_term=.872fbb809ef0___The growing problem of homelessness in our youth.

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2016-12-04 00:37:01 (25 comments; 12 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

The Role of Big Data and Bots in Trump's Win

Cambridge Analytica (https://goo.gl/mlH7xF) played a critical role in helping the Trump team to target key segments. This was very useful in battleground states because the team was looking to cross traditional party affiliations. Here's an interesting video (the one at the top), outlining just how close this election actually was and how critical voter turnout ended up being. This data modeling was essential in identifying "the hidden Trump voters."
https://goo.gl/0XhkNK

Here's Alexander Nix, the head of Cambridge Analytica, talking about their work on the Ted Cruz campaign. This was before he switched over to the Trump campaign:
https://goo.gl/clFNSZ

Cambridge Analytica is actually owned by SCL Group (https://goo.gl/Bkp8XR), a company that is very involved in election data modeling and has... mehr »

The Role of Big Data and Bots in Trump's Win

Cambridge Analytica (https://goo.gl/mlH7xF) played a critical role in helping the Trump team to target key segments. This was very useful in battleground states because the team was looking to cross traditional party affiliations. Here's an interesting video (the one at the top), outlining just how close this election actually was and how critical voter turnout ended up being. This data modeling was essential in identifying "the hidden Trump voters."
https://goo.gl/0XhkNK

Here's Alexander Nix, the head of Cambridge Analytica, talking about their work on the Ted Cruz campaign. This was before he switched over to the Trump campaign:
https://goo.gl/clFNSZ

Cambridge Analytica is actually owned by SCL Group (https://goo.gl/Bkp8XR), a company that is very involved in election data modeling and has businesses in military programs too.

Trump was very successful in side-stepping mainstream media, once they finally turned on them in the summer. He turned to social media in a big way, of course, particularly on Twitter, where he got a big boost from bots. Researchers have found that fully one third of pro-Trump tweets were from bots (Clinton also employed a lot of bots - 22% of pro-Clinton tweets were bots):
https://goo.gl/x3c59E

Here's one guy who was battling against the Trump Twitter bots, talking about the sophistication of alt right bot operators:
https://goo.gl/cBFkIb

Clearly, this election changed the nature of politics in many ways - what we're now seeing are the tough privacy and technology policy issues that have also emerged. ___

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2016-12-03 19:31:45 (30 comments; 2 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Sometimes I think we should shave off some college time, so much of which is wasted these days, and turn it over to people in their late forties and early fifties, just when they are starting to really wonder about the important stuff in life.



Thanks, +Lynn Keller​

At present we educate people only up to the point where they can earn a living and marry; then education ceases altogether, as though a complete mental outfit has been acquired. …Vast numbers of men and women thus spend their entire lives in complete ignorance of the most important things.
~ Carl Jung.
#Jung ___Sometimes I think we should shave off some college time, so much of which is wasted these days, and turn it over to people in their late forties and early fifties, just when they are starting to really wonder about the important stuff in life.



Thanks, +Lynn Keller​

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2016-12-01 21:33:31 (44 comments; 6 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

Lopsided Voting Power in the United States

Lots of discussion about potential voting discrepancies in the United States these days. A lot of it is made up, of course. But you know what's not made up? The skewed voting power of rural versus urban populations.

If you're a voter in Wyoming, for example, your vote counts as much as the votes of 3.23 other Americans voting for another candidate. A Wyoming voter has almost four times the voting power of a voter in California.

Here's the data:
http://archive.fairvote.org/?page=985

To understand your voting power, find your state and look at the column on the far right. If your number is greater than 100%, congratulations, your vote matters more than the average US citizen. If it's less than 100%, oops, sorry. Your vote matters less.




Lopsided Voting Power in the United States

Lots of discussion about potential voting discrepancies in the United States these days. A lot of it is made up, of course. But you know what's not made up? The skewed voting power of rural versus urban populations.

If you're a voter in Wyoming, for example, your vote counts as much as the votes of 3.23 other Americans voting for another candidate. A Wyoming voter has almost four times the voting power of a voter in California.

Here's the data:
http://archive.fairvote.org/?page=985

To understand your voting power, find your state and look at the column on the far right. If your number is greater than 100%, congratulations, your vote matters more than the average US citizen. If it's less than 100%, oops, sorry. Your vote matters less.


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2016-12-01 18:29:23 (20 comments; 8 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Veterans Standing Up for Standing Rock

Hundreds of veterans will arrive at Standing Rock Indian Reservation this weekend to join the months-long protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, bringing with them an influx of resources and attention.

The movement, called "Veterans Stand for Standing Rock," will last from Dec. 4 through Dec. 7. The veterans are going with the goal of "protecting the protesters," said Anthony Diggs, a Marine Corps veteran who is acting as a spokesman for the group.

There's also a "symbolic value" in veterans taking a stand, he added.

"There is a lot of power in veterans from all over, from all branches of the military, coming together to create a protecting front against the police, who are militarized themselves," Diggs said.




Veterans Standing Up for Standing Rock

Hundreds of veterans will arrive at Standing Rock Indian Reservation this weekend to join the months-long protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, bringing with them an influx of resources and attention.

The movement, called "Veterans Stand for Standing Rock," will last from Dec. 4 through Dec. 7. The veterans are going with the goal of "protecting the protesters," said Anthony Diggs, a Marine Corps veteran who is acting as a spokesman for the group.

There's also a "symbolic value" in veterans taking a stand, he added.

"There is a lot of power in veterans from all over, from all branches of the military, coming together to create a protecting front against the police, who are militarized themselves," Diggs said.


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2016-11-30 20:21:12 (2 comments; 14 reshares; 80 +1s; )Open 

Amazon opens up the following machine learning services to external developers:

* Image recognition
* Speech recognition
* Chat functionality

Amazon opens up the following machine learning services to external developers:

* Image recognition
* Speech recognition
* Chat functionality___

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2016-11-29 15:30:04 (27 comments; 25 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

A creepy nightmare helps me to understand human consciousness in a new way by opening me to a new understanding of the myth of Medusa.

What were all those snakes coming out of her head and what does it mean to turn living creatures to stone?

#consciousness #myth #dream

A creepy nightmare helps me to understand human consciousness in a new way by opening me to a new understanding of the myth of Medusa.

What were all those snakes coming out of her head and what does it mean to turn living creatures to stone?

#consciousness #myth #dream___

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2016-11-29 00:07:21 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Playing around with kaleidoscope app (for Mac) from ScopeWorks. Simple, cheap and pretty cool.

Playing around with kaleidoscope app (for Mac) from ScopeWorks. Simple, cheap and pretty cool.___

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2016-11-28 22:37:13 (4 comments; 36 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Want to Understand What All the Fuss is in North Dakota?

Here's Robert F. Kennedy Jr. laying out the reality of today's energy market and the massive subsidization, the last dying breaths, of the carbon extraction sector, trying to saddle us with infrastructure and gigatons of carbon where we don't want it - in the sky.

Well this pipeline, using bald chicanery, said that they’re going to take advantage of that environmental assessment, that shortcut. They’re pretending that this pipeline which is 12,000 miles long is a one-acre project. Well that’s just a lie! It’s clearly illegal. Their clearly breaking the law. And the people of this camp are standing up and saying “All we want is law and order. All we want is compliance with the federal law.” And the state instead of supporting the people who are asking for law and order, is deploying the awesomemilitary po... mehr »

Want to Understand What All the Fuss is in North Dakota?

Here's Robert F. Kennedy Jr. laying out the reality of today's energy market and the massive subsidization, the last dying breaths, of the carbon extraction sector, trying to saddle us with infrastructure and gigatons of carbon where we don't want it - in the sky.

Well this pipeline, using bald chicanery, said that they’re going to take advantage of that environmental assessment, that shortcut. They’re pretending that this pipeline which is 12,000 miles long is a one-acre project. Well that’s just a lie! It’s clearly illegal. Their clearly breaking the law. And the people of this camp are standing up and saying “All we want is law and order. All we want is compliance with the federal law.” And the state instead of supporting the people who are asking for law and order, is deploying the awesome military power of this state against the people who are asking for law and order on behalf of the criminal, on behalf of the person who is breaking our [wind masks word], and who is breaking the law.

The message is so obvious about the cheapness of renewable power. And the last two years the two biggest — three biggest coal companies in America Arch Coal and Peabody have lost 95% percent of their value because the market knows that: Carbon is dead. It’s dead and it’s still walking around, but it’s dead. The oil industry knows that, they see what the future is, and they’re protecting themselves by building infrastructure, by wrapping this nation in pipelines. And that’s why you see this huge drive to build more and more pipelines today.

And if you look what the Koch brothers are doing, the Koch brothers are going state by state and nationally to change the laws to make it very easy to make pipelines, [undecipherable] facilities, and coal export facilities and oil export facilities, and almost impossible to build transmission lines in this country because transmission lines are the vehicles for renewable power. So they made it very difficult to build transmission and very easy to build pipelines. And that’s why in the last 12 years we have built 16 thousand miles of pipeline in this country and only 600 miles of transmission lines. The reason for that is because that is the strategy for the oil industry to maintain control.
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2016-11-26 05:06:31 (12 comments; 10 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

Machine Learning in Assessing Likelihood of Criminal Behavior

As MIT Technology review explains, there are three defining facial features the neural network factored in to make its classifications:

[T]he curvature of upper lip which is on average 23 percent larger for criminals than for noncriminals; the distance between two inner corners of the eyes, which is 6 percent shorter; and the angle between two lines drawn from the tip of the nose to the corners of the mouth, which is 20 percent smaller.


There are real questions here on the validity, but even bigger are the moral considerations. This is especially true given our experience here in North America with similar such software, which showed a strong racial bias.

More on bias in technology here:
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/technology-bias/


Machine Learning in Assessing Likelihood of Criminal Behavior

As MIT Technology review explains, there are three defining facial features the neural network factored in to make its classifications:

[T]he curvature of upper lip which is on average 23 percent larger for criminals than for noncriminals; the distance between two inner corners of the eyes, which is 6 percent shorter; and the angle between two lines drawn from the tip of the nose to the corners of the mouth, which is 20 percent smaller.


There are real questions here on the validity, but even bigger are the moral considerations. This is especially true given our experience here in North America with similar such software, which showed a strong racial bias.

More on bias in technology here:
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/technology-bias/
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2016-11-26 00:38:02 (4 comments; 11 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Ants: the Earlier Farmers

Nice, quick overview of different farming practices amongst ants... and way, way before we ever started planting.

Also, an interesting fact: approximately 40 percent of annual plants in the Northeastern United States are dispersed by ants. 

Ants: the Earlier Farmers

Nice, quick overview of different farming practices amongst ants... and way, way before we ever started planting.

Also, an interesting fact: approximately 40 percent of annual plants in the Northeastern United States are dispersed by ants. ___

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2016-11-25 16:28:19 (49 comments; 14 reshares; 117 +1s; )Open 


HT +Matthew J Price

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HT +Matthew J Price

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2016-11-22 00:42:43 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

In Trying Times, Have Heart

When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.


Thanks to +Ragini Michaels, for this one. 

In Trying Times, Have Heart

When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.


Thanks to +Ragini Michaels, for this one. ___

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2016-11-17 03:21:08 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Building What Is Possible, Rather Than What Is Actually Needed

I'm not someone who is opposed to automation. What I am opposed to is thoughtless automation that is not human-centric.

This salmon had become more distracting to babysit than if I’d just cooked it on my own. This salmon had become a metaphor for Silicon Valley itself. Automated yet distracting. Boastful yet mediocre. Confident yet wrong. Most of all, the June is a product built less for you, the user, and more for its own ever-impending perfection as a platform. When you cook salmon wrong, you learn about cooking it right. When the June cooks salmon wrong, its findings are uploaded, aggregated, and averaged into a June database that you hope will allow all June ovens to get it right the next time. Good thing the firmware updates are installed automatically.

Building What Is Possible, Rather Than What Is Actually Needed

I'm not someone who is opposed to automation. What I am opposed to is thoughtless automation that is not human-centric.

This salmon had become more distracting to babysit than if I’d just cooked it on my own. This salmon had become a metaphor for Silicon Valley itself. Automated yet distracting. Boastful yet mediocre. Confident yet wrong. Most of all, the June is a product built less for you, the user, and more for its own ever-impending perfection as a platform. When you cook salmon wrong, you learn about cooking it right. When the June cooks salmon wrong, its findings are uploaded, aggregated, and averaged into a June database that you hope will allow all June ovens to get it right the next time. Good thing the firmware updates are installed automatically.___

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2016-11-17 01:57:54 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Obama: "Joe, why are you still holding my hand?"
Biden: "I wanna freak Mike Pence out"
Obama: "But why?"
Biden: "Just roll with it"

Obama: "Joe, why are you still holding my hand?"
Biden: "I wanna freak Mike Pence out"
Obama: "But why?"
Biden: "Just roll with it"___

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2016-11-16 23:09:33 (9 comments; 7 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

If regulations begin to fail us in the struggle to prevent climate chaos, then we will need to rally around all kinds of solutions, including as customers, more aggressively punishing and rewarding corporations for their climate behavior.

Environmental groups have been left with the daunting prospect that, with a climate skeptic in the White House, they will need to look directly to corporations to assume the mantle of leading the country’s response to climate change. But without strict regulatory standards or oversight, companies will be left freer to pick and choose which climate-friendly policies to pursue, and which they will choose to ignore or abandon.

Still, some American corporations have already made significant efforts to reduce their environmental footprints. So reversing them now would be disruptive not just for the environment, but for their bottom line. And even with am... mehr »

If regulations begin to fail us in the struggle to prevent climate chaos, then we will need to rally around all kinds of solutions, including as customers, more aggressively punishing and rewarding corporations for their climate behavior.

Environmental groups have been left with the daunting prospect that, with a climate skeptic in the White House, they will need to look directly to corporations to assume the mantle of leading the country’s response to climate change. But without strict regulatory standards or oversight, companies will be left freer to pick and choose which climate-friendly policies to pursue, and which they will choose to ignore or abandon.

Still, some American corporations have already made significant efforts to reduce their environmental footprints. So reversing them now would be disruptive not just for the environment, but for their bottom line. And even with a move away from climate-friendly policies back home, American corporations face tightening regulations overseas.

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2016-11-16 15:00:13 (4 comments; 8 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

Google weaves machine learning into new Google Photos features.


Google weaves machine learning into new Google Photos features.
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2016-11-16 03:09:30 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Interesting look at the future of urban transport.

HT +Matt Uebel.

Trump hasn't said anything about this. ___Interesting look at the future of urban transport.

HT +Matt Uebel.

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2016-11-16 02:57:33 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Big Jump in Translation Fluidity

Neural Machine Translation has been generating exciting research results for a few years and in September, our researchers announced Google's version of this technique. At a high level, the Neural system translates whole sentences at a time, rather than just piece by piece. It uses this broader context to help it figure out the most relevant translation, which it then rearranges and adjusts to be more like a human speaking with proper grammar.

With this update, Google Translate is improving more in a single leap than we’ve seen in the last ten years combined.

Big Jump in Translation Fluidity

Neural Machine Translation has been generating exciting research results for a few years and in September, our researchers announced Google's version of this technique. At a high level, the Neural system translates whole sentences at a time, rather than just piece by piece. It uses this broader context to help it figure out the most relevant translation, which it then rearranges and adjusts to be more like a human speaking with proper grammar.

With this update, Google Translate is improving more in a single leap than we’ve seen in the last ten years combined.___

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2016-11-12 17:50:07 (61 comments; 4 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Blowing Up the DNC

The only solace I take from Tuesday night is the growing public awareness of just how broken the Democratic party has become. It's time for all new leadership and thinking.

The Democratic party once represented the working class. But over the last three decades the party has been taken over by Washington-based fundraisers, bundlers, analysts, and pollsters who have focused instead on raising campaign money from corporate and Wall Street executives and getting votes from upper middle-class households in “swing” suburbs.

Blowing Up the DNC

The only solace I take from Tuesday night is the growing public awareness of just how broken the Democratic party has become. It's time for all new leadership and thinking.

The Democratic party once represented the working class. But over the last three decades the party has been taken over by Washington-based fundraisers, bundlers, analysts, and pollsters who have focused instead on raising campaign money from corporate and Wall Street executives and getting votes from upper middle-class households in “swing” suburbs.___

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2016-11-08 22:26:13 (10 comments; 6 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Reflecting Networks of Meaning

A thought-provoking musing by +Teodora Petkova about the way the web and our languages reflect one another as networks of meaning.

Text and Web alike are powerful means for transferring meaning. The first one millennia old, the second one less than 30 years young, yet so intricately woven in our understanding of how we communicate, of the ways we “connect the dots”, and build our society structures.

Think of it, web-like structures are key to the way we build relationships, research, connect, exchange not only good services/money, but also thoughts, ideas, insights.



Reflecting Networks of Meaning

A thought-provoking musing by +Teodora Petkova about the way the web and our languages reflect one another as networks of meaning.

Text and Web alike are powerful means for transferring meaning. The first one millennia old, the second one less than 30 years young, yet so intricately woven in our understanding of how we communicate, of the ways we “connect the dots”, and build our society structures.

Think of it, web-like structures are key to the way we build relationships, research, connect, exchange not only good services/money, but also thoughts, ideas, insights.

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2016-11-08 14:13:53 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

IBM Ups Its Emotional Intelligence with Design Focus

IBM is a company that is being its future on artificial intelligence, and more specifically, on the partnership between humans and artificial intelligence. So it's interesting to see how they are starting to see the human role in this partnership, and in particular, the role of design.

Gilbert explains that training staff to think like a designer helps them tune in to “emotional connections” and develop a keen interest in clients’ struggles, pressures, and insecurities. “That doesn’t come naturally to other disciplines, but it comes naturally to designers—it’s the way designers approach a problem.” Design, Gilbert explains, has become a kind of overlay to IBM’s business and engineering practices. “If you don’t have all three [departments] you won’t have a good outcome reliably, at least not atscale.”... mehr »

Why design matters.
A case in point: IBM (nice article by Anne Quito !)
___IBM Ups Its Emotional Intelligence with Design Focus

IBM is a company that is being its future on artificial intelligence, and more specifically, on the partnership between humans and artificial intelligence. So it's interesting to see how they are starting to see the human role in this partnership, and in particular, the role of design.

Gilbert explains that training staff to think like a designer helps them tune in to “emotional connections” and develop a keen interest in clients’ struggles, pressures, and insecurities. “That doesn’t come naturally to other disciplines, but it comes naturally to designers—it’s the way designers approach a problem.” Design, Gilbert explains, has become a kind of overlay to IBM’s business and engineering practices. “If you don’t have all three [departments] you won’t have a good outcome reliably, at least not at scale.”

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2016-11-06 15:29:59 (14 comments; 5 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

The timing for this piece by +David Amerland couldn't be better. Perhaps more so than any time in the past 150 years, the people of the United States very badly need to see the kindness of each other. Our future depends upon healing this horrible chasm that has opened up over the past few decades, and our assumptions about kindness play a big role in this as David helps lay out in this piece.

Nowhere is this need more powerful than in our media. It can lift us up, or it can drag us swirling down.

David's mention of Star Trek in this piece reminds me of back when I was working at Microsoft in the 90s, and I worked on a product that involved licensing sounds from the original Star Trek series from Paramount. As part of the actual contract, we had to agree never to use the licensed material in ways that would take away from an optimistic view of the future. I was so struck by... mehr »

Generosity

Is being good the result of nature or nurture? This is a thought that has troubled me all my life even as I spent probably more hours than it would be considered healthy replaying my actions and words in my mind, weighing whether it was the right thing to say or do.

Fifteen years ago I would have loved a definitive answer to good behavior that would have convinced me that those who were good came from what my grandmother would have approvingly called “good families with good homes” and those who did questionable things really knew no better.

Today we know the picture is (as you might expect) more complex: https://goo.gl/mbNdV5. And being kind is something that makes us feel good: https://goo.gl/7QkqaL. From a certain perspective it does actually appear that we are hardwired to be kind: https://goo.gl/yfGQ3o which then raises the question of what happens when we are not? (https://goo.gl/jdgndH). What goes so wrong within us that makes us willing to live with pain and cause pain in others?

What I believe is at work when either kindness or its opposite manifest itself is a willingness to reach out and change the world, working it into the image of the place we’d love to inhabit: https://goo.gl/8AYO7w. Those who choose to be kind: https://goo.gl/BN1IG2 experience the world differently but more than that, their acts, affect those around them, priming them to also experience the world in a different, more positive way: https://goo.gl/3dwjcE.

Those of us who spend time online and interact with other people have probably experienced countless instances of kindness that have varied from simple words of support to more concrete acts of direct help (https://goo.gl/nJaUGx). Those moments do change how we feel and they can even have a deeper, more lasting impact in our life: https://goo.gl/A8mfWO.

Star Trek fans have for so long known the deep, optimistic message of hope that lies at the core of the series that there is even a study that seems to back this up: https://goo.gl/4K5amT and one man’s experiment https://goo.gl/UCpIbK yielded some very surprising and deeply encouraging results.

Those who will bring up the objection of it all being ok in airy-fairy land but the real world with its hardnosed business deals does not operate that way should perhaps read this real-life story from the world of business, before deciding: https://goo.gl/a3VFyR. And for anyone who says “well, being kind is a mood thing” – there is some solid advice to follow: https://goo.gl/JOX9yj.

These days I don’t agonize much (not at all, truth be told) over whether we are born to be kind or are we made this way, because I know that those who are unkind are either hurting badly on the inside (and their pain makes them lash out), are misguided (and at some point they will find their way) or are clinically incapable of being kind (and I truly feel sorry for them). The world, it turns out, is a much better place when what we experience is positive instead of being negative: https://goo.gl/jeGbAW.

Kindness can be taught: https://goo.gl/y7APWJ it can be practiced by anyone: https://goo.gl/Tq8VIt and everyone: https://goo.gl/qsszUa and, as have seen already, it is also good for business: https://goo.gl/iWh3z7. Its presence is transformative: https://goo.gl/UJBnLF. And it is intimately humanizing: https://goo.gl/iu9Mjd. It breaks down barriers of artificial distinctions such as class and status and it dissolves divides such as age and culture (https://goo.gl/i6QliM) and it helps transform a world where billions of entities constantly compete for finite resources in order to survive, into a magical place where people connect with people in the best way possible.

That’s the world we truly want to aspire to a place where in a sense, we are each other’s keepers or as Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted "Theodore" Logan would say a place where we can: “Be excellent to each other … and [can] Party on Dudes!” (https://goo.gl/GLJoJQ).

I hope you have been kind to yourself and did not leave donuts, cookies, croissants and chocolate cake off your shopping list, along with, of course those precious black coffee beans necessary for the perfect river of coffee without which this day just could not happen. Have an awesome Sunday, wherever you are.
___The timing for this piece by +David Amerland couldn't be better. Perhaps more so than any time in the past 150 years, the people of the United States very badly need to see the kindness of each other. Our future depends upon healing this horrible chasm that has opened up over the past few decades, and our assumptions about kindness play a big role in this as David helps lay out in this piece.

Nowhere is this need more powerful than in our media. It can lift us up, or it can drag us swirling down.

David's mention of Star Trek in this piece reminds me of back when I was working at Microsoft in the 90s, and I worked on a product that involved licensing sounds from the original Star Trek series from Paramount. As part of the actual contract, we had to agree never to use the licensed material in ways that would take away from an optimistic view of the future. I was so struck by that at the time; that such a strong belief system would be so thoroughly and explicitly embedded in that material that it would actually dictate the way it could be used even after all those years since its original airing. Things like this really do matter.

What we believe about the present shapes the future.

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2016-11-05 18:35:07 (60 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Why is it so hard to write from the heart rather than from our ego? 

Why is it so hard to write from the heart rather than from our ego? ___

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2016-11-05 00:45:15 (14 comments; 6 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

The World of Technology Criticism

Being a technology critic doesn't necessarily mean one is opposed to technology, just as being an art critic doesn't mean one is opposed to art. What it means is taking a reflective look at technology, at its good parts and its bad parts and helping people to connect it to other aspects of society and life.

This is a very thorough analysis of the field of technology criticism by Sara M. Watson. It's probably much deeper than many people would care to dive, but there are a number of interesting parts. The history is helpful because it helps situate technology coverage in journalism and how criticism has slowly emerged over time.

There's a bit of an inside-baseball, insider feel to this piece, especially the categorizing of different types of technology criticism and the different people in each grouping.
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The World of Technology Criticism

Being a technology critic doesn't necessarily mean one is opposed to technology, just as being an art critic doesn't mean one is opposed to art. What it means is taking a reflective look at technology, at its good parts and its bad parts and helping people to connect it to other aspects of society and life.

This is a very thorough analysis of the field of technology criticism by Sara M. Watson. It's probably much deeper than many people would care to dive, but there are a number of interesting parts. The history is helpful because it helps situate technology coverage in journalism and how criticism has slowly emerged over time.

There's a bit of an inside-baseball, insider feel to this piece, especially the categorizing of different types of technology criticism and the different people in each grouping.

If you're short on time, I'd suggest jumping to the "Toward a Constructive Criticism" section (https://goo.gl/GeAfaw) and then scrolling up to the "Critical Lenses" section and reading from there. This will give you a feel for what Sara sees as the major sub-categories of technology criticism, which is interesting in itself. From there, you can continue on towards the section on "constructive criticism" where she lays out some recommendations. ___

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2016-11-04 02:56:41 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 61 +1s; )Open 

Getting Robotic Interfaces Right

Lots of good information in this report on the state of robotics by +RobotEnomics. One of the big themes is the importance of simplifying and standardizing our interfaces to robots.

Getting Robotic Interfaces Right

Lots of good information in this report on the state of robotics by +RobotEnomics. One of the big themes is the importance of simplifying and standardizing our interfaces to robots.___

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2016-11-04 02:30:06 (17 comments; 10 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

Reservoir Computing

The idea is commonly known as “reservoir computing” and came from attempts to develop computer networks modeled on the brain. It involves the idea that we can tap into the behaviour of physical systems – anything from a bucket of water to blobs of plastic laced with carbon nanotubes – in order to harness their natural computing power.

The basic idea is to stimulate a material in some way and learn to measure how this affects it. If you can work out how you get from the input stimulation to the output change, you will effectively have a calculation that you can then use as part of a range of computations. Unlike with traditional computer chips that depend on the position of electrons, the specific arrangement of the particles in the material isn’t important. Instead we just need to observe certain overall properties that let us measure the outputchange in... mehr »

Thanks +Mark Bruce ___Reservoir Computing

The idea is commonly known as “reservoir computing” and came from attempts to develop computer networks modeled on the brain. It involves the idea that we can tap into the behaviour of physical systems – anything from a bucket of water to blobs of plastic laced with carbon nanotubes – in order to harness their natural computing power.

The basic idea is to stimulate a material in some way and learn to measure how this affects it. If you can work out how you get from the input stimulation to the output change, you will effectively have a calculation that you can then use as part of a range of computations. Unlike with traditional computer chips that depend on the position of electrons, the specific arrangement of the particles in the material isn’t important. Instead we just need to observe certain overall properties that let us measure the output change in the material.

Wow. I'd not heard of this before, but it seems pretty intriguing and I can see how something like this might work well with machine learning approaches. The trick, I suppose, is figuring out how to "train" the material, and that's the part I don't get here. I can see training a Deep Learning system by tuning the features, but how would one tune a bucket of water?


Thanks +John Verdon and +Mark Bruce.

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2016-11-03 17:27:55 (6 comments; 14 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

Mondays.

HT +Matt Uebel

___Mondays.

HT +Matt Uebel

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2016-11-02 23:43:50 (45 comments; 21 reshares; 114 +1s; )Open 

Information Entropy as Proxy for Consciousness?

Scientist in France's Paris Descartes University may be onto a new method for measuring consciousness through measuring information entropy. To be honest, I still don't fully understand the concept of "information entropy." It seems to be related to flowering of possible combinatorial connections in a network like a brain, or the available degrees of freedom in a system.

Read the article, and let me know if you can explain it more concisely or cogently. :)

Why does this matter? Lots of reasons, of course, but in terms of relieving suffering:

"In a clinical setting you want to have a device that can tell you if a person is conscious or not. This is a big deal because right now it's not that easy to tell how conscious a patient actually is -- such as how much pain are they feeling... mehr »

___Information Entropy as Proxy for Consciousness?

Scientist in France's Paris Descartes University may be onto a new method for measuring consciousness through measuring information entropy. To be honest, I still don't fully understand the concept of "information entropy." It seems to be related to flowering of possible combinatorial connections in a network like a brain, or the available degrees of freedom in a system.

Read the article, and let me know if you can explain it more concisely or cogently. :)

Why does this matter? Lots of reasons, of course, but in terms of relieving suffering:

"In a clinical setting you want to have a device that can tell you if a person is conscious or not. This is a big deal because right now it's not that easy to tell how conscious a patient actually is -- such as how much pain are they feeling during operations," said Erra. "There are also other practical questions, such as how to make a device that can monitor comas and seizures."


HT +Walter Di Carlo

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2016-11-02 22:24:27 (9 comments; 22 reshares; 98 +1s; )Open 

The first O’Reilly AI conference convened a bunch of artificial intelligence practitioners and researchers. Here are some of my favorite takeaways from +Gil Press' favorite takeaways:

Citing “Machine Learning: The high interest credit card of technical debt,” Peter Norvig explained the reasons why machine learning is more difficult than traditional software: “Lack of clear abstraction barriers”—debugging is harder because it’s difficult to isolate a bug; “non-modularity”—if you change anything, you end up changing everything; “nonstationarity”—the need to account for new data; “whose data is this?”—issues around privacy, security, and fairness; lack of adequate tools and processes—exiting ones were developed for traditional software. “Machine learning allows you to go fast,” concluded Norvig, “but when you go fast, problems can develop and the crashescan be more spectacular than when you a... mehr »

The first O’Reilly AI conference convened a bunch of artificial intelligence practitioners and researchers. Here are some of my favorite takeaways from +Gil Press' favorite takeaways:

Citing “Machine Learning: The high interest credit card of technical debt,” Peter Norvig explained the reasons why machine learning is more difficult than traditional software: “Lack of clear abstraction barriers”—debugging is harder because it’s difficult to isolate a bug; “non-modularity”—if you change anything, you end up changing everything; “nonstationarity”—the need to account for new data; “whose data is this?”—issues around privacy, security, and fairness; lack of adequate tools and processes—exiting ones were developed for traditional software. “Machine learning allows you to go fast,” concluded Norvig, “but when you go fast, problems can develop and the crashes can be more spectacular than when you are going slow.”

“Many of the current algorithms have already built in them a country and a culture,” said Genevieve Bell, Intel Fellow and Director of Interaction and Experience Research at Intel. As today’s smart machines are (still) created and used only by humans, culture and context are important factors to consider in their development. Both Rana El Kaliouby (CEO of Affectiva, a startup developing emotion-aware AI) and Aparna Chennapragada (Director of Product Management at Google) stressed the importance of using diverse training data—if you want your smart machine to work everywhere on the planet it must be attuned to cultural norms.

Deep learning, said Etzioni, is a “narrow machine learning technology that has achieved outstanding results on a series of narrow tasks like speech recognition or playing Go. It’s particularly effective when we have massive amounts of labeled data… Super-human performance on a narrow task does not translate to human-level performance in general… Machine learning today is 99% the work of humans.”

Referencing “Why does deep and cheap learning work so well?” Marcus observed that “a lot of smart people are convinced that deep learning is almost magical—I’m not one of them.” Deep learning, he explained, lacks ways of representing causal relationships; it has no obvious ways of performing logical inferences; and it is a long way from integrating abstract knowledge. “All of this is still true despite of all the hype and billions of dollars invested. A better ladder does not necessarily get you to the moon,” said Marcus.

More specifically, we need to “rethink the basic fundamentals of navigation through conversation,” said Microsoft’s Lili Cheng. The “Back” and “Home” buttons are critical for every system we use today but in a conversation, “back, back” feels “really weird.” Cheng talked about conversations as waves, “always going forward,” and as such they are very different from a user controlling a desktop. To get AI to better resemble the way people think about the world around them (see LeCun above), we could use conversations as “a great test case,” said Cheng.

Oren Etzioni: “To paraphrase Winston Churchill—deep learning is not the end, it’s not the beginning of the end, it’s not even the end of the beginning.”

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2016-11-02 20:37:48 (8 comments; 10 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

How Management Might Use AI (in the short-term)

Summarizing the views of 1,770 managers from 14 countries and more detailed interviews with 37 executives in charge of digital transformation at their organizations.

How Management Might Use AI (in the short-term)

Summarizing the views of 1,770 managers from 14 countries and more detailed interviews with 37 executives in charge of digital transformation at their organizations.___

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2016-11-01 03:19:26 (12 comments; 32 reshares; 162 +1s; )Open 

Good overview and history of artificial intelligence.

Even the Internet metaphor doesn’t do justice to what AI with deep learning will mean, in (Andrew) Ng’s view. “AI is the new electricity,” he says. “Just as 100 years ago electricity transformed industry after industry, AI will now do the same.”

Good overview and history of artificial intelligence.

Even the Internet metaphor doesn’t do justice to what AI with deep learning will mean, in (Andrew) Ng’s view. “AI is the new electricity,” he says. “Just as 100 years ago electricity transformed industry after industry, AI will now do the same.”___

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2016-11-01 02:49:05 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

And that’s why the scariest part of the film is the fact that it offers no solutions, only more combat. This is the dystopian military future, as imagined by the US military, where the wars go on forever.

HT +John Verdon

This widely touted video about the problems that the US military might face, if it ever has to operate aggressively in a 21st Century MegaCity. It was originally screened as part of an “Advanced Special Operations Combating Terrorism” course convened by Joint Special Operations University (JSOU). Actually, rather thoughtful, a bit scary, and worth pondering.
___And that’s why the scariest part of the film is the fact that it offers no solutions, only more combat. This is the dystopian military future, as imagined by the US military, where the wars go on forever.

HT +John Verdon

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2016-11-01 02:13:16 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Standing Rock Isn't Just About Climate

So when you talk about Standing Rock, please begin by acknowledging that this pipeline was redirected from an area where it was most likely to impact white people. And please remind people that our people are struggling to survive the violence of colonization on many fronts, and that people shouldn’t simply engage with or retweet such stories when they see a concrete connection to their own issues — or a jumping off point to discuss their own issues. Our friends, allies and accomplices should be fighting alongside us because they value our humanity and right to live, in addition to whatever else they believe in.


Standing Rock Isn't Just About Climate

So when you talk about Standing Rock, please begin by acknowledging that this pipeline was redirected from an area where it was most likely to impact white people. And please remind people that our people are struggling to survive the violence of colonization on many fronts, and that people shouldn’t simply engage with or retweet such stories when they see a concrete connection to their own issues — or a jumping off point to discuss their own issues. Our friends, allies and accomplices should be fighting alongside us because they value our humanity and right to live, in addition to whatever else they believe in.
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2016-10-30 22:27:04 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Great idea.

HT +Boris Borcic.

Wow, genius, an easy way to draw perspective ~_^___Great idea.

HT +Boris Borcic.

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2016-10-30 18:49:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Why visionary CEOs are rarely followed by visionary CEOs

This is a good analysis of how companies like Apple and Microsoft have stumbled after losing generative CEOs. It focuses on the organizational dynamics and market pressures that companies face when they lose someone like Gates or Jobs. 

Why visionary CEOs are rarely followed by visionary CEOs

This is a good analysis of how companies like Apple and Microsoft have stumbled after losing generative CEOs. It focuses on the organizational dynamics and market pressures that companies face when they lose someone like Gates or Jobs. ___

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2016-10-27 23:49:10 (32 comments; 3 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

The difference between connections and relationships

I used to use the words connection and relationship interchangeably. Let me explain why I don’t anymore because I think it sheds some light on how building relationships works over time.

This is a post from a few years back, but +Bernard Vatant made me think of it just now as he was musing in a post about the difference between focusing on collections rather than people here on Google+.

I am a big fan of Collections because I think that they take closer to a true "shared interest graph." With that said, I think that G+ may have swung a bit too far in that direction. If circles represent our relationships with people and collections our relationships with topics, the circle has largely been eclipsed by the collection and that's a very narrow view on how people connect via shared interests. Yes, wem... mehr »

The difference between connections and relationships

I used to use the words connection and relationship interchangeably. Let me explain why I don’t anymore because I think it sheds some light on how building relationships works over time.

This is a post from a few years back, but +Bernard Vatant made me think of it just now as he was musing in a post about the difference between focusing on collections rather than people here on Google+.

I am a big fan of Collections because I think that they take closer to a true "shared interest graph." With that said, I think that G+ may have swung a bit too far in that direction. If circles represent our relationships with people and collections our relationships with topics, the circle has largely been eclipsed by the collection and that's a very narrow view on how people connect via shared interests. Yes, we might first connect around a topic, but over time, as we get to know someone, our interest in them stretches beyond that shared topic. That evolution of relationships around shared interests is something that Google seems to have lost a bit over this past couple years, and it's a shame. Or, to quote from this piece:

The first few times I go in for my haircut, it’s all about my hair. Eventually, the barber and I may form a relationship though, and begin to actually care about the answers we give each other about our lives. Our connection matures; it becomes less transactional and more relational.___

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2016-10-27 16:00:49 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Twitter soon to follow Google+ onto the "Shared Interest Graph"

This will be a fundamental shift. “In the past, we were biased towards helping users find individuals rather than topics and interests,” Dorsey said. “We can do better there.”

If you based Tweets around special interests rather than suggestions of people to follow, it essentially removes the need to figure out who to follow on the platform, which has been one of the gating factors to growing Twitter, and introducing it to new users. It could create a completely different way of discovering content on the platform, while at the same time tapping into some of the topic-based use you already see around existing features like hashtags.




Twitter soon to follow Google+ onto the "Shared Interest Graph"

This will be a fundamental shift. “In the past, we were biased towards helping users find individuals rather than topics and interests,” Dorsey said. “We can do better there.”

If you based Tweets around special interests rather than suggestions of people to follow, it essentially removes the need to figure out who to follow on the platform, which has been one of the gating factors to growing Twitter, and introducing it to new users. It could create a completely different way of discovering content on the platform, while at the same time tapping into some of the topic-based use you already see around existing features like hashtags.


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2016-10-27 01:29:10 (7 comments; 23 reshares; 85 +1s; )Open 

Google Assistant: The Difference Between Knowing and Doing

As Google helps us to build "the containers of our collective intelligence," one of the challenges is transforming the knowledge they contain into services that can be automated for us. This is the significance of Google's Assistant.

Other important information will come as people ask the Assistant to perform actions for them. “In the search logs, we don’t see people asking to do things like, Book me a table at CasCal for 7 pm for two. Nobody’s going to say that to Google because Google is a search engine, right?” Pereira says. Actually, booking a table is one thing that Google Search can do, but that’s a rare exception: generally, Google search can give you answers, but can’t close the deal. So people don’t ask it to do things, and Google doesn’t get data on assistance. “That differencebetween knowing a... mehr »

Google Assistant: The Difference Between Knowing and Doing

As Google helps us to build "the containers of our collective intelligence," one of the challenges is transforming the knowledge they contain into services that can be automated for us. This is the significance of Google's Assistant.

Other important information will come as people ask the Assistant to perform actions for them. “In the search logs, we don’t see people asking to do things like, Book me a table at CasCal for 7 pm for two. Nobody’s going to say that to Google because Google is a search engine, right?” Pereira says. Actually, booking a table is one thing that Google Search can do, but that’s a rare exception: generally, Google search can give you answers, but can’t close the deal. So people don’t ask it to do things, and Google doesn’t get data on assistance. “That difference between knowing and doing is a big one,” says Pereira, “and only now are we only starting to get enough traffic and interaction to start understanding how we can make [an assistant] grow and become more robust, more general, more flexible. It’s going to be a long road to go from the information side where search comes from, to the doing side — to pervasive assistance.”

More on our "containers of our collective intelligence":

http://www.the-vital-edge.com/machine-based-collective-intellige/

HT +Eldon Edwards___

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2016-10-27 01:09:19 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

On Leading

This is a nice piece from +Dan Oestreich on leadership. I like this part, in particular:

Too often we try to encapsulate such learning. We make it linear rather than organic. We take all the surprise out of it. We want the formula, not the blessing.

On Leading

This is a nice piece from +Dan Oestreich on leadership. I like this part, in particular:

Too often we try to encapsulate such learning. We make it linear rather than organic. We take all the surprise out of it. We want the formula, not the blessing.___

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2016-10-24 23:58:41 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

The Keys to the Republic: Civic Knowledge and Transparency

Really important message from from Supreme Court Justice, David Souter back in 2012. I think that, in addition to his point about the importance of civic knowledge, there is an equally important, supporting point here about civic transparency.

Most of us have very little understanding about exactly who is responsible for various failures of leadership. As a result, we blame "Congress" or we blame "the media." The sausage-making, compromise process is messy. That's politics and probably is very similar to the way it's always been. What's different is the massive inflow of money into our political system -- a takeover by private interests who, thanks to recent changes to our election laws, are largely immune to effective civic counterbalance.

It's looking like the current... mehr »

The Keys to the Republic: Civic Knowledge and Transparency

Really important message from from Supreme Court Justice, David Souter back in 2012. I think that, in addition to his point about the importance of civic knowledge, there is an equally important, supporting point here about civic transparency.

Most of us have very little understanding about exactly who is responsible for various failures of leadership. As a result, we blame "Congress" or we blame "the media." The sausage-making, compromise process is messy. That's politics and probably is very similar to the way it's always been. What's different is the massive inflow of money into our political system -- a takeover by private interests who, thanks to recent changes to our election laws, are largely immune to effective civic counterbalance.

It's looking like the current threat to our republic from an Emperor Trump is getting shut down this time. But if we fail to learn the lessons that Trump is teaching us, we may not be so lucky next time around. ___

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2016-10-19 23:10:28 (8 comments; 11 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

Microsoft Speech Recognition Matches Humans

Up next:
“The next frontier is to move from recognition to understanding,” Zweig said.


Thanks +Oleg Moskalensky 

Microsoft announces they've created a speech recognition system that recognizes words in a conversation as well as a person does #AI___Microsoft Speech Recognition Matches Humans

Up next:
“The next frontier is to move from recognition to understanding,” Zweig said.


Thanks +Oleg Moskalensky 

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2016-10-19 18:52:37 (8 comments; 10 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

AI Training Sensitivity

After recently writing a piece on human bias infiltrating AI, I've been thinking about the way that machine learning is so very dependent upon human training. It wasn't until reading this piece by Charlie Schick, however, that I realized just how sensitive these algorithms are to training sets:

Train the AI on one thing and it does it well. But then the AI can’t be generalized or repurposed to do something similar.

I’ve seen this in action, where we had a product that was great in mimicking medical billing coding that a human could do. After training the system for a specific institution, using that specific institution’s data, the system would then perform poorly when given data from another institution. We always had to train to the specific conditions to get useful results. And this applied to all our machine learning models:we al... mehr »

AI Training Sensitivity

After recently writing a piece on human bias infiltrating AI, I've been thinking about the way that machine learning is so very dependent upon human training. It wasn't until reading this piece by Charlie Schick, however, that I realized just how sensitive these algorithms are to training sets:

Train the AI on one thing and it does it well. But then the AI can’t be generalized or repurposed to do something similar.

I’ve seen this in action, where we had a product that was great in mimicking medical billing coding that a human could do. After training the system for a specific institution, using that specific institution’s data, the system would then perform poorly when given data from another institution. We always had to train to the specific conditions to get useful results. And this applied to all our machine learning models: we always had to retrain for the specific (localized) data set. Rarely were results decent on novel though related data sets.

Alas, this cuts both ways. This allows us to train systems on local data to get the best result, but it also means we need people and time (and money) every time we shift to another data set.___

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2016-10-17 16:20:06 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Nice overview video by +David Amerland explaining how our online interactions with content create machine-readable signals that are used by Google to infer intentions and through that help the company inject meaning into the Internet.

So, I Made a Video

I haven't created a video for some time now. Each one takes weeks to put together and then all you're aware of are the parts you could have done better! :)

This one's six minutes long and in I condensed a journey of six years of writing. It shows how one thing leads to another however in a way that just looking at books or reading my posts doesn't. And yes, before you ask, everything is connected ;) Have a happy Monday! ___Nice overview video by +David Amerland explaining how our online interactions with content create machine-readable signals that are used by Google to infer intentions and through that help the company inject meaning into the Internet.

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2016-10-16 17:34:42 (6 comments; 14 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

This just makes me so mad. Mainstream media was basically ignoring what's happening at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Democracy Now shows up to actually cover this important demonstration, and so the state of North Dakota is now trying to intimidate others from reporting by charging well-respected journalist Amy Goodman with "riot" charges. On what grounds? Because McLean County State's Attorney Ladd Ronald Erickson says that Goodman isn't a legitimate reporter. So here's this government official for some county in North Dakota trying to determine what does and does not constitute journalism in this country. North Dakota's mighty far north for a banana republic.

This is the email I just sent to Erickson:
Mr. Erickson,
Your current attempt to prosecute Amy Goodman, especially your belief that you are in a position to determine what does and does not... mehr »

This just makes me so mad. Mainstream media was basically ignoring what's happening at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Democracy Now shows up to actually cover this important demonstration, and so the state of North Dakota is now trying to intimidate others from reporting by charging well-respected journalist Amy Goodman with "riot" charges. On what grounds? Because McLean County State's Attorney Ladd Ronald Erickson says that Goodman isn't a legitimate reporter. So here's this government official for some county in North Dakota trying to determine what does and does not constitute journalism in this country. North Dakota's mighty far north for a banana republic.

This is the email I just sent to Erickson:
Mr. Erickson,
Your current attempt to prosecute Amy Goodman, especially your belief that you are in a position to determine what does and does not constitute journalism, sets a very dangerous precedent for the state of North Dakota and for any government office really. You may not agree with Ms. Goodman's conclusions about the pipeline protests, but prosecuting her for "riot" charges or any other charges that stand in the way of her reporting is something that is going to get a lot of very negative attention for the state of North Dakota - and more importantly, is something that threatens the freedom of the press.
I sincerely hope that you reconsider this decision. It is bad, very bad, for our democracy.
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As he is a government official, you, too, can easily contact him:
Ladd Ronald Erickson
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 1108
Washburn, ND 58577-1108
lrerickson@nd.gov
https://www.ndcourts.gov/court/lawyers/05220.htm___

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2016-10-15 21:50:42 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Google Adds Fact-checking Tag

We live in an era of "truthiness" - and this is a problem. Luckily, solutions are starting to emerge. There are now rigorous fact checks now conducted by more than 100 active sites, according to the Duke University Reporter’s Lab. Now Google is stepping in to augment Google News results with a special tag for content that includes rigorous fact-checking.
(https://goo.gl/Tlu1sj)

When determining whether to use this tag for your article, consider whether that article meets the following criteria, which we consider characteristics of fact-checking sites:

* Discrete claims and checks must be easily identified in the body of fact-check articles. Readers should be able to understand what was checked, and what conclusions were reached.

* Analysis must be transparent about sources and methods, with citations andr... mehr »

Google Adds Fact-checking Tag

We live in an era of "truthiness" - and this is a problem. Luckily, solutions are starting to emerge. There are now rigorous fact checks now conducted by more than 100 active sites, according to the Duke University Reporter’s Lab. Now Google is stepping in to augment Google News results with a special tag for content that includes rigorous fact-checking.
(https://goo.gl/Tlu1sj)

When determining whether to use this tag for your article, consider whether that article meets the following criteria, which we consider characteristics of fact-checking sites:

* Discrete claims and checks must be easily identified in the body of fact-check articles. Readers should be able to understand what was checked, and what conclusions were reached.

* Analysis must be transparent about sources and methods, with citations and references to primary sources.

* The organization must be nonpartisan, with transparent funding and affiliations. It should examine a range of claims in its topic area, instead of targeting a single person or entity.

* Article titles must indicate that a claim is being reviewed, state the conclusions reached, or simply frame that the article’s contents consist of fact checking.
(More: https://goo.gl/EejlAH)

This is a different approach, but it reminds me of the research published 18 months ago by Google on "Knowledge-Based Trust" (see attached article from around that time: https://goo.gl/arzsjT).

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Clearly, veracity of the information being organized is a key factor in determining its usefulness, and the company is investing in multiple efforts to up the quality of information on the web. The credibility of its information services absolutely depends upon it.
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