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Gideon Rosenblatt

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Grounding Machines in Humanity

Occupation: 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 Cohen87,892*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 Cohen87,892*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 Cohen87,892*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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2017-02-13 22:12:33 (51 comments; 5 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

The US intelligence community no longer trusts Trump Administration with sensitive intelligence for fear of Russian ears within the White House.

It's broader than that though. According to this piece, the US Intelligence Community (IC) is feeling like the new administration is jeopardizing overall US interests.

This is disturbing.


Most reshares: 52

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2017-02-14 20:15:12 (18 comments; 52 reshares; 128 +1s; )Open 

Know your enemy: you(r demons)


Most plusones: 196

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2017-01-14 02:13:25 (10 comments; 30 reshares; 196 +1s; )Open 

Knowledge is being replaced by knowing

A great article by +David Weinberger, disguised as a book review.
Here's the link: https://goo.gl/elwSEd

Here's the best quote in this piece:
The net is demonstrating the weakness of knowledge as finished, settled, and static content. It’s doing so by plunging us deeper into knowing.

But there's a lot of other gems to be found here:

The net is making clear how important “echo chambers” are to knowledge and even more so to understanding. If you care about molecular gastronomy and hear about a new technique, you’ll go to your favorite molecular gastronomy sites to learn more. If you’re a supporter of Net Neutrality and there’s a court ruling you don’t understand, you’ll go to a site that shares your values to get the explanation. If you are a feminist and a new pay equity lawpasses, you’re ... more »

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2017-02-20 18:52:43 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +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; 1 reshares; 18 +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... more »

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 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 37 +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 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 29 +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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2017-02-19 18:21:06 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Putting the puzzle pieces together, Gary Kasparov explores the amazing coincidences of Trump's Russian ties

I don't usually share pieces from the New York Daily News, but this piece from from former chess champion, Gary Kasparov, is worth reading. In it he outlines the overwhelming number of ties between Putin and Trump's administration.

When you see all this, taken together, it certainly raises a disturbing number of questions that really do need to be answered.



Putting the puzzle pieces together, Gary Kasparov explores the amazing coincidences of Trump's Russian ties

I don't usually share pieces from the New York Daily News, but this piece from from former chess champion, Gary Kasparov, is worth reading. In it he outlines the overwhelming number of ties between Putin and Trump's administration.

When you see all this, taken together, it certainly raises a disturbing number of questions that really do need to be answered.

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2017-02-18 20:11:36 (10 comments; 15 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Weaponized, AI-Backed Propaganda

The synergy between fake-content networks, automated message testing, and personality profiling will rapidly spread to other digital mediums. Albright’s most-recent research focuses on an artificial intelligence that automatically creates YouTube videos about news and current events. The AI, which reacts to trending topics on Facebook and Twitter, pairs images and subtitles with a computer generated voiceover. It spooled out nearly 80,000 videos through 19 different channels in just a few days.

If fake news created the scaffolding for this new automated political propaganda machine, bots, or fake social media profiles, have become its foot soldiers -- an army of political robots used to control conversations on social media and silence and intimidate journalists and others who might undermine their messaging.
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It's likelyC... more »

Weaponized, AI-Backed Propaganda

The synergy between fake-content networks, automated message testing, and personality profiling will rapidly spread to other digital mediums. Albright’s most-recent research focuses on an artificial intelligence that automatically creates YouTube videos about news and current events. The AI, which reacts to trending topics on Facebook and Twitter, pairs images and subtitles with a computer generated voiceover. It spooled out nearly 80,000 videos through 19 different channels in just a few days.

If fake news created the scaffolding for this new automated political propaganda machine, bots, or fake social media profiles, have become its foot soldiers -- an army of political robots used to control conversations on social media and silence and intimidate journalists and others who might undermine their messaging.
...
It's likely Cambridge Analytica will secure more contracts with federal agencies and is in the final stages of negotiations to begin managing White House digital communication throughout the Trump Administration. What new predictive-personality targeting becomes possible with potential access to data on U.S. voters from the IRS, Department of Homeland Security, or the NSA?

“Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment,” Bannon said in 2013. We know that Steve Bannon subscribes to a theory of history where a messianic ‘Grey Warrior’ consolidates power and remakes the global order. Bolstered by the success of Brexit and the Trump victory, Breitbart (which Bannon owns) and Cambridge Analytica (which Bannon sits on the board of) are now bringing fake news and automated propaganda to support far-right parties in at least Germany, France, Hungary, and India as well as parts of South America.

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2017-02-18 16:07:23 (2 comments; 14 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Bacteria use electrical pulses to organize their communities and to coordinate with neighbors

Think about it this way. When bacteria communicate chemically, it’s like each family is speaking with its own language, relying on its own particular assortment of chemicals and receptors. By contrast, the electrical signals that Süel’s team discovered are more like mathematics—something universal. “It allows species to communicate across evolutionary divides and create mixed communities,” says Humphries. “It’s changed my perspective on biofilms.”

Bacteria use electrical pulses to organize their communities and to coordinate with neighbors

Think about it this way. When bacteria communicate chemically, it’s like each family is speaking with its own language, relying on its own particular assortment of chemicals and receptors. By contrast, the electrical signals that Süel’s team discovered are more like mathematics—something universal. “It allows species to communicate across evolutionary divides and create mixed communities,” says Humphries. “It’s changed my perspective on biofilms.”___

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2017-02-16 22:45:57 (5 comments; 18 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

First time running into the term "Intelligent Processing Unit". Here's how Graphcore describes it on their site:

The IPU is a completely new type of processor designed to help customers accelerate the development of current and next generation machine intelligence products and services.

The IPU has been optimized to work efficiently on the extremely complex high-dimensional models that machine intelligence requires. It emphasizes massively parallel, low-precision floating-point compute and provides much higher compute density than other solutions.

Like a human brain, the IPU holds the complete machine learning model inside the processor and has over 100x more memory bandwidth than other solutions. This results in both lower power consumption and much higher performance.

More: https://goo.gl/jR4z9E

By the way, if you care about AI and are... more »

A company called Graphcore has come up with a way of making visualizations of neural networks that reveal the complexity of the connections, and are "incredibly beautiful", too, looking similar to human brain scans. The visualizations come out of technology developed to map neural networks from mainstream machine learning frameworks such as TensorFlow and MXNet to dedicated AI hardware the company is developing called the Graphcore Intelligent Processing Unit (IPU).___First time running into the term "Intelligent Processing Unit". Here's how Graphcore describes it on their site:

The IPU is a completely new type of processor designed to help customers accelerate the development of current and next generation machine intelligence products and services.

The IPU has been optimized to work efficiently on the extremely complex high-dimensional models that machine intelligence requires. It emphasizes massively parallel, low-precision floating-point compute and provides much higher compute density than other solutions.

Like a human brain, the IPU holds the complete machine learning model inside the processor and has over 100x more memory bandwidth than other solutions. This results in both lower power consumption and much higher performance.

More: https://goo.gl/jR4z9E

By the way, if you care about AI and are not following +Wayne Radinsky, you might want to remedy that situation...

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2017-02-16 21:03:31 (18 comments; 7 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Google develops the equivalent of "Greenwich Mean Time" for a global, virtual world

In 1784, a carriage service first published a schedule of its rides in Britain. Back then, there wasn't really a standardized notion of time across the towns and cities on its routes. At any given time, it might be 12:00 in London, but 12:20 in Liverpool or 11:50 in Canterbury. The carriages were slow enough, and coordination didn't matter enough to require better synchronization of times across places. That changed with the arrival of railroads. In 1847, British train operators put their heads together and developed Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) as a standard with which to synchronize time. In 1880, the government adopted the standard for all timetables in Britain. (Summarized from Yuval Noah Harari's book, Sapiens.)

Might it be that with Spanner, Google is the forefront of a... more »

Spanner, the Google database that mastered time, is now open to everyone.

"They equipped Google's data centers with a series of GPS receivers and atomic clocks. The GPS receivers, much like the one in your cell phone, grab the time from various satellites orbiting the globe, while the atomic clocks keep their own time. Then they shuttle their time readings to master servers in each data center. These masters constantly trade readings in an effort to settle on a common time."

"A margin of error still exists, but thanks to so many readings, the masters can bootstrap a far more reliable timekeeping service. 'This gives you faster-than-light coordination between two places.'"

"Google calls this timekeeping technology TrueTime, and only Google has it."___Google develops the equivalent of "Greenwich Mean Time" for a global, virtual world

In 1784, a carriage service first published a schedule of its rides in Britain. Back then, there wasn't really a standardized notion of time across the towns and cities on its routes. At any given time, it might be 12:00 in London, but 12:20 in Liverpool or 11:50 in Canterbury. The carriages were slow enough, and coordination didn't matter enough to require better synchronization of times across places. That changed with the arrival of railroads. In 1847, British train operators put their heads together and developed Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) as a standard with which to synchronize time. In 1880, the government adopted the standard for all timetables in Britain. (Summarized from Yuval Noah Harari's book, Sapiens.)

Might it be that with Spanner, Google is the forefront of a new notion of standardized time, tuned for the emerging needs of a global, virtual economy?

HT +Wayne Radinsky.

#time

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2017-02-16 16:05:24 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

AI Influencers 2017: Top 30 people in AI you should follow on Twitter

If you're active on Twitter and interested in artificial intelligence, this is a great group of people to follow or add to one of your lists. It was published earlier this week by IBM: https://goo.gl/5hzFX0

This is an interesting group of folks. Some obvious. Some not. And speaking of the not-so-obvious, I must admit to being puzzled and very honored to be included on this list. Puzzled because there are way better qualified AI experts out there, but honored to have my special human-centric view of it added to the voices.

One sad note. I was quite methodical in going through this group to see who was also active here on Google+. Out of the 30, aside from me there were only two:
+Joanna Bryson
+Satya Mallick

Here's that list again: https://goo.gl/5hzFX0... more »

AI Influencers 2017: Top 30 people in AI you should follow on Twitter

If you're active on Twitter and interested in artificial intelligence, this is a great group of people to follow or add to one of your lists. It was published earlier this week by IBM: https://goo.gl/5hzFX0

This is an interesting group of folks. Some obvious. Some not. And speaking of the not-so-obvious, I must admit to being puzzled and very honored to be included on this list. Puzzled because there are way better qualified AI experts out there, but honored to have my special human-centric view of it added to the voices.

One sad note. I was quite methodical in going through this group to see who was also active here on Google+. Out of the 30, aside from me there were only two:
+Joanna Bryson
+Satya Mallick

Here's that list again: https://goo.gl/5hzFX0

#twitter #ai #machinelearning
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2017-02-16 01:25:25 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

Snapped this with my phone while walking in the rain in Seattle's Magnuson Park today for my wife's birthday. So serene, and we saw three bald eagles hanging out together. 

Snapped this with my phone while walking in the rain in Seattle's Magnuson Park today for my wife's birthday. So serene, and we saw three bald eagles hanging out together. ___

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2017-02-14 20:15:12 (18 comments; 52 reshares; 128 +1s; )Open 

I can't say I've experienced all these, but I have had:
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 16, and 18.

HT +Darius Gabriel Black

Know your enemy: you(r demons)
___I can't say I've experienced all these, but I have had:
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 16, and 18.

HT +Darius Gabriel Black

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2017-02-13 22:58:01 (3 comments; 11 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Basically, it amounts to a change of paradigms from seeing the world as a machine to understanding it as a network, or rather as networks within networks — biological, ecological, and social networks. Wherever we see life, we see networks. Now, a network, as everybody knows, is a particular pattern of links, of relationships. So, to understand networks, we need to learn how to think in terms of relationships. This is what “systems thinking,” or “systemic thinking” is all about: thinking in terms of relationships, patterns, and context.

HT +Simon Robinson​

This is a new interview published today. ___Basically, it amounts to a change of paradigms from seeing the world as a machine to understanding it as a network, or rather as networks within networks — biological, ecological, and social networks. Wherever we see life, we see networks. Now, a network, as everybody knows, is a particular pattern of links, of relationships. So, to understand networks, we need to learn how to think in terms of relationships. This is what “systems thinking,” or “systemic thinking” is all about: thinking in terms of relationships, patterns, and context.

HT +Simon Robinson​

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2017-02-13 22:12:33 (51 comments; 5 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

The US intelligence community no longer trusts Trump Administration with sensitive intelligence for fear of Russian ears within the White House.

It's broader than that though. According to this piece, the US Intelligence Community (IC) is feeling like the new administration is jeopardizing overall US interests.

This is disturbing.


The US intelligence community no longer trusts Trump Administration with sensitive intelligence for fear of Russian ears within the White House.

It's broader than that though. According to this piece, the US Intelligence Community (IC) is feeling like the new administration is jeopardizing overall US interests.

This is disturbing.
___

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2017-02-13 20:07:03 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

What we need, more than anything in today's political reality, is courage.

#COURAGE

Courage. courage...

What we need, more than anything in today's political reality, is courage.

#COURAGE

Courage. courage...___

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2017-02-12 14:13:26 (9 comments; 15 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

The question is: will humans be able to learn the new jobs faster than machine learning does?

McAfee pointed to newly collected data that shows a sharp decline in middle class job creation since the 1980s. Now, most new jobs are either at the very low end of the pay scale or the very high end. He also argued that these trends are reversible, that improved education and a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship and research can help feed new engines of growth, that economies have overcome the rise of new technologies before. But after his talk, in the hallways at Asilomar, so many of the researchers warned him that the coming revolution in AI would eliminate far more jobs far more quickly than he expected.

The question is: will humans be able to learn the new jobs faster than machine learning does?

McAfee pointed to newly collected data that shows a sharp decline in middle class job creation since the 1980s. Now, most new jobs are either at the very low end of the pay scale or the very high end. He also argued that these trends are reversible, that improved education and a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship and research can help feed new engines of growth, that economies have overcome the rise of new technologies before. But after his talk, in the hallways at Asilomar, so many of the researchers warned him that the coming revolution in AI would eliminate far more jobs far more quickly than he expected.___

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2017-02-12 04:09:02 (3 comments; 12 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

A Crack Opens and a Ray of Light in Solving Our Gerrymandering Problem

This is such great news. The problem of political monopolies, or gerrymandering, is one of the most damning causes of problems in our political system.

As former President Barack Obama, who has pledged to make the battle against gerrymandering a focus of his post-presidential activism, has said: “If we want a better politics, it’s not enough to just change a congressman or a senator or even a president. We have to change the system to reflect our better selves.”

As an example of the skewing it causes:
Fiddler’s point gets to the heart of the matter. Discussions about gerrymandering involve a lot more than maps. They are about electoral competition and the makeup of legislative chambers. Fair competition, in Wisconsin and nationally, could produce dramatic change in politics andgoverni... more »

A Crack Opens and a Ray of Light in Solving Our Gerrymandering Problem

This is such great news. The problem of political monopolies, or gerrymandering, is one of the most damning causes of problems in our political system.

As former President Barack Obama, who has pledged to make the battle against gerrymandering a focus of his post-presidential activism, has said: “If we want a better politics, it’s not enough to just change a congressman or a senator or even a president. We have to change the system to reflect our better selves.”

As an example of the skewing it causes:
Fiddler’s point gets to the heart of the matter. Discussions about gerrymandering involve a lot more than maps. They are about electoral competition and the makeup of legislative chambers. Fair competition, in Wisconsin and nationally, could produce dramatic change in politics and governing. For instance: In 2012 voting for state assembly seats in Wisconsin, Democrats won 174,000 more votes than Republicans. Yet, because of the gerrymandering of the assembly maps by Walker and his allies, Republicans won a 60-39 majority in the chamber.

Special thanks to +John Verdon for flagging this to my attention.

#gerrymandering

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2017-02-10 18:55:25 (42 comments; 6 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

"Welcome to the United States. Password, Please"

OK. I'm seeing lots of dangerous ideas coming out of the administration these days, and this one is right up there towards the top of that list. There are just so many reasons that this is wrong and then there's the fact that it's just, plain dumb.

First. Do you really think that a terrorist coming into the US to commit some terrorist act and knowing that something like this is in place, would be stupid enough to have implicating information in the social media profile? No. They wouldn't. It just doesn't make sense. The actual intel we would gain would be negligible if anything.

Second. This is huge overreach. It is a horrible invasion of privacy and an even worse symbolic gesture of what the United States stands for.

Third. Think about the blowback something like this would... more »

"Welcome to the United States. Password, Please"

OK. I'm seeing lots of dangerous ideas coming out of the administration these days, and this one is right up there towards the top of that list. There are just so many reasons that this is wrong and then there's the fact that it's just, plain dumb.

First. Do you really think that a terrorist coming into the US to commit some terrorist act and knowing that something like this is in place, would be stupid enough to have implicating information in the social media profile? No. They wouldn't. It just doesn't make sense. The actual intel we would gain would be negligible if anything.

Second. This is huge overreach. It is a horrible invasion of privacy and an even worse symbolic gesture of what the United States stands for.

Third. Think about the blowback something like this would cause with countries doing a tit-for-tat matching of this policy on American citizens. Sure, you might not care right now because you don't have plans to visit Syria any time soon. But what about if/when the group of countries included in this policy is expanded? I mean, you never can be too safe, right? Ugh.

When trial balloons like this are put forth, they need to be shot down with overwhelming public response. The problem, of course, is that we are being inundated with bad ideas on all fronts these days. But this one? There should be so much resistance to this that it makes Kelly's head spin.

Ugh.


#privacy

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2017-02-10 04:19:31 (10 comments; 5 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

How Does AI Resolve the Prisoner's Dilemma?

DeepMind just released a paper describing new research into using reinforcement learning to explore game theory.

In summary, we showed that we can apply the modern AI technique of deep multi-agent reinforcement learning to age-old questions in social science such as the mystery of the emergence of cooperation. We can think of the trained AI agents as an approximation to economics’ rational agent model “homo economicus”. Hence, such models give us the unique ability to test policies and interventions into simulated systems of interacting agents - both human and artificial.

#AI #reinforcementlearning #gametheory

How Does AI Resolve the Prisoner's Dilemma?

DeepMind just released a paper describing new research into using reinforcement learning to explore game theory.

In summary, we showed that we can apply the modern AI technique of deep multi-agent reinforcement learning to age-old questions in social science such as the mystery of the emergence of cooperation. We can think of the trained AI agents as an approximation to economics’ rational agent model “homo economicus”. Hence, such models give us the unique ability to test policies and interventions into simulated systems of interacting agents - both human and artificial.

#AI #reinforcementlearning #gametheory___

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2017-02-08 23:12:48 (12 comments; 5 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Among those feeling threatened by Trump's comments is apparently his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch told Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Wednesday that Trump's comments are "disheartening" and "demoralizing" to the independence of the judiciary. Blumenthal relayed Gorsuch's comments to reporters, and a Gorsuch spokesman confirmed them.

Certainly we can all agree on the critical importance of separation of powers. This is concerning. 

Among those feeling threatened by Trump's comments is apparently his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch told Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Wednesday that Trump's comments are "disheartening" and "demoralizing" to the independence of the judiciary. Blumenthal relayed Gorsuch's comments to reporters, and a Gorsuch spokesman confirmed them.

Certainly we can all agree on the critical importance of separation of powers. This is concerning. ___

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2017-02-08 15:16:50 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Nice overview of reinforcement learning and the state of its development right now.

Agarwal compares the availability of experimentation platforms for reinforcement learning to the impact large labeled data sets like ImageNet had on supervised learning. “The way we make a lot of progress in supervised learning was that we started accumulating large data sets and repositories and once we had those, we could try algorithms out on them reliably and iterate those algorithms.” A static data set isn’t useful for evaluating more general reinforcement learning; “two different agents will take two different trajectories through an environment.”

Instead, researchers need a large, diverse set of environments that’s also standardized so everyone in the field works against them. “Flexible, diverse platforms can serve the same function as a repository for reinforcement learning taskswhere we can ev... more »

A good read...
Share your comments ___Nice overview of reinforcement learning and the state of its development right now.

Agarwal compares the availability of experimentation platforms for reinforcement learning to the impact large labeled data sets like ImageNet had on supervised learning. “The way we make a lot of progress in supervised learning was that we started accumulating large data sets and repositories and once we had those, we could try algorithms out on them reliably and iterate those algorithms.” A static data set isn’t useful for evaluating more general reinforcement learning; “two different agents will take two different trajectories through an environment.”

Instead, researchers need a large, diverse set of environments that’s also standardized so everyone in the field works against them. “Flexible, diverse platforms can serve the same function as a repository for reinforcement learning tasks where we can evaluate and iterate on ideas coming out of research much faster than was possible in the past, when we had to restrict the algorithms to simple evaluation problems because more complex ones weren’t available. Now we can take ideas to the platforms and see whether or not they do a good job,” Agarwal said.

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2017-02-07 06:39:00 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Correctly Predicting the Super Bowl Score with AI

Being able to predict the final score of the Super Bowl is not an easy task, though. Of the 1,641 Super Bowl final score predictions published by Scripps Howard over the past 19 years, only two have been correct regarding Super Bowl final score predictions. For the Super Bowl, Unanimous took on this challenge by creating wars with 40 football fans and connected them online. The platform then used the swarm’s group intelligence to make its own predictions about how many points each team would score.



Correctly Predicting the Super Bowl Score with AI

Being able to predict the final score of the Super Bowl is not an easy task, though. Of the 1,641 Super Bowl final score predictions published by Scripps Howard over the past 19 years, only two have been correct regarding Super Bowl final score predictions. For the Super Bowl, Unanimous took on this challenge by creating wars with 40 football fans and connected them online. The platform then used the swarm’s group intelligence to make its own predictions about how many points each team would score.

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2017-02-06 14:06:09 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Battery Storage Starting to Scale

But prices for lithium-ion batteries have fallen fast—by almost half just since 2014. Electric cars are largely responsible, increasing demand and requiring a new scale of manufacturing for the same battery cells used in grid storage. California is mandating that its utilities begin testing batteries by adding more than 1.32 gigawatts by 2020. For context, consider this: In 2016, the global market for storage was less than a gigawatt.

___Battery Storage Starting to Scale

But prices for lithium-ion batteries have fallen fast—by almost half just since 2014. Electric cars are largely responsible, increasing demand and requiring a new scale of manufacturing for the same battery cells used in grid storage. California is mandating that its utilities begin testing batteries by adding more than 1.32 gigawatts by 2020. For context, consider this: In 2016, the global market for storage was less than a gigawatt.

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2017-02-06 04:19:09 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Pandora's Box

This is a wonderful piece by +Lance Kelly on the deeper meaning of the Pandora myth.

I'd like to first call out this really nice way of thinking about myth:

Myth is the language of the spirit, and a living reality in the present as long as we human beings are open to the romance and timeless profundity of life.

The other thing that comes to mind is the connection between hope and suffering. At first glance, they seem quite different and possibly even in opposition to one another. But here is where I think it's useful to contrast hope in a somewhat nuanced way with the notion of faith. When we hope, we are often "hoping for" this or that particular outcome. Whereas faith, at its most basic level, is an openness to "what is." Hope can act as a kind of grasping, and in this way, it's easier to see the... more »

Pandora's Box

The opening of Pandora’s Box, which released the ‘evils of the world’ into existence, is perhaps one of the most well known of the Greek myths. However, much of the original meaning has been subject to cultural variations and scholarly interpretation. Myth is the language of the spirit, and a living reality in the present as long as we human beings are open to the romance and timeless profundity of life.

Pandora was the first woman in Greek mythology, created by Zeus, fashioned with beauty by Aphrodite and adorned with wisdom and artistry by certain other gods on mount Olympus. She was also bestowed, according to the myth, with less flattering attributes such as deceitfulness and cunning to better her status in the affairs of men. Zeus, still brooding and angry with Prometheus for stealing the secret of fire, arranged for Pandora to be given as a gift to Epimetheus, brother of Prometheus. Although warned not to accept gifts from the gods, Epimetheus was delighted to receive her. After a while, curious of a box (apparently a large jar used for storage of grain and sometimes a human body prior for burial), Pandora removed the lid, thereby releasing the diabolical contents and although she hastened to close it again, it was too late. The box was empty except for one thing remaining at the bottom: Elpis, the deity of hope, which also means ‘suffering’ in older translations of the myth.

The myths were created in the psyche in an era of human evolution when Man was in the process of becoming a self-conscious being. Pandora’s Box is symbolic of the body of mankind. In its pure state the box has nothing inside and is the purified space of love. It was not unlike the Arc of the Covenant, which was also emptied of any corruptive impurities. But as time and past began to build up in the psyche, blockages began to impede the flow of life. The pent-up psychic force reached a peak and penetrated the surface of the earth. This was the disease of time as an effect in existence which set in motion the long arduous descent into matter, and was the dawning of human nature.

The myth of Pandora’s Box, like all the great myths, is demonstrable in our ordinary living experience. The release of the ‘evils of the world’ is a familiar experience whenever there is an emotional outburst such as anger, hate, accusation or cruelty. When this happens, the reactionary self is a conduit for the degenerative effects of the human condition of unhappiness. Pandora’s Box is the body, the container of the essence of life. In the mythic consciousness, Zeus and the other gods had yet to fully externalise as physical beings. They could enter existence in physical form but were able to withdraw at will to the formless inner reality behind the appearance of the world.

Pandora has been largely misunderstood, just as Eve was blamed for the ills of mankind in the biblical myth of the Garden of Eden. Pandora is really the personification of love. It was ‘She’ in disguise, arising from the spirit of the earth, who valiantly unleashed the forces of existence to seemingly impose on humanity the most dreadful and heinous fate imaginable. But what must be endured as affliction and hardship is paradoxically the only way back for human beings to reclaim their original freedom. Until Pandora had opened the box, the state of immortal life had been the exclusive domain of the gods. The release of the evils of the world served to undermine the supremacy of the gods over mortal man. Thus was love the saviour of mankind.

The deity of hope was the only remnant in the box. But is there any hope in this world where everybody dies? Obviously not. But it’s a precious piece of propaganda that the human race clings to as comfort and avoidance of facing life as it is. Hope is the last thing that disappears when all is known to be lost and death is inevitable. Strangely, or miraculously, in that moment all fear vanishes and what remains is love. To me, the older translation of the word Elpis as ‘suffering’ is more appropriate, because to transcend hope while in the midst of living involves enormous self-sacrifice. Nobody has ever found God or freedom without undergoing tremendous inner turmoil and upheaval in external circumstances.

The spiritual task is to purify the inner space of the body through being emptied of negativity. Any moment when the unconscious force of self overwhelms the person, it releases the lid of Pandora’s box. Each of us is apportioned an individual box of karma, the past ignorance of humanity, to be faced as the difficulties in the living life. Suffering rightly is to have the knowledge of a higher purpose and to be willing to be disabused of the rational misconception of love and truth. The deeper the love of God, or the mystery of life, the more excruciating is the pain of detachment from the world. The highest truth demands the ultimate surrender, which Pandora in her wisdom knew would eventually triumph over adversity.

https://plus.google.com/collection/4tmrPE___Pandora's Box

This is a wonderful piece by +Lance Kelly on the deeper meaning of the Pandora myth.

I'd like to first call out this really nice way of thinking about myth:

Myth is the language of the spirit, and a living reality in the present as long as we human beings are open to the romance and timeless profundity of life.

The other thing that comes to mind is the connection between hope and suffering. At first glance, they seem quite different and possibly even in opposition to one another. But here is where I think it's useful to contrast hope in a somewhat nuanced way with the notion of faith. When we hope, we are often "hoping for" this or that particular outcome. Whereas faith, at its most basic level, is an openness to "what is." Hope can act as a kind of grasping, and in this way, it's easier to see the connection with suffering.

Really nice piece. +Laura Gibbs, you will like this.

#myth #pandora

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2017-02-04 01:15:43 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 



Should "electronic personhood" act as causal link between robots, injured parties and corporations?

Wow, this is head-scratcher. This brings up so many issues. Product liability laws are well established. That still doesn't make Black and Decker responsible for Jason taking a chainsaw to someone's head.

But there is an interesting question here with regard to the possibility of autonomy arising in our robotic and AI systems. In my mind, however, these systems still act as a kind of extension of the corporation itself. Its body, so to speak.

Still trying to decide how I feel about this one, but my sense is that we are probably better off keeping the liability tied directly to the creator of the system.

Special shoutout to +David Amerland for flagging this one to my attention. 



Should "electronic personhood" act as causal link between robots, injured parties and corporations?

Wow, this is head-scratcher. This brings up so many issues. Product liability laws are well established. That still doesn't make Black and Decker responsible for Jason taking a chainsaw to someone's head.

But there is an interesting question here with regard to the possibility of autonomy arising in our robotic and AI systems. In my mind, however, these systems still act as a kind of extension of the corporation itself. Its body, so to speak.

Still trying to decide how I feel about this one, but my sense is that we are probably better off keeping the liability tied directly to the creator of the system.

Special shoutout to +David Amerland for flagging this one to my attention. ___

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2017-02-04 00:19:28 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Embracing Reality, Even When It's Not What We "Want"

These past few weeks, I've been wrestling with the new reality that is now our United States government. Most every new move by the new administration was triggering what I can only call a kind of vigilance over the future of our democracy.

After watching this interview that my wife, +CJ Liu, had the other day with +Derek Rydall, I was able to reflect more deeply on this whole notion of vigilance. What I realized was that it was triggering some trauma left over from being in Beijing as the Tiananmen Square demonstrations were unfolding.

What my reflection this afternoon also showed me was that my vigilance was overshadowing my ability take in today's news; it was constraining me, tightening the boxes of "us versus them" and restricting my ability to interpret and respond creatively... more »

Embracing Reality, Even When It's Not What We "Want"

These past few weeks, I've been wrestling with the new reality that is now our United States government. Most every new move by the new administration was triggering what I can only call a kind of vigilance over the future of our democracy.

After watching this interview that my wife, +CJ Liu, had the other day with +Derek Rydall, I was able to reflect more deeply on this whole notion of vigilance. What I realized was that it was triggering some trauma left over from being in Beijing as the Tiananmen Square demonstrations were unfolding.

What my reflection this afternoon also showed me was that my vigilance was overshadowing my ability take in today's news; it was constraining me, tightening the boxes of "us versus them" and restricting my ability to interpret and respond creatively to what is actually happening. Don't get me wrong: I have a very different set of values than what is coming out of this administration and I will continue to write about those values and work for them. But facing this shadow, a shadow that is within me, is helping me to being able to accept this emerging reality from a place of power. Not fear.

This interview was a helpful catalyst to this process. There are some really nice ideas and practices here for freeing ourselves from the shadows of our unconscious.


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2017-02-03 21:24:57 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

More Retail Automation

This reads a bit like a press release, but it's an interesting application of machine vision. Amazon's working on similar stuff as well, of course. 

More Retail Automation

This reads a bit like a press release, but it's an interesting application of machine vision. Amazon's working on similar stuff as well, of course. ___

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2017-02-03 17:07:36 (42 comments; 9 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Having Faith in AI

“There will be a point in the future when these free-willed beings that we’ve made will say to us, ‘I believe in God. What do I do?’ At that point, we should have a response,” Kelly says.

Kelly, McHargue, and McGrath all are convinced that most traditional theologians today aren’t engaged enough in conversations like this because they’re stuck rehashing old questions instead of focusing on the coming ones. McHargue notes that questions about AI and theology are some of the most common that he receives from listeners of his popular “Ask Science Mike” and “The Liturgist” podcasts. “Any non-biological, non-human intelligence will present a greater challenge to religion and human philosophy than anything else in our entire history combine,” he claims. “Nothing else will raise that level of upheaval, and collective trauma as the momentwe first encounter it.”
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Having Faith in AI

“There will be a point in the future when these free-willed beings that we’ve made will say to us, ‘I believe in God. What do I do?’ At that point, we should have a response,” Kelly says.

Kelly, McHargue, and McGrath all are convinced that most traditional theologians today aren’t engaged enough in conversations like this because they’re stuck rehashing old questions instead of focusing on the coming ones. McHargue notes that questions about AI and theology are some of the most common that he receives from listeners of his popular “Ask Science Mike” and “The Liturgist” podcasts. “Any non-biological, non-human intelligence will present a greater challenge to religion and human philosophy than anything else in our entire history combine,” he claims. “Nothing else will raise that level of upheaval, and collective trauma as the moment we first encounter it.”

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2017-02-01 16:24:22 (12 comments; 6 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

Boston Dynamics showing off what seems to be a major breakthrough in robotic mobility: wheeled legs. This new robot, "Handle", is amazingly agile. Make sure to watch the video. Fascinating and more than just a little intimidating. 

Boston Dynamics showing off what seems to be a major breakthrough in robotic mobility: wheeled legs. This new robot, "Handle", is amazingly agile. Make sure to watch the video. Fascinating and more than just a little intimidating. ___

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2017-01-31 05:19:36 (27 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Too frightening to contemplate, but I must admit that the signs are looking very disturbing right now.

The news continues to develop almost faster than I can type analyses. But I've tried to round up the most critical updates from the past few hours, together with a discussion of what they mean.

The short version is this: we're seeing the formation of an "inner circle" of government, including Trump, Bannon, Miller, Kushner, Priebus, and possibly Flynn and Conway, who have been taking deliberate steps to hobble the ability of all other parts of government – the rest of the Executive branch, Congress, and most especially the courts – from controlling them. Somewhat unexpectedly, they went straight for an attempt to grab extraordinary physical powers over people (yesterday's Muslim ban), rather than trying to boil the frog slowly; in the context of other moves taken over the past week, this starts to look like a coherent strategy.

Power, including the power to execute every one of the things that Trump promised to do during the campaign, is the primary goal; money, in large, untraceable quantities, appears to be the secondary.___Too frightening to contemplate, but I must admit that the signs are looking very disturbing right now.

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2017-01-31 00:36:05 (5 comments; 6 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Having trouble putting Trump's executive orders into perspective? This article helps provide a little context. 

Having trouble putting Trump's executive orders into perspective? This article helps provide a little context. ___

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2017-01-28 01:06:42 (7 comments; 11 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

A short introduction to a video series on Knowledge. What does it take to actually know?

I just finished a short book, Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction by Jennifer Nagel. This video series outlines many of the ideas in that book.

A short introduction to a video series on Knowledge. What does it take to actually know?

I just finished a short book, Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction by Jennifer Nagel. This video series outlines many of the ideas in that book.___

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2017-01-26 15:19:23 (1 comments; 11 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

Management Attitudes on AI

A new survey of 1,600 business and IT executives from Infosys points to how business sees the role of artificial intelligence in their strategies. The short answer: cutting human labor costs is the initial, less sophisticated strategy, while revenue-enhancing strategies will emerge over time.


More than half (51%) admit that cost reduction is the area where AI is delivering first. The benefits experienced so far include automating processes and tasks (46%), cost savings (44%), increasing productivity (44%), and increasing revenue (39%).

AI as a revenue producer is the interesting side of this story. AI adopters say they expect to see their overall revenues rise at least 39% over the next three years. Organizations who report faster growth in revenue over the past three years were also more likely to be further ahead when it comes toAI ... more »

Management Attitudes on AI

A new survey of 1,600 business and IT executives from Infosys points to how business sees the role of artificial intelligence in their strategies. The short answer: cutting human labor costs is the initial, less sophisticated strategy, while revenue-enhancing strategies will emerge over time.


More than half (51%) admit that cost reduction is the area where AI is delivering first. The benefits experienced so far include automating processes and tasks (46%), cost savings (44%), increasing productivity (44%), and increasing revenue (39%).

AI as a revenue producer is the interesting side of this story. AI adopters say they expect to see their overall revenues rise at least 39% over the next three years. Organizations who report faster growth in revenue over the past three years were also more likely to be further ahead when it comes to AI maturity, the report’s authors state. They see AI as a long-term strategic priority for innovation, with 76% citing AI as “fundamental to the success of their organization’s strategy,” and 64% believing that their organization’s future growth is dependent on large-scale AI adoption.
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To get the most out of AI, executives want to see the level and sophistication of skills rise, including active learning (58%), complex problem-solving (53%) and critical thinking (46%) to be key. Creativity (46%) and logical reasoning (43%) also come into play, “highlighting a growing need for employees who can learn quickly, think on their feet and overcome problems efficiently in order to succeed in an AI-driven environment,” the report states.

#artificialintelligence #machinelearning #strategy___

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2017-01-26 04:31:45 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

Scientists Are Organizing the Next March on Washington

There may not be as many of them as last Saturday, but scientists are planning to do some bonding around a shared threat - by marching on Washington. Timing is still TBD.

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Welcome! We want to thank you all for your incredible outpouring of support for this march. We are working to schedule a March for Science on DC and across the United States. We have not settled on a date yet but will do so as quickly as possible and announce it here.

Although this will start with a march, we hope to use this as a starting point to take a stand for science in politics. Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and cannot be allowed to stand as policy. This is a non-partisan issue that reaches far beyond people in the... more »

Scientists Are Organizing the Next March on Washington

There may not be as many of them as last Saturday, but scientists are planning to do some bonding around a shared threat - by marching on Washington. Timing is still TBD.

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Welcome! We want to thank you all for your incredible outpouring of support for this march. We are working to schedule a March for Science on DC and across the United States. We have not settled on a date yet but will do so as quickly as possible and announce it here.

Although this will start with a march, we hope to use this as a starting point to take a stand for science in politics. Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and cannot be allowed to stand as policy. This is a non-partisan issue that reaches far beyond people in the STEM fields and should concern anyone who values empirical research and science.

There are certain things that we accept as facts with no alternatives. The Earth is becoming warmer due to human action. The diversity of life arose by evolution. Politicians who devalue expertise risk making decisions that do not reflect reality and must be held accountable. An American government that ignores science to pursue ideological agendas endangers the world.

Please bear with us as pull together our mission statement and further details. Many more updates to come on Monday.

Website:
http://www.scientistsmarchonwashington.com/

Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/marchforscience/

#science #MarchforScience
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2017-01-26 04:12:40 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Designing Technology

A few thoughts on designing technology:

1) Resist the temptation to pursue projects simply because they are beautiful or too cool to resist. As the philosopher Heather E. Douglas explains in a companion essay in the new MIT edition of the novel, creative engineering often inspires feelings of awe and wonder that can obscure or erase an awareness of design challenges. When euphoria reigns, stop and take a breath!

2) Technologists do best when they solve problems of value to people and the planet. Pursuing possibilities without regard to utility invites unforeseen blowback.

3) Engineers should act as if creation is a shared responsibility, because their knowledge at least partly comes from others and the effects of their work inevitably extend further than themselves.

___Designing Technology

A few thoughts on designing technology:

1) Resist the temptation to pursue projects simply because they are beautiful or too cool to resist. As the philosopher Heather E. Douglas explains in a companion essay in the new MIT edition of the novel, creative engineering often inspires feelings of awe and wonder that can obscure or erase an awareness of design challenges. When euphoria reigns, stop and take a breath!

2) Technologists do best when they solve problems of value to people and the planet. Pursuing possibilities without regard to utility invites unforeseen blowback.

3) Engineers should act as if creation is a shared responsibility, because their knowledge at least partly comes from others and the effects of their work inevitably extend further than themselves.

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2017-01-26 01:31:02 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Stan Lee on the Deeper Meaning in Marvel Stories

I've been a huge fan of Stan Lee since I was a kid. I love this message from him, which I'm guessing is from the 70s. We need our stories to help us grow.

Thanks to +George Station and +Laura Gibbs

#modernmyth #comics #story

"None of us lives in a vacuum" -- Stan the man Lee___Stan Lee on the Deeper Meaning in Marvel Stories

I've been a huge fan of Stan Lee since I was a kid. I love this message from him, which I'm guessing is from the 70s. We need our stories to help us grow.

Thanks to +George Station and +Laura Gibbs

#modernmyth #comics #story

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2017-01-26 00:09:27 (9 comments; 10 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

Machine Vision and Drug Treatments

“The beauty is that they don’t have to dig into the full detail of what a [disease] cell’s appearance means; they just have to find something to reverse it,” says Carpenter, who is an advisor to the company. Digging into the underlying biology only at a later stage means that work can be more focused and efficient, she says.

Machine vision from Harvard/MIT is helping a startup hunt for cures to rare diseases affecting 10% of Americans - https://goo.gl/IpGmkz
___Machine Vision and Drug Treatments

“The beauty is that they don’t have to dig into the full detail of what a [disease] cell’s appearance means; they just have to find something to reverse it,” says Carpenter, who is an advisor to the company. Digging into the underlying biology only at a later stage means that work can be more focused and efficient, she says.

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2017-01-25 23:27:26 (27 comments; 4 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Vigilance

We live in troubling times:
He said his organization was concerned about what he called “the sharp deterioration of press freedom in the U.S.,” which he linked to Mr. Trump’s campaign, noting that the candidate had “obstructed major news organization, vilified the press and attacked journalists by name with unrelenting hostility.”


HT +Michael Safyan and +Alex Grossman

NYTimes: Felony Charges for Journalists Arrested at Inauguration Protests Raise Fears for Press Freedom___Vigilance

We live in troubling times:
He said his organization was concerned about what he called “the sharp deterioration of press freedom in the U.S.,” which he linked to Mr. Trump’s campaign, noting that the candidate had “obstructed major news organization, vilified the press and attacked journalists by name with unrelenting hostility.”


HT +Michael Safyan and +Alex Grossman

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2017-01-25 19:09:28 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Our own +Jack C Crawford is launching a new conversational UI service called MyPolly. Looks pretty interesting, and it's cool to see one of our G+ peeps stepping into this fast-growing terrain. 

Our own +Jack C Crawford is launching a new conversational UI service called MyPolly. Looks pretty interesting, and it's cool to see one of our G+ peeps stepping into this fast-growing terrain. ___

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2017-01-24 19:06:52 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Shakespeare on imagination and reality, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Shakespeare on imagination and reality, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.___

2017-01-24 15:23:29 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Trust and Control and the Black Box of Neural Networks

An interesting read by +Bernard Vatant​​​​ on whether we will ever completely control or even understand our emerging machine learning systems and how that relates to the importance of trust.

"Trust, in fact, is exactly the opposite of control."

Trust and Control and the Black Box of Neural Networks

An interesting read by +Bernard Vatant​​​​ on whether we will ever completely control or even understand our emerging machine learning systems and how that relates to the importance of trust.

"Trust, in fact, is exactly the opposite of control."___

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2017-01-23 20:54:50 (9 comments; 11 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Will We Ever Truly Understand Machine Learning?

Good article on an ongoing debate about the inherent "interpretability" of machine learning systems. It provides some background on Deep Visualization, and how it's not just for generating eerie images with dogs and birds embedded in everything, but is instead a tool for interpreting neurons in machine learning network.

It's not a given, however, that these kinds of tools will get us to full-blown interpretability for a number of reasons laid out by the author.

In short, these systems exhibit similar kinds of inscrutability as Mother Nature. In fact, I think it is precisely because of these kinds of systems that we may need to expand our notion of exactly what nature is:
Artificial Intelligence as Force of Nature
( https://goo.gl/yd0RKy )

A special thanks to +Oleg... more »

Will We Ever Truly Understand Machine Learning?

Good article on an ongoing debate about the inherent "interpretability" of machine learning systems. It provides some background on Deep Visualization, and how it's not just for generating eerie images with dogs and birds embedded in everything, but is instead a tool for interpreting neurons in machine learning network.

It's not a given, however, that these kinds of tools will get us to full-blown interpretability for a number of reasons laid out by the author.

In short, these systems exhibit similar kinds of inscrutability as Mother Nature. In fact, I think it is precisely because of these kinds of systems that we may need to expand our notion of exactly what nature is:
Artificial Intelligence as Force of Nature
( https://goo.gl/yd0RKy )

A special thanks to +Oleg Moskalensky for flagging this one for me. Great find, Oleg. Thank you.

#machinelearning #intelligence #knowledge___

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2017-01-22 18:23:26 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

I found this really moving to watch. For more background on MILCK and her geurrila performances yesterday at the marches:
http://www.curvemag.com/Culture/Womens-March-In-Washington-1719/

The marches went so smoothly, had such huge turnout and no arrests (as far as I've heard), and got such resoundingly positive media coverage that I'm starting to think that we men need to step back and let the women lead - especially now. Don't get me wrong, we need to join in - just as many, many men (including myself) did yesterday. But yesterday's performance really does suggest for me that for today's challenges, the women might be the better leaders.

I found this really moving to watch. For more background on MILCK and her geurrila performances yesterday at the marches:
http://www.curvemag.com/Culture/Womens-March-In-Washington-1719/

The marches went so smoothly, had such huge turnout and no arrests (as far as I've heard), and got such resoundingly positive media coverage that I'm starting to think that we men need to step back and let the women lead - especially now. Don't get me wrong, we need to join in - just as many, many men (including myself) did yesterday. But yesterday's performance really does suggest for me that for today's challenges, the women might be the better leaders.___

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2017-01-21 23:12:10 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Seattle, you made me proud today. Ah, this march of wonderful people demonstrating that every cloud has its silver lining.

Easily the largest gathering of marchers in Seattle history. Latest estimates of today's march are 120,000 people - a line of packed people, over three miles long.

http://komonews.com/news/local/thousands-expected-at-womens-marches-across-the-northwest

Seattle, you made me proud today. Ah, this march of wonderful people demonstrating that every cloud has its silver lining.

Easily the largest gathering of marchers in Seattle history. Latest estimates of today's march are 120,000 people - a line of packed people, over three miles long.

http://komonews.com/news/local/thousands-expected-at-womens-marches-across-the-northwest___

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2017-01-18 00:10:22 (4 comments; 8 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

Compensating User-Contributed Data in Machine Learning

We've learned that complex machine learning requires lots of processing power (jet engine) and lots of data (jet fuel). So it's no surprise that the big winners are those companies like Facebook, Google, Uber and others that sit atop massive systems for gathering user feedback.

In this piece, +Alvis Brigis asks whether there is an economic model for compensating end users who contribute to that learning. A couple years back, I spent some time trying to model what that might look like using data from Tsu (remember them??). Color me a bit skeptical. What I learned was that without some mechanisms for concentrating that income (which is what Tsu did through its affiliate system), it's really hard to generate meaningful income for an individual user.

All that said, perhaps if there is enough income... more »

As AI replaces traditional jobs, it will create new jobs in the form of AI trainers, posits Alvis Brigis. "As the companies now trailblazing AI (Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Tesla, Uber, etc) have generated more value through machine learning, they've realized that 1) machine learning can be applied to infinitely more domains/problems, 2) that more complex, creative problems require more human-in-the-loop intervention, and 3) that more value can be created by integrating the machine learning they've already done -- a cumulative effect, eg Google's recent breakthrough in translation, which ultimately required billions or trillions of human-in-the-loop (including you, if you ever used Google Translate) machine learning cycles to finally break through to another level of automatic functionality."

"As the Great AI Race heats up and more companies, countries and other actors come to realize the narrow and broader potential of human-in-the-loop machine learning, the demand for machine learning pros, machine learning guides and content workers will grow proportionately, driving up their share of the pie as they help to build more intelligent superstructures brick by brick."

"The amount of value shared with users will depend on the size of the pie. With Kurzweil's Law of Accelerating Returns in full effect, that pie is likely to grow MASSIVELY."

Ok, now that I have summarized the argument (hopefully fairly, but you can go read the whole post and judge for yourself), I'd like to tack on my own commentary. As a counterargument to this, I would posit that:

1) People paid to train AIs already exist; they are the people who work labeling training data on Amazon Mechanical Turk. Rather than repeat that post, I'll just link to it:

https://plus.google.com/+WayneRadinsky/posts/U6vktFsPYFC

But I will summarize the key point, which is that AI training jobs are crappy jobs. The pay is low, the work is dull, and, if you want to make enough money to actually live on, you have to sacrifice a sane sleeping schedule because you have to jump on the jobs fast enough otherwise other people will eat them all up before you have a chance to work on them.

2) It seems unlikely the number of these jobs is going to equal the number of jobs displaced. I realize in saying this that AI automates tasks, which are slices of "jobs", not whole jobs, so this is not a one-to-one correspondence. Even if it does, that situation is temporary, because

3) The endgame is for AI to be able to do everything the human brain can do, and if that's the case, then AI will be able to do all the crappy training jobs as well. (More precisely, the need for such jobs will and must cease to exist at some point.) I realize this is not imminent and probably won't happen in any of our lifetimes, so during our lifetimes we will experience a "transition period," and during that period, the number of AI training jobs will grow until it reaches some maximum at which point it will decline. So the question is whether the maximum is sufficient to generate enough paid jobs for billions of people.

4) To me, this argument seems to stem from the thinking that people who think technology destroys jobs are "Luddites" and are falling for the "Luddite fallacy", while in reality, while jobs are destroyed, other jobs are always created in some other part of the economy. (See also: lump of labor fallacy). There is evidence this time it's different. First, for as long as the data has been tracked, the proportions of GDP going to capital and labor have stayed within a narrow band, but starting in about 2005, it went out of that band, indicating that this time, it's different. This graph shows the labor share going out of its previous band around 2005:

https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/PRS85006173

Returns to capital is the inverse of this graph, just flip it upside down. Here's a related graph of corporate profits, showing corporate profits are higher than they've been since the World War II period, and there have even been recent years that exceeded the World War II period:

https://fred.stlouisfed.org/graph/?g=cSh

(As an aside, anyone who thinks that cutting taxes on corporations will generate jobs is wrong -- corporations already have extremely high profits, and making them higher won't result in more hiring. Apple, to cite one example, is sitting on $237.6 billion in cash. Increasing that to $250 billion or $300 billion won't result in hiring -- if Apple wanted to hire people, they could hire thousands of people with the cash they have right now. But they aren't, and they won't.)

Finally, there's this famous graph showing the divergence of the productivity of the economy vs labor income.

https://thecurrentmoment.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/productivity-and-real-wages.jpg

As you can see, starting in the 80s -- actually the first hint was in the late 70s (!) -- productivity and income start to diverge. Labor gets less and less of the fruits of the productivity of the economy.

Applying this to our Mechanical Turk scenario, this suggests that the economic value created by Mechanical Turk workers will go to Google and Facebook shareholders, etc, and not to Mechanical Turk workers.___Compensating User-Contributed Data in Machine Learning

We've learned that complex machine learning requires lots of processing power (jet engine) and lots of data (jet fuel). So it's no surprise that the big winners are those companies like Facebook, Google, Uber and others that sit atop massive systems for gathering user feedback.

In this piece, +Alvis Brigis asks whether there is an economic model for compensating end users who contribute to that learning. A couple years back, I spent some time trying to model what that might look like using data from Tsu (remember them??). Color me a bit skeptical. What I learned was that without some mechanisms for concentrating that income (which is what Tsu did through its affiliate system), it's really hard to generate meaningful income for an individual user.

All that said, perhaps if there is enough income coming in from all the different companies benefiting from our work to train these systems, it will serve as at least a meaningful part of the new income-generating solutions (including Basic Income) for generating non-wage income.

HT +Wayne Radinsky.

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2017-01-17 15:10:51 (7 comments; 16 reshares; 60 +1s; )Open 

The Great Adventure of Knowing Ourselves

This is a wonderful talk by +Rupert Spira​ on the nature of Consciousness. For many of us, it may cause some creaking and groaning within the mind in order to perceive this understanding of reality.

I believe it's worth the effort.

If you listen very carefully, you will hear me clapping there in the audience at the Science and Non-duality Conference a few months ago. :)

#consciousness

The Great Adventure of Knowing Ourselves

This is a wonderful talk by +Rupert Spira​ on the nature of Consciousness. For many of us, it may cause some creaking and groaning within the mind in order to perceive this understanding of reality.

I believe it's worth the effort.

If you listen very carefully, you will hear me clapping there in the audience at the Science and Non-duality Conference a few months ago. :)

#consciousness___

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2017-01-16 03:08:58 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Think of the seven days here more in the Biblical sense - i.e. as a day not necessarily translating into a strict, 24-hour period. I say this not because the technological change of a singularity would be slower, but because the human response to it would not move on the order of days pictured here.

Still, it's an interesting seven minute vision of AI awakening and the potential impact on humans.

HT +Wayne Radinsky

7 Days of AI. (From last year but I somehow didn't see until today.) This video in the style of a sci-fi film intro (using sci-fi film clips) shows how in 7 days, DeepMind will lead to fully automated luxury communism (and more).___Think of the seven days here more in the Biblical sense - i.e. as a day not necessarily translating into a strict, 24-hour period. I say this not because the technological change of a singularity would be slower, but because the human response to it would not move on the order of days pictured here.

Still, it's an interesting seven minute vision of AI awakening and the potential impact on humans.

HT +Wayne Radinsky

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2017-01-16 00:59:03 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

When you belong in the funny papers...

When you belong in the funny papers...___

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2017-01-14 02:13:25 (10 comments; 30 reshares; 196 +1s; )Open 

Knowledge is being replaced by knowing

A great article by +David Weinberger, disguised as a book review.
Here's the link: https://goo.gl/elwSEd

Here's the best quote in this piece:
The net is demonstrating the weakness of knowledge as finished, settled, and static content. It’s doing so by plunging us deeper into knowing.

But there's a lot of other gems to be found here:

The net is making clear how important “echo chambers” are to knowledge and even more so to understanding. If you care about molecular gastronomy and hear about a new technique, you’ll go to your favorite molecular gastronomy sites to learn more. If you’re a supporter of Net Neutrality and there’s a court ruling you don’t understand, you’ll go to a site that shares your values to get the explanation. If you are a feminist and a new pay equity lawpasses, you’re ... more »

Knowledge is being replaced by knowing

A great article by +David Weinberger, disguised as a book review.
Here's the link: https://goo.gl/elwSEd

Here's the best quote in this piece:
The net is demonstrating the weakness of knowledge as finished, settled, and static content. It’s doing so by plunging us deeper into knowing.

But there's a lot of other gems to be found here:

The net is making clear how important “echo chambers” are to knowledge and even more so to understanding. If you care about molecular gastronomy and hear about a new technique, you’ll go to your favorite molecular gastronomy sites to learn more. If you’re a supporter of Net Neutrality and there’s a court ruling you don’t understand, you’ll go to a site that shares your values to get the explanation. If you are a feminist and a new pay equity law passes, you’re not going to go to a male supremacy site to find out what it means for you. Knowledge and culture depend on like-minded individuals joining together and iterating over tiny differences. This is how the net works. This is also how traditional knowing works. We did not like to acknowledge that. Now we can’t avoid it.
...
Perhaps our chief epistemic avoidance mechanism was turning knowing into the production of a type of content — knowledge — that we convinced ourselves had to be independent of the knower in two senses.
First, we devised methodologies that try to keep the vagaries of the individual out of the process of creating knowledge. The scientific method works. Journalistic objectivity continues to be reevaluated...

Second, we physically separated knowledge from individuals by externalizing it (e.g., books). What started in Greece as a particular class of belief became a body of printed statements that could be called knowledge even if there was no one left to believe them. Obviously, this has been wildly successful for our species, but it also meant that the medium of externalization — paper — has shaped knowledge to fit its peculiarities.
...
There’s tremendous value in consulting existing bodies of well-vetted beliefs, and, to their credit, teachers like Professor Lynch expose us to that value. But there is also value in the networking of knowledge in which ideas are linked in their differences. We can go wrong in those networks, but we can also go very right, achieving a new sense of how knowledge goes together even if it never fully coheres.

Much, much more too. It's worth the read.

Related: a talk I gave in Singapore last year that touches on these topics and our "containers of collective intelligence":
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/machine-based-collective-intellige/

#knowledge ___

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2017-01-13 21:40:18 (23 comments; 14 reshares; 95 +1s; )Open 

Consciousness as Integrated Information

Not for everyone, but if you're into thinking about consciousness and wonder whether it might not just be a universal phenomenon, this paper is for you. ;)

For those uncomfortable with subscribing to a panpsychist theory, a possible way round the problem is to assign an attribute “potential consciousness” to matter at the most fundamental level. Then, the quantity of potential consciousness is simply the quantity of integrated intrinsic information. But only when there is a large amount of intrinsic integrated information with a sufficiently rich structure to be worthy of being compared to a typical healthy adult human waking conscious moment, should we say that the integrated information has “actual consciousness” associated with it. A line could thus be drawn somewhere between the potential consciousness of an isolatedelectro... more »

Consciousness as Integrated Information

Not for everyone, but if you're into thinking about consciousness and wonder whether it might not just be a universal phenomenon, this paper is for you. ;)

For those uncomfortable with subscribing to a panpsychist theory, a possible way round the problem is to assign an attribute “potential consciousness” to matter at the most fundamental level. Then, the quantity of potential consciousness is simply the quantity of integrated intrinsic information. But only when there is a large amount of intrinsic integrated information with a sufficiently rich structure to be worthy of being compared to a typical healthy adult human waking conscious moment, should we say that the integrated information has “actual consciousness” associated with it. A line could thus be drawn somewhere between the potential consciousness of an isolated electron in a vacuum and the actual consciousness generated by my brain as I write this article. The problem with such a distinction however is that potential consciousness would still be assigned phenomenal content, so it is perhaps more elegant to just use a single term “consciousness” for the whole spectrum of integrated information.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3912322/

Thanks to +Darius Gabriel Black for introducing me to IIT.

#consciousness #panpsychism ___

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