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Moving complexity from modeling to interpreting results

A typical AI problem involves quite a bit of tinkering before the model can start learning. Say you want to recognize objects; you need a fairly large number of pictures depicting the objects and associated labels (the names of the objects).

Different perceptions of reality

When attending a neuroscience meeting, one realizes how little we do know about brains. This is strikingly different from the feeling one gets at some AI meetings where even the ethical implications of the singularity are discussed, taking the singularity for granted.

Space: 1999

As a kid, Space: 1999 inspired me - and sometimes scared me.

Back in the days, I watched as many episodes as possible, religiously waiting for the next episode to be aired.

I don`t recall watching the first episode. I have now, thanks to the Internet.

A new generation of Internet services

Following up on the previous post, here are some of the problems that should be solved by a new generation of Internet services:
- how do I keep information integrated as opposed to integrating different services developed with different objectives?
- how do I become aware of the relevant dynamically evolving information that is important to me given my background, even if I do not explicitly look for it?
- how can I automate implicit information structuring without specific goals?

Traditional approach to model building

The previous post was about the historical perspective of the traditional approach to modelling. Here the objective is to devise a new approach to develop Internet services and to avoid the fragmentation of contexts that forces us to choose different silos to express our thoughts.

The goal of science, mathematics and engineering is to describe the world in a succinct, single-factored way, creating as many descriptions as needed. The descriptions are then used to act upon the world.

Is there a better way to description?

Human beings constantly try to devise appropriate ways to describe their experiences.

Albert Einstein had this to say about descriptions: Man tries to make for himself in the fashion that suits him best a simplified and intelligible picture of the world.

Niels Bohr succinctly put it: In our description of nature the purpose is not to disclose the real essence of the phenomena but only to track down, as far as possible, relations between the manifold aspects of our experience.

Artificial Intelligence and thought vectors

Since I sold my latest start-up, I have been looking into ways to make sense of the deluge of data created by new technologies; data that Google, Facebook, Twitter and the like only partially organize.

Migration flows

November in Capri. Past glories tanning in the transparent water.

One tends to forget how blessed southern Europe is, climate wise. In England by this time of the day, some retirees are having their second or third beer at the pub.

Not all is great in southern Europe though, as young people leave to go north to places where being a retiree is not that exciting, climate wise and socially.

Learning from worm brains

Recently I came across two papers about the C. elegans, a tiny translucent worm. The papers are interesting because they help shed some light on how brains work. In fact, despite the constant claims about robots taking over, ethical implications of AI and simulating or uploading brains, the truth is that we still know very little about brains.

About societies

It is impossible to ignore what is happening in an ever changing accelerating world; some societies refuse to embrace the future and consequently accept to change, others evolve:

"Stubborn societies, by refusing continuous adaptation, face revolution down the road".

They do not see the big picture until a spark lights the fuse.

Advanced computer technology in 1968

For those interested in understanding where computers come from. Technology as humble as the keyboard, the mouse or hi-def CRT, video cameras, the word processor or video conferencing.

This was the most advanced computer technology in 1968. Our mobile phones are orders of magnitude more powerful and do stuff unimaginable back then.

Open Gov, corporations and github

This is a very well written article about how git and github could be used to re-engineer governament processes.

Moved to Sevenoaks, Kent

I moved a few months ago. Sevenoaks is a beautiful little town 25 minutes by train from London. Lots of green, great schools, very safe and good healthcare. As any town close to London, social life is not a strength, and it takes some time to get used to.

Leaving Milan

This is not the first time, always came back. Maybe this time is different, maybe not!

Mind-wandering seems to have evolved from walking

I walk when I really want to concentrate and think about new ideas. And there is a reason why I do that: it seems that I am actually using the same brain systems to walk and think.

Play time

I am compiling Node.js on a Raspberry Pi; it will take awhile. Later I will experiment with Node.js and then use the Pi as a NAS to stream videos at home. Fortunately I use Debian and have played with Node.js in the past, so setting everything up was fast and fun (as it should always be)!

Lately I have been working on abstract ideas and felt like I had to take sometime off and play with concrete toys, like programming.

What I like about Bitcoin and my personal note!

Bitcoin was created to decentralize money and will probably be used to achieve decentralized trust with group authority.

Ask Canadians if you want to understand Mr. Berlusconi

Non-Italian friends often ask why Italians have voted for Mr. Berlusconi for 20 years, and still do. I try hard, but it is next to impossible to explain; Italians, they say, are sometimes totally irrational.

Well, it seems like Italians are not alone, thanks to Canadians!

That Altavista moment

Remember when the best search engine was Altavista? Remember how frustrating it was to look for something on the Net? Search results would be mostly unrelated to what you where looking for, sometime adding a search term helped, but, even if Altavista had found what you were looking for, it would be buried under tens or hundreds of other results.

The meta-organism: the Internet and us, is it real?

The Internet has become part of the fabric of our lives; if we want to create the next big thing we must understand the relationship between the Internet and us and take it to a whole new level.

I have been pondering about this relationship since I sold my latest company, but I never felt compelled to write about it, and this is not the post I wanted to write, just a hint :-)

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