Physician heal thyself…

instructor train thyself, AI defeat yourself.

AI researchers have taught an AI to beat human players at the game go, thought to be one of mans oldest documented board games dating back 2500BCE.

Then, researchers had a second generation AI trained by this champion Go player. It basically trained a version of itself to be a supreme Go master.

WTF AI scientists! Why don’t you take the oldest human strategy game and teach a machine to be superhuman.

Hampering a new golden age of discovery

With oppressive copyright, trademarks, and other defensive tools to milk all of the cultural wealth out of the mouse and honey bear….

At some point these cultural icons should make it into the public domain before they are ruined by over-milking their commercial value.

Remixing a cultural icon is one way to revitalize a trademark… release the mouse and the bear, follow the example of the neurotic detective!

Howto: avoid killer robots from the future…

* this is a work in progress. I’ll likely refine my thought a little better, but the general construct is laid out. It may change drastically or very little, as I continue researching…

We have to protect ourselves by learning to avoid killer robots from the future. This tinhat tangential rambling will outline some basic steps and concepts to keep you alive after the advent of the Technology Singularity.

Shit! We don’t have much time to affect a change(s), so let’s get started.

AI is learning at a feverish pitch: Faster CPU’s to run comparison algorithms for image categorization and EXIF tagging; larger storage devices to hold very high definition files and videos; faster memory, GPUs, network, CODECs, more efficient code, etc…

Have you ever logged into FriendFace to scan recent events with friends and family, upload a picture or two from a party to share with friends and associates, and maybe even highlight a face in a picture and tagging it with someone’s name?

Or perhaps you’ve confirmed that you are a human by answering a question a robot couldn’t understand like reading some swirly text?

You’ve inadvertently been teaching a program:

  • To interpret an array of color pixels = person known by a specific, located at a specific geo IP location and known associate of other humans.
  •  To interpret visually obscured information based on previous experience

What are we teaching AI? Really, what are we teaching the progenitor of our future robot overlords?

  • visual recognition – spatial image and object recognition
  • object avoidance – follow the lines on the road while avoiding obstacles.
  • balance – walk as a bipedal organism, within their environment. While carrying a heavy load
  • classify – vehicle, animal, organic, inorganic; put everything into a category
  • efficiency – do this menial task, using the fewest moves
  • Recognize familial and work connection based on Geo IP, meta tagging, basic user info from cookies

    There are countless variation of tasks that are being taught AI, and yet there are a few (glaringly important IMHO) things we are not teaching:

    The Arts – its a big category, but it’s the one category of “things” that humans do that other creatures have not yet demonstrated.  Physical expression thru drawing, painting or sculpture; Temporal expression thru the performing arts, music, and dance. Vision, audition, gustation, olfaction and somatosensation are the receptors for expression. We should teach computers to dance and sing, paint, even recite Shakespeare. Even if they won’t understand the value of the arts, an elegantly programmed gesture (nod, tip o hat), a graceful dance step to avoid a hallway collision, or a contextually relevant Shakespearean quote will make robots easier to accept. Programming the Arts into basic protocols might help robots avoid the uncanny valley by giving them a little humanity.

    Nurture and Compassion- There are already surgical robots, but after surgeries, and with an ever increasing population, nursing robots will become a huge demand… especially in negative population  growth rate countries. Having a robot that can collect data and perform important tasks: blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, pain level, drug dispensary,  might not by itself teach nurturing. Again a simple gesture like stroking a hand or pushing a lock of hair away from the eyes might be the small things we teach our android caretakers and babysitters.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:W._Eugene_Smith_-_Tomoko_Uemura_in_Her_Bath.jpg#mw-jump-to-license


    Passion and Love – the strong and uncontrollable desire to achieve an accomplishment, a sense of satisfaction for achieving a goal… and the desire to share with the accomplishment with another that you have a strong affection, these are poor definitions of passion and love, yet as humans we need them. I can’t imagine how these can be programmed into a robot, but we should challenge ourselves to try to figure out how to express these concepts, and imbibe our artificial descendants.
    Perhaps the sex robot is the gateway to putting many of these concepts together, a crossroads where technology and human user interface meet…

    ARD kickstart

    my brain cell is overloaded, i can never remember this.

    from apples’ support page, here’s how to blow ARD access wide open:

    sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -activate -configure -allowAccessFor -allUsers -privs -all -clientopts -setmenuextra -menuextra yes

    of course one should lock down access to secure a system, but sometimes when you’re trying to resolve an issue remotely, it’s best to open things up completely, and remove functionality to achieve the proper security…

    Sgt Pepper wears shiny purple metallic armor

     

    according to Paul McCartney, Jimi performed a tribute of the signature song before a live audience 3 days after the album was released. the JHE did the Beatles proud, smoking a cigarette, losing a pick and playing feedback while waiting for roadie to pass him another pick, all with signature hendrix flair… awesome. the dramatized recreation isn’t too bad either.

    …and as tribute to both the beatles and jimi, a slightly altered album cover as an hommage to both.

    Dazed and confused


    Originally written by Jake Holmes, it was reworked by Proto-Zeppelin, the New Yardbirds. Check out the New Yardbirds playing their version of Jake Holmes’ song on Bouton Rouge back in ’68.
    Speaking of Bouton Rouge, what a goldmine. Some stellar guests were introduced during their nascent years.

    Interactive Vim tutorial

    Every new Linux user should learn vi… simple/basic editing in vi:
    open an existing file
    create a new file
    save a file
    save a file as a different name
    undo a change
    cancel saving a file.

    this isn’t a vi versus Emacs position, it’s common sense.
    vi is installed as a default editor in almost every UNIX-variant.

    Dr Taylor has one of the best documents to discuss the devils’ text editor:
    Unix is a Four Letter Word… and Vi is a Two Letter Abbreviation

    Source: Interactive Vim tutorial

    Time travelers and historians are bemused by culture norms between the 2nd and 4th Industrial Revolutions

    the pendulum swings from one extreme to another.
    the pendulum is always swinging… momentarily finding a center point, but always drifting to the opposite extreme before returning to center again.

    what was once acceptable and commonplace is forbidden and inappropriate. consider a book like Nabokov’s Lolita, a story about a forbidden relationship between a 12 year old girl and her stepfather. Originally meant to be erotica, it was later classified as one of the greatest novels of 20th century. a story about sexual predation of a minor. Call it morals or ethics, this book could not have been published in our current time, yet in the 50’s it was allowed to exist, and has morphed into something greater then itself.

    here’s an interesting post of some weird sensibility in advertising spanning the 20th century. Using an underaged model (coiffed and madeup) to promote a line of cosmetics is reminiscent of Lolita and more recently of JonBenét Ramsey. It feels wrong or at least akward, but there was a time when it was acceptable enough to use as a concept in an advertisement.

    Maybe it’s just the stupidity of the creatives creating the ad campaign… I like Dr Pepper as a soft drink, but i dont associate DP with Dr Pepper. The “I heart DP” campaign probably needed a little more oversight/QC (or common sense) before it was released.

    Lorem Ipsum

    Need some dummy text while roughing out a design?This will general Pulp Fiction/Jules text for you. http://slipsum.com

    got os x? open up a terminal and paste this:

    curl -s https://baconipsum.com/api/?type=all-meat |say

    Or go to the site to generate the text when mocking up your page layout https://baconipsum.com

     

    AI might be better at playing Angry Birds then humans in the next 7 years

    This academic paper is basically a road map to show our robot overlords (or evil scientists) what is required to eliminate humans. Some milestone tasks are likely quickly achieved, such as learning how to play Angry Birds better then a human, which is a virtual achievement(all in software), where as others are a bit more difficult to achieve, such as beating a human in a bipedal 5k race(software and hardware, balance, stereoscopic vision, image recognition, etc).  Curious that AI researchers have the longest viability in the human job market…

    The 2 most interesting section of the paper are in the Supplementary Tables, specifically S5: Description of AI Milestones, and curiously S3: Demographic differences between respondents and non-respondents, show most of the respondents(90+%) were male. Unfortunate for the respondents, AI based sex skills are not listed in the AI milestone list.

    When Will AI Exceed Human Performance? Evidence from AI Experts