attribute: Phillie Casablanca

AI and the future of work?

I wonder where our jobs will be in 10 to 20 years.
Techniques in Machine Learning and understanding of pattern classification are continuing to improve, and processing power continues to get cheaper, when will it be cheaper to throw a computer at a problem? As it becomes easier to apply ML to optimization problems, the human optimizers will gradually be replaced by the machines. When they get replaced, the value of "knowing" and "understanding" a system will decline. With "knowing" devalued, where does that leave us. Will "thinking" be lost? I suppose it's the same worry repeated by each generation. Books, radio, television, each new technology, when introduced, raises concerns and prophecies of the decline of civilization.

The rise of the machines began with the industrial revolution, or really with the beginning of tool making.
These initial paradigm shifts threatened the laborer. Allowing more and more of the population to shift from manual labor to "thought" or "knowledge" work, speeding the advancement of knowledge. With the rise of machine learning, however, it is the "knowledge" work that is threatened. Marking a shift from "thought" work, to where? As we move our focus from knowledge and understanding, where will our minds go? Will we turn into merely consumers of AI productions, gradually falling more and more in poverty? Or, will the the AI, or various AIs, have mercy on us and keep production costs low, allowing us to get closer to the utopia dreamed to come with the introduction of the robots?

Are there precautions that we can take, and if so what would they be?

monkut // Sept. 26, 2015 // 3:02 a.m.

"Dark Matter & Dark Energy" a misunderstanding?

I'm re-watching Lawrence M. Krauss's Cosmology Hakunetsu Kyoshitsu, and he discusses dark mater/energy and the expanding universe.

I wonder if the concepts of dark energy and dark matter are only a misunderstanding of "space".
As Einstein taught us gravity is a warping of space caused by matter.

"Warping" has been a bit of red herring for me, as it is often described as a flat sheet with small an large "ball" placed on it, and when you put the small ball down it is "attracted" to the larger due to the indention of the sheet. This is a warping, but it reality, I think it may be more accurate to describe it as a compression of space.

In other words, a mass has a compressing effect on the space around it.

Now the common belief seems to be that space is a separate "entity" from matter. I think it may be this belief that has lead us to the concepts of "dark matter & energy".

However, what if energy/matter are interlinked with space. In effect a quantity of matter is linked with a quantity of space. So that multiple quantities of matter at the same location would increase the "density" of space for that area.

How does this apply to the expanding universe and dark matter/energy?
What if the "empty" space between galaxies is not as "full of space" than we currently think.
Without space to "hold" galaxies together, perhaps they would expand and accelerate away from each other. Much like when you take gum, stretch it and let half drop to the ground. As the gum streches and less and less of it hold it to the other half it begins to accelerate toward the ground.

It's probably simple to test this idea with maths... but not simple enough for me, at least at this moment...
Maybe some day I'll take a look at the numbers...

monkut // March 28, 2015 // 12:33 p.m.

The chord of existence

What are we?

We exist, but only we can fully "know" our existence.

We interact. And through these interactions we live.

Our being is like a complex collection of strings, playing the "chord" of you.
When we meet and interact there are moments where our strings resonate with the other.
You will never have full resonance, the state where every string is played the same,
but the more strings in tune with the other the stronger your connection.

Your chord is not static, but changes slightly when a resonance is struck.
When a change occurs, you, in effect, carry a part of the other, and the other becomes a little bit of you.

When you don't physically share the same space as another, you ring out alone.
At this moment, to the rest of the world, your chord is silent. And in effect you are dead.
At that moment, only you are aware of your existence.

However, parts of you continue to sound.
They are the parts that are carried by the changes you've made in the others you've resonated with.
This is the echo of you.

Your existence continues through this echo.
Keep tuning, and searching for those that may help you find a better tone.

monkut // Jan. 31, 2015 // 12:11 p.m.


Everyone is searching.

Some are better than others.
It's not how that matters, only that you do.
Help where you can.

There is no end

Enjoy the journey.

monkut // Jan. 21, 2015 // 3:44 a.m.

lessons (2014)

Mark Maron mentioned the Woody Allen quote, "80 percent of life is showing up". It stuck with me much of this year. Here's a bit more detail:

"I made the statement years ago which is often quoted that 80 percent of life is showing up. People used to always say to me that they wanted to write a play, they wanted to write a movie, they wanted to write a novel, and the couple of people that did it were 80 percent of the way to having something happen. All the other people struck out without ever getting that pack. They couldn’t do it, that’s why they don’t accomplish a thing, they don’t do the thing, so once you do it, if you actually write your film script, or write your novel, you are more than half way towards something good happening. So that I was say my biggest life lesson that has worked. All others have failed me." -- Woody Allen

There is a saying among jazz musicians:
"If you're not the worst musician in your band, you should immediately switch bands."

Lots of questions this year. Should I stay or should I go? Is there something left to learn? I have the room to learn on my own, but I've realized that, that alone is not enough. There needs to be a shared purpose, a goal, to strive for. Left in limbo with no clear direction is something to be avoided.

As humans we live our lives through stories. The stories we tell ourselves, and the stories we tell the world. Stories drive our interactions, and are key to communication. In order to express your thoughts and ideas to the world clearly, storytelling is an important skill to have.

There is a depth to everything. Something, an interest, can spiral away forever and can never fully be 'known'. At some point you need to make a decision how deep you want to go.

In our world, the majority of experiences we have and things we interact with are man-made. This means that someone made a decision to place that bolt there. There is a reason behind everything, but sometimes that reason isn't very good. Question those reasons, and continue searching for better.

Diversity is what makes us great. It allows new insights and approaches to questions that can't be reached alone. We are limited in time by what we can experience. It is a benefit that others have had a different path to "now". Our experiences are shared, and combined lives enriched as a result.

Doing, even once, makes it easier the next time. That novel? It can only be written by putting words down. One more word puts you that much closer to the end. It is the not doing that keeps you from progressing. Progress requires motion. action. Without it your not going anywhere.

You determine your normal. Conscience, or not you make decisions daily that determine, and continually redefine, what your normal is. Realize this is a choice, and make a good one.

Culture is something that together we create. It does not exist without people. Your actions define your culture. If you want the culture to change, start with yourself. Be the person of the culture you desire.

Clearly understand your goals. Work toward those goals. When you get lost, ask yourself, does this get me closer?

Always know that you may be wrong.

monkut // Dec. 6, 2014 // 11:35 a.m.