• Coherent Extrapolated Volition = how the best of us think

    Posted in Neural Nets and AI Stuff on Sep 07, 2017

    Just stumbled upon this while reading the wiki article on Friendly AI.

    Yudkowsky advances the Coherent Extrapolated Volition (CEV) model. According to him, coherent extrapolated volition is people's choices and the actions people would collectively take if "we knew more, thought faster, were more the people we wished we were, and had grown up closer together." Rather than a Friendly AI being designed directly by human programmers, it is to be designed by a "seed AI" programmed to first study human nature and then produce the AI which humanity would want, given sufficient time and insight, to ...

  • Learning to see the hidden layer in neural nets

    Posted in Neural Nets and AI Stuff on Sep 07, 2017

    No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem.

    Could be? It definitely is. I've thought about this problem for a long time, ever since it turned up in my private meditations on Cybernetic Intelligence years ago (back when I was inventing ideas like the Parableizer Engine long before I even knew such a thing was already being discussed theoretically by others). Now, people are writing about it, and it really does present a problem to which there is no obvious answer yet. As the article says: "How well can we get along with machines that are unpred...

  • Metformin AKA Goat's Rue, Ancient Remedy for the Plague, Extends Life

    Posted in Everything on Aug 28, 2017

    Really didn't expect this. Apparently this medication derived from an herb, known since ancient days to help with diabetes symptoms, has an effect which improves quality and quantity of life. Pretty safe, too, minimal side effects for most people. A Google search of this life-extending aspect of Metformin turns up less hits than expected, so it's nice to have this article from Wired floating around out there.


    And also there is a related TEDx video from this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsA4SHhUzt4

    Nah nev...

  • On the 'why' of things not just the 'how' of things

    Posted in Everything on Aug 17, 2017

    We do love when our own internal thought processes get confirmed by others. Aside from the shared joy of discovery, it tends to validate other related ideas which haven't been put into words yet. So I'm happy to see this idea coming from someone with Russell's reputation. I had made the observation a few years back that science looks at things from the outside-in and really never gets to the "why" of what things are, never seeing from the inside-out, so to say. It does a really good job of the "how" and it does understand causal whys, but the deeper whys remain shrouded. Imagine my delight in ...

  • Parableizer Engine coming together

    Posted in Neural Nets and AI Stuff, Pre-Preprint Stuff on Aug 15, 2017

    When I was first thinking about artificial intelligence years ago, I came up with this idea I called Parableizer Engine. Lately I'm starting to see the first elements of this idea being implemented.

    What is relational reasoning? It’s a form of thinking that makes use of logic to connect and correlate objects, places, patterns, sequences and other entities. It’s what we humans use to decide which is the best bunch of grapes at the grocery, or what the evidence present in a crime scene means. It’s something intuitive and intrinsic in us, which is probably what makes it so difficult to teach to A...

  • Language alters our experience of time

    Posted in Everything, Mathy Stuff on Aug 13, 2017

    Not only does this article talk about one of my favorite subjects, the Aymara language, and how it is different from other languages, but it's loaded with gems like this:

    But Spanish-Swedish bilinguals are flexible. When prompted with the Swedish word for duration (tid), they estimated time using line length. They were unaffected by container volume. When prompted with the Spanish word for duration (duración), they estimated time based on container volume. They were unaffected by line length. It seems that by learning a new language, you suddenly become attuned to perceptual dimensions that yo...

  • Comparing Asterisk vs FreeSWITCH: a Meta-analysis

    Posted in Developing Software on Aug 11, 2017

    Overall, the two systems are roughly equal, both are well supported and both are well documented for the needs of anyone with basic PBX needs. For most purposes, either way you go, you're going to be fine. However, most likely, if you're asking "Asterisk or FreeSWITCH" you have little experience with either, and therefore likely little experience with telephony -- which turns out to be far more complex under the hood than you might think by using a smartphone. In this common case, you should probably go with Asterisk because: it's easier to start with, your project is and will remain in-house ...

  • Hebrew vs. Greek Thought

    Posted in Everything on Aug 11, 2017

    So we've been looking at binary vs ternary, intuitive vs logical, now here's Hebrew vs Greek thought:


    Hebrew and Greek are two totally different ways of seeing things. Greek is more abstract, linear. Hebrew is more intimate, concrete. Several distinct differences between the two are discussed.

    [Edit, later, I found this related video series which I'm thoroughly enjoying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjS0Ax5pGkE&list=PLUJyZp8VatmKYtdOqAmdI9pwoLIGkMaqX&index=1]

  • How can I install Perl CPAN locally as a non-root user?

    Posted in Developing Software on Aug 10, 2017

    Every now and then we encounter a Stack Overflow answer that cuts through hours of searching and aborted attempts at fixes with a few lines of elegance. Here's one I just deployed, figured I would point others to it as well in case Google brings you here...

    The easiest method I have found so far is to say

    wget -O- http://cpanmin.us | perl - -l ~/perl5 App::cpanminus local::lib
    eval `perl -I ~/perl5/lib/perl5 -Mlocal::lib`
    echo 'eval `perl -I ~/perl5/lib/perl5 -Mlocal::lib`' >> ~/.profile
    echo 'export MANPATH=$HOME/perl5/man:$MANPATH' >> ~/.profile

    This assumes your profile is named .profil...

  • The three logical systems of Leśniewski

    Posted in Mathy Stuff on Aug 08, 2017

    This guy was a student of Łukasiewicz, who famously established ternary (and then later, multivalued) logic as an alternative to the binary which prevailed since Aristotle's time. I didn't know about the three logical systems here, though, and they bear further study:

    The distinctive and original contribution of Leśniewski consists in the construction of three interrelated logical systems, to which he gave the names, derived from the Greek, of protothetic, ontology, and mereology. The logical basis of the whole theory, and hence its name (prōtos, “first”), is provided by protothetic, which is ...