Wednesday, July 25, 2018

AI Hot Potato

This AI thing is a hot potato. It's getting so hot, I'm on the verge of dropping it. I don't need the hassle. In a different world, I would be all for it. This world is not moving in the right direction. True AI can only hasten its demise. The remorse would kill me long before it happens.


Peter ( said...

Bury it (literally?) and let it go.

As a side note, I came across the following article:

It is about the search for invariance, symmetry. How science in general is about finding symmetry in nature and how minds in general are amazingly capable of finding/creating invariant patterns. Like being able to recognize a musical phrase, through noise, while pitch shifted and played on the wrong instrument with the wrong timing, for example.

This is probably not news to you, but I found the idea that we are looking for symmetry (in conceptual space) quite stimulating.

Louis Savain said...

I'm getting paranoid again. Over the past week or so, some bot program running on an Amazon server in Oregon has been systematically datamining all my blog articles. I know it's probably some indexing program but I have never noticed this behavior before. It's doing specific keyword searches (like "fig trees", "occult", "Michael Wolfe", Numenta, etc.) that are kind of spooky. I know I'm just paranoid but I'm getting too old for this crap.

Louis Savain said...

Somebody has been relentlessly creating a keyword-indexed database of all my blog articles. Email me and let me know why you're doing this. What's the point anyway? Most of my early ramblings about the brain, intelligence and other topics are a mix of good and bad assumptions. My views have changed tremendously over the years.

Louis Savain said...

Someone or some group at MIT is mightily interested in my writings. They've been datamining my blog articles nonstop for almost two weeks straight. It will not do them any good. I keep all the big secrets to myself. LOL

Louis Savain said...

I'm going to lay low for a while. My blog articles are beginning to attract unwanted attention from certain unsavory quarters. It seems that not even my writings on Biblical symbology and my crackpot reputation are enough to keep some of them at bay. Hang in there.

Louis Savain said...

It's been three weeks. Somebody is still using some program to relentless datamine my blog posts. What do you hope to accomplish? I have written a lot of stuff over the years. Some of it is good but a high percentage of it is crap. Unlike the Pope, I don't claim to be infallible. If you're really interested in what I think now, email me. The worst that can happen is that I might tell you to kiss my ass. LOL

Zeb said...

Forgive me if the following comment is based on a misunderstanding. I really do not wish to be mean or anything like that. I hope you understand where I am coming from.

I respect you for your research. You are the reason I realized that popular "science" was in an even worse state than I thought. I'm sure you are a good person at heart and have good intentions. But sometimes, forgive me if I am wrong, but sometimes I think you are a bit of a jerk. I mean, you have not even talked to the unknown person(s) who are datamining your blog posts and you are already being unnecessarily rude to them.

We are told to love our neighbor as our self. And we are also told to love our enemies. And of course, you should treat others the way you want to be treated. Not the way they treat you. What have the dataminer(s) done to you?

I do not want to sound preachy. Maybe this is none of my business. I'm not even sure I should be making this comment. Maybe I misunderstand the tone of your comment. This is the internet, after all. Things tend to be unfortunately misunderstood all the time. But it seems from my observation that this is not the first time you have been rather rough for seemingly no good reason, and I kind of hope that maybe pointing it out will make you reevaluate your demeanor.

Just... be a little nicer, please? I think it is the right thing to do. You don't have to like everyone. You may hate the things they do. But you do have to love them. Not love as in affection-love, not friendship-love, and obviously not erotic-love... but charity-love. Show kindness and grace to others, regardless of whether they return the favor. Love may include rebuking at times, but when the person(s) have not even done anything wrong to you, I see no reason to be somewhat insulting and then laugh about it.

(Just in case you are wondering: no, I am not the person doing the datamining.)

On a related note, just because something is outdated does not mean it is useless. You can learn from mistakes just like you can learn from successes. Knowing what is incorrect can help you narrow down the options and make it easier to figure out what is correct.

Your research, correct or incorrect, can be a springboard for someone to get started on trying to replicate it. If someone is interested in your research, then they may very well be the kind of person who would be willing to put in the dedication to try and discover what you have. And your research, good or bad, can be a good insight into how your mindset has changed over time, and will likely contain hints of why certain things were incorrect.

You were apparently able to discover quite a lot from all your years of research. I imagine a person who is not starting from scratch could do it faster if they really tried. And if it is several people, then I would say the odds are even better that they could discover the same things as you. The person(s) seem to be open-minded enough to not be repelled by all your Biblical posts, so they may be just the right kind of person to do the same things you did.

You are in my prayers, Louis. I hope you will find the answer to what you should do with the knowledge you have found. You seem to be under a lot of stress lately. Maybe that is why you seem kind of rude sometimes. I hope you can find some more peace in your life. All I can really recommend is to pray for God's guidance. I think we all need to do that.

Zeb said...

I know all programming languages are flawed because they are all thread-based... but as someone who does like to code, what programming language would you recommend as the best... or least bad? What do you think of Functional Programming? What about prototype-based/OLOO (objects-linked-to-other-objects) object-oriented (like JavaScript) versus class-based object-oriented (like Java) languages?

Louis Savain said...

This post has had the desired effect on the undesirables. They are now back to dismissing me as an internet lunatic and a demented young earth creationist. Excellent. I'll get back to posting again soon.