Friday, September 24, 2010

Jon Stewart: Rally to Restore Sanity (Video) *Stephen Colbert: March to Keep Fear Alive*

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Jon Stewart announces Rally to Restore Sanity at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on October 30, 2010


Jon Stewart: Rally to Restore Sanity and Stephen Colbert: March to Keep Fear Alive

Glenn Beck had a recent rally, Restoring Honor, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 2010. Now Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced counter-rallies on Saturday, October 30, 2010 - Rally to Restore Sanity and March to Keep Fear Alive, respectively.

(MSNBC: Can Jon Stewart Tamp Down the Craziness?) MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell and Willie Geist join Hardball's Chris Matthews to discuss Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's dueling rallies on the National Mall in advance of the midterm elections. 





Stephen Colbert announces March to Keep Fear Alive at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on October 30, 2010


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Artificial Intelligence Cometh (Video) *DARPA: Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL)*

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DARPA: Developing cognitive systems that learn to adapt to their user


Artificial Intelligence Cometh: Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL)

DARPA, the USA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is always good for running a chill up your spine or, conversely, for providing hope about a grand future, depending on your disposition. DARPA is a small, flexible military think tank for leading edge technology projects which has been called "“100 geniuses connected by a travel agent.”. Some popular robot videos on the web are DARPA projects.

One DARPA project is called PAL, "Personalized Assistant that Learns", and there is even a video (below). The video summarizes the PAL project and shows examples of the vision of what PAL could be. The mission of PAL is
*Radically improve computer support to Commanders and Staff.
* Enable cognitive systems that 1) learn from experience, 2) learn by instruction, 3) learn to organize information, 4) learn from interaction between people, 5) learn to retrieve information.

"Cognitive systems" is software in this context and DARPA wants this software to possess an optimal learning curve! If a PAL can be developed as portrayed in the video, this is a major step forward in artificial intelligence.


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*Video courtesy of DARPA*


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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

We Are Witnesses (Video) *The transformation of humanity*

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The rate of technological change is accelerating


We Are Witnesses: To the greatest changes in human history, that will transform humanity

For centuries long-distant messages were delivered by hand - the fastest way was horse or ship. The telegraph was invented and the first regular short-distance communication was in 1833. The telegraph eventually put the Pony Express out of business in the USA. We went from horses to iPhones in less than 200 years - from the Pony Express to a global Internet! Humans have freed themselves from long distance limitations, is freedom from biological constraints coming in the merger of man and machine?

Technological change is increasing at an increasing rate - exponential change. If all these tremendous technological changes have happened in the last  200 years, what can the next 25, 50, 100 years bring?

What Will We Become?

(The Speculist & Phil Bowermaster) A quick jaunt through the major transformations of the past six million years, and a few thoughts on the biggest transformation of them all -- coming very soon.



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