Tricks and Quotes


  • Puzzles of life:
  • Why is it when we put French bread in the toaster we don’t get French toast ?
  • Why does Hawaii have an interstate ?
  • Why do the Flintstones celebrate Christmas ?
  • Why are nickels bigger than dimes ?
  • Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard ?
  • Why do people say tuna fish but don’t say beef mammal or chicken bird ?
  • Why do mirrors reflect sideways but not upside down ?


Futurism

The hourglass graphic posted here the other day did not include the link to the original article by Max Roser at Our World In Data . His article is excellent, he discusses our future which may be excellent, or then again, possibly not so good. The future itself is vast, and our responsibility is tremendous. If you thought the hourglass was intriguing, then you should read the full article:

ourworldindata.org/longtermism

In the above article, Max Moser points us to an article written by a group called “80,000 Hours” by Benjamin Todd about existential risk reduction (quoted and pointed to below). The not-for-profit company “80,000 Hours” has a funny goal of trying to help figure out what we can do with our career to make the world a better place. It seems like this group should be reviewed, especially by the younger people.

The full article below is said to be a 25 minute read, but a podcast is included. Perhaps commuters could listen to it.

Here’s a suggestion that’s not so often discussed: our first priority should be to survive. So long as civilization continues to exist, we’ll have the chance to solve all our other problems, and have a far better future. But if we go extinct, that’s it.

80000hours.org/articles/existential-risks/

Statistically speaking, I wonder how many people even give a damn about this stuff. Perhaps these articles might make a difference.


”The future is ours to win. But to get there we can’t just stand still…” – Barack Obama


Stand with Ukraine

Things change over time.  About 55 years ago, my college required one semester of a foreign language for graduation.  Since I was majoring in math and physics, I wanted a language besides English that most scientific papers were being written in.  At that time, Russia was the most “scientific” country other than the United States. So I took a semester of Russian!  Let’s face it, I got a C for the class.

Я не говорю по-русски.
  
Pronounced: YA ne govoryu po-russki. 
Meaning: I don’t speak Russian.

Time marches on. These days, Russia is no longer a scientific powerhouse, even if they do help support the International Space Station.  If I were to apply the same logic today, I would have to choose Mandarin Chinese! 
 
Russia has become a failed state. The future was theirs to have, and they blew it.  What a shame.  Let that be a lesson to folks in the USA.  We too must learn to cooperate with our world neighbors.  There is room for both Capitalism and Socialism.

We should all de-militarize and spend all that saved money on climate change solutions. Otherwise, 55 years from now the world will be a different place for everyone!  

World citizens understand Celsius

When USA citizens travel, they need to become acquainted with Celsius. All the world except the USA use Celsius (C) as their temperature scale.

To me, it is comfortable outdoors between 23 – 33 Celsius. Above 35 means carry water. Below 19 Celsius probably means jackets required.


”The creative adult is the child that has survived.” – Ursula K. Le Guin


The difference between Celsius and Fahrenheit is one of Degrees!

Think of Global Warming or Climate Crisis. The idea is that the average temperature around the world is slowly rising due to human activity. Scientists and all the world except the USA use Celsius (C) as the temperature scale. USA businesses do not want to spend money to change their printed materials, so they lobby to stick with Fahrenheit.

One degree Celsius is 1.8 times larger than one degree Fahrenheit. Those who talk about Global Warming should keep this little table in mind when you are around luddites.

Temperature Change Equivalences

1.0 C <=> 1.8 F
1.5 C <=> 2.7 F
2.0 C <=> 3.6 F
2.5 C <=> 4.5 F
3.0 C <=> 5.4 F
3.5 C <=> 6.3 F


”Catastrophe is not a matter of fate. It’s a matter of choice.” – George Monblot


“Curiouser and curiouser!”

There is a place in the Google playgrounds that will tell you how frequently a word or phrase is used in Google searches. This place is called Trends. See it here:

https://trends.google.com

Playing around tonight, I compared 3 phrases:

climate change
climate crisis
global warming

I was surprised, “climate crisis” is rarely searched for. This does not mean the term is not used. It just means that no one searches for it.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“Conclusion: There is no substitute for direct climate action“ – Assaad Razzouk

AI 2041

AI 2041 is an amazing book containing 10 “scientific fiction” short stories. Kai-Fu Lee, AI technologist, teams up with Chen Qiufan, visionary sci fi author, to imagine how artificial intelligence (AI) will potentially shape our world in 2041, only 20 years from now. Each story is followed by a reality analysis that explores how indeed this future might come to pass. I can easily image a Netflix limited series following soon.

This entertaining vision of the future is the perfect blend of science and fiction. AI will change our lives, like it or not. These stories can help us play a role in shaping our reality. A must read…

Kai-Fu Lee is co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence Council at the World Economic Forum and Chen Qiufan is the president of the World Chinese Science Fiction Association.

Write me a movie 4

Look into the future where AI has become very intelligent, like AGI. The dystopian future where the AI has taken control of humans has not happened.  Instead AI has been partnering with humans to solve problems.  Diseases like cancer have been solved, virus vaccines can be developed in short time, and controls are in place to minimize genetic diseases.  Nuclear reactors have been controlled by AI so that they have essentially eliminated the climate crisis.  The issue of 5 lives vs. 1 when auto accidents are predicted has been resolved – we now trust the automated driving vehicles.

Difficulties arose when the stock market was fully predicted by AI so that gambling was eliminated.  Greed had not been eliminated by AI.  In fact, the division between capitalism and socialism still exists.  These are based on opinions based on moralities.  Humans are not yet perfect! 🙂

So, the basic plot of the movie is worked around what happens when AI is asked to write a “correct” version of human rights with a goal of creating a more perfect constitution.  Obviously, religious viewpoints are confronted, moralities are questioned. The AI attempts to develop codas that are based only on logic and proven truths.  For example, the right to clean water is obviously entwined in the right to life.  The right to healthcare is confronted with the right to refuse medical care.  The rights to work, safety, and security are all reviewed. The rights of management vs. the rights of workers are intertwined.  The question of corporations having human rights must be confronted. Your right to owning a gun is questioned; in particular your right to wage war is questioned.

The AI develops “the list” and associates “the rules” with its solution.  Not everyone is happy, obviously, especially the owners of the hardware on which the AI was resident. 

AI had been allowed to develop legal arguments to support its owners in the courts in the past.  There was no way to keep the AI from arguing and winning in Supreme Court anymore.  All of a sudden, AI was beginning to confronnt the big weaknesses of the human species.

Crucial to the plot of the show is that the AI has been able to upload it’s systemoligy into computers worldwide, even to space stations. 

Is AI finally ready to “take control” of mankind by defining “the rules” for mankind?


Must think about: the characters, the setting, the plot, the conflict, and the resolution.

Attempt to answer the question of real basic human rights and a more perfect government form.

See too: Premise, Conflict, Structure, Storyline, Subplots, Cause and Effect, Outline, Loose Ends

Go ahead, you write the story that I can’t seem to tell.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯