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Building AI Is Hard—So Facebook Is Building AI That Builds AI

“…companies like Google and Facebook pay top dollar for some really smart people. Only a few hundred souls on Earth have the talent and the training needed to really push the state-of-the-art [AI] forward, and paying for these top minds is a lot like paying for an NFL quarterback. That’s a bottleneck in the continued progress of artificial intelligence. And it’s not the only one. Even the top researchers can’t build these services without trial and error on an enormous scale. To build a deep neural network that cracks the next big AI problem, researchers must first try countless options that don’t work, running each one across dozens and potentially hundreds of machines.”


This article represents a true picture of where we are today for the average consumer and producer of information, and the companies that repurpose information, e.g. in the form of advertisements.  
The advancement and current progress of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, analogously paints a picture akin to the 1970s with computers that fill rooms, and accept punch cards as input.
Today’s consumers have mobile computing power that is on par to the whole rooms of the 1970s; however, “more compute power” in a tinier package may not be the path to AI sentience.  How AI algorithm models are computed might need to take an alternate approach.  
In a classical computation system, a bit would have to be in one state or the other. However quantum mechanics allows the qubit to be in a superposition of both states at the same time, a property which is fundamental to quantum computing.
The construction, and validation of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, algorithm models should be engineered on a Quantum Computing framework.

How Microsoft Gets Back into Mainstream Popularity

The HoloLens may propel Microsoft back to the ‘Cool’ kid on the block.    The HoloLens has the potential to “fly off the shelves” in tandem to Windows 10.

Ever since I saw the movie Blue Thunder, I wanted my own Heads-up display (HUD).   Here are a few suggestions for implementation:

Must Have’s

  • ‘Priced to sell’:   Even if the cost of the hardware is reduced to a thin the margin, that may or may not be enough.   From day one, these “Windows into Windows” must be viewed as essential to the ‘enhanced’ OS package, like ‘Windows 10 Home Media’.
  • Microsoft, Enable Channel Sales (DELL, HP) to offer Microsoft Windows 10 and HoloLens ‘Media’ package deals, together both the OS and the HoloLens are offered at a reduced price.
  • The HoloLens and Windows 10 User Interface (UI) significantly enhances how the consumer interacts with Operating Systems.
  • [Channel] Sales may offer bundled HoloLens / Windows 10 applications, e.g. Minecraft;
  • Analyze / prioritize top 10 (N)  opportunities for application development, and produce internally, and/or with partners.
    • Partners may range from software vendors to accredited training programs, e.g. flight school XYZ
  • Intuitive  and feature rich developer APIs:
    • Provide the HoloLens developer a software ‘Simulator’
    • Products with source code examples
    • Quick path from development to market: Lean application vetting process; including the vetting of app developers.
  • Education levels 6 to 12 and beyond can benefit, segmented by: the sciences (e.g. Chemistry, Microbiology, Physics);  Trade Schools such as Automotive and HVAC;
    • Colleges and Universities may be early adopters, and expand their Massive open online courses to including remote participation, e.g. medicine
  • Applying for an ‘operator license’?  HoloLens, accompanied with a licensed operator,  allows users to wear the HoloLens, and follow a step by step, interactive tutorial within the vehicle, e.g. Car, Boat, Helicopter, Truck, Airplane, etc.

Click here:  comprehensive list of Augmented Reality (AR) apps.

Interesting articles on Microsoft’s Hololens:

Microsoft dives deeper into HoloLens details: ‘Holographic processor’ role revealed

Microsoft leaps into 3D computing with Windows Holographic and HoloLens

Hands-on with Microsoft’s HoloLens: The 3D augmented reality future is now

 

Microsoft HoloLens

 

New PhD program pioneers ‘Big Data’ solutions

UDMessenger – Our Students – Big Data.

OUR STUDENTS | The University of Delaware’s new PhD program in Financial Services Analytics (FSAN) has gotten off to a strong start.

“I love how UD was able to merge finance, data mining, statistics and other areas to create the FSAN program,” said Leonardo De La Rosa Angarita, a current FSAN student. “This is also reflected in the diversity of the students. We come from different fields, and it is wonderful how we are able to complement each other in so many different ways.”The unique program, a collaborative effort between JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and the College of Engineering, teaches students to become experts at researching and analyzing large swaths of electronic information, known as “big data” in the business world.

Big Data
Big Data

Long Chen, another FSAN PhD student, said, “After I joined the program, I expected to learn about a broad range of disciplines to fill my toolkit, and that is exactly what we are doing—taking courses from the areas of finance, statistics and computer science. Although the program just started, I can tell we are heading in the right direction.”

Bintong Chen, Director of the FSAN program, said that students are trained as researchers and professionals who play key roles in interdisciplinary teams, applying their knowledge and skills to convert vast amounts of data into meaningful information for businesses and consumers.

Bintong Chen added that the first semester put students’ skills to the test, “due to the intensity and breadth of the core classes designed for the program, ranging from very technical subjects, such as machine learning and data mining, to very business-oriented topics about financial institutions.”

Students are interacting with JPMorgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank during the spring semester to identify topics for their research projects and potential summer internships.

“I always wondered what would happen if engineers and economists would speak the same language, if professors would be more open to the world outside the walls of their offices and if industry would get more interested in what we study in our classrooms,” said Eriselda Danaj, another student in the program. “It is challenging and I love it.”

Article by Sunny Rosen, AS14

Legos, and Improved Team Communication

Awesome Lego Builds

The article, although off topic,  sparked an excellent experience in interactive connunications, requiring people to build to a specification using a phone and the use of Legos.  I performed a similar exercise in two executive classes.  We needed to describe how to build a small set of lego instructions by describing each step only.  Showings the instruction picture was not an option.   It was a test in how people are able to best describe and follow instructions,  an exercise in communications for both sides.  In these exercises,  they were both native English speakers, and almost all adhoc teams were not able to complete the objects as the final project specified.

This communications tool can be used as an icebreaker, with established teams to see how well they work together as well as adhoc teams.  Of course,  the exercise has condensed time requirements,  and may be performed in either same or mixed language teams.

In today’s world of 3D model printing specifics, the human interactions seem to be less important.  We are removing the human factor of communications which may result in the diminished ability for cross culture interactions and problem solving resolutions,  sociologically speaking.  Ultimately, this will break down our ability to interact, and we as a species, may become more xenophobic.  Drastic, maybe.  Is may be an opportunity for governmentk leaders, and world peace.  Maybe at the next United Nations summit?  🙂

This may also be an opportunity for AI learning language engines for inductive predictive communications and a project to enhanceme Google Glass language translation as per previous posts

Thin Pen Device Covertly Answers Questions

Todays Scuttlebot: Smart Shoes and the Top Social Network Among Teens – NYTimes.com.

A random thought regarding this article and word association:  A ‘pen’ can have two modes, and a built in Bluetooth transmitter for communication to and from your smartphone.

The initial mode of the thin ‘pen’ like device allows the person/student to read the question using Optical Character Recognition by moving the thin pen like device over the question.  The question is wirelessly transmitted to your smartphone, then the second mode of the device receives the answer from the smartphone in your pocket using the smartphone search, and can allow the user to have a simple output of ink, by rolling the highlighter against a white background.  The inverse of the highlighted area would contain the letters for the answer.  A bonus is to have disappearing highlighting ink.  Just an idea, kids.

Constructivism Education Theory, Advanced by a Turtle

I go into classrooms at my children’s schools, and they have amazing computer labs, magic boards, and so on.  What I don’t find is a simple program I used to understand the fundamentals of existence, simply by using spacial coordinates using a little turtle, and giving it spacial coordinates on a grid on a screen to move a turtle.  Sounds simplistic to implement, and ramifications minor, but it essentially shaped my mind in the world of logic and objects in coordinates in a spacial grid.  It was cute, easy pilot program for first graders in elementary school in a neighborhood in NYC. Looking back, the learning theory constructivism.  I admit that constructivism is a bit more complex, which goes into “ways that people create meaning of the world through a series of individual constructs.”  Reflecting back on my education and hobbies, I advanced in computers at a very early age, when computers were not generally available, and I believe that an application that can be written now by anyone in a day, if applied early enough in a child’s early development may lay the foundations for logical spacial existence, an object that moves through spacial coordinates with a cute little turtle, as my daughter wants a bunny rabbit for a pet, we’ll replace the turtle with a bunny for one of my daughters.

Now with the advancement of several companies adding computer glasses to their gadgets, one of the applications, possibly a pilot program, may allow the youths of the next generation of first graders can be even more advanced then I, and use these glasses to move their turtles, or rabbits, in 3 dimensions of space instead of just two.  The trick was not just to physically move the object in space using your hand, which you may do with these glasses, but you must say the x,y, and z coordinates and plus or minus 1, 2, or 3 spaces.  The object won’t budge, the student must say the correct spacial coordinates and moves to get the cute rabbit or turtle, to move to the objective location.  This would lay the foundation to a child’s understanding of a construct in N dimensional space.  I don’t know if these initial glasses will be tough enough to stand the brute force of a first grader, but it would be absolutely necessary to introduce this type of construct recognition at an early age, so it prepares them for more advanced topics and ultimately their place in the universe stretching all the way to college and their understanding of Philosophy and Existentialism.    Go Google, and Microsoft, and we may have a generation that can compete globally once again.

Greece, Prosperity, and Taxes: The World will Come to See You.

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I am on vacation in Athens, Greece.  Every food bill I received, and gifts from shops had around a 25% tax rate which, the people explained to me ‘nicely’, goes to the government.  It seems that people are very odds with the huge unemployment, high taxes, and forcing illegal immigrants out of the country.  I got all of this from the nice people, with which I spoke.  There were who seemed bitter and stand offish  there was also a bit, and I mean a bit, of visible hatred of anyone not from Greece, from the Turks, Pakistanis, all the way to the Jews. Man, that is xenophobic, and this is the birthplace and cradle of logic, and helped with the maturation of the Western civilization?!  From their perspective, I surmise, the local Greeks have to yield to the ‘foreigners’ because they do, in fact, gather a large sum from tourism, and the other aspect, or perspective, they must also loathe to have to yield jobs, even of their own profession, to foreigners.  I spoke to a Greek man, taxi driver, by trade, was a bar tender, and had a degree in hotel, restaurant and management.  In the states, he worked as a bartender, but his home was Greece, his parents Greek, but he said it was a tough market to get a job for hotels.  Now this man had been out of Greece for a while, worked in the U.S., and had a US foreigner accent.  He really liked to talk, and seemed nice.  Bar tending to a Cab Driver was a natural transition, and truth be told, he could probably go to the United States, and make more money verse the cost of living than he could in Greece, and as well, perform his occupation of choice.   I asked him why he stayed, and he said Greece was his home, and he loved it there.

So, while perusing through all of the ruins, looking at the sites, watching the tour groups, and the tour guides explaining these empty ruins, I pondered, wouldn’t it be amazing to see the people of ancient times dressed in their clothing of the times, interacting with each other through the ruins as though the tourists were not even there.  In effect, acting out scenes that perhaps took place thousands of years ago, echos of the past.  The picture above is from the Library of Hadian.  I thought why wouldn’t for starters, the government pay the people of the Arts and Sciences to go through scenes, such as basic interactions with a Librarian, studying in one corner, ignoring the world, and just reading and thinking, and in another corner of this library, there might be a quiet debate going on, in Greek of course, and through a translation application, any foreigner could hear their native language the interactions.  It could be ancient commoners, to known ancient people of the past acting out scenes like echos of the past, while tours just come up close and personal, pass by, even wave their hand in front of an actors hand, and he continues to act as if the tourists were not even there.

As this plan develops, I thought it would inspire not only the locals in their own rich culture, but, tourists to bathe in this once, pinnacle of civilization.  I got a great deal to come to Greece in the off season, but the streets were still not empty. The shops and restaurants had guests, but as one local restaurant family business owner who studied the field himself said, and I am paraphrasing, it’s a tough job in the off season trying to attract people into his restaurant, which had excellent food, by the way.

The plan develops further in my mind as I sit in the Library, it would be inspiring for the people of the nation to see guest appearances of their local representatives of government to see the government officials also take part in these acting events.  The founding fathers of the United States of America weren’t career politicians, they were agriculture, farmers, the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, his father Spence Monroe was a moderately prosperous planter who also practiced carpentry.  People of their nation suspect their governments of terrible things, such as corruption, especially when they aren’t visible to the people constantly.  Appearing along side the people of their nation as commoners of a great society with a world of fascination and myths surrounding it, is like fodder for actors and play writes.  I also mentioned studies in the Arts and Sciences, well if   the people want, why not debate some elementary topics in the sciences in public forum, and if the professors and students of universities dressed in ancient traditional Greek garb, I think it would be amazing to add them into the ‘scene’ so to speak.

And, the final act, so to speak, of my plan ends with these productions going on year round  in cooperation with global exchange student university programs, of the finest caliber.  In addition, OK, so I am amending my final act, with attracting global play writes of note, not just of University, but of the major, well respected avenues of theater, such as Broadway, and the motion picture actors turning to the theater might want to give ‘this avenue’ a try first, as a sampling, and I bet this would flock people in droves year round.  Revenues from the University exchange programs, revenues from play writes actually paying royalties to use the archaeological sites, as well as more jobs, for cultural supervisors to oversee these programs, as well, as jobs for my taxi driver, because the once birth of logic will again become the maturation place of Education, the Arts, and Culture, as well as all the other good stuff that comes with it, such as revenue and jobs to help support this boom people going to Greece.  Oh, sorry, my taxi driver might want to go back to bar tending, and serve drinks to those university professors, students, and yeah, we still have to deal with those pesky tourists. 🙂  All the best Greece, and thank you for your generous, and most gracious hospitality. P.S. – To those students around the world, don’t be surprised if your wait listed here too!

 

Today, an AI Application Can Take Action on Your Behalf: Good or Bad?

A neat idea, is if you give permission to a user for a specific action, an AI voice/text recognition programs could:

  • If your tagged ‘best friend’ texts you, let’s go out tonight, and your work calendar setup for parameters 8 AM to 7 PM, and both you and your ‘best friend’ are tagged as liking a restaurant, or have a frequent geography tag to a specific location, given permission to a calendar, AI may automatically call ahead a restaurant, and book a reservation, or email the resturant with the reservation.  Given permission, the AI, would also provide a preferred credit card to hold the reservation.
  • If you give the voice/text AI recognition program a spending limit, and you have a profile of a person on file, it’s their birthday, the AI program can automatically purchase something for the person, e.g. an e-card from a ‘preferred store’, or ‘reading’ the person’s profile, may dynamically send a gift using their preferences, using your preferred credit card on file, and get it to the person on time.
  • Based on your current Geo-tagged location, AI can suggest you attend a bar/restaurant based on you’re bosses, or on your pursued romantic interlude checkins; to increases your odds of promotion or romantic interlude, or both.

The ideas are endless what AI can do, the technology is out there, the rules, APIs, and applications are to be built on top of the AI APIs.  We live in an incredible, yet scary time. It’s important to set parameters, but one rule, one order of precedence, one parameter can make or break careers, relationships, and so on.  Tread carefully.  We are only human.

Higher Education Falters: College and University Structure Radically Altered

I was reading an article from the New York Times this morning, thinking about a news piece I heard on the radio regarding Education innovation, in combination with dropping my little brother off at his college campus dorm the other night, and instantly a quote from Moneyball appeared in my mind regarding the way Universities are implemented:

“This is threatening, not just a way of doing business, but its … in their minds it’s threatening the game … really what it’s threatening is their livelihood. It’s threatening their jobs. It’s threatening the way that they do things. And every time that happens, whether it’s a government or a way of doing business or whatever it is … the people who are holding the reins … who have their hands on the switch, they go bat-shit crazy. I mean, anybody who’s not tearing their team down right now, using your model, they’re dinosaurs…

I am not privy to the exact implementation of the Cornell-Google model, but that last line from the quote is so true, and it applies to all business colleges and universities across the globe.

The article in the New York Times, When Job-Creation Engines Stop at Just One, had me take pause, and painted a gloomy picture in my mind about the job markets if your looking for a job.  A decade ago, a Bachelors or Masters degree were prerequisites to filtering out candidates for jobs, and now the role specifications are referencing specific skills with experience, a lot of contract work, as the New York Times article describes, and has a solid rationale.  For the innovation, I found an article regarding the Cornell-Google implementation and at first thinking a) this implementation is years away and b) I think it’s genius.  I must admit, I am not privy to the exact administration of their education implementation model, but wow, anyone not tearing down their colleges and universities to follow a similar model will be an artifact of higher education, and their national economies will suffer as a result.  Another article I read, again, The New York Times, Japan’s New Tech Generation, shows how people are taking it upon themselves, in it’s infancy, yes, however, they are meeting up to collaborate.  There is a huge chasm in education which has not adapted to our economies.  It is probably because our economies are evolving so fast, the education system has not had a chance to catch up.

Let’s paint a picture of the new university, where we have “transformation centers”, where we take a person like Mike Farmer from KANSAS CITY, Kan. in his single apartment room, a shared dorm room, or in his case, shared office space, in his third start-up, he is one employee, himself, and utilizes seven contractors who are also juggling multiple projects.  Now envision, college with a board of skill sets, which are required for real-time business projects, and you have professors guiding the resources to complete their assignments, then you have the visionaries which are driving and collaborating on projects leveraging national industry professionals discussing today’s challenges, and these juniors and seniors form teams from the pools of skill set resources, the freshman, and sophomores.  Skills ranging from technology to usability and design, marketing, arts and sciences, with the applications all practical and implementing them in real-time.  Perhaps alumni are the industry professionals, which speak at these sessions, and collaborate on projects in between their own projects, forming mentor relationships with the juniors and seniors.  Finally, transitioning from the colleges and universities, venture capitalists, and other financiers may choose to fund, or even acquire these small teams, which already have sustainable business models, proven ROI, or the business models show potential, sustainable models.  Those who already have had classes have participated in business implementations, have a portfolio of work for employers, and potentially networked with professionals within various fields, and have recommendations on their work.  Those graduates may even stay on their projects full time, which transition to full time opportunities.  Another possibility are the colleges and universities stay as incubators, the graduates remain on campus after graduation, just like we see in outsourcing / off-shore models, teach classes, and become members of new teams, as needed.  What were once ‘internships’ coveted by the few, are a necessity to become part of the college way of life.  Those without projects, curriculum is completely transformed based on statistical data derived from job wanted advertisements, e.g. skills in high demand. Alumni, in between projects, and lacking innovation, sign up for ADHOC think tanks, and attempt to transform them into working resources.