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Cosmic Quote #89

“This you may say of man –   having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back.” –John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

“Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”–boilerplate investment disclaimer

The last time I took a half step back, I tripped over the lawn sprinkler and almost sprained an ankle.  But I managed to recover.  As for the current state of Western society, I’m not so sure that past performance will save us.  For deeper analysis of what all of this means for the future, visit my other blog (and podcast) at Seeking Delphi.™

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Seeking Delphi™: Podcase Episode #16, Options For Future Human Evolution

Reblogged from  Seeking Delphi™ .

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”–Milton Berle

“There are no shortcuts in evolution.”–Louis Brandeis

Milton Berle was simply funny;   Louis Brandeis is about to be proven  wrong.  Humanity is on the cusp of a new era, full of promise and peril.  We are on the verge of directing our own evolution, and when that comes, it will come at a breakneck pace.  Breakthroughs in biotech and info-tech are rapidly hurtling us towards an age of self-directed evolution.  It will be change by choice, not by chance.  What are those choices, and how will we deal with them? How will it change what it means to be human?  That is the subject of a forthcoming book by futurist Linda Groff,  who joins me as my guest on this episode of Seeking Delphi.™

Links to relevant stories appear after the audio file and embedded YouTube video below.  A reminder that Seeking Delphi is available on iTunes, PlayerFM, and has a channel on YouTube.  You can also follow us on Facebook.

 

Episode#16: Options For Future Human Evolution

 

Linda Groff, bio.

Global Options and Evolutionary Futures

News Story Links

Kalashnikov hover bike

Renault hover car design contest winner

Senate subcommittee unanimously approves self-driving car legislation 

Sex robot damaged beyond repair at arts festival in Austria

 

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Mark’s Neologisms #8

“Words empty as the wind are best left unsaid.”–Homer

Ah, my dear Homer, a good sentiment.  But what if those empty words are absurdly hysterical?  It will take more than a dead Greek poet to stop me.

Everything is being done with Artificial Intelligence these days, some of it profound, some of it scary, and some of it downright ridiculous.  You’d know this if  you followed my Seeking Delphi™ podcasts and blog.  AI is being used  for early disease diagnosis, protection of the power grid, and facial recognition to catch criminals and secure our cell phones.  But it’s also being used for some pretty silly things, too.  How about a sex robot that tells jokes, or a robodog that sniffs your feet and passes out if they stink?

This brings me to the latest effort in the Mark’s Neologisms series.  I didn’t invent the terms below.  An AI program devised by Colorado researcher Janelle Shane was programmed to create convincing sounding disease names.  The results were, well, both hilarious and alarming.  But here’s the thing–it only created the names.  So in the great tradition of my sicko mind, here are some of my favorites from the list, with the actual definition of the malady added by yours truly.

Sexursoma Ear–The Latin name for hickey of the ear.

Joint Pseudomalabia–Inflammation of a prosthetic joint

Ear Poop–A side effect gotten from listening to political speeches.

Teenagerna Vain Syndrome–Well, that’s obvious.

Catdullitis–An affliction that causes pet owners to prefer dogs.

Ankle Bladders–Caused by severe gout

Seal Breath–Not fatal if you  have it, but possibly fatal if the person next to you has it.

Testicle Behavior–A mythical condition never afflicting heterosexual males.

Eye Stools–A pandemic caused by televising  political debates.

Hoot Injury–A bruise or contusion obtained when bumped into by a Hooters waitress.

Vertical Hemoglobin Fever–What most residents of Colorado, Alaska, Washington DC and other locales suffer from since the legalization of pot.

Cold Glock Allergy–An aversion to being held at point blank range.

Some of the names were so ridiculous I couldn’t begin to define them.  A few of the most bizarre are listed below. See if you can come up with something for any of the following.

Mardial Denection 

Gumpetic Surpical Escesion

 Vertical Pasocapheration Syndrome 

Helritis and Flatelet’s Ear

Milk Tomosis     Black Bote Headache     Excessive Woot Sweating 

Stumm Complication     8 Poop     Herpangitis

Wamble Submoration      Osteomaroxism     

 Bacterial Fladular Syndrome              Asteophyterdimentricular Aneurism       

 If nothing else, these are sure to make The Blog of Funny Names     

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Seeking Delphi™: Special Edition Podcast, 2017 Emotion AI Summit

The following is reblogged from my Seeking Delphi™ blog, and covers the first Emotion AI Summit, conducted by Affectiva, Inc., Sept 13, 2017 at MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA.  The podcast may also be accessed from iTunes and Player FM.

“Rational thoughts never drive people’s creativity the way emotions do.”–Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

This special edition of the Seeking Delphi™ podcast provides a summary overview of the first Emotion AI Summit, conducted by Affectiva, Inc.. at the MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, on September 13, 2017.   Interviews with participants were recorded on site, and include Affectiva co-founders Rana el Kaliouby and Rosalind Picard, Heartificial Intelligence author John C. Havens,  The Future of Happiness author Amy Blankson, and several others.

Podcast Special Edition:  2017 Emotion AI Summit

YouTube slide show of Special Edition Podcast


Related links and bios

Affectiva

MIT Media Lab

Rana el Kaliouby, PhD

Rosalind Picard, ScD

Cynthia Breazeal, ScD

Jibo, Inc.

Amy Blankson, The Future of Happiness

John C. Havens, Heartificial Intelligence

Seeking Delphi™ podcast #12 with Heart of the Machine author Richard Yonck

 Erin Smith

 

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Cosmic Quote #88

“I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.”–George Burns

‘Ol George, ever the straight man.  If I could only live to 100, like him, there’d be plenty of future to look forward to.  Too bad so many people are looking to relive the past. Believe me, it wasn’t as good as they think it was.

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Cosmic Quote #87

“For thousands of years, billions of people have found meaning in playing virtual reality games. In the past, we have called these virtual reality games ‘religions’.”–Yuval Noah Harari

Geez, I’m already self-absorbed enough with two blogs and a podcast.  Why would I need to bother (with) that guy?

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Seeking Delphi: Podcast #15, A Fitness Tracker For The Unborn Baby

“If pregnancy were a book, they’d cut the last two chapters.”–Nora Ephron

It seems that every other person is wearing a fitness tracker these days.  I am one of them.   But wearable bio-medical devices aren’t just for normal activity.  They are being developed, marketed, and used to monitor a variety of health conditions,  seemingly for just about everything and everyone. Now–yes–even unborn babies have a wearable health monitor.   Developed an marketed by San Francisco-based Bloomlife,  it tracks a variety of parameters during the course of pregnancy.  You might call it a fitness tracker for the unborn baby.

In this episode,  Bloomlife CEO and co-founder, Eric Dy,  talks about the origin and functions of their breakthrough device,  where it and the market for wearable health trackers are going,  and how he and his partner won a trip to Neckar Island–just one of three companies out of 1300 competing in a tech innovation contest–to present to Richard Branson

 

 

Links to relevant stories appear after the audio file and embedded YouTube video below.  A reminder that Seeking Delphi is available on iTunes, PlayerFM, and has a channel on YouTube.  You can also follow us on Facebook.

The Bloomlife tracker in action

Episode #15: A Fitness Tracker for The Unborn Baby

 

YouTube slides show of Seeking Delphi podcast #15

 

 

 

Bloomlife wins extreme tech innovation competition

Incidence of hunger to increase 50% among U.S. seniors by 2025

More 65+ global population than under 5, within three years

23-year old entrepreneur scores $22 million for anti-aging research investments

Gartner, Inc. says 55% of population would refuse to ride in a fully autonomous vehicle

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Cosmic Quote #86

“If it turns out that there IS a God, I don’t think that he’s evil. I think that the worst you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever.”–Woody Allen in ‘Love and Death.’

And, as Woody also said: “There is no question there is an unseen world.   The problem is, how far is it from midtown and how late is it open?”  Anyway, if relativity, evolution and carbon dating aren’t enough to convince you creationism is bunk, consider this.  Even god couldn’t screw humanity up this bad in just 6,000 years.  (Boy am I gonna get hate mail)

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Podcast #14: Replicating Machines

Lions and tigers and replicating machines, Oh My. Re-blogged from my Seeking Delphi™ blog.  (My other, more serious blog)

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“The real problem is not whether machines think, but whether men do.”–B.F. Skinner

http://www.andertoons.com

Researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada have unveiled an ambitious project.  They are attempting to develop a 3D printer that can make copies of itself.  A replicating machine.  Why would anyone do something like that?  In a word: space.  It’s difficult, dangerous and expensive to launch mass of any kind into space.  If lunar and asteroid mining are ever to become a reality, let alone colonization of Mars, the ability to use materials in situ to construct many automata, from an initial compact package, would be paramount to affordability and perhaps even viability.  Is this possible?  No less a personage than  John von Neumann said that it is–and supposedly proved it mathematically.  What are the challenges, can we control them if we make them, and what happens if we can’t control them?  This is the…

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Cosmic Quote #85

Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.–Ambrose Bierce

I’d say the quote above isn’t true, but I’d be lying.  Um. That’s assuming I copied it correctly.  I’m more than capable of misquoting myself, let alone anyone else.  But don’t quote me.

 

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