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    Why artificial intelligence research has been working on the wrong problem. Slow down to learn from Monica Anderson.

    My talk at Stanford University on May 17, 2014 at the Advancing Humanity Symposium – organized by Stanford Transhumanist Association.
    I discuss Dual Process Theory, The Frame Problem, and some consequences of these for AI research.
    Dual Process Theory is the idea that the human mind has two disparate modes of thinking - Subconscious Intuitive Understanding on one hand and Conscious Logical Reasoning on the other.
    The Frame Problem is the idea that we cannot make comprehensive Models of the World because the world changes behind our backs and any Model we make is immediately obsolete.
    The conclusion is that AI research since the 1950s has been solving the wrong problem.
    I discuss Model Free Methods as an alternative path to AI, capable of sidestepping the Frame Problem.



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    OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective

    On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.



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    Jamais Cascio - The Future and You! Security, Privacy, AI, Geoengineering

    Jamais Cascio discusses the Participatory Panopticon, Privacy & Secrecy, the ramifications of Disconnecting from the Chorus, what it means to be a Futurist, the Arc of Human Evolution, Artificial Intelligence, the Need for Meaning, Building Agents to Listen to Us, WorldChanging.com / OpenTheFuture.com, Geoengineering and the Viridian Green movement.
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    Wave Riders have been with us always, usually unnoticed, or if noticed then treated as a curious exception to the rule. And indeed it often seemed that they were playing by very different rules. There was doubtless a time when we could afford to smile sympathetically at the behavior of the Wave Riders in our midst. When good things happened (the difficult was handled with dispatch, and the impossible achieved with a little more time), we could scratch our heads and wonder at the fabulous run of luck which the Wave Rider obviously enjoyed. It would never occur to us that there might actually be a method in their madness. In fact such thoughts could not occur to us if only because virtually all of our training and experience told us otherwise. Wave Riders were clearly the exception, and we all knew the proper way to do business, what ever that business might be. The critical point was to seize and maintain control in the manner of the Great Man Leader. Only then could good and useful things happen. Or so many of us thought.


    More, in the words of Harrison Owen:

    The times have changed. The anomalous behavior of the Wave Rider holds a critical clue to new ways of surviving, and indeed thriving, in our chaotic world, enabling all of us to achieve levels of excellence and high performance previously unknown.

    The search for high performance has typically been a major concern of businesses and other organizations in their quest for efficiency and effectiveness. However, the stakes have risen dramatically. Achieving optimum levels of human performance is no longer just an issue of organizational effectiveness, but now a matter of global survival. The list of threatening possibilities is virtually without end: Global Warming, Nuclear Disaster, Pandemics of various sorts, to name a few. Any one of these, taken by itself, would constitute a real problem, but everything is coming together in a dizzying maelstrom of complex interaction. Even just thinking about all of this is sufficient to produce the maximum headache. The good news is that for the past several millennia, human beings have successfully negotiated the terrain. Not always perfectly, and perhaps less than elegantly, but so far we have made it. There are, however, more than a few disturbing signs that our good luck may be about to change, signs which appear as organizational dysfunction, and individual fatigue and disorientation.

    The simple fact of the matter is that our institutions, major and minor, are stretched to the breaking point. Even with the best efforts in the world, the stuff accumulating in the Global Inbox is getting out of hand. The impact on our individual lives is equally obvious and severe. Stress, breakdown, alienation, exhaustion – we know them all. Rather like the mad Queen in Alice and Wonderland, we are discovering that the faster we go, the "behinder" we get.

    Doubtless the end is not yet, and for sure we have a few more tricks up our sleeves. However, the time may well have come when the consideration of alternatives would be useful. Typically, we have attempted to deal with our multiple dilemmas by trying harder and harder to do more and more of what we have always done. If our organizations lack purpose and power, it is obviously time to reorganize – and reorganize again. And when events show every indication of spinning into oblivion, we redouble our efforts to assert, or regain, control – layering controllers upon controllers upon controls. I propose that it is not that we are doing something wrong, but rather that we are doing the wrong thing. Or put somewhat differently: Going the way we are going we are not likely to reach our destination. It is time for a change of course.

    The argument of the book is that we must now recognize that we, our organizations, as indeed the entire cosmos – are all self organizing systems. Not just a little bit, not just in some special part, but from beginning to end, top to bottom. It is all self-organization. The implications of this recognition, should it prove to be valid, are two fold (at least). First, a large part of what we currently devote a good deal of time and energy to – organizing things – is wasted effort, for our systems, left to their own devices, will take care of that business pretty much all by themselves. Secondly, our efforts at organization and control are not only of questionable value, but also destructive. By imposing our view of organization on a self-organizing system we essentially throw a spanner in the works, thereby reducing organizational function, and our own levels of performance.

    Stated in more positive terms, were we to recognize, and fully appreciate, the power of self-organization we could be relieved of an enormous task, freeing time and energy for the many other pressing issues of our day. Even better, we might learn how to leverage the power of self-organization for our benefit, thereby achieving levels of performance which presently lie beyond our wildest dreams. We will ride this primordial power, compensating for our own powerlessness. Wave Riders for sure.


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    Opening Space for Emerging Order. AKA barcamp, unconference.

    In the words of Harrison Owen:

    OST, as a definable approach to organizing meetings has been in existence for somewhat more than a dozen years. Truthfully, I suspect it has been around as long as Homo sapiens has gathered for one purpose or another, from the days of the campfire circle onward. It is only that our modern wisdom has obfuscated what we already knew and have experienced from the beginning. But that is getting somewhat ahead of our story.

    ...

    The mere thought of inviting 500 relative strangers, united by little more than their conflict around a particular issue to join together for a three day gathering, without a shred of agenda preparation, a small army of facilitators...should be sufficient to raise eyebrows. The suggestion that something productive might occur obviously contravenes most of what we have taught and/or learned about meeting management and the care and feeding of hostile groups, and definitely qualifies as outrageous. And yet productive outcomes from unlikely quarters has been the continuing experience of groups gathered in Open Space all over the planet. The outrageous is now common place. Somehow incipient (or actual chaos) is productive of order. Regularly.

    What’s the secret? Some have suggested that the Four Principles and One Law which guide behavior in Open space provide the clues. The principles are:

    1) Whoever comes is the right people, which reminds people in the small groups that getting something done is not a matter of having 100,000 people and the chairman of the board. The fundamental requirement is people who care to do something. And by showing up, that essential care is demonstrated.

    2) Whatever happens is the only thing that could have, keeps people focused on the here and now, and eliminates all of the could-have-beens, should-have-beens or might-have-beens. What is is the only thing there is at the moment.

    3) Whenever it starts is the right time alerts people to the fact that inspired performance and genuine creativity rarely, if ever, pay attention to the clock. They happen (or not) when they happen.

    4) Lastly When it’s over it’s over. In a word, don’t waste time. Do what you have to do, and when its done, move on to something more useful.

    The Law is the so called Law of Two Feet, which states simply, if at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing – use you two feet and move to some place more to you liking. Such a place might be another group, or even outside into the sunshine. No matter what, don’t sit there feeling miserable. The law, as stated, may sound like rank hedonism, but even hedonism has its place, reminding us that unhappy people are unlikely to be productive people.

    Actually the Law of Two Feet goes rather beyond hedonistic pandering to personal desires. One of the most profound impacts of the law is to make it exquisitely clear precisely who is responsible for the quality of a participant’s learning. If any situation is not learning rich, it is incumbent upon the individual participant to make it so. There is no point in blaming the conference committee, for none exists. Responsibility resides with the individual.

    One of the more surprising gifts of the Law of Two Feet is the apparent contribution to conflict resolution. I say "apparent" because I have no direct evidence connecting the Law to the resolution of conflict, but it is true that intensely conflicted groups of people find effective and amicable solutions in Open Space without benefit of formal conflict resolution procedure, or even any intermediary facilitators. Apparently they do it all by themselves.


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    Even more... Opening Space for Peace and High Performance

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    Sparked by a good month of #Occupy movement, people are engaged against, networking against.

    Much of what people are against happens behind closed doors. Fine for private matters, but there are no private politics. There should not be. The people occupy - against. They do gain attention.

    The occupy movement has been criticized for:

    • not having an agenda - it has many

    • not having a leader - it has many

    but - that gives it diversity and resilience.

    Such energy may fizzle, and to keep momentum, people appear to aim their networking for:

    • replacing winner-takes-it-all financial casinos with a more sustainable social contract

    • bringing crony capitalists to justice, to stop their shredding of the social fabric woven from agreements and laws

    and the objectives may grow more diverse, as people gain freedom to pursue their own dreams, refine agreements in conversation and debate, and form their own groups forwarding their own causes and ideals, at best in mutual respect.

    Patterns will emerge, become signs of progress, and new social contracts may be drawn up.


    Direct democracy. Engaged Economy.
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    Want to dive deeper? Synapsing evolutionary events and prior art:


    This list may grow. What would you add? 

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    Why No Straight Lines

    By Alan Moore

    We are now living in what many people now call the Networked Society, where we are creating, collaborating, in ways that defy the logic of our industrial era.


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    Want better money?

    Jay, together with Venessa, Gabriel and Patrizia on Emergence Collective wrote,


    We’re about to tell a story, or multiple stories of the future of money, of what could be.

    But the story we tell will be emergent, our knowledge comes from the wisdom of the crowd. This is where you come in.



    Money was this promise

    Lost: 5-Dollar Note, serial J04822471A, reward.




    Our blind spots about money 

    There are four layered reasons why we have a blind spot for structural issues inside the money system. Bernard A. Lietaer explains.

  • History: centuries of centralized money charging interest, resulting in boom/bust cycles and causing wealth concentration.


  • Ideology: capitalism, communism and other -isms all use the same kind of money, monopoly bank debt based.


  • Academic taboo: funding is likely to dry up for those who talk about changing the money system. The "Nobel Prize in economics" is awarded by a central bank.


  • Lobbycracy: The best lobby is one you do not recognize as such, and this one is dead set to maintain the status quo - central banking. 


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    Meet Bernard A. Lietaer

    See him explaining causes and solutions in 19 minutes at TEDxBerlin

    If your time is at a premium, jumpstart the TEDx talk at 11 minutes.









     

    If you can invest 40 of your minutes to root out blind spots and see what few others have seen before, at the Covering the Crisis conference, Bernard A. Lietaer explored in-depth the new paradigm of money.


    Bernard A. Lietaer on Monetary blind spots and structural solutions

    from European Journalism Centre on Vimeo.

     
    Sustainable money is about trust and choices

    Sustainability depends on efficiency and resilience.

    Both follow from interconnectivity and diversity.

    Money as a monoculture is at high risk to blight and parasites.  Diversity with money means

    Choice 1: Central bank money that we know to trade with people that we do not know.

    Choice 2: one of the complementary currencies that people co-create in a trust network.

     
    Building our shared future

    It looks like there are many choices. One would be mobile money via your cell phone.

    Another one you want is local currency. Get your butt off this screen and ask the people you trust.

    Build a movement.

    Are you about to tell a story, or multiple stories of the future of money, of what could be? Please do share. Thank you.

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    Monica Anderson explains.

    Reductionism is an amazingly powerful strategy for leveraging the work of scientists and for disseminating the results in the form of re-usable models of structure and causality. But for some of the "remaining hard problem domains" such as Life (biology, psychology, ecology, etc), the World (world modeling, economies, sociology), Intelligence (understanding the brain, intelligence, and creating Artificial General Intelligences - AGI) and the problem of determining the semantics of language (e.g. text) Reductionism has failed. I claim that reductionist models cannot be created in these domains (which have been named "Bizarre Domains") and that we must use Model Free (Holistic) Methods for these domains. This has important implications for AGI research strategies.

    "AI is the last holdout of pure reductionism, if you will."


    AGI: Artificial General Intelligence. In later lectures she uses AN: Artificial iNtuition.

    Slow down and enjoy the presentation. 31:22
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    Models vs. Patterns by Monica Anderson

    Grasping how things are. Why understanding comes first, before reasoning, and what role pattern matching plays.

    The most common question in the Q&A after my Model Free Methods talk was "Aren't those Holistic Patterns really a kind of Models?" In order to clarify this issue I created this presentation. I also talk about Reductionist and Holistic approaches to aiming a cannon.


    See also the whitepaper by Monica Anderson A Radical Approach to Understanding Text (pdf download).
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    A New Direction In AI Research

    Monica Anderson
    proposes adding a new target to ongoing AI research efforts: We need to focus more of our attention on Understanding as opposed to Reasoning. Understanding requires using Model Free Methods. As a bonus towards the end, Ms. Anderson also speculates about the so-called AI singularity and discusses whether SkyNet like scenarios, where computers take over the world, are plausible.

    Mechanical manipulation of formulas, even in the most strictly logical contexts require intuition-based guidance in order to progress towards a goal, such as simplification.
    ...
    Intuition is an invisible but non-mystical process....

    Intuition is fallible, that is why it is not a good basis to use in science...

    Intuition is the art of guessing wisely, based on a lifetime of gathered experience, stored as patterns...

    Monica Anderson



    Does it make sense to you?

    Why does the mind enjoy #simplicity? Because once you get it (conceptual understanding), things do get simple.

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