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September 4, 2016 by Phil Osborn
In response to today's "Scholars' Circle" on KPFK - Sunday, 09/04/2016 12 noon:

I wrote: Thanks for an XLNT program.


I believe we met years ago at Chapman University at the Yu Torture Memo presentations.


Regarding bird communication capability: I have informally studied crows and ravens for about three decades, and for several years I had a red-front Amazon parrot.  After several years during which my parrot had virtually no contact with any other parrots, I t...
August 28, 2016 by Phil Osborn
So, I'm sitting at the public computer at the Tustin Library as usual, and there is the typical encounter of the hostile kind - gang-banger with girl with noisy baby.  Which primed me for a discovery.

Sometime later, after the security guard once again intervened between me and the gang banger, I was watching the Fermi paradox video on the Kurzweilai.net site, trying to screen out all the noise from yet another kid who can't be bothered to shut up, more precisely a mother wh...
August 28, 2016 by Phil Osborn
Check out O'Keans across the street from the Tustin library, OC CA US

Oddly enough, this coffee shop is a kind of intellectual nexus for the area, one of several.

At seemingly random times, some group - Christian intellectuals, Japanese families, Korean families, etc., college students, philosophers, gamers, digerati ... somehow arrive as a cohort and take over the space.  There is just enough room inside for 2 or 3 such groups to cluster with a few seats left.  O'Keans r...
July 24, 2016 by Phil Osborn
Update: 08/28/2016

http://www.kurzweilai.net/clear-and-present-danger-to-your-life-as-of-now-from-cyberblitzkrieg

http://www.millennium-project.org/millennium/AI-Work.html

http://www.kurzweilai.net/one-second-after

July 25, 2016

I opened the OC Register at work this morning and almost skipped over the front page article "Zoltan, a presidential candidate for the future."  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/need-723287-says-income.html%20

I've been talking up the "basic ...
July 23, 2016 by Phil Osborn
After listening to a fair amount of the Republicrat's venting and angst last week, and now the Democans pretty abstractions - trying to paint a new face on a tired progressive philosophy, I've come to the conclusion that we ought to do something.  Soon.

The real problems - climate change, hair-trigger nuclear holocaust, new plagues, aging, massive corruption, 1 billion people on the edge of starvation, looming massive unemployment due to robotics, intellectual property used ...
July 10, 2016 by Phil Osborn
Welcome back.  REM:  November 8th, Election...  November 25~27, LOSCON...   www.loscon.org

I've done this sort of thing several times now, each time from a different angle.

Why?

I have a dream ... of a time when we have the credibility matrix that I suggested publically in 1999 at ICANN

https://forum.icann.org/iana/comments/03oct1998-10jan2000/msg00298.html

Then, everything of public significance that happens at a venue such as LOSCON will be...
June 5, 2016 by Phil Osborn
I'm going to try to supplement my aging bioram with a record of whatever brilliant - or not - spin-offs from material in "Scientific American" that I'm able to generate. 

1> The article "Eggshell Education" in the June 2016 issue dovetails nicely with some thinking I've been doing about mockingbirds.   The OC went through a major decline in the Mockingbird population when the crows moved in en masse about 20 years ago.  Every evening brought rivers...
May 28, 2016 by Phil Osborn
See http://www.kurzweilai.net/why-evolution-may-be-intelligent-based-on-deep-learning

My comment there:  "I recall coming to essentially the same conclusion in the late '60's after reading Koestler's "The Act of Creation," or perhaps it was "Janus."  I think it was referred to me by the Nathaniel Brandon Institute. As I recall, Koestler did not believe in junk DNA, for good reasons having to do with basic information theory. 

I agreed, but, in part, my agreement ...
May 14, 2016 by Phil Osborn
New AI breakthrough: One of the hardest jobs for AI has been natural language parsing. There are many examples of ambiguity that would stump most human recipients - and yet are perfectly valid, grammatically correct, etc. We humans resolve these situations by putting them in a context and/or by seeking further clarification. This task - translating a stream of symbols such as words into a meaningful mental object in our consciousness - has been partially solved to date by heroic statis...
May 11, 2016 by Phil Osborn
This blog is intended to be derivative of my blog "On Morals."

Suppose you have the misfortune to be born to wealth, but with no apparent talent for greatness.  If you have good examples to emulate, you may still do ok.  However, as I demonstrated in "On Morals," the crucial impetus for consciousness - what drives it - is feedback of the form of reaffirmation of reality.  It is seeing the abstract made concrete - "the Word made flesh" - that fuels our passions,&n...
April 21, 2016 by Phil Osborn
 Update 05-02-2016

One interesting note was the focus by the NASA reps on gender balance.  (My estimate is that overall, of the ~60 participants, probably at least a third were women.) The large team immediately behind me that was working on an emergency person locator APP aimed at alerting first responders as to immediate emergencies was ~gender neutral, slightly less than half women. Their top coder, by universal acclaim, was a black woman. The NASA rep (this w...
April 17, 2016 by Phil Osborn
06/22/16  Day after day of redoing past work on the new platform.   No way apparently under the CMS to propagate repeated corrections across hundreds of product pages - at least not with this version and its terrible editor.  So, I do the same correction again and again.  Meanwhile, apparently someone got the idea of listing the products - for internal and user processing needs yet - according to how important he thought they were, instead of alphabetizing.   S...
April 10, 2016 by Phil Osborn
I find myself thinking in terms of Les Miserables a lot recently.  Odd the twists and turns of the mind.Imagine, if you will, the following scenario:  Our protagonist suddenly recalls committing a string of unrelated crimes of whim a long time ago - when he was a young precocious sociopath by default, his even younger childhood consisting of a series of betrayals and false accusations that ultimately overwhelm his innocence.  Note that as an adult, he has fasti...
November 21, 2015 by Phil Osborn
The Programming Grid is on fb:  https://www.facebook.com/Loscon/

Or, go here:  www.LOSCON.org

My schedule as a panelist:

FRI 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Marquis 2:
Virtual Reality: Making an Unreal Life Occulus Rift, etc, challenges, personalizing VR, ethics and morality of VR
Panelists: Keith Henson, Trina Phillips, Gene Turnbow, Willard (Phil) Osborn

My comments prior to the con

In a way, this is recent history with the Repeat button jammed down.   The MUDDs and ...
November 17, 2015 by Phil Osborn
Note: 12/12/2015  This blog was written shortly before the San Bernardino terror.

Dylan Watkins, the founder (?), ramrod of OCVR kept telling me over the past year that my ideas were SOOOO close to this other writer that I HAD to check his book, Daemon.  Finally I remembered to Google and the first thing that shows up is "Daemon and Freedomᵀᴹ comprise a two-part novel by the author Daniel Suarez about a distributed, persistent computer application, known as The Daemon, tha...