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Comments07/12/2017 #12 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorGran post aquí y yo vivimos cada día como es la Navidad. Me encanta ayudar a la gente cada día donde cada vez viven sin esperanza de recibir nada a cambio. Para mí eso es sólo mi manera de promover el PMA! PMA= Actitud Mental Positiva. Que tengan un buen día a todos bee está ahí fuera y no las abejas. Si te puedo ayudar de cualquier manera un correo electrónico o llame a 1-404-750-3200, Email: email@example.com/12/2017 #11 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorGreat post here & I live every day like it is Christmas. I love helping people every day where ever they live with no expectation to receive anything in return. To me that is just my way of promoting PMA! PMA= Positive Mental Attitude. Have a great day to all bee's out there & non-bees. If I can help you in any way email or call 1-404-750-3200, email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Gran post aquí y yo vivimos cada día como es la Navidad. Me encanta ayudar a la gente cada día donde cada vez viven sin esperanza de recibir nada a cambio. Para mí eso es sólo mi manera de promover el PMA! PMA= Actitud Mental Positiva. Que tengan un buen día a todos bee está ahí fuera y no las abejas. Si te puedo ayudar de cualquier manera un correo electrónico o llame a 1-404-750-3200, Email: email@example.com/12/2017 #7 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez EscolarEl Grinch (solo que no cambio de opinión como él😅)
Me encanta Los Gremmlis
Que voy a decir de Johnny Deep en Eduardo ManosTijeras, (en casa somos admiradores/as de este actor).
Mago de Oz, Sonrisas y lagrimas musicales entrañables.
Recuerdo que Dirty Dancing la reponian también por estas fechas, (al menos cuando era adolescente), es mi peli favorita (pasión por el baile).
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- Producer05/12/2017The Prophets vs the Profits of AIIT'S MORE THAN JUST SCIENTIFIC FERVOR THAT DRIVES AI HYPERBOLE... "People degrade themselves in order to make machines seem smart all the time. Before the crash, bankers believed in supposedly intelligent algorithms that could calculate credit...
Comments10/12/2017 #19 Yogesh SukalAs @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador mentioned people will be more dependent on AI and won't be able to do anything on their own.
Its like tranfering intelligence from human to machine, like negative evolution.
as this quote on internet.
"I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots"
but if we get bigger problem to solve understanding our universe.
Artficial Intelligence with proper regulation should be helpful for these biggest questions like space exploration.
and the generation will not be idiot but wiser than us, providing proper regulation for AI and morality for humans.
Thank you for thought provoking buzz @Phil Friedman10/12/2017 #17 Numo QuestThere already have been two incidents involving 'AI' and the latest one of Facebook where two computers were programmed to communicate with each other where suddenly the programs discovered that both computers started to produce programming in a language and algorithm not understand by the programmers. In panic they shut down these and it still is under investigation how to progress from there.
Up to now many commercial entities constant are hyping Artificial Intelligence, which basically, if one like to think about it for a few moments, simply doesn't exist. Every type of intelligence has it's own dynamics hence, baring value. The only AI, meaningful for commercial use is self learning AI but, if one programs just that, don't be surprised if that AI will distinct itself to become as UniQue as you and me.
What many forget is there are Universal Principles working, omnipotent, yet, unknown to many, that here also plays a vital role. Either, one creates a form of AI which can be controlled, let's say Smart Controllable Intelligence like to program a butler or nurse for the simple controllable tasks and stay away from the programming like Facebook has tried. We for the moment have enough challenges to come to a sustainable world without the need on a next gen danger.
All digital automation is doing is making people dumber and lazier since even the simplest of tasks can be automated already. Next is that a simple programmed machine indeed will be smarter then man .... ;O))07/12/2017 #16 Phil Friedman#15 I agree, Franci, that it is unfortunate. All one has to do is try resolving some customer service issue with one of the vaunted Chatbots and one quickly learns that AI is still pretty unintelligent. AI is now being defined by its Prophets as something different from Artificial Intelligence precisely because AI is failing to live up to all the hype spread over the last decade two about artificial intelligence. Cheers!06/12/2017 #13 Debasish Majumdernice insight @Phil Friedman! i wonder whether A.I having any thing to do with our reflections. how a machine can evaluate when out of the reflection of the external world our sensation eventually enable us to reach to a corollary which virtually navigate us t o progress? it is human brain which is supreme and there is perhaps no need to be intimidated about A.I.06/12/2017 #12 Phil Friedman#11 @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, I understand your point. However, I would compare speaking the truth about the future of Artificial Intelligence (not "AI" which is currently being re-defined to mean something different than we took it to mean prior to this) with having several decades ago pointed out that manned space exploration was a NASA dog-and-pony show meant to generate support for funding the space program and had literally no place to go (beyond, perhaps, Mars). And that if we really want to explore our solar system and beyond, we need to invest in legitimate research, i.e., unmanned probes. Wait! I just had a thought. Let's send some bots into space to report back is a couple hundred or thousand years. Cheers!06/12/2017 #11 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianI don't know, Phil. I agree that AI so far is just a pile of bullchips (I wonder where I got that expression, my friend?)
Still, It will get better and better giving us a greater illusion of intelligence, but that's all it will be, an illusion of intelligence.
Still, it isn't fair to look at the current version of the tech and make a final judgment. That would be like someone looking at a Benz Patent Motor Car circa 1879 and saying, "Pahh, it'll never catch on! My horse is faster and can get me home on his own if I tie one on."
Yes, the horse was the first autonomous "vehicle."05/12/2017 #8 Jerry FletcherMeanwhile, back at the money machine in a another burst of inventive genius Mr. Rodgers presented another of his tales of life in the 25th Century. Three exclusive Vulture Capital firms agreed that "anyone vetted by Mr Burroughs was good enough for them." And so it goes.05/12/2017 #5 Phil Friedman#4 I understand that, @Randall Burns, just ysnking your chain a bit. But for the record, Sci-Fi afficianados distinguish betwee science fiction and science fantasy. Science fiction is futurism grounded in an extension of known science. Science fantasy is pure flight of fancy — much like much if the talk these daysbofnthe future if artificial intelligence. Cheers!05/12/2017 #4 Randall Burns#3 LMAO!!! I do realize that it is Science FICTION, but it is great just for the entertainment value. Cheers! I think the other reason why I brought it up is that I agree with your sentiments 100% in that we are no where near developing any kind of true AI, as far as I'm concerned it is as much of a fiction as Ellison's work. I appreciate the stand that you're taking, it's realistic, who knows if even creating AI is possible. I wonder about some of these "smart" people jumping on the bandwagon but I think that's where the "Prophets vs. Profits" comes in, people are either blinded by their hope to see it happen or taking advantage to make a quick buck.05/12/2017 #3 Phil Friedman#2 Thank you, @Randall Burns, for reading and following #SHOWMETHEINTELLIGENCE". No, although I'm familiar with some of Harlan Ellison's work, I have never read "I have No Mouth ...." But I need to point out that the core contention of my series is that scenarios such as that laid out in Ellison's book are pure science fantasy and not likely ever to be realized -- unless we turn to growing carbon-based organic artificial neural networks (simulated brain matter). For binary electrical networks will never, I submit, get us anywhere near genuine artificial intelligence. Cheers!05/12/2017 #2 Randall BurnsGreat post again @Phil Friedman I'm really enjoying this series. I have to ask you; Did you ever read "I have no mouth and I must Scream" by Harlan Ellison? That's a pretty grim extrapolation of where AI could go. (The "Terminator" series are based on another of Ellison's works)
- Producer29/06/2017Of Zen, Motorcycles & HealthCareIt is that time of year again - riding season is in high swing and everybody is out enjoying their bikes. Few people are distracted by Fall or its consequences, especially coming into the Holiday weekend. But the 'Industry' is well aware of the...
Comments30/06/2017 #8 Brian McKenzie#6 Granted, some issues are congenital, genetic or accidental - but the statistics and history show that over 80% of care is directly related to personal choices and lifestyle issues. I should not be forced to pay for someone elses habits from my wallet. Especially not at the threat from the IRS.29/06/2017 #1 Harvey LloydI vote for Briancare 2020. Great comparison and thoughts. I believe the issue here is that the Government got the notion somewhere that they are the caregivers of everyone. We have many in our organization that refuse to buy any health insurance through our firm. Too Expensive. We subsidize 55% of the premium for them.
Healthcare is an issue but creating a fair system while others refuse to participate will be difficult.
Great post. Brian for President 2020
- Producer03/12/2017Mercedes Maybach, The Coolest Luxury Car?Really impressive mixture of engineering and technology. Very futuristic, the interior blows me away.Ultimate in luxury of the future. Mercedes-Benz is once again set to present a highlight: the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a car which,...
Comments04/12/2017 #11 Wayne YoshidaOoops. I deleted my comment by accident. Doh.
Maybach is indeed one of the coolest ultra luxury cars ever. Especially the technology inside, many of the accessories are "electrified" such as engine controls, engine cooling , seat adjusters and so on.
One other car in this category should be the Koenigsegg Regera. But in this one, the interior is rather "retro" and not "futuristic."
https://www.koenigsegg.com/regera/04/12/2017 #8 Wayne YoshidaYes, one of the coolest luxury cars. And the technology inside is amazing, with plenty of "electrified" functions previously driven by the gasoline engine.
Another car that may be on this list is the Koenigsegg Regera -- but this interior is a little bit "retro" and not "futuristic."
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- Producer01/12/2017Show Me the IntelligenceTIME TO STOP ACCEPTING AT FACE VALUE THE HYPE OF PROPHETS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND INSTEAD ASK TO SEE THE HARD EVIDENCE... “Artificial intelligence will reach human levels by around 2029. Follow that out further to, say, 2045, we will...
Comments02/12/2017 #18 Phil Friedman#17 @Phillippe Collard, thank you for the link to your LI article (really a paper). I cannot recommend too highly thar people interested in AI read it. You and I have actually been 1st level connections on LinkedIn for several years, and I cannot believe I didn’t see this great paper. Especially since I follow you there. But that is the way of LI non-distribution. Anyway, I will be adding the link to Recommended Further Reading in the posts of the series. Please feel free to comment here any time. Your voice will always be welcomed. My best to you. Cheers!02/12/2017 #17 Philippe Collard@Phili Friedman, YES! As one who is a veteran of the AI field (say 30years :-) and went thru the AI winter, I simply cannot stand the current hype. IN most case, it's done by some folks purely for self promotion. I wrote a lot on the topic. Feel free to share.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/artificial-intelligence-very-intelligent-philippe-collard/02/12/2017 #16 Phil Friedman#12 yes, @Ian Weinberg, it seems that the general discussion on social media and the popular press of Artificial Intelligence has caused “us” to lose our minds. There are scientists and philosophers speaking out about this, and I hope to use the series to bring that more to the forefront. Thanks for supporting #SHOWMETHEINTELLIGENCE.02/12/2017 #13 Zacharias 🐝 VoulgarisPeople who talk so passionately about intelligence, esp. artificial intelligence, like the futurists do, are probably compensating for their own lack of intelligence :-) True A.I. scientists and engineers tend to be more humble about what A.I. can do and avoid making predictions about AGI and similar topics...02/12/2017 #12 Ian WeinbergDrove home from work yesterday in a heavy thunderstorm. Had to slow down as I navigated torrential water streams (drew upon experiential data base); traffic lights out at major intersection - spontaneously all motorists co-operated to allow each to cross in rotation (Applied Chaos Theory); a little further noticed a young women in distress because she couldn't move to a turning line because of the jammed up traffic and floods - we all stopped to allow her to move over (drew on emotional intelligence and other value-based data). This is an illustration of current day to day human intelligence. In this context AI is but a linear computer game which has no resemblance to anything intelligent. Thanks @Phil Friedman for hammering the point home, once and for all.
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- Producer28/11/2017Seeing Through People - A Boon or a Burden?Photo by Natalia Figueredo on Unsplash Marked loner and a person who does not give out much in terms of information. Given this title, I am going to share with you all, something that I have experienced, almost forever. My characteristics make me...
Comments09/12/2017 #26 Yolanda Ávila - Kaizen ProyectosAn interesting topic @Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
It could be said that I am a very intuitive person too. And very empathic. In the past, that quality caused me a lot of problems.
Over time, I have learned to distinguish which feelings / thoughts are mine and which feelings / thoughts are from the people with whom I interact.
Now, I use that quality to connect with people but maintaining limits that prevent other people's issues from affecting me.
Have a nice day!01/12/2017 #23 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal#20 You are a warm and kind person, @Lada 🏡 Prkic. An idealist and a straightforward person, which makes you an amazing human being. :-)
The place and the people around a person makes us the person we are. The effects could be negative or positive or sometimes a general mass effect.01/12/2017 #22 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal#17 "You can plant seeds with folks that change the harvest a few months latter.." what a beautiful thing to say, @Harvey Lloyd. I agree with the thought of not being able to understand if someone really wants help or if they just want to vent. Thankfully, I have identified some people who just want to help and have stopped offering any kind of solution to them, whatsoever. They seemed together agitated when I would offer a plan on how things could be solved.
Sometimes, it is just nice thing to be a good listener. I am still learning. If I am not having a conversation and just listening (and it is not a course or classroom setting), I seem to wander off. But I definitely am doing better than before so I guess it'll all be good.01/12/2017 #21 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal#16 I agree with you, @Cyndi wilkins.I don't really like people shouting at anyone. Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity. We treat our kids with respect, as that is how they learn how to treat others with respect. Even when someone slips at the duty, we should try to understand them rather than assuming they are careless. Being your own boss allows you that space to treat everyone the way you think fit. It never helps to work under pressure from people.29/11/2017 #17 Harvey Lloyd#12 In personal settings i have found that people don't like it when you identify one the walls that are stopping then from achieving success. It's to close to the heart of the matter. I find myself asking the question, are you asking me for my opinion, or are you just venting?
A point to consider. Time and the journey is a teacher. I may not be able to shorten your learning curve but for the most part people do eventually see the journeys futility. Sometimes its right to speak of the journey you see in others and others it needs more time. When you see it you also need to discern the timing of learning.
I know for me i am slow to change. So once i recognise or someone points something out through their actions i need to experience the journey a little more before the change happens, with the new knowledge. You can plant seeds with folks that change the harvest a few months latter..29/11/2017 #16 Cyndi wilkins@Proma 🐝 Nautiyal...It is for this very reason I went into business for myself...While being in a position of management over my peers I was encouraged to 'bark orders at them' as a means of keeping them in line...My response to upper management..."I wasn't aware this was a boot camp.'
I never could conform to this way of thinking and in turn it has probably cost me a much more lucrative position in life...However, the end game is this...We can't take all those material things with us when we leave here, but this is certain...We are responsible for the effect we have had on each and every living soul we have ever touched...So handle with care;-)29/11/2017 #15 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal#10 I did come across the bathing in salt water technique and also sprinkling salt over my shoulder, as advised by one of my Japanese friends. Now that you mention that you benefitted from it, I will definitely give it a try. And yes, I would absolutely love it if you could share some of these techniques with me. My mind is buzzing all the time. I would like to give it a rest. (I do meditate) :)29/11/2017 #13 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal#6 Thank you @Lada 🏡 Prkic. I must say that it takes a strong heart, one filled with love and courage, when it comes to seeing the good in people without knowing much about them. My experiences, unfortunately, have turned me pretty cynical, although I would have loved to feel the warmth of being a person who trusts people and sees goodness in them.29/11/2017 #12 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal#5 I agree, @Harvey Lloyd. My instincts have served me well in matters of business/work. However, it does not (almost never) end so well the it comes to personal matters. So now, unless it is extremely important, I keep my thoughts to myself and have the occasional "I told you so" moments and find happiness in them. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.29/11/2017 #9 Claire L Cardwell#6 @Lada 🏡 Prkic - I can relate to being a 'naive' as well as being intuitive - I do see the best in people and struggle from time to time with not becoming a cynic and shutting myself away! On a couple of occasions recently I have gone against my instincts when it came to taking on a new client and got burnt pretty quickly! Still paying school fees!
- Producer30/11/2017Aiming for a Great Corporate CultureUgh...it’s not, for some people, a good paycheck and privileges that can keep them happy when they realize that their contributions go unnoticed or become fragmented in a chaotic company culture.And then, the truth is that employees everywhere spend...
Comments01/12/2017 #6 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWell said @A. hussain Mohammed. Empowering others in a positive manner can have a ripple effect. And, Harvey is so correct, 80% positive reinforcement, 20% management. Ah, how the work culture/climate would change if everyone was able to adopt these philosophies. Some companies seem to have never received the notice that this is not the 80's anymore.01/12/2017 #5 Mohammed A. Jawad#4 @Harvey Lloyd Thanks, once again for your thoughtful comments and sharing the post. I do appreciate your time and effort in responding to articles with inspiring remarks.
Ah, how well your company empowers each team member to engage in serving one another. That's invaluable mutual help that spreads a culture of unison, and with it all goodness comes.
More spirit and strength to you and your operational team in making things happen, as required and expected!30/11/2017 #4 Harvey Lloyd@Mohammed A. Jawad I am honored and humbled. Your post is one we do need to expand our thoughts.
For us, at our firm, we created a vision statement that include 1 Degree. Every engagement has to change the course by 1 Degree. This short phrase is a litmus test in all conversations. Id what we are talking about altering the course of events in a positive manner, by 1 degree.
With this we can leverage and hijack bad conversations that lead nowhere and empower each team member to engage in serving one another. Sounds campy, but over the last few years we have seen a noticeable difference in our corporate culture. A negative culture spreads like wild fire. With out a phrase that can quickly give managers and leaders direction it is hard to contain.
We got a little shock a couple of weeks ago. We hired on a highly specialized consultant to help us navigate a new service for students with autism. After only a couple of months the small firm has begun negotiations to close up shop and come work in our team environment. It took two weeks of discussions before i believed them.
Corporate culture is what gave them the want. I am a weed eater within the cultural environment. Ours is a great one, with its issues, but we are constantly managing the 20%. My operational folks deal with the 80%.
- Producer13/04/2016Never Underestimate Your CustomerA VW Bug AdventureMy accelerator pedal dropped to the floor when the light turned green and I tried to move forward. Reaching down while horns were honking behind me, I tried to pull the pedal back up to rest on the accelerator pin*. The pin had...
Comments04/08/2017 #31 Ignacio Orna#23 Here, in Spain we have www.mister-auto.es www.recambiosviaweb.com www.oscaro.es www.endado.com I buy the pieces for my car more cheaps. The local car mechanic and I won this way. I need give them the rack number of my car, the brand, the type of engine and the model., to spare parts supliers for to buy the exact piece i need and there are mistakes03/08/2017 #24 Ignacio OrnaCreo que decía Napoleón, que jamás subestimes a tu enemigo creyéndote más fuerte que él, porque tienes todas las de perder. Igual que a los clientes tampoco hay que subestimarlos porque compren poco, puede que a lo mejor estén tan contentos, que sean los que más vendan tu negocio a sus familiares y amigos y ahora mediante las redes sociales lo pueden hacer mucho más. Un cliente contento y satisfecho es un filón de oro. Así que no hay que olvidar nunca que "El mejor de los clientes, no es el que más compra, sino el que más vende" Siento no poder ponerlo en inglés, pero el poco inglés que se no me lo permite. Un saludo.05/04/2017 #23 Sarah Elkins#22 Funny you would mention that, Brian. A year after that experience, I started working for a local car mechanic. He let me use his lift and tools, and I replaced the entire peddle assembly with the kind of roller skate wheel you describe. It looked cool, was a great experience for me, and worked WAY better.24/03/2017 #22 Brian McKenzieI never cared for the Supers - I prefer the pre 69's. That throttle cable and pin was an idiot's design. Previous years had a lever and cable, the best repair was to put a roller skate wheel where the pedal was - gave you better feathering for the throttle and better launch down the quarter mile.17/02/2017 #21 Sarah Elkins#20 That's huge, @Wayne Yoshida. How recently did that happen? I wonder if things have changed in that area, since so many wealthy young people don't dress up like wealthy people did a couple of decades ago? Your story needs to be shared with all high-end car dealerships. That's right, Wayne, don't mess with me -- I'm little but I have a big temper! Thanks for the comment!17/02/2017 #20 Wayne YoshidaYikes. Don't mess with @Sarah Elkins!
I have a similar story, but it was a car-buying story, not a car-fixing story. I went into a BMW dealership. It was a hot Saturday summer, so I was dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. I was all ready to buy a car. Bracing for the typical car salesman grab the customer and put him in a new car experience, I had a complete checklist of exactly what I wanted. (325i, 2.5L engine, etc). I knew what to pay, actually, I wanted that car and would have paid what they asked for. A salesmans' dream customer . . .
No one asked me if I needed any help or wanted to know what I was looking for. So after about 20 minutes of looking at their stock, I left.
So I ended up buying a Mazda RX-7 instead that same day. Never bought and no longer desire that brand. Too bad.18/04/2016 #17 Sarah Elkins#16, that's perfect, Ken. Our boys call it "slug-bug" and if it's yellow, it's a double-punch for "nanner". I loved that little car; it seemed like everyone knew my car in Fort Collins. I would park it and when I came back many times there would be a note on the windshield. A couple of times I had a flower there waiting for me from one of my friends. Thanks for the comment.15/04/2016 #16 Ken BoddieLove your story, Sarah, both for the humour and the bottom line. Reminds me of when my kids were young (and Adam was a lad). They used to slap each other while sitting in the back of the car when they saw a VW. One hit for a VW Beatle known as a 'punch buggy' and two hits for a 'double punch buggy' or VW Combi Van. Sounds like your mechanic got the 'multi punch buggie' treatment. Remind me not to upset you.13/04/2016 #15 Sarah Elkins#14 Thanks for the comment, Jim. I love that you defer to your wife in certain situations. It definitely throws people like the mechanic I described for a loop. I had to educate our local Subaru dealership in that when we moved here and I've seen big improvements in the attitude since I called out my salesman on his assumption! And yes, beBee seems promising. Time will tell...13/04/2016 #14 Jim MurrayGreat post Sarah. Love the story. I can't tell you how many times, dealing with people like that I have said to them..."She's the boss", referring to my wife, who is the boss.
Glad to see you here on beBee. I've very optimistic about this site. In a way it's kinda like starting over, but I don't care. LinkedIn and their bullshit has really alienated me and a lot of other people as well. Now, at least there's an alternative that looks promising.13/04/2016 #13 Sarah Elkins#3 Thanks, Franci. I laugh every time I read this story and even more when I share it with people in person! When I first wrote it, I sent it to my mother for review. She said she was reading it out loud at lunch with some friends and all of them were laughing so hard they were crying. I don't know if there is anything better to hear than that!13/04/2016 #12 Sarah Elkins#4 Julie, she was a wonderful person. I only wish I had a way to contact her after all these years. What an impact one stranger can have on our lives! This story probably wouldn't be nearly as funny without her role in it. A '64 yellow convertible? That must have been way too much fun -- and I'll bet you got into a lot of trouble with that car. With every young woman I have a relationship, I tell them that story and encourage them not only to know a little something about their vehicles, I remind them how important it is to stand up for themselves in a situation like that. We are all ambassadors and the more of us who know something and stand up, the less likely it is others will be taken advantage of.13/04/2016 #11 Sarah Elkins#5 Oh dear, Pamela. We would have some great stories to swap as well, I think. I dumped a glass of iced tea on a customer in a very fancy restaurant, staining her very expensive coat. She was not laughing and that did not end well. I love that the table was so understanding. People, generally, are good. Sometimes we have to be reminded and called out on our bad behavior. I truly believe that when people are faced with the reality of their bad behavior they are generally uncomfortable and embarrassed by it. There are few people in this world who truly don't care about being liked by others. I have a tendency to overestimate people until they prove otherwise. I have underestimated our boys on occasion; I'm not sure how any parent can see their children for where they are in development in any given situation when we live with them every day.13/04/2016 #10 Sarah Elkins#6 @Aaron 🐝 Skogen - I SO wish I still had that little bug. The stories we could swap over those vehicles would take hours, a good amount of beer, and probably some breaks for breathing after laughing so hard. A few years after that story I wrecked the gold bug but the engine was still good. My boyfriend at that time found a baby-aspirin orange body and we swapped out that engine for mine in an afternoon with beer & pizza. I drove the orange bug for a few years. I miss those little cars and would love to pick one up after our boys leave the house -- they're far too big to cart them around in a bug. You know I'm always up for a road trip, let me know where & when! Maybe this summer we can find a way to get us all together somewhere.13/04/2016 #8 Sarah Elkins#7 Great comment, Zack Thorn, though a tad cynical, right? I was just reading a reminder that there are more good people than bad in our lives and to look for the good every day. I find that to be absolutely true. I have definitely known and experienced people who get paid far too much for what they do, and others on the opposite end of that spectrum. The reasons I knew so much about my car are that my father wouldn't let me drive without knowing the basics, I didn't have any money to have other people fix it, and I worked in a small garage as the office manager prior to being a cocktail server/bartender. The owner of that little garage in Fort Collins, Colorado, was not only incredibly capable and honest, he was a great teacher.
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Comments29/11/2017 #25 Phil FriedmanI have to tell you all this story. Yesterday evening, I received a notice from one of my software subscription companies that I needed to update my expired credit card information to which the monthly charge is billed. So I went online to do that but found that although I could update the card info, the system would not let me correct the info for the failed billing attempt and continue to show a payment past due. So I went online to talk to Customer Service and was answered by what was clearly a chatbot. Normally, I would have hung up and tried to reach a living person, but the exchange seemed to be moving along fairly quickly so I stuck with it. After a series back and forths, during which the bot asked repeatedly for confirmation that it was interpreting my questions and statements correctly, the problem was resolved, and the bot and I parted ways.
Good result? Yes. But out of curiosity I had timed the process from start to finish and guess what... because of the repetitions and requests for confirmations, it took 27 minutes. About three times longer than I estimate an exchange with a live person would have taken.
Now some will point out that the bot was "learning" from our exchange and would become much faster in future. To which I'd say, no, I was involuntarily training the bot, who was taking up my time for free. Where is the intelligence in that?23/11/2017 #22 Phil FriedmanAll - this is an interesting conversation here, and I thank you for your participation. I think you should be aware of the fact that this article and my previous article on "Artificial Un-Intelligence"
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/artificial-un-intelligence View moreAll - this is an interesting conversation here, and I thank you for your participation. I think you should be aware of the fact that this article and my previous article on "Artificial Un-Intelligence"
were stimulated in part by an article by Geoff Hudson Searle:
Geoff responded in a very interesting way to a comment I made on his piece: "All respect @Phil Friedman and great to hear from you. My interaction with my client's robot is that their robot has developed feelings as a result of time spent with children, teenagers, adults and old age pensioners, behaviors, attitudes, and humor. The AI feeds of the interactions which make the robot hospitable, understanding and compassionate. I believe we live in interesting times and life will become even more interesting in the very near future! Cheers, Phil!"
To which my reply was, "Geoff, I have no doubt that humans can develop feelings and attachments to machines. What I take issue with is the idea that the reverse is true, notwithstanding some machines may be programmed to produce contextually correct responses that simulate "understanding and compassion". However, I am open to having the interactions you cite being demonstrated by way of videos. What I am not open is accepting, without direct demonstration, the claims of the Prophets (Profits?) of AI as to what their bots can do. To paraphrase a well-known movie title, "Show me the goods!" Cheers."
Feel free to continue the conversation. Cheers! Close23/11/2017 #21 Phil Friedman#20 Thank you, @Pamela 🐝 Williams, for reading and the kind words. I share your concern for our society if we continue to buy the BS being fomented by the Prophets and Profits of Artificial Intelligence. What we are seeing is a blatant propaganda campaign to convince us that not only can machine intelligence outperform human intelligence, but that machine intelligence will be "objective" and unaffected by the biases built into it, both intentionally and inadvertently, by programmers and engineers.
The situation is a mirror of what has happened with the explosion of "apps" to choose what we read, what music we listen to, what schools and cars and clothes and foods are best for us. As though these "smart" apps are neutral and without flaws or built-in biases. It's all a pile of crap. Which becomes evident if you have had any experience with a Customer Service Bot -- which takes at least five times as long to resolve your problem if indeed it ever resolves the problem at all. An intelligent human works are five times the speed of such Bots because the human exercises judgment and understands the objective.
The same is true of the programs that are supposed to allow a single customer service representative to talk to multiple customers at the same time. When you look closely you see the purported improvement in efficiency is a complete hoax. All these programs or bots do is slow down the rep-to-customer interaction by delaying the serial interchange. With the result that a five-minute conversation with a customer service representative (or bot) takes 20 to 30 minutes. But in the meantime, the profits for the software firms selling this bill of goods to other companies continue to pile up.23/11/2017 #20 Pamela 🐝 Williams#1 When my daughter was attending a local, well respected university, I was struck by something; They are focusing on technology that does the thinking for you and not actually teaching the fundamentals. It's terrifying to think what Engineering and Architectural students won't learn in the future as bots do the thinking for them and their only job will be to drive the software and enter basic specifications.
Anyone else was to drive across a bridge that was designed and built by AI? They will never recreate the human mind. .
Loving this new series @Phil Friedman, very interesting stuff!22/11/2017 #17 Phil Friedman#11 I agree, @Jerry Fletcher, Here are some questions I ask immediately upon being connected a customer "service" center or call desk. 1) Where are you? If the answer is in a country that is culturally widely divergent from min (the U.S.), I politely say goodbye and try another means, since my experience is that, in some cultures, the propagated "customer service" ethic is to protect the company and keep it from spending any money, all in preference to actually satisfying the customer. 2) Are you a real person or a computer? If a computer, again I hang up. Because the vast majority of my experience is that I am about to enter upon a 20 or 30-minute conversation that will end in my being told to call another number and speak to a representative. The pipe dream of Bots to solve customer problems remains just that, a pipe dream. And if you want to achieve peace in your life, that is one pipe you will not smoke. Cheers and thanks for joining the conversation.22/11/2017 #16 Phil Friedman#6 @Wayne Yoshida, the link you supplied is a great read. I recommend it to all who are interested in this topic.Thanks.
https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/the-uncanny-valley22/11/2017 #13 Lada 🏡 Prkic#12 Phil, I just like the idea of experiencing the interaction with an automaton. AutoCAD becomes more and more complicated, and its user-help database is not better or worse compared to other complex software. We can always have YouTube for additional instructions. :)22/11/2017 #12 Phil Friedman#6 I prefer the MS Paper Clip, @Wayne Yoshida. Oh, and by the way, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, Autodesk can put as much as it wants into the development of AVA, but that won't help a whit if they do not improve the quality of their user-help database and the explanations and instructions contained therein. Not to mention, if the user-help were more complete and useful, I wouldn't need AVA or anyone else. I can read pretty well. Don't you think? If so, AVA is a lot of investment for a parlor trick.22/11/2017 #11 Jerry FletcherPhil, I, too, am one of those humans that likes fast response speeds because I'm on my server rather than a cloud trying to reign over me. If you do video editing, ( as I do regularly) you could go crazy waiting for action over a DSL line! As to the visual aspect of a Chat bot...ARgggh! Chat alone is a pain where a pill will not reach. Granted one customer service rep can handle up to 3 enquiries at a time using chat which saves labor costs but the level of service is off by anywhere from 50 to 90% in my estimation. Customer service with real humans will, I believe, become the mark of better products and services with pricing that supports them. ( A couple of my clients have already proved this forecast!)22/11/2017 #10 Lada 🏡 PrkicAutoCAD is my main drawing "tool", but I very rarely ask explanations from the Autodesk's help service. I read the article about AVA and like the idea. I even think to give it a try and see how it would be to meet face-to-face with an automaton. As its designer said, AVA is not pretending to be anything other than a robot.
Phil, thanks for another stimulating post.22/11/2017 #8 Phil Friedman#4 Right on, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian.. Direct cloud-resident program work ell in specific circumstances and certain jobs. But you can’t truly run most businesses on non-local softeare in my experience.
Autodesk is looking to use AVA as a virtual user-support person in order to avoid msintsining huge call centers or vast contractor networks. The concept is brilliant. Replace unhelpful outsourced call centers with an unhelpful but infinitely polite and patient Bots. Cheers!22/11/2017 #7 Phil Friedman#4 Right on, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. Direct cloud-resident program work ell in specific circumstances and certain jobs. But you can’t truly rin most businesses on non-local softeare in my experience.
Autodesk is looking to use AVA as a virtual user-support person in order to avoid msintsining huge call centers or vast contractor netseorks. The concept is brilliant. Replace unhelpful outsourced call centers with an iunhelpgul but infinitely polite and patient Bot. Cheers!
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Comments28/11/2017 #57 Phil Friedman#56 @Graham🐝 Edwards, I agree that it is a worry what would happen to our society if (when?) robots were to take over all of the meaningful labor and humans were faced with nothing but free time. Visions of the Eloi in H. G. Well's "The Time Machine" pop into my head. But that is a question entirely separate from whether the contemporary boasting by the AI industry matches up with reality -- which it doesn't.
What we're actually seeing is a re-definition of the term "intelligent" to accommodate marketers who want to call every computer-driven automatic process "intelligent". Like your "smart" fridge. Which is just a computer-driven counter that automatically tabulates and sorts what you consume from most used to least used and spits out the results. That's not intelligence -- although it may be "smarter" than most AI marketing people.
My iPhone Maps program now tracks my movements (trying to figure out how to turn the feature off) and "anticipates" where I'm headed when it "notices" I am moving in my car.It then gives me a pre-emptive message that says, for example, "31 minutes to home". It's not smart at all because most of the time it's wrong about where I'm going -- although as it saves more data, it mas accuracy of prediction may increase. But it's not intelligent. It's just a data accumulation/analysis program. It's the user interfaces that make things like your fridge and my Maps app appear intelligent. Cheers!28/11/2017 #56 Graham🐝 EdwardsAs always @Phil Friedman a thought provoking piece... I'm not so worried about the robots (although I am always fascinated with the Boston dynamics stuff) — I am "intrigued" however about where the AI is taking us though, how much it's already involved in our lives without us knowing, and frankly what people ill do with there time as AI takes over the menial and not so menial tasks (I don't think it is to far off that our smart fridge will understand what food we like, suggest foods we will like even more, order replacements that are automatically delivered for us). I don't envision anything apocalyptic in the form of man vs machine... just a faster than expected situation where we have way too much time on our hands... and you know what people are like when they have idle time.28/11/2017 #54 Phil Friedman#53 @Wayne Yoshida, do you suppose that as natural intelligence in our world wanes, there will come a point where the only remaining intelligence is artificial? To answer your question more directly, an Excel type lookup table and a simple lookup function are just that, a lookup table and a lookup function. I believe that within the social media marketing world we are seeing an exponential growth in intellectual entropy. As a result, we will soon be told that any form of automation associated with computer software is "AI".28/11/2017 #53 Wayne Yoshida#52 @Phil Friedman -- here's something people are beginning to talk about in the Lumpy Kingdom -- the "AI" feature. What? It is being slowly deployed on mobile apps first. The new "AI" feature takes the form of a horseshoe magnet icon. . . . it is supposed to direct the post to certain viewers. . . . so is this really fancy filtering? Is this what AI is?28/11/2017 #52 Phil Friedman#51 I agree, @Wayne Yoshida, the Profits of Artificial Intelligence has been working to muddle everything up. So much so that it's hard to tell what anyone is talking about when they mention "AI". As well, too many people are spending too much time playing games and living in a virtual or "augmented" reality, so much so they cannot tell anymore the difference between those "environments" and reality. Cheers!27/11/2017 #51 Wayne Yoshida#1 Thanks @Phil Friedman -- Maybe we need to go back to Huey, Dewy and Louie from "Silent Running."
On the other hand, I think I sometimes get mixed up with robots, artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR).
This is a cool implementation of AR:
https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1113902_porsche-equipping-mechanics-with-augmented-reality-glasses26/11/2017 #50 Phil Friedman#49 Not to worry, @Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador, I am always right... until that is, I'm wrong. But in this case, if I'm wrong, you, me, and Will Smith will lead the Resistance against the Robots. Thanks for reading and joining the conversation. It's always good to have differing points of view expressed. Cheers!26/11/2017 #48 Phil Friedman#42 Excellent point,Milos. When the data sets are so large that we have no way of dealing with them other than to rely entirely on computers, we are held hostage in our view of reality by the systems that are supposed to serve us. And that is a real danger NOW — made worse by the possible intrusion of manipulation and built-in biases in rhe analytic processes. Cheers!26/11/2017 #43 Ian Weinberg#14 @Phil Friedman there's a whole universe separating 'programmed motor action' from 'discerned motor action'. The latter incorporates not only an appreciation of mechanical variance in regard to the substrate/terrain but also value-based judgement. And so no, I don't fear any threat of redundancy in my surgical job in the foreseeable future!26/11/2017 #42 Anonymous#40 Freedom, which is really not that. Modern techniques will not be based on the repression, but on the manipulation of reality. I'm not afraid of humanoid robots, but highly specialized for various obscure applications (drone, controllers and industrial robot). The most dangerous application is decision making in critical applications including manipulative techniques with data, information and reality.26/11/2017 #40 Phil Friedman#39 The current focus on humanoid robots is more than just theatrics in the service of profit generation. It may very well be a conscious diversion from the longer term march to installing the Moguls of Social Media as behind-the-scenes controllers of society via the manipulation and gaming techniques employed. Reminiscent in some respects of the Wizard of Oz.
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