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Year 1935. Interests: Contemporary society problems, quality of life, happiness, understanding and changing ourselves - everything based on scientific evidence. Artificial Intelligence Foundation Latvia, http://www.artificialintelligence.lv Editor.

What Intelligent Machines Need to Learn From the Neocortex

By JEFF HAWKINS Posted 2 Jun 2017 | 15:00 GMT Machines won’t become intelligent unless they incorporate certain features of the human brain. Here are three of them Computers have transformed work and play, transportation and medicine, entertainment and sports. Yet for … Continue reading

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Non-science or trash

https://aeon.co/essays/delayed-orgasm-the-sexual-technique-thats-better-than-sex?utm_source=Aeon+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4a02c43dcf-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_411a82e59d-4a02c43dcf-68643017 Fari Amini & others in their ‘The general Theory of Love’ show persuasively how the nearly sacred infatuation and attachment works for all mammals. Helen Fisher, Ph.D, writes that this infatuation is necessary: it gives to us the ability … Continue reading

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Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species

Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer, SpaceX, Hawthorne, California. By talking about the SpaceX Mars architecture, I want to make Mars seem possible—make it seem as though it is something that we can do in our lifetime. There really is a way that anyone could go if … Continue reading

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Как воровали в СССР

Вопреки расхожему мнению, на бытовом уровне в СССР воровство существовало повсеместно, но при этом среди самих мелких воришек таковым не считалось. http://maxim-nm.livejournal.com/331398.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=02_06_weekly&media например обвесить в магазине или изменить состав блюд в общепите, принести с завода пару подшипников, слить десятка два … Continue reading

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Der Syrienkrieg einfach erklärt

Im Zuge des Arabischen Frühlings kam es vor gut fünf Jahren, im März 2011, zum Bürgerkrieg in Syrien. Was mit angeblich friedlichen Protesten gegen die Regierung von Präsident Bashar al-Assad begann, entwickelte sich bald zu einem komplizierten und undurchsichtigen Krieg, … Continue reading

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Garry Kasparov: Don’t fear intelligent machines. Work with them

One of the greatest chess players in history, Garry Kasparov lost a memorable match to a supercomputer in 1997. Now he shares his vision for a future where intelligent machines help us turn our grandest dreams into reality. We must … Continue reading

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Tā dzīvojam. Professor Daniele Ganser

https://doveiks.lv/2017/06/12/saglaba-un-noskaties-sveiciesa-viedoklis/ Many, who don’t like his thoughts, call them conspiracy theories. It seems to me that it is the same conspiracy as evolution theory, our primate needs and behavior. I.V. 

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Giving Away Your Billion

Recently I’ve been reading the Giving Pledge letters. These are the letters that rich people write when they join Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge campaign. They take the pledge, promising to give away most of their wealth during their lifetime, and … Continue reading

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Curtains For Us All?

A Conversation With Martin Rees [5.31.17]: https://www.edge.org/conversation/martin_rees-curtains-for-us-all

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Carl Sagan on God

  Carl Sagan’s Best Arguments Of All Time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D4DyJHKqfg

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The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct: A Sokal-Style Hoax on Gender Studies

The Hoax The androcentric scientific and meta-scientific evidence that the penis is the male reproductive organ is considered overwhelming and largely uncontroversial. That’s how we began. We used this preposterous sentence to open a “paper” consisting of 3,000 words of … Continue reading

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Our world outsmarts us

Social problems are fantastically complex, while human minds are severely under-engineered. Is democracy doomed? When mulling over possible reasons for the alarming nastiness associated with the recent presidential election in the United States, I am reminded of my grade-school bully. … Continue reading

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Violence and the History of Inequality

Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality? To judge by thousands of years of history, the answer is yes. Tracing the global history of inequality from the Stone Age to today, the Stanford … Continue reading

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Reklāma

Vai reklāmā ir nozieguma sastāvs?: https://gunarsjanaitis.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/vai-reklama-ir-nozieguma-sastavs/#comment-252 Reklāma, hm, skaista tēma. Piedalīšos korī. Man ir tieši tāpat, kā to raksta GN2: Visas firmas, kas mani apmētā ar reklāmu, es neiegaumēju nemaz, bet ja kaut kas paliek atmiņā, tad tā ir skaidra izpratne: … Continue reading

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The Crisis of Western Civilization

Between 1935 and 1975, Will and Ariel Durant published a series of volumes that together were known as “The Story of Civilization.” They basically told human history (mostly Western history) as an accumulation of great ideas and innovations, from the … Continue reading

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The Economy Is Like a Circus

The economy is like a circus. It comes to town, and eventually it leaves town. We get paid in tickets to this circus. As long as the circus stays in town, we can use our tickets. Once the circus leaves … Continue reading

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Dažas domas par mums

Mūsu problēmām ir divi dažādi avoti: pirmais ir informācijas apstrādes likumi, no kuriem nav iespējams izvairīties; otrs ir cilvēka evolūcijas mantojums, kas nav optimāls, nav piemērots mūsu dzīvei, bet kuru var ieraudzīt, saprast, un savu izvēli nedaudz un uzmanīgi pakārtot … Continue reading

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Defining Intelligence

https://www.edge.org/conversation/stuart_russell-defining-intelligence: I worked on coming up with a method of defining intelligence that would necessarily have a solution, as opposed to being necessarily unsolvable. That was this idea of bounded optimality, which, roughly speaking, says that you have a machine … Continue reading

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Carl Sagans Cosmos – Episode 10 – The Edge of Forever

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Skaistums

Mēs neesam piemēroti laikam, kurā dzīvojam. To raksta E.O. Wilson, to saka Andrejs Tarkovskis, katrs saviem vārdiem un savā nozarē. Bet doma ir viena: Mēs nevaram būt laimīgi, tas iespējams tikai retiem izņēmumiem, mūsu izcelsme mums iedod ilgas, emocijas un … Continue reading

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Megan Phelps-Roper: I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why

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What Romantic Regime Are You In?

Polina Aronson spent her first 16 years in Russia. There, people tend to regard love as a sort of divine madness that descends from the heavens. Love is regarded, as the sociologist Julia Lerner put it, as “a destiny, a … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan – The Cosmic Perspective

There are not many words but there is a deep sense, possibility, duty and responsibility. And a future, if we will understand and accept it.

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Utopia Inc

At 16, Martin Winiecki dropped out of school and left his home in the German city of Dresden to live full-time at Tamera, a 300-acre intentional community in the rolling hills of southwestern Portugal. His mother and father – a … Continue reading

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В чем сила?

По данным опросов, россияне не уважают тех, кто умеет «зарабатывать деньги», и не любят тех, у кого они есть. При этом сами предпринимать ничего не хотят. От редакции LJ MEDIA Mūsu sabiedrībā nav citādāk. Visvairāk ir kritizētāju un nosodītāju. Zinošu padomdevēju ir mazāk. Darītāju ir pavisam … Continue reading

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