The Future of Gaming: Your data, your wallet:
Kaspersky Labs warns neural implants will lead to 'brain-hacking & memory black market':
https://securelist.com/hackers-attacking-your-memories/88285/ #InfoSec #NeuroScience
#Book of the week: "Government of the Shadows : Parapolitics and Criminal Sovereignty": https://ia802301.us.archive.org/18/items/pdfy-NGH3JN1XdVae36t7/Government%20of%20the%20Shadows%20-%20Wilson%20%28ed%29%202009.pdf Chapter 2 by Ola Tunander is especially insightful: https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Document:Democratic_State_v_Deep_State #Politics
Google will grant $25 million next year to humanitarian & environmental projects seeking to use AI to speed up and grow their efforts: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-aid/google-seeks-to-grant-25-million-to-ai-for-good-projects-idUSKCN1N32CW #ClimateChange #ML
Discussion with Bruno Latour and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber - on #ClimateChange:
Anthropocene Lecture: Bruno Latour
Meditation in the Time of Disruption:
Mindfulness and meditation have become big business for tech-savvy entrepreneurs. But can you really unplug and reset while tied to an app on your phone? Companies like Headspace and Insight Timer say yes. But longtime practitioners, philosophers, and scientists aren’t so sure.
Model of an oscillatory neural network with multilevel neurons for pattern recognition:
https - by Andrei Velichko et.al: https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.03079
A dark consensus about screens and kids begins to emerge in Silicon Valley:
Oscillating Neural Network Demonstration:
It has been recognized for decades that the brain produces rhythmic patterns of electrical activity, colloquially known as ‘brain waves’. These rhythmic patterns reflect the activity of thousands or millions of neurons, each with its own intrinsic rhythmic tendencies. If each neuron is firing independently of its neighbors, the overall effect will appear as noise, but when they become synchronized, their combined effect can be detected as rhythmic oscillations, which in some cases are strong enough to penetrate the skull, allowing them to be recorded noninvasively with electrodes on the scalp. In this video, McGovern Institute director Bob Desimone illustrates a mechanical analogy for how this synchronization occurs; the ticking metronomes influence each other through the side-to-side movements of the board on which they sit, and over time this causes them to lock into a synchronous pattern.
Placebo Effect and #Magic: https://benebellwen.com/2017/09/23/placebo-effect-and-magic/
Practice and Realization are one: Once upon a time during the Tang Dynasty in China, there was a monk called Mazu Daoyi who was undergoing training. One day, he was practicing zazen alone when along came his teacher, Nanyue Huairang (Nangaku Ejo, in Japanese), who asked, “Brother, your zazen is truly admirable, but just what are you trying to accomplish by it?”
“I’m trying to bring about realization,” Mazu answered, and at this Nanyue fetched a tileand began rubbing it on a rock. Mazu, seeing this and thinking it strange, asked, “What are you doing?” “I’m going to polish it and make a mirror,” Nanyue responded. When Mazu objected Nanyue retorted, “Even if you polish it you can’t make a mirror of a tile!” “And do you think you can awaken realization by practicing zazen?”
This is a little story which warns us not to use zazen as a means of gaining realization. There is a deep philosophical meaning here, but not even going into that, Zen teaches that practice is not to be used as a means of gaining realization, and that true actualization is pure and does not seek rewards or compensation. There is something our every day minds find difficult to agree with, but somehow or another we must see it this way if our actualization is to be genuine. This is a fact which confronts us twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.
There is the following passage in Mr. Jiro Abe’s Santaro’s Diary:
“We grow through romantic love. Whether this love succeeds or fails, we still grow. However, to love in order to grow is not real love; it is only an experiment in love. As long as we consciously have growth as a goal, an experiment in love cannot be complete. When neither success nor failure can change this love, then for the first time the experience permeates our very being. As a result of that kind of love, we grow..
Empty Cloud - The Autobiography of the Chinese Zen Master: #Mindful
"The taller the bamboo grows, the lower it bends."
- Chinese Proverb
20 Top Lawyers Were Beaten By Legal AI:
In a landmark study, 20 top US corporate lawyers with decades of experience in corporate law and contract review were pitted against an AI. Their task was to spot issues in five Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), which are a contractual basis for most business deals. The study, carried out with leading legal academics and experts, saw the LawGeex AI achieve an average 94% accuracy rate, higher than the lawyers who achieved an average rate of 85%.
Generating custom photo-realistic faces using AI: #ML #Generative