Have you ever got something by doing nothing?
Most of us believe that the harder we work the more we receive. What do we receive? More money, security, social status. What about happiness?
In my life, I spent a lot of time achieving more by doing even more. One university degree was not enough, I got several of them and later a Ph.D. Speaking one language was not enough, I learned many additional ones. Working full-time was not enough, I founded my own startup.
Doing more became a never-ending story. Several years ago I decided to take a new job…
AI as Augmentative Intelligence utilizing machine learning, algorithms, and rich data to augment the capabilities of humans and businesses could be soon an illusion.
The accelerating rate of technological change makes it likely that people will have both the technological resources and scientific knowledge to create Artificial General Intelligence.
“Success in creating effective AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization. Or the worst. We just don’t know. So, we cannot know if we will be infinitely helped by AI, or ignored by it and side-lined, or conceivably destroyed by it.” …
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1. King James Version of the Bible.
When looking at the belief in divine creation, something shared by billions of people, we can think of languages to be the ultimate super-power for creation out of nothing.
Quantum theory states that, by the very act of watching, the observer affects the observed reality. When we describe what we watch by using words, we might indeed create the reality we experience.
What if there was a first human who created a version of our…
Have you ever witnessed wars? Most of us have not. Recently I talked to a man who, as a kid, witnessed the fight for independence in a Central African nation.
My first near escape from death turned up when, at six, while there was a war between our village and the neighboring one, I escaped, during moonlight, from death. In fact, the enemies were putting everything upside down, namely breaking down any breakable things, killing fouls, sheep, pigs, dogs, and goats.
I silently left my mother hidden under a coffee tree in the farm and headed towards our compound, then…
One day my friend John accidentally shaved part of his eyebrow. A man without that strip of hair growing on the ridge above his eye is not a socially acceptable image in the place he lived. How long does it take for eyebrows to grow back?
John researched on the internet, called friends including me, visited a doctor. When it comes to eyebrow regrowth, give it at least two to three months to see hair growth.
For someone like John who has been very meticulous about how he appears to the world, this was a disaster. The experience turned out…
Machine learning models take vectors of numbers as input. When working with text, we must convert strings to numbers. Word embeddings have long been the defacto text representation in AI.
We can associate each unique word with an index in a vector. Representing words or documents by such long vectors is not practically efficient because they are typically sparse with many positions filled by zero values.
Have you ever looked at products reviews to empower your buying decision? As social beings, we tend to buy things that were recommended by other buyers.
Recently when I was looking for new headphones, I went through those with a 5-stars rating. I realized that it is pretty tough to make a buy decision based on customers’ reviews. This motivated me to look at products review from a statistical point of view.
In this article, I explain the maximum likelihood estimation technique by comparing two products using hypothetical observed ratings derived from people’s opinions about them.
I had a friend who was able to associate specific smells with the voices of people around her.
Her mum‘s voice filled the room with a rosemary smell. Her mum loved rosemary herbs. She frequently used it to flavor various food.
Her dad spent a lot of time fixing his car. After that car was long gone, she could still smell motor oil in her dad’s voice.
What about you? Do you know how your voice smells? What a strange question, isn’t it? A voice is meant to be heard, not to be smelt.
I designed an experiment to find…
We all heard about Elon Musk and his personality. If we consider all the places he is trying to take humanity, Elon Musk’s overall fusion of popular culture with his projects and persona gives him a unique resonance with people.
Elon Musk can himself become a cultural moment. His actions might lead to a butterfly effect that could radically change views about how society will work, at three levels.
Have you ever spent two hours watching a really bad movie till the end, just to say to yourself what a waste of time?
Who relates to the strange feeling in the gut when, during a successful lucrative project, we were unable to allocate valuable time to care for ourselves?
Imagine having a loan account where transactions are recorded in minutes of your life. What if you unexpectedly discover that more than 24 hours have been debited from your account during a single day?
A few days ago I got a call from an old friend, who has been extremely…
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