Category Archives : Data/Information/Knowledge

Artificial Intelligence – Part Four

Tweet Previously we looked at presenting a consumer with a list of video program selections based on “preferences” of the individual consumer. The service being provided is essentially a “cloud library” of video programming with the “librarian software” helping in the selection process. Concurrently, the “cloud librarian” is collecting data about the collective consumers to […]

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Artificial Intelligence – Part Three

Tweet In the previous post it became clear that the difference between humans and machines is the speed of processing data and information. A simple data point is really very simple and we humans can handle it very easily even if we do not understand the potential knowledge it conveys. If you go to the grocery […]

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Artificial Intelligence – Part Two

Tweet In the last post we looked at the “human” machine in exploring intelligence and established that it takes roughly 18 years to program the machine to function in humanity and that learning by the complex computer called the brain never ceases until the machine fails completely. It is worthwhile to note that the earliest […]

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Artificial Intelligence – Part One

Tweet In a previous post, I stated that this we would begin looking at artificial intelligence or AI. It was my belief that writing a bit (or byte) about AI would be easy, after all the term is used everywhere in advertising, it tells me what I like to watch on Netflix, and it is essential […]

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Ethics, Technology and Time – Last Part

Tweet In the late 1980s, my group at LANL held a distance learning conference and engaged some of the distinguished attendees in a discussion of “distance medicine.” While it was totally imaginary, at least at that time, the response was very, very clear. In a remote community, an individual was studying medicine in pursuit of […]

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Ethics, Technology and Time – Part Three

Tweet We take money for granted, not making or earning money but the physical item itself. Money represents an IOU from the issuing party. We have to go to the issuer and receive something of value in exchange for the physical stuff we call money. It is, in essence, a tangible substance we can carry […]

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Ethics, Technology and Time – Part Two

Tweet People have been studying and debating ethics for a long time, at least relative to our perception of humanity. During this time period there has been a acceleration of the growth of technology. On September 8, 1966, the first Star Trek episode aired. In the Star Trek episodes a device called a communicator was […]

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Ethics, Technology and Time – Part One

Tweet Ethics involves the concepts of right and wrong. When considering the future of humanity, human beings collectively, we make an implicit assumption that humanity is good and that it should continue forever. This further implies that we should be concerned about our descendants a hundred million years from now even though human beings as […]

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Machine Translation

Tweet This post was written by Sonyia Williams, Los Alamos World Futures Institute Intern.                 Mechanical translators have many benefits, as shown in the previous column, but they are not flawless systems of translation. In a society of perpetually evolving technology, converting solely to mechanical translators seems like the logical thing to do, but the […]

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Lying, Cheating and Stealing (Part One)

Tweet “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” on July 5, 1960, I was sworn in as a cadet at the United States Military Academy and accepted the Cadet Honor Code.  The opening quotation above is from the Star Wars opening crawl.  If asserted as true for my case, would be a […]

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