Digital Revolution

Andrey Nikolayevich’s Rule

There is another, even deeper reason for our inclination to narrate, and it is not psychological. It has to do with the effect of order on information storage and retrieval in any system, and it’s worth explaining because of what is considered the central problem of probability and information theory.

The first problem is that information is costly to obtain.

The second problem is that information is also  costly to store–like real state in NYC. The more orderly, less random, patterned, and narratized a series of words and symbols, the easier to store that series in one’s mind or jot it down in a book so your grandchildren can read it someday.

Finally, information is costly to manipulate and retrieve.

With so many brain cells–one hundred billion–the attic is quite large, so the difficulties probably do not arise from storage-capacity limitations, but maybe just indexing problems. Your conscious, or working memory, the one you’re using to read this line and make sense of their meaning, is considerably smaller than the attic. Consider that your memory  has difficulty holding a mere seven digit long phone number.

Consider a collection of words glued together  to constitute a 500-page book. If the words are purely random, picked up from the dictionary in an unpredictable way, you’ll not be able to summarize, transfer, or reduce the dimensions of that book without loosing something significant from it. You need a 100.000 words to carry the exact message of a random 100.000 words with you on your next trip to Siberia.

Now consider the opposite: a book filled with the repetition of the following sentence: “The chairman of [insert here your company name] is a lucky fellow who happened to be in the right place at the right time and claims credit for the company’s success, without making a single allowance for luck”. The entire book can be accurately compressed, as I just did, in 34 words, out of 100.000; you could accurately reproduce with total fidelity out of such a kernel.

By finding the pattern, the logic of the series, you no longer need to memorize it all. You just store the pattern. And, as we can see here, the pattern is obviously more compact than then raw information. You looked to the book and found a rule. It is along these lines that the great probabilist Andrey Nikolayevich Kolmorogov defined the  degree of randomness; it is called “Kolmorogov complexity“.

— Nassim N. Taleb, The Black Swan
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The God Hypothesis

The God Hypothesis suggests that the reality we inhabit also contains a supernatural agent who designed the universe and maintains it and even intervenes in it with miracles, which are temporary violations of his own otherwise grandly immutable laws.

Richard Swinburne, in his book Is there a God:

What the theists claims about God is that e does not have a power to create, conserve or annihilate anything, big or small. And he can also make objects move or do anything else ,,, He can make the planets move in the way Kepler discovered  that they move, or make gunpowder explode when we set a match to it. or he can make planets move in quite different ways that chemical substances explode or not explode under different conditions from those which now govern their behaviour. God is not limited by the laws of nature, he makes them and he can change or suspend them — if he chooses.

Did Jesus  have a human father, or was his mother a virgin at the time of his birth? Whether or not there is enough surviving evidence to decide it, this is still a stricly scientific question with a definite answer in principle: yes or no.

Did Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead? Did he himself come alive back again, three days after being crucified? There is an answer to every question, whether or not we can discover it in practice, and it is  a strictly scientific answer.

— Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

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Earth

Why is called Earth if it’s almost entirely covered by water?

Because it is mainly a huge rock that travels along the space, with lots of water in its surface.

There’s water in the ground, water in the air, coming from clouds that brings rain, water everywhere, but in its core, under the lava and magma and dust that shape our mother’s personality, Earth is a rock, and Water is the biggest living thing surviving in this huge, vast and hostile universe we live in.

Everything else that lives on earth depends on Water, in a way or another, to exist. Water is THE holy grail when thinking about life in the known world. No philosophy, no limits, no fun, no power without Water everyday of life. You need Water. You are made of water.

Water rules at the face of Mother Earth, and so we, Humans, think we’re in control of our lives. Our ecosystem is in danger, our existence is in danger. Life is spread everywhere over Mother Earth, from underground to skies, from the bottom of the ocean to the vast cities of reefs that keep the balance of life possible. We now have to sacrifice ourselves in order to give back what we’ve taken in excess from our planet. Humans are known to be super predators.

What if God, the Sun, solves to burn with more intense, and by mistake literally fries all the water in this rocky planet?
Taking away all life that exists only in this remote corner of the galaxy. Our water would get dry at the pan this world would become, making living miserable, unbearable and then impossible. There’s no water at Venus and Mars, and so there’s no conditions to life exist with current level of technology.

What if water gets scarce?
Becoming something to be traded at black markets at poor countries, making life extremely hard and restricted.

Maybe Mother Earth doesn’t care for Humans. They are here today, they have to make their way in order to survive. It was always like that.
Evolution is a must for everything here. There’s a whole ecosystem trying to survive on its back.

Water is probably the deep root of a soul that survives trying to make life viable for many different species along billions of years.

Water loves life. We owe her all our respect.

We were right in calling the planet Earth.
Water needs Earth to exist as much as everything else.
Earth doesn’t need anyone.
It is used to survive in the middle (figuratively) of a hostile universe in front of a gigantic, power star.
Some name it God, some name it Sun.

Earth grew up alone, a long, long time ago, and it’ll die some day, as well as Sun and Water.

Guess who’ll die first?

The life cycle of a technology

I Precursor

II Invention

III Development

IV Maturity

V Pretenders

VI Obsolescence

VII Antiquity

Einstein on paradigms

“We can’t solve problems by using thesame kind

of thinking we used when we created them.”

–Albert Einstein

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I found this citation in a course related to sustainability and innovation.

This quote has a lot to do with the paragidm shift ideas mentioned here, here and here.

And this is the basic understanding to comprehend the theory of exponential returns that lead to singularity.

We are living amidst a revolution.

Rebooting the World

Are you ready for the new?

It’s coming

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Macrowikinomics is the story of a world with two starkly contrasting realities. On the one hand, many of the institutions that have served us well for decades, even centuries, seem frozen and unable to move forward.

On the other hand, we see sparkling new possibilities as people with drive, passion and expertise take advantage of new web-based tools to get more involved in making the world more prosperous, just and sustainable. It’s a story of atrophy versus renewal, stagnation versus renaissance. And now every organization, and every team budding leader within them, must grapple with a profound choice: participating in reboot all the old models, approaches and structures or sit on the sidelines and risk institutional paralysis or even collapse.

We’re not talking about tinkering in the margins, but about reinventing and overhauling crumbling institutions and outmoded ways of working.  Inded, ……

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Content is the King

Semantics, the study of meaning. Is part of the linguistics focussed on sense and meaning of language or symbols of language.  It is the study of interpretation of signs or symbols as used by agents or groups within particular circumstances and contexts. Semantics asks, how sense and meaning of complex concepts can be derived from simple concepts based on the rules of syntax. The semantics of a message depends on its context and pragmatics.

Syntax, as in grammatics denotes the study of the principles and processes by which sentences are constructed in particular languages.
In formal Languages, syntax is just a set of rules, by which well formed expressions can be created from a fundamental set of symbols, or alphabet. In computer science, syntax defines the normative structure of data.

Context denotes the surrounding in an expression. Its relationship with surrounding expressions and further related elements.
Contexts denotes all elements of any sort of communication that define the interpretation of the communicated content, general, personal or social content.

Pragmatics reflects the intention by which the language is used to communicate a message. In linguistics pragmatics denotes the study of applying language in different situations. It also denotes the intended purpose of the speaker. Pragmatics studies the ways in which context contributes to meaning.

Experience considers all information that you have learned and put in context with the world you are living in.

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Fail early and often

because failure is the stepping stone to success.

“You can fix it now with an eraser, or you can fix it later

with a sledgehammer.”

–Frank Lloyd Wright

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SocialAnimal

The term social goes far beyond digital. Socialization is part of human culture and is one of the reason human species thrived on planet earth. It might take some time for a few, others can never understand what happened in its entire complexity, but nothing can stop the will for change. Let change come from inside.

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“This is the sense of community that human beings long for, and it is something that is strengthened with SOCIAL MEDIA. In fact, it is part of the reason of social media’s meteoric ascendancy in our lives. Face-to-face interaction still can’t be beat on certain levels, but social media does help you fell as though you are part of a community. Social media helps a national or global item feel intimate. Once again, a good example of this was the 2008 US presidential election, …” Socialnomics.net

 

Socialnomics @equalman

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Changing perspective

Well, well, well, it’s always time to think about change, eventhough change is not an easy thing, it is inevitable, and is happening all the time, despite efforts from established forces, economic and social forces, to make their predictions valid, evolution is an unquestionable path. Will always be.

If you believe that changes are harder that ever, believe me, you’re wrong. In fact, things are changing faster and faster at every year, and even if society cannot make the hard changes to improve life quality, this changes are also in course, propelled by every little change that happens every time.

What am I talking about?

I’m talking about technology. Yes, technology, the ultimate expression of change and the spring that pushes us ahead. When a child, I always felt that I had to surpass the success of my parents, because I started from where they dropped me, where they “ended”. And even if they did not end at all (my mother is still a very productive person), I was somehow right. It’s not easy to overcome a smart person as my beloved mother, but it is a natural path, once I started learning things from a point she presented me.
To say, I started from a point they put me. And my kids, our kids, are doing the same to surpass our logic in the very near future.

They are different because they live in a different world than the one I lived when their age.

No one can stop evolution, or even control it. Even if the economical and legal models try to interrupt disruption through questionable laws, people will organize themselves craving for change. To me it sounds like the new technologies that are somehow supporting the Digital Era at the beginning of the 21st century.

Once again, huge changes won’t be easy, disruption is also a pain, but a new paradigm solve old problems as well as bring to light new ones.

So, don’t be afraid, don’t be negative, keep believing in things you love, be honest with yourself, seek the best balance between collective and personal welfare, because inevitably technology will change it somehow. It has nothing to do with actual standards, priests, politicians or regulators. They will pass away. It has more to do with science, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, robotics, genetics and life reengineering.

Evolution is a recursive algorithm. Old people fear the new. Keep dreaming, this is a virtual world.

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