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


Woody Allen

“Some people want to achieve immortality through their work or descendants.
I intend to achieve immortality by not dying”

–Woody Allen

Under Control

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make our world.”


Technology is a byproduct of imagination. Keep dreaming, this a virtual world.


Thanks to themindunleashed.org

Einstein on paradigms

“We can’t solve problems by using thesame kind

of thinking we used when we created them.”

–Albert Einstein


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.


“Most men die of their remedies, and not of their illness”





Luck is an event that meets three tests:

(1) some significant aspect of the event occurs largely or entirely independent  of the actions of the key actors in the enterprise ,

(2) the event has a potentially significant consequence (good or bad), and

(3) the event has some element of unpredictability.

Return on luck. Great by Choice, Collins and Hansen

Albert Einstein Quotes

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”

The Future is Unknown

And that’s for sure. The best we can do is try some level of prediction, besides acting in deciding our own path.

“We simply do not know what the future holds.”

— Peter L. Bernstein

In life we have to play hard and give our best all the time. It sounds a little cliche, but let me to continue, besides trying hard we must be ready to adapt ourselves to the new. And what is the “new”?

The “new” is what life is becoming every time, every moment, everywhere. The uncontrolable path trough which life evolve, totally out of one’s control, can be named the “new”.
In fact, it can have many names. Who cares?

“We cannot predict the future, but we can create it…

None of us can predict with certainty the twists and turns our lives will take. Life is uncertain, the future unknown. This is neither good nor bad. It just is, like gravity. Yet the task remain: how to master our own fate, even so.”

Great by choice, Jim Collins and Morten Hansen



“The law of the mind is relentless.

What you think, you create;

What you feel, you attract;

What you believe becomes reality. ”

Strongly believe in your dreams and they will happen. That’s the key for success.

Innovation is a matter of confidence, creativity, achievement and perseverance. All inner qualities.

Technology is a byproduct of imagination.

The reality we live is virtual, only the present time can be considered real.

Everything else is imagination or rememberance.

Keep dreaming, this is a virtual world.

More and more we are used to virtuality. This trend will grow infinitely, until humanity, the way we know it from the 20th century, won’t be anymore a valid reference.



“I had learned from my research in Aplysia that changes in behavior are accompanied by changes in the strengh of the synapses between neurons that produce the behavior. But nothing in my research revealed how short-term memory is tranformed in long-term memory.

Indeed, nothing was known about the cellular mechanism of long-term memory.

The basis for my early research in learning and memory was the learning paradigm used by behaviorists. The behaviorists focused primarily on how knowledge was acquired and stored in short-term memory. Long-term memory did not particularly interest them.

The interest in long-term memory came from studies of human memory by the forerruners of cognitive psycology.”

Erik Kandel, In the Search for Memory