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Month: July 2019

Connecting the unconnected

Creativity is the capacity to connect what’s apparently unconnected. Modern industrial management is focused on optimization, risk controlling, and error reduction. Not on inventing or creating new stuff.

5+5=? -> is the way most of the world approaches problems
? + ? = 10 -> is the way creative people see the word

Creativity is needed to solve problems in a new way, but also to create your reality. Creativity solves problems and creates reality.

Divide and Create

A powerful and simple technique to unfreeze our thinking around concepts, processes and products can be done with a few post-it notes.

Write down the constituent parts of a product or steps of the process on different post-it notes and either remove one or rearrange the steps.

Pause with each iteration and—no matter how strange the new combination might initially seem—consider what benefits or new ideas might result from that arrangement.

Thinking is the Box

The problem is not about thinking inside or outside the box. The problem is the process of thinking in itself. Ideas and creativity are not about thinking.

Detach from thought and see things from the outside, with the information that comes from subconscious. That’s where real intelligence lies.

Are you willing to renounce to your mental models, and embrace things as they come? Stop thinking too much. Thinking is the box.

Yes, Recycling is Broken. This pains me to write, but we all have… | by Leyla Acaroglu | Disruptive Design

This pains me to write, but we all have to come to terms with the harsh reality that recycling validates waste and is a placebo to the complex waste crisis we have designed ourselves into. The things you are separating and putting in your recycling bins are probably not being recycled — and there’s a good chance that they are ending up somewhere you never imagined.

The current recycling crisis, where much of the diligently separated waste is not getting recycled, started in January 2018, when China announced that they would stop taking the world’s recycling through enacting their “National Sword” policy, which after more than 25 years of accepting two-thirds of the world’s plastic waste, suddenly banned the import of most plastics and other recyclable materials.


Deep Aging: Scientists Say AI Is Getting Better at Predicting Your True Age

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Researchers say AI is getting better at guessing a person’s most important age — their biological age.

You’ve heard that saying, “age is just a number.”

It turns out that there’s a lot of truth to it. And, as the saying suggests, that chronological number many of us try to avoid mentioning on our birthdays is really just a number — and far less relevant than we assume. The real age we should focus on is our biological age, which is influenced by factors as diverse as genes, lifestyle, behavior and environment. Scientists say that this age — not the number that gets you into bars at 21, or lets you apply for Social Security at 62 — more closely predicts our lifespan and healthspan and is, therefore, a more accurate reflection of our true age.


Curious About Consciousness? Ask the Self-Aware Machines – Quanta Magazine

“I want to meet, in my lifetime, an alien species,” said Hod Lipson, a roboticist who runs the Creative Machines Lab at Columbia University. “I want to meet something that is intelligent and not human.” But instead of waiting for such beings to arrive, Lipson wants to build them himself — in the form of self-aware machines.

To that end, Lipson openly confronts a slippery concept — consciousness — that often feels verboten among his colleagues. “We used to refer to consciousness as ‘the C-word’ in robotics and AI circles, because we’re not allowed to touch that topic,” he said. “It’s too fluffy, nobody knows what it means, and we’re serious people so we’re not going to do that. But as far as I’m concerned, it’s almost one of the big unanswered questions, on par with origin of life and origin of the universe.


Will AI Take Over The World?

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The answer you’ve been searching for, in a nutshell.

Source: Unspalsh

This article will take you through a journey inside the mind of a person who has no/little experience when it comes to this topic before gaining a (somewhat) comprehensive understanding of ‘Artificial Intelligence’ (AI).

This journey will be broken down into 3 different parts:

Part (1): How will AI intelligence supersede human intelligence

Part (2): When will AI intelligence overtake the human race

Part(3): What if a digital superintelligence has successfully been created and for some reason, it wants to take over the world. Will it be able to do so?

FYI: This article focuses on Part (1).


Unlocking the Power of Systems Thinking | by Leyla Acaroglu | Disruptive Design

I have long been a fan of showing how problem solving desperately needs systems thinking. If you are familiar with my work, you may have already seen the series I wrote on Systems Thinking, but let me share the personal experience in how I came to uncover the power of thinking in systems, the insights that I have gleaned from seeing the world through a series of interconnected systems at play, and some reflections on how this has helped me make more positive change through my creative work.

I first encountered systems thinking as a practice around 8 years ago just as I started my PhD, and it completely blew my mind. I was going a bit mad at the time, as researching a PhD tends to result in some strange deep dives into all sorts of tangential aspects of your professional practice.


Healthcare and Blockchain — Of Smart Contracts, Insurance, and Supply Chain; with a Hint of AI

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Cryptocurrency analyst. Founder and editor at btcpeers.com

Healthcare and Blockchain — Of Smart Contracts, Insurance, and Supply Chain; with a Hint of AI

Blockchain, the running engine behind most cryptocurrencies, is an adaptable technology with the potential to revolutionize almost every major industry. It was designed initially for managing transactions and maintaining consensus via a decentralized public ledger, all while avoiding the need for intermediaries. In the end, blockchain was much more; a highly scalable technology that could store and transfer data securely without the need for third parties, offering new ways for industries to manage and review data.


Pure Fourier series animation montage

Because why not?
Learn the math behind this: https://youtu.be/r6sGWTCMz2k

If you’re curious about the number of vectors used for each animation:
– Eighth note: 100
– Sigma: 200
– Britain: 500
– Fourier drawing: 300
– Nail and Gear: 200
– Treble clef: 100
– Hilbert curve: 300 (relatively small given the detail, which is why it looks puzzley)
– Seattle: 400

These animations are made using manim, a scrappy open source python library: https://github.com/3b1b/manim

If you want to check it out, I feel compelled to warn you that it’s not the most well-documented tool, and it has many other quirks you might expect in a library someone wrote with only their own use in mind.… Read more...

Hooking up an AI pipeline to a Word document in Python

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Here I show you how to visualize contract information in a Word document in a web browser.

For context, suppose you have an AI pipeline which processes Word or PDF documents. Maybe they are legal documents; contracts perhaps.

How do you present the results to a human user?

This is a critical client-facing UI design choice, of course:- How do your customers interact with your product? Is it a joy to use? Does the document look like it does in Word?

But document visualization is equally important in any initial AI training phase, and in online learning.

In the initial training phase, you’ll need to prepare training data sets. How easy can you make this? Then, when you are evaluating the results, same question: can QA easily see what the AI got right and wrong?


Top Industries Getting Revolutionised by Artificial Intelligence

Innovation has become the key mantra for so many organizations around the world which are looking for exponential growth and success in the marketplace. In this quest, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become an important technology area which is redefining industries, providing greater personalization to users and automating so many of their business processes.

We cannot say that Artificial Intelligence is a new technology in the market, but yes it is true that its potentials have not been fully explored yet and only recently it is becoming a core part of the business strategies. Hence we should know how AI will change industries? And why entrepreneurs around the world are continually trying to understand how AI can help their industry so that they can get the best results in their businesses.