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Month: April 2020

How Close We Are to Fully Self-Sufficient Artificial Intelligence – Interesting Engineering

If you followed the world of pop-culture or tech for some time now, then you know that advances in artificial intelligence are heating up. In reality, AI has been the talk of mainstream pop-culture and sci-fi since the first Terminator movie came out in 1984. These movies present an example of something called “Artificial General Intelligence.” So how close are we to that?

No, not how close are we to when the terminators take over, but how close are we to having an AI capable of navigating nearly any problem it’s presented with.

What is artificial general intelligence?

Technically defined, artificial general intelligence or AGI is a machine that has the capacity to understand or learn intellectual tasks to the aptitude that humans can.


Earth Day 50: Accelerating the Anthropocene | by Leyla Acaroglu | Disruptive Design

“It is difficult to overestimate the scale and speed of change. In a single lifetime humanity has become a planetary-scale geological force,” — Professor Will Steffen, International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

The last 70 years have seen some incredible changes to our societies, culture, technology, and all the planetary systems. We now live in a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene, where every centimeter of this planet has been changed by humans in some way. For the last 10,000 years, we have lived in the climate-stable Holocene period, allowing our species to grow ourselves, crops and our seemingly endless desire for natural systems destruction.


Lockdown math announcement

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If you want to contribute translated subtitles or to help review those that have already been made by others and need approval, you can click the gear icon in the video and go to subtitles/cc, then “add subtitles/cc”. I really appreciate those who do this, as it helps make the lessons accessible to more people.… Read more...

La Deuda es un Problema de Poder, no de Contabilidad

La capacidad de exigir es el nervio central de la deuda, y del dinero. No es lo mismo deberle un chaval sin trabajo ni futuro cinco mil euros que debérselos a un grupo de diecisiete colegas llamado Mafia. ¿Son las dos deudas lo mismo?. Contablemente si, políticamente no. Y la política en sus versiones pacífica y violenta (la guerra) es lo único que realmente cuenta.

La deuda es un asunto político

¿Por qué se dice que la deuda astronómica de Estados Unidos es “impagable”? ¿o la de países como España? ¿por qué algunos asumen que no es impagable y siguen haciéndola crecer?.… Read more...

Why “probability of 0” does not mean “impossible” | Probabilities of probabilities, part 2

An introduction to probability density functions
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Curious about measure theory? This does require some background in real analysis, but if you want to dig in, here is a textbook by the always great Terence Tao.

Also, for the real analysis buffs among you, there was one statement I made in this video that is a rather nice puzzle. Namely, if the probabilities for each value in a given range (of the real number line) are all non-zero, no matter how small, their sum will be infinite.… Read more...