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Month: September 2020

The Trump-Biden Debate

In case you missed it, here’s a transcript of the first Trump-Biden Debate:

Chris Wallace: Good evening. I’m Chris Wallace and I welcome you to what I predict will be a very bad personal experience for me. There will be six 15-minute segments, each on a different topic. At the beginning of each segment, both candidates will get two uninterrupted minutes to respond. The remainder of the segment will be open discussion. The audience has agreed not to be trashy. Both campaigns have signed off on these rules, so for sure nothing will go wrong. And with that, let’s welcome the candidates.

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Will artificial intelligence have a conscience? – TechTalks

Does artificial intelligence require moral values? We spoke to Patricia Churchland, neurophilosopher and author of “Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition”

This article is part of “the philosophy of artificial intelligence,” a series of posts that explore the ethical, moral, and social implications of AI today and in the future

Can artificial intelligence learn the moral values of human societies? Can an AI system make decisions in situations where it must weigh and balance between damage and benefits to different people or groups of people? Can AI develop a sense of right and wrong? In short, will artificial intelligence have a conscience?

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The Big and the Small

I have a surprise for you.

I’ll tell you about it in a minute. First, let’s have a little fun. Come with me.

I haven’t told anyone this before, but I actually live in the fun room. I just gave you a tour of my house, where I spend a large portion of my life thinking about the size of things.

I have visitors in the fun room from time to time, but after a few minutes, they’re usually pretty funned out and leave me to my crises. But one day, something unexpected happened.

It was 2013. Wait But Why was a few months old.

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El Éxito de un Producto no va de Resolver Problemas, sino de Hacer Feliz a la Gente

El mayor secreto para producir ventas es ofrecer y dar a la gente lo que realmente desea. La mayoría de los consejos de marketing insisten en ‘resolver problemas’ a clientes.

Pero resolver necesidades inmediatas es solo un paso intermedio. Es importante ir más allá. Lo que todos buscamos (incluso de forma inconsciente) son motivaciones y conceptos más profundos.

Tienes varias opciones para promocionar tu producto:

  • El marketing mediocre se centra en el producto o en el vendedor.
  • El marketing tradicional centra su mensaje en las ventajas, y las hace primar sobre las especificaciones.
  • El marketing brillante gira en torno a la condición humana: sus deseos y aspiraciones.
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Las Tiendas de Facebook Apuntan a una Gran Oportunidad

Facebook está lanzando las tiendas, un concepto que tiene todo el sentido y que está orientado a competir con Google Shopping y Amazon por el gran negocio del comercio electrónico.

Muchos verán este movimiento como una amenaza, y la confirmación de que los grandes se están apoderando irremisiblemente de Internet. Pero nada más lejos de la realidad. Porque la realidad es que la mayoría de negocios no tienen ni tiempo ni capacidad de aprender a utilizar estas plataformas en su beneficio.

Siempre habrá una parte de los empresarios que utilicen ellos mismos estas herramientas para construir sus webs, sus tiendas o sus campañas.… Read more...

The 3 Focus Mantra

This is a good framework to help entrepreneurs to make sense of the chaos and uncertainty. The 3 focus mantra.

🎯 Focus on who you really are, how to strengthen your skills to create amazing stuff, and make the world a better place. This is related to purpose and coaching.

🎯 Focus on developing ONE single product with one price targeted to a single niche. This is about product management.

🎯 Focus on opening one stable sales channel for this niche and use one single key metric to measure progress. This is related to demand generation.

Every time you are not focused you waste time and energy, which are the really scarce and valuable resources; not money.… Read more...

¡Da Vinci Vive!

Todos los seres humanos nacen pioneros. El ascenso del corporativismo (opuesto al capitalismo) ha metido a la gente en cubículos en lugar de hacerla salir al mundo, explorar, inventar y manifestar.

Cuando dejas de buscar nuevas fronteras terminas estancado. El éxito viene de estar expandiendo tus fronteras de forma continua en cada dirección: creativa, financiera, espiritual, y física.

A las personas se las considera y valora en función de cuan profundo han sido capaces de llegar en su nicho correspondiente. Pero su valía real para el mundo es al revés, ya que su punto de vista se hace más y más miope.… Read more...

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know? – WIRED

SUPPORT REQUEST :

There’s a lot of discussion about artificial consciousness and the possibility of machines gaining self-awareness once they become sufficiently complex. But isn’t the most complex system in existence the internet? Is it possible that the internet could become conscious, and if it were already, how would we know? Also, why aren’t more people talking about this?


Dear [ 422 ] ,

Your question brings to mind Balk’s Third Law: “If you think The Internet is terrible now, just wait a while.” Logging on already provides a daily megadose of paranoia (mass surveillance), epistemic vertigo (deepfakes), and fremdschämen (thirstposting).

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Tell me what’s your business

Tell me what is your business…
And I will tell you how to attract customers

This table is a simple model that I have developed to summarize growth strategies depending on the type of business: local, startup, vertical, etc. Still needs some tweaking but I’ll post the full model in a few days.

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Los Niveles de Conciencia

La división más básica es en dos niveles.

Ego: conciencia individual, separada, confrontada (por ejemplo, Isha Upanishad dice: “… esta conciencia de vigilia que el Ser Mental acepta como sí mismo y que está organizada alrededor de la sensación de un yo central es el ego”). Hace posibles las instituciones y la relación técnica con el mundo.

Atman: posibilidad de trascender el ego mencionado anteriormente, y de relativizar toda identidad singular. Esta capacidad hace que el humano nunca coincida plenamente con sus acciones, de tal manera que puede crear nuevas formas de ser.

Por debajo de estos niveles habría otros como el subconsciente y por encima el super consciente.… Read more...

Distribution and Branding are Everything

The 6 degrees of separation is a myth: great product fail because they never find their way in front of the public eye.

Distribution is everything, branding is everything. Get your name out there, whatever it takes. The best distribution is of course word of mouth, which is why your initial pricing doesn’t really matter.

The most powerful growing products to 3 things at once: they make you look smart to the people you invite, they give real value to you when the people you invite joins, and they give real value to the people you’ve invited once they sign in.… Read more...

Nobody Cares About Your Project

Nobody cares about your project or your product. Most of them are just curious. In a short time it will only be one more piece of information along with thousands of others looking for some kind of attention.

You go on vacation and start ‘tweeting’ photos, or waiting for ‘likes’ on Facebook. But people care about your vacation the same way they care about theirs. Your new gadget? The dish that you are going to eat? A new car? Nobody cares!.

Don’t look for your happiness based on what people care, because they don’t care. And if they do, it’s because they want what you have, or they hate you for having it.… Read more...

How to Give A.I. a Pinch of Consciousness – OneZero – OneZero

A.I. researchers are turning to neuroscience to build smarter, more powerful neural networks

Engineered Arts prosthetic expert Mike Humphrey checks on Fred, a recently completed Mesmer robot that was built at the company’s headquarters in Penryn on May 9, 2018, in Cornwall, England. Photo: Matt Cardy/Stringer/Getty Images

Continue reading: https://onezero.medium.com/how-to-give-a-i-a-pinch-of-consciousness-c70707d62b88

Source: onezero.medium.com
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Information, Entropy and Life

Shannon discovered that information can be used as a measure of entropy and probability. This is both a physical and a quantitative definition which involves how much information a system can carry, and it’s not concerned with the meaning of that information.

The more information a system carries the less entropy it contains, which also happens to be the least probable state of the system. Likewise, the most probable state of a system is noise, which carries little information.

Life has a lot of information in it and this makes life a very unlikely event (tends to zero). The Universe on the other hand has tons of  time to ‘play’ (tends to infinite).… Read more...

AI and the Selfish Gene

Epigenetics theories of Larmarck applied to AI and predictive behaviour in humans. Evolution does not serve individuals but genes propagation (Dawkins ‘selfish genes’).

Use personal data as DNA that is transfered from individual to individual in a world where individuals are just the ‘interfaces’ for genes to learn and spread across the world.

Google´s The Selfish Ledger:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDVVo14A_fo

Evolution is about getting our genes to the next generation, It has no investment in our happiness, or even in the long term survival of our species.

See also The Selfish Gene.

For more information about epigenetics its also interesting latest study from D.Chopra:… Read more...

The 20- Interview Rule for B2B Startups

Before you write a single line of code, formulate a business plan, or take some other kind of leap, interview 20 real potential customers. Not your friends or people you know. They have real potential buyers: and they have to be 20 of them.

You need the first five interviews just to truly understand the white space and the current opportunity. Make another five to confirm your pattern recognition.

And use interviews 11-20 to nail the pitch and hone your thesis. This will filter the ‘nice to haves’ from the ‘must haves’ in your pitch so you can dig on what is really x10 better.… Read more...

Porque Trump Ganará las Elecciones

Los Demócratas eran un partido con una plataforma coherente y un propósito: dirigir América desde las clases medias-altas de las profesiones liberales. Todos aquellos que simpatizaban con la clase dirigente americana (media, educación, gobierno) votaban demócrata.

La crisis permamente

Pero desde la llegada de Trump la estrategia demócrata ha sido bombardear al pueblo americano con una crisis tras otra, con la esperanza de que antes o después el presidente termine depuesto.

El Russiangate, Ukrania, el impeachment, el Covid, las revueltas, etc. todo es básicamente lo mismo. El objetivo es hacer pasar a Trump por un tirano corrupto, poner a ese gobierno “en una situación imposible” (como ha dicho alguno), y hacerlo de forma coordinada con la prensa de todo el mundo.… Read more...

España y su Sociedad Zampagambas

Muchos turismos de lujo en un pais pobre, que superaban a los turismos en Alemania, salidas y cenas en restaurantes de lujo todos los fines de semana, trajes del Corte Ingles, perfumes de la India y embrujo, calzado castellano de a doscientos euros, terrazas, cafeterías, churros, caminos de Santiago con hospedajes de mas de ciento cincuenta euros por noche, relojes que no dan la hora, sino que son teléfonos de pulsera, piscinas y clubs para ponerse cachas ante el verano, garitos nocturnos por todos lados, pisos y electricidad a precio de oro, salarios de mierda, etc. etc.… Read more...

Hamming codes part 2, the elegance of it all



Part 1: https://youtu.be/X8jsijhllIA
Watch Ben Eater’s video: https://youtu.be/h0jloehRKas
Help fund future projects: https://www.patreon.com/3blue1brown
An equally valuable form of support is to simply share some of the videos.
Special thanks to these supporters: https://3b1b.co/hamming-thanks

A cleaner perspective on Hamming error correction codes.

You can read Hamming’s own perspective on his discovery of these codes in chapter 12 of “The Art of Doing Science and Engineering”.
https://amzn.to/3lwcnmh

Heavily related is the chessboard puzzle I did with Matt Parker:

If you’re curious to learn a bit about Shannon, the father of information theory, take a look at this documentary.
https://amzn.to/2RHK5HL

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

Hamming codes and error correction



A discovery-oriented introduction to error correction codes.
Part 2: https://youtu.be/b3NxrZOu_CE
Ben Eater:’s take: https://youtu.be/h0jloehRKas
Help fund future projects: https://www.patreon.com/3blue1brown
An equally valuable form of support is to simply share some of the videos.
Special thanks to these supporters: https://3b1b.co/hamming-thanks

Heavily related is the chessboard puzzle I did with Matt Parker:

You can read Hamming’s own perspective on his discovery of these codes in chapter 12 of “The Art of Doing Science and Engineering”.
https://amzn.to/3lwcnmh

The viewer Harry Li made an interactive on this topic:
https://harryli0088.github.io/hamming-code/

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These animations are largely 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…

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8jsijhllIARead more...

Best Founders are Product Managers

Good products are build by people who want to use themselves. It’s all about the product. Always has been and always will be. The only thing that matters is how good your product is, and all the rest is noise.

Its much better to start building something that does 1 single thing very well, so you don´t get caught in the paralysis by analysis. Just build a great single product, and you may also look at critical flaws in competitors to build something better.

If people love your product, the tiniest announcement will get attention. The only judge of how good your product is how much your users use it and value from it.… Read more...

From Traction to Growth

When creating a new product early adopters and nerds need to go first. But some people are early when it comes to shoes, or mystery novels, or records, while others adopt early in politics, ideas or restaurants.

In most of the startups you are going after and early adopter crowd that´s incredibly distant from regular folks. And the thing is that most of the time many of us choose to be in the slot of the mass.

In the early days of a new product the key determinant of your future success is traction. Spend the majority of your time figuring out how to cultivate pockets of traction amongst your early adopters, and optimize around that traction.… Read more...

From Rigid to Fluent Product Management

Early startups at the end of XX century adopted engineering procedures similar to those of big companies: long development cycles, product launches, detailed business plans, goals, etc.

This business school approach ended in failure almost always. Losers blindly execute a rigid product management and introduction methodology, trusting everything to the vision and the funding.

Successful product management happens when one team reports to one leader. That leader manages the information loop from customers back to product development, and back out to customers in a continuous flow. … Read more...

The Advantage of Chatbots in Marketing

The key advantage of chatbots is that they are ready to interact with potential customers 24/7. They can answer any question in a jiffy – be its square footage, leasing terms, or any other topic of interest for real estate domain.

Moreover, based on user preferences, a chatbot can make personalized offerings. All in all, real-estate chatbots are very effective at engaging visitors and generating higher lead conversions.… Read more...