Post-Brexit: out of the ashes, a Kingdom of Londinium?

badge - county of londonPost-Brexit, could London become a separate kingdom within the United Kingdom?

londiniumThe UK and its federated daughter states – former colonies such as Australia and Canada – may not be much different. Canada is a collection of independent provinces, each with its own powers, conjoined as a federation for shared purpose.

The UK is a united kingdom of different kingdoms.

With mechanisms, for centuries, to add or remove territories, change the laws, and change common custom.

Could some of the United Kingdom’s constituent kingdoms stay in the EU, and some parts leave, without damage to the unified UK?

Could the capital of England move back to Winchester? or go Birmingham? or to England’s geographic centre? Even as the Parliament of Great Britain and office of Prime Minister continues in London?

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Images:

Coat of Arms of the London County Council: By Notscott ((Source: R. Crosley, London’s Coats of Arms (1928)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACountyLondon.svg
Seal of the Brussels Capital-Region: By SVG by SiBr4 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AFlag_of_the_Brussels-Capital_Region.svg
Seal of the District of Columbia: By District of Columbia – http://www.vectorslike.com/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32918640
Coat of Arms of Berlin: Ottfried Neubecker (1908–1992), [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coat_of_arms_of_Berlin.svg
Coat of Arms of Lübeck: By SVG by David Liuzzo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AWappen_L%C3%BCbeck_(Alt).svg

Parasuits – uplifting humanity, uplifting industry

Parasuit R&D – a competitive edge?

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The amazingly good CSS 3D Solar System coding at codepen.io is by@JulianGarnier. Click the picture to see the code in action! Use the controls at right to change display options.

When reading about IIT Madras graduate Naga Naresh Karutura, I do not see a “double amputee”. Instead, high potential to be an ISRO astronaut flight specialist candidate.

naresh-karutura-parasuit* Software engineer at Alphabet (aka Google).
* Professional problem-solver.
* Eternally dogged optimist.
* Amputean°

In micro-gravity, Parasuit°-enabled Amputean° and Paraplegian° Astronauts may have the competitive edge. Industries and cultures embracing the perspective shift gain competitive edge, too.

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° I’ve coined these words, having noticed they somehow convey a sense of uplifting. Everyone needs an uplift, now and then.


Images:

Codepen.io image by Julian Gardner: http://davehuer.com/bcitfolio/innoprojects/inno-shieldship.html – The basis of this proposal of mine from 1993/4? NEO delta-V is a technically and profitably-usable resource.

Constellation EVA Spacesuit: NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/246726main_ConstellationSpaceSuitSystemBriefing.pdf
(Image modified with removal of lower extremities)

Mr. Naga Naresh Karutura: http://social.yourstory.com/2015/11/naga-naresh-karutura/

Astronaut Double Amputeans and Paraplegians?

It’s all about perspective.

And tenacity.

And determination.

And character.

tom-reaching-for-lab-umbilicals-sts098-330-0071After NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos got home from a year in space this past spring, the US Congress began examining whether to provide lifetime health benefits to astronauts. Many are ex-military and get benefits that way. NASA will monitor recipients for long-duration mission health planning.
 
At industrial design school, one of my human factors projects was a spider-like astrogeology exoskeleton, designed so geologists could move along a cliff face looking at strata. And the thinking fed into iteration #1 of my design thesis: one of the first social web wearables; a performance tool for whitewater slalom athletes. But a bigger aspect of the thinking keeps coming back to me: A question that might help address the dilemma of bone loss. A question that keeps coming back after doing WarriorHealth CombatCare and finding out about the fine work done at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethseda, MD.

USMC Cororal Todd LoveIs a veteran with paraplegia or no legs the natural spacecraft driver?

Since bone density loss is a key barrier to long-term low gravity living…aren’t technically-trained veteran paraplegians and double amputees great candidates for the astronaut corps? Does a fighter pilot have the discipline, skill and temperament to be a launch driver? Does an armored division tanker have the skills to be an in-flight systems specialist?

Does USMC Corporal Todd Love (an incredibly inspirational guy! seen here) really need legs to operate in micro-gravity, when he might only need wheels on the ground? (As you can see, he does not need legs whatsoever).

I ask you…

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Could this approach create uplifting new opportunities to serve and thrive in a way that makes the unavoidable SCI injury extraordinarily valuable?

Aren’t two-legged people naturally less abled in the spaceflight environment?

Who is the more-natural space-athlete?

Who is the more-natural astronaut?

David Huer


Numbers

US veterans with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) as of 2008: 26,000 veterans
http://www.military.com/benefits/veterans-health-care/veterans-with-spinal-cord-injury-disorders.html

US citizens with SCI: 240,000 and 337,000 people
New injuries per year, as of 2015: 12,500 people
http://www.sci-info-pages.com/facts.html

Latest EVA suit made by Oceaneering Inc. (Houston, TX):
http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/246726main_ConstellationSpaceSuitSystemBriefing.pdf

Interesting aspects of design/safety aspects
* Effect to bone mass/density and to body functions
* Pant legs + boots: removedaperture and material needs cut by ~40%, with 5 apertures (head, left & right arm, left & right leg) reduced to 3.
* Electronic components & new designs for torso & new “thighboots”
* “Thighboots” reduce the dangers of entanglement & provide push-off tasking as needed
* External prosthetics designed to attach to thighboots

Healthcare research outcome:
Could NASA, the VA and DoD assess impact on SCI to help society groundside?


Images:

US Astronaut Tom Jones (STS-129): https://skywalking1.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/tom-reaching-for-lab-umbilicals-sts098-330-0071.jpg

USMC Corporal Todd Love and Team X-T.R.E.M.E. competing in The Spartan Race, Leesburg, VA, 2012: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2195897/Triple-amputee-veteran-completes-grueling-10-5-mile-endurance-race-called-The-Beast-hours-honor-fallen-U-S-soldiers.html

Constellation EVA Spacesuit: NASA http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/246726main_ConstellationSpaceSuitSystemBriefing.pdf
(Image modified with removal of lower extremities in image)

The Flu, Transmitted Infection Vectors & Healthcare Labour

800px-Students_assisting_surgeryCould in-house Facility Epidemiology manage healthcare $compensation costs?
David Huer, Vancouver, Canada.

 

 

In Health Care as in all public safety and assurance occupations, it is vital to protect the trained caregiver from inadvertent harm because that person’s loss damages society’s ability to serve everyone.

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I’ve been at home with flu for a week. Friends from the States came to visit throughout the Lower Mainland and up the coast, then we had a visit. Shortly thereafter, I got walloped. And then, whilst talking to them on the phone later, learned that a group of students, coughing and sniffly, came onto their connecting flight. And learned from my family physician that flu symptoms do not show for 12 hours after exposure. Making us suspect they might be the source vector.

Periodically, I volunteer business services to health clinics, and it was in thinking about that, and the vectoring of this flu, that I’ve been wondering:

Could we recognize a role for Transmitted Infection Vector (TIV) in $compensation rates at a healthcare facility?

Could we alter our definition of effectiveness in patient-centred care, to one where Health Worker salary $compensation is weighted to account for exposure to Patient Transmitted Infection (PTI). Recognizing the likelihood that the worker could become a Transmitted Infection Vector (TIV)?

  • Identifying different risks of exposure of different classes of health worker?
  • Recognizing that different classes have different risk to become TI Vector transmitters?
  • Could this become the means to improve $compensation package effectiveness?
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TIV Proximity Risk

 


 WHERE TO START

Dartmouth’s Chris Trimble neatly summarizes healthcare innovation pathways at the Dec 2015 article here: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2015/12/innovation-health-care-delivery-can-boiled-4-ideas.html

  1. Standardize and delegate
  2. Coordinate
  3. Prevent
  4. Improve treatment decisions

All 4 paths influence this idea, and gathering the data set is enormously challenging if collected with traditional paper and interviews. But, local WiFi/GPS (Smartphone, Geo-fenced In-House Smartphones, Active ID cards) and machine-learning – accessed through programs like Samsung’s Enterprise Alliance Program – offer a nearly automated data-gathering method, that could make this an effective, scalable process and tool for private, public, and mixed-model social enterprise health facilities.

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Building the Combined Model (Actuarial Model + Epidemiological Model) from source data

PHASE O1

  1. Determine Facility Factors
  2. Determine Human Factors
  3. Determine Budget Factors.
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Building the Actuarial Model from source data

PHASE O2

  1. Build and test the Actuarial Model

PHASE 03

  1. Gather “employee path-taking data” to develop epidemiological data for analysis of likely TIV source-paths and source-points.
  2. Develop Epidemiological Model

SUMMARY PHASE

  1. Combine Actuarial and Epidemiological Models
  2. Negotiate $Compensation Packages

Example:

Using the University of New Mexico’s Dental Clinic and Surgery Center.

Rough calculations look interesting:
(see supplementary calculations below coloured hospital maps)
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In a traditional payout, the RN Administrator might have highest pay, derived from:

  • Years of Service
  • Seniority
  • Assumed accumulated technical expertise
  • Assumed accumulated humane-contact expertise
  • Terms of a Collective Agreement

In this model, the RN Surgery Nurse is deemed to be likely to face higher risk of becoming a TI Vector. Therefore, to protect the continuing presence of this person as a public resource, s/he is:

  • Deemed to require higher compensation for the risk.
  • Able to choose career paths using the Risk/Compensation ratio [ R/C ].
  • Able to pre-select or accept shift assignments shifts using R/C Ratio guidelines.

 

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The implications are interesting:

  • Health workers of all types (nurses, physicians, security guards, waste cleaning workers, nurse practitioners, administrative staff, mechanical engineers, etc.) experience different levels of stress – and each person’s ability to manage their exhaustion, to obtain compensation, can be hugely challenging. As are suicide and trauma experienced from patient violence and administrative overload. Could TIV-adjusted $compensation packages bring about a new harmoniousness of purpose among health facility staff?
  • Could WiFi/GPS/Machine-learning be used to calculate a fluctuating Premium that adjusts to the ability of RNs carrying out their duties?
  • Could a higher status Surgeon Emeritus (SE) get lower compensation relative to an Active Surgeon (AS) when the SE faces lower daily risk? 
  • Could $Premium compensation go up during a full moon or after a sports match? Will workers choose to pick that busy shift knowing the R/C compensation rate?
  • Would unexpected source-points and source paths be discovered? For example, the handling path for medical waste held as evidence by a police constable?

 

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Image:

Students assisting surgery in an affiliated hospital of Hebei North University. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Students_assisting_surgery.JPG, Author: CMSRC, 1 April 2008, 21:27:07, Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Could Cloudbox Mimics improve the naturalness of machine-learning?

Creating a “Cloudbox Mimic”
to map Rhizome growth choices, as a self-comprehended ‘hypotheses testing’ learning tool of ever-enlarging complexity

Would ‘asymmetric logic’ help machine-learners practice natural learning?

dhuer-cloudboxing-aIn 2014, I developed the Cloudboxing© thinking technique. Teaching myself to stitch together a set of cognitive cloud datapoints to create a place to study the building blocks of coding language, to learn exactly what code was and where it could be located in my data set. ie. Using my first cognitive language (Liquid Membraning) to translate coding language into the “building blocks” of Liquid Membraning language. See Project #5 at http://davehuer.com/solving-wicked-problems/

Lately, in between work, consulting, and venturing, I’ve been thinking about machine learning and Google’s DeepMind project, and wondering whether the “flatness” of programmed teaching creates limits to the learning process? For example…whilst reading the Google team’s “Teaching Machines to Read and Comprehend” article http://arxiv.org/pdf/1506.03340v1.pdf

Could we enlarge the possibilities, using spatial constructs to teach multidimensional choice-making?

creating a cloud-box to mimic rhizome growth choicesThis could be a software construct, or a physical object [such as a transparent polymer block, where imaging cameras record choice-making at pre-determined XYZ coordinates to ensure the locations of choices are accurately mapped (especially helpful when there are multiple choices at one juncture)].

Encapsulating and organizing defined space for machine-learned self-comprehension. mimics the “cloudboxing” technique.

And, it mimics the natural self-programmed logic of self-learning…a novel teaching tool for the machine-learning entity:

  • Creating a set of challenges through 3dimensional terrain that mimics pre-defined/pre-mapped subterranean tunnels
  • Creating an opportunity to dimensionally map an emulated (or actual) entity growing through the tunnel system
  • Studying the polar coordinates of the entity traversing the pre-defined space(s)

1) What about using a rhizome?Jiaogulan-Rhizome

. . . Using a natural entity teaches a machine-learning entity to mimic natural learning.

Using a plant creates the possibility that we can map choice-making, using attractants such as H2O and minerals, as a mimic for conscious entities developing learned behaviour.

 

2) Once you have a defined baseline data set, could machines learn better if being blocked and shunted by an induced stutter?

using stuttering blocks to teach choice-decision-making

Perhaps learning by stuttering and non-stuttering might produce interesting data?

By creating a stuttering event as the baseline, perhaps the program will use this to overcome obstacles to the learning process as well as the object of the lesson to learn to not stutter? This could produce a host of interesting possibilities and implications.

3) Things get incredibly interesting if the program eventually attempts to produce choice options outside the available options . . .


Note: These ideas continue the conceptual work of WarriorHealth CombatCare, re-purposing the anti-stuttering Choral Speech device SpeechEasy for Combat PTSD treatment. The research proposal for that work is here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Huer


Images:

Jiaogulan-Rhizome: Own work/Eigenes Foto by Jens Rusch, 29 August 2014  CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license.

Drawings: David Huer © 2014-2015

vs. the apparently-most-possible of the allegedly impossible

Colossal_octopus_by_Pierre_Denys_de_MontfortYesterday, one of my friends (founder) asked why I don’t start easier ventures? The reason relates to the framing (and re-framing) of the challenge: No matter what I think about, it has been my experience that the leap-frogging steps of a disruption are nearly always seen as impossible/hard to comprehend . . . 

. . . (and in this, it appears not so much that the barrier is a belief in the “impossibility”, but that the person cannot intellectually follow or comprehend how I got there and ego seems to get in the way).

So, if whatever I do is seen this way, then (perhaps paradoxically) it makes more sense to me to do the biggest scariest monster.

Because this takes exactly the same effort as the apparently-most-possible of the allegedly impossible.

Not to mention massively satisfying.


Image: Pen and wash drawing by malacologist Pierre Dénys de Montfort, 1801, from the descriptions of French sailors reportedly attacked by such a creature off the coast of Angola. Public Domain, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraken

Will Angel List post Impact ROI Target scores?

I posted my profile at Angel List yesterday
https://angel.co/david-huer-01

It’s a neat site, but I noticed something funny. The job board breaks out hundreds of jobs the usual way, by location, job title, compensation…

But no Impact ROI Target Scores.

This may be restricted to US site visitors. But if not, I want more. When looking for contractors and employees, or a team to join, I want something that matters, to my definition of what “matters” for me. Angel List, the go-to site for startups offering job opportunities across the English-speaking world, could provide that data. Here’s what I am asking for: a Balanced Scorecard filter that lays out key impact targets determined by the founders, team and investors.

As a yard/meterstick, all measures are good.
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If the target is to . . .

  • Maximize investor returns as a pure fintech money machine play…that’s great.
  • Create a gene-splicing tool for skeletal dysplasia…that’s also great.
  • Create incentives to stop the bear paws trade…again, that’s great, too.

Crunching Impact ROI targets into a neutral benchmark, and job-comparing tool. That’s dollarable value-add.

Will Angel List invite startups to post targets? 

The Door to $Capital Heaven

us-mission-vancouver

A country’s embassies and consulates are that nation’s territory, subject to its laws, rules, and customs.

Some time ago, I asked the US State Department to create an incubator inside the Vancouver consulate.

Every day, I could walk to my office in America without having to leave Canada. An embassy official appreciated the creativity but said no dice.

Hence the “Border Entrepreneur Visa” proposal, posted earlier this week: http://davehuer.com/blog/replacing-the-us-eb-1-and-e-1-with-a-be-1-visa/

 

 

 


Image: Seal of the US Consulate, Vancouver, BC. Public Domain: https://www.flickr.com/photos/us_mission_canada/4770405952 – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Replacing the US EB-1 and E-1 with a BE-1 Visa?

Many entrepreneurs need to follow the money to Silicon Valley. But US visa programs can be a challenge.

Blueseed Ventures offered a solution: Putting a tech incubator in international waters with a ferry traveling to San Francisco every day.

Lots of interest but not enough funders. Not to mention legal entanglements such as border controls and inspections, all rightfully a responsibility of the United States to its citizens.

Is a new visa program, paradoxically, the easier way?

100 miles inland & 100 miles offshore

Could the US create a new “Border Entrepreneur visa (BE-1)” that allows entrepreneurs to enter and operate startups and companies on US soil, to get access to US capital, without living in the USA?

Here is my thinking:

  • 100-mile border zone inside US land border
  • 100-mile border zone adjacent to the coastline of US states and territories
  • Visa region includes US territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands, etc)
  • US citizens get priority hiring as employees (core team exempt from the rule)
  • Mutual benefit for entrepreneurs and US economy
  • US evaluates entrepreneurs without having the entrepreneur burden US services
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Washington State/BC Border Zone

Example: a BC entrepreneur could operate in Whatcom County (Blaine, Bellingham, Ferndale) and return home to Vancouver every evening. Or simply move to Seattle or Tacoma.

 

 

What would this do for Plattsburg, NY, or Detroit, MI, or Yuma, AZ?

Could this alleviate the ‘undocumented alien’ challenge along the Mexican border? And produce certainty for authorities and law-abiding immigrants?

Could BE-1 visa holders demonstrating good citizenship and contributions to the economy “graduate” to the resident visa/citizenship stream?

Could the BE-1 produce legal/economic certainty for sea-stead ventures located between the coastline, and the 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone or 12-mile offshore treaty border?

9 Minds for the Future

5-minds-for-the-future2Howard Gardner misses 4 mindful intelligences when he talks about the 5 Minds for the Future that he believes are “the specific cognitive abilities that will be sought and cultivated by leaders in the years ahead”.

Mr. Gardner’s list:

The Disciplinary Mind (DM): the mastery of major schools of thought, including science, mathematics, and history, and of at least one professional craft.

The Synthesizing Mind (SM): the ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole and to communicate that integration to others.

The Creating Mind (CM): the capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions, and phenomena.

The Respectful Mind (RM): awareness of and appreciation for differences among human beings and human groups.

The Ethical Mind (EM): fulfillment of one’s responsibilities as a worker and as a citizen.

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Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

But this is a scientific model of the world: an idealized model of a civilized world of thinkers atop the hierarchy of civilization. It is not the world we live in. Not the world our children face:

A warming world, with melting ice caps, ice-free polar seas, and an interrupted tropic-arctic ocean heat conveyor belt. A world of sea-level rise, and drowned cities, and desperate populations. A world of rising starvation and denuded oceans. And refugees and internment camps. This is the world that every one of our grandchildren face. A world needing additional forms of Mindfulness if we are to succeed in restoring the biosphere.  Here are four to add to the mix:

KanjisenkiThe Warrior Mind (WM): combining strategic, tactical and artistic sensibilities. Miyamoto Musashi is the archetype. And my personal example is a US Marine. A man whose best friend died on the battlefield. A man who honoured that friend by not forgetting, and instead helping to set up a foundation for wounded warriors in his memory. This is a mind that frames its actions with honour. We need this mind.

The Profiting Mind (PM): looking for ways to earn profit in all its forms (financial, triple bottom line, personal). We need minds like this, too. To re-frame capitalism so it works for every species that inhabits the Earth.

The Earth Mind (EaM):  awareness of and appreciation for differences among different species of the earth, human and non-human, and the interrelatedness of all species in the biosphere we call home. We need this mind, too. Because this mind recognizes that all of us are one connected system that is failing because we have brought the ecosystem out of balance.

And the Horizon Mind (HM): The capacity to not just imagine the future, but to re-frame that future to make it better, and figure out the way from here to there. We need this mind to see where we could go, and to cut away every old way of thinking that got us into the hole we are now.


At times, I wonder if a Horizon Mind–and Horizon Intelligence–synthesizes all of the others? And whether Horizon Intelligence is both singularly personal and the collective intelligence of our species?

And whether Horizon Intelligence develops like this . . .?


When our children are born, they look out upon a strange and scary place.

All thinking is internal . . .

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The questing mind moves out from that internal space

Learning to involve sensory feedback: a mother’s breast milk, being singed, standing and falling, toy-making and using and breaking. Shitting and stinking, and eating boogers, and saying “No!”.

A sensory (feeling-seeing-scenting-tasting-thinking) feedback loop . . .

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But then, the questing human mind extends that feedback loop.

And here are the interesting questions . . .

Does the questing mind extend that feedback beyond others (mum, dad, sibling, grandma, the family dog) to wider horizons? Seeking to frame the horizon as a future that can be re-framed, changed, to whatever we want it to be;

This “horizon re-framing mind” — this Horizon Intelligence–perhaps it is the vista-seeking mind that makes our species gain the bigger perspective?

 

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And perhaps, it is Horizon Intelligence that synthesizes all of the other intelligences into one? Making the sum of the parts that which makes us aware? That makes us planners and doers of our own destiny?

 

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And if so, is it this intrinsic quality of thinking-being-contemplating-doingness that Information Technology kills? The “thrumming guitar pluck”, the quiet humming golden thread–that IT muffles and snuffs out?  The missing quality that we cannot replicate?

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Are we losing our Horizon Intelligence?

And if we are, are we becoming the Artificial Intelligence we should be afraid of?

— David Huer



Images:

5 Minds for the Future: Book Cover via Amazon Books:
Calligraphy by Miyamoto Musashi. Public Domain: Mr. Granger
Los_Angeles_Pollution: Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0
All other images and artwork: © 2015 David Huer. Photo is of Sombrio Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The Unmentioned Details of the Entrepreneurial Journey

Having read Peter Baskerville‘s brilliantly dispassionate, no-nonsense answer to Why do most café startups fail? at Quora this morning, I thought my readers might like to see a re-post of a 2010 cartoon about the perils of venturing anew.

Never give up! Never Surrender!

Best for the day and this New Year. 

01 January 2015

– David Huer

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Are we becoming the AI we should be afraid of?

This is a re-post of the second part of 9 Minds for the Future, positing “synthesizing horizon-mindedness” as the locus driving the expansion and success of our species.

Recently, John Battelle posted an essay asking: Is AI The Worst Mistake In Human History?

“One of the most intriguing public discussions to emerge over the past year is humanity’s wrestling match with the threat and promise of artificial intelligence. AI has long lurked in our collective consciousness — negatively so, if we’re to take Hollywood movie plots as our guide — but its recent and very real advances are driving critical conversations about the future not only of our economy, but of humanity’s very existence.

In May 2014, the world received a wakeup call from famed physicist Stephen Hawking. Together with three respected AI researchers, the world’s most renowned scientist warned that the commercially-driven creation of intelligent machines could be “potentially our worst mistake in history.” Comparing the impact of AI on humanity to the arrival of “a superior alien species,” Hawking and his co-authors found humanity’s current state of preparedness deeply wanting. “Although we are facing potentially the best or worst thing ever to happen to humanity,” they wrote, “little serious research is devoted to these issues outside small nonprofit institutes.” ”

The fundamental question is asked by Max Tegmark, a founder of the Future of Life Institute:

“It’s a race between the growing power of the technology, and the growing wisdom we need to manage it…Right now, almost all the resources tend to go into growing the power of the tech.” Who determines what is “good”? We are just now grappling with the very real possibility that we might create a force more powerful than ourselves. Now is the time to ask ourselves — how do we get ready?

I read this shortly reading about the Brexit Leave campaign; post-referendum. The “leaders” are backpedaling. They opened Pandora’s box. They’ve unleashed the dragon. But had NO plan. As a species we do this regularly. We avoid loss by avoiding thinking about it until the threat is upon us. We prevaricate. We fiddle, as Rome burns.

What is our plan?

And for me:

> Are we becoming the AI we should be afraid of?

> Is Horizon Mind and Horizon Intelligence …both singularly personal and the collective intelligence of our species?

David Huer


This is a concept for how Horizon Intelligence develops . . .


When our children are born, they look out upon a strange and scary place.

All thinking is internal . . .

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The questing mind moves out from that internal space

Learning to involve sensory feedback: a mother’s breast milk, being singed, standing and falling, toy-making and using and breaking. Shitting and stinking, and eating boogers, and saying “No!”.

A sensory (feeling-seeing-scenting-tasting-thinking) feedback loop . . .

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But then, the questing human mind extends that feedback loop.

And here are the interesting questions . . .

Does the questing mind extend that feedback beyond others (mum, dad, sibling, grandma, the family dog) to wider horizons? Seeking to frame the horizon as a future that can be re-framed, changed, to whatever we want it to be;

This “horizon re-framing mind” — this Horizon Intelligence–perhaps it is the vista-seeking mind that makes our species gain the bigger perspective?

 

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And perhaps, it is Horizon Intelligence that synthesizes all of the other intelligences into one? Making the sum of the parts that which makes us aware? That makes us planners and doers of our own destiny? [see: 9 Minds… for the proposed list]

 

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And if so, is it this intrinsic quality of thinking-being-contemplating-doingness that Information Technology kills? The “thrumming guitar pluck”, the quiet humming golden thread–that IT muffles and snuffs out?  The missing quality that we cannot replicate?

david huer-reframing space-update-005crop

Are we losing our Horizon Intelligence?

And if we are, are we becoming the Artificial Intelligence we should be afraid of?

— David Huer



Images:
All other images and artwork: © 2015 David Huer. Photo is of Sombrio Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island.