Perth Leadership Institute - Technology http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/categories/technology Wed, 30 Sep 2020 01:40:34 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Do humans emit a unique quantum brain print? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/do-humans-emit-a-unique-quantum-brain-print http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/do-humans-emit-a-unique-quantum-brain-print
You know a field of knowledge is being popularized for the Great Unwashed once psychologists start to talk knowledgeably about it. So, it goes with quantum stuff; what was once the province only of the hard science literati has now entered the sphere of pop media. Quantum Cats Well kind of; cast a glance or two at this one - 'What is quantum cognit...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 15 Feb 2020 01:07:52 +0000
Can AIs be Entangled? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-be-entangled http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-be-entangled
  This AI stuff is so complicated, sigh…There’s all these newfangled algorithms, deep learning, generative adversarial networks, it goes on and on. Isn’t it kind of depressing to feel that without all this stuff, we can’t go to Mars, cure cancer, or invent the next Impossible Burger? And that’s just with the ongoing generation of AI. What about the...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 04 Jan 2020 17:00:55 +0000
Alexa, Global Guardian? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/alexa-global-guardian http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/alexa-global-guardian
There’s a lot of buzz around Alexa. So is Alexa listening to you? Even recording your calls? What for? Where is she going anyway? Obviously she is getting much smarter. Real conversation is in the offing. So, she’s not just a fount of information, but also maybe a fount of wisdom. The role of digital companion is nigh. Digital soulmate is on the ho...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 07 Dec 2019 13:52:11 +0000
Are Quark Nukes as Scary as Godzilla? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-quark-nukes-as-scary-as-godzilla http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-quark-nukes-as-scary-as-godzilla
We live in a scary world. There’s nothing like a scary movie, right? Hear about the latest Godzilla: King of the Monsters ? So here’s the latest kind of Godzilla, courtesy of the Russians, namely hypersonic missiles . They go at Mach 5 speed, seriously fast, and you can’t knock them down. That’s scary. Oh, and did we mention that they seem to be nu...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 24 Aug 2019 13:16:25 +0000
Is AI - artificial irrationality - the key to robot innovation? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-artificial-irrationality-the-key-to-robot-innovation http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-artificial-irrationality-the-key-to-robot-innovation
Did you see that an interplanetary society has just launch a prototype starship powered by a solar sail , aka LightSail ? For the ignorami, that’s a gossamer-thin piece of material that catches the light of the Sun which provide propulsive power to the starship. And no, it’s not a new idea . Kepler referred to it, and sci-fi writers such as Jules V...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 10 Aug 2019 14:43:33 +0000
Is knitting the gateway to AI 2.0? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-knitting-the-gateway-to-ai-2-0 http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-knitting-the-gateway-to-ai-2-0
I’m sure everyone has heard of mindfulness. It’s the new religion for curing stress, of which there seems to be quite a lot. Salespeople are hardly known for being meditative, so when they pick up knitting as a (secular) religion , you know there’s something going on. The buzzword is mindful knitting, by the way. And that’s not all, not even the le...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Fri, 21 Jun 2019 23:40:02 +0000
Could hackers launch a global nuclear war? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-hackers-launch-a-global-nuclear-war http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-hackers-launch-a-global-nuclear-war
I guess you are all aware of the US decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Weapons Treaty (INF)? In defense of the decision its clear that the Russians have flouted it for many years. So, does this make nuclear war more likely, or less? Well, Putin just threatened the US with its new hypersonic weapons if the US puts more weapons ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Sustainability Sat, 23 Feb 2019 17:42:17 +0000
Are Big Data and happiness incompatible? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-big-data-and-happiness-incompatible-1 http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-big-data-and-happiness-incompatible-1
I don’t have to tell you that Big Data is hot. Almost Godly really. And happiness is a perennial as old as mankind itself. Wouldn’t it be nice if they both played nice together? Why shouldn’t they anyway? These thoughts come from after reading a book by Mo Gawdat, Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy . The author is a Google executive and the...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Uncategorized Sat, 12 Jan 2019 13:52:21 +0000
Will quantum computers kill AI as we know it? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-quantum-computers-kill-ai-as-we-know-it http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-quantum-computers-kill-ai-as-we-know-it
Sigh, I can’t help taking aim at AI. It’s just so fashionable and politically correct. Ask anyone in leadership positions in politics or the private sector what the future is, and they will all tell you seriously it’s all AI, OF COURSE. I have this pressing need to knock down shibboleths, even it they are good ones. So here goes. Here’s my question...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 08 Dec 2018 12:57:21 +0000
A Turing test for AIs that have passed the Turing test http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-turing-test-for-ais-that-have-passed-the-turing-test http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-turing-test-for-ais-that-have-passed-the-turing-test
You know the Turing test, right? You communicate with a computer by typing and it must guess if you’re a human or an AI. The test has been run for many years. Usually the humans have won but the AIs are catching up. So now some inventive academics (yep, they even exist) have devised a new Turing test; instead of doing a typed conversation you just ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 06 Oct 2018 12:21:48 +0000
Can AIs have will-power? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-have-will-power http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-have-will-power
With AIs it’s all about intelligence and smarts. Can they think better than us? Will they make better decisions? And so on. Probably the answer to all of these questions is yes, eventually if not sooner. I’m a (poor and slow) runner so I like to read books about running to see how the really good ones perform. I just read the semi-autobiography of ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 18 Aug 2018 13:21:38 +0000
Can you edit your own genes – by thought alone? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-you-edit-your-own-genes-by-thought-alone http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-you-edit-your-own-genes-by-thought-alone
So the talk of the town, biologically speaking anyway, is CRISPR Cas9 (ok dumbbells, here’s the Cliff Notes version ). It’s the new way to slice and dice genes. Actually it’s unbelievably amazing, at least to my tiny mind. Now scientists can cut and paste genes like word-processing bread (HUH?). Anyway you get the idea.   Now we are the verge of be...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:56:07 +0000
Can AIs suffer from mental health issues? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-suffer-from-mental-health-issues http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/can-ais-suffer-from-mental-health-issues
So the movie “2001 – A Space Odyssey” has just been re-released . I saw it when it was first released and I didn’t understand it even then. No doubt I will be none the wiser this time around. But one thing still sticks in my mind; HAL, the mission computer had a bad case of mental ill-health.   “2001” was a prescient work in so many ways. I think t...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 26 May 2018 13:19:22 +0000
Could gene editing solve the online privacy and security problem? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-gene-editing-solve-the-online-privacy-and-security-problem http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-gene-editing-solve-the-online-privacy-and-security-problem
Facebook has been roasted lately due to its user privacy issues, not to mention its hosting of those infamous fake news feeds. No good deed goes unvarnished…   But I guess they’re not the only ones to have that problem: how about the Federal Office of Personnel Management where 4 million personnel records were stolen by hackers , including probably...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:15:53 +0000
Self-driving cars – just blame the victim http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-cars-just-blame-the-victim http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-cars-just-blame-the-victim
So now several people have been killed in accidents in self-driving cars. What gives?   I’ve been driving for many years but I don’t regard myself as a good driver. For one thing I've got poor eyesight. I get easily confused at night and sometime in heavy traffic conditions. Here are three of the driving situations in which I feel most uncomfortabl...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 07 Apr 2018 13:54:15 +0000
Is blockchain a bubble – and compromised too? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-blockchain-a-bubble-and-compromised-too http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-blockchain-a-bubble-and-compromised-too
  Recently I have attended three conferences on widely divergent topics. Every one of them featured blockchain and what everyone was going to do about it and with it. It seems that the contemporary standard for demonstrating your innovativeness is showing you are into blockchain.   Blockchain is, according to the banks, going to transform the finan...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:38:20 +0000
Will quantum bitcoins be free? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-quantum-bitcoins-be-free http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-quantum-bitcoins-be-free
Now bitcoin and other digital currencies have been cratering. Does that spell their end? Nope, not at all, maybe quite to the contrary. There’s a new game in town for crypto-currencies. It’s called quantum computing. We’re now well into a new arms race for the most powerful quantum computer. IBM has just upped the ante with a 50 qubit quantum compu...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:51:26 +0000
Is AI too rational? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-too-rational http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-too-rational
AI has been the talk of the town at CES . There’s suitcases that follow you, more smart speakers and that’s the least of it. But I’m feeling uneasy with all this AI stuff. Part of my concern is it all sounds too easy. Just add more intelligence and everything’s ok. Doesn’t that all sound too easy, too pat ? If you stuff even more intelligence into ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:28:31 +0000
Is blockchain primarily a medical breakthrough? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-blockchain-primarily-a-medical-breakthrough http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-blockchain-primarily-a-medical-breakthrough
    Now we know that blockchain is revolutionizing not just digital currencies but also accounting and increasingly other areas of finance. So blockchain is fundamentally a financial technology right? I’m not so sure.   Check out my Sanctus Sanctorum, Wikipedia, and it will tell you that blockchain is a distributed ledger . As such it can give you ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Uncategorized Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:18:14 +0000
Are selfies dangerous? http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-selfies-dangerous http://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-selfies-dangerous
There’s nothing more feel-good than selfies right? Taken with friends, family, colleagues they are the paragon of amicability, friendship, togetherness. What’s not to like? Selfies are big. These days there’s whole articles about the best smartphones to take them. It's crucial right? After all these have become the core of their online identify for...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Popular Culture Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:28:56 +0000