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  1. ProducerPeter Galik, MBL, MBA, MSc
    Know Your Why
    Know Your WhyThe emotional connection you make with your desired results is the key to achieving those results. The “what” and “how” of your desired results takes intellectual labor and is much easier to establish once you have made the emotional connection. An...
  2. ProducerEdwin Dearborn

    Edwin Dearborn

    How Bitcoin Sets The Pace For All Other Cryptocurrency Apps
    How Bitcoin Sets The Pace For All Other Cryptocurrency AppsBitcoin is the Facebook in the cryptocurrency world - the most well known and utilized. But as we all know, there are other cryptocurrencies in this world, just as there are other social networks in this world.“To be clear, I don't think that...


    Mark Metry
    17/11/2017 #1 Mark Metry
    Thanks for highlighting cryptocurrencies!
  3. ProducerStephane 🐝 Fenner
    Food For Thought |  Recruiting An Entrepreneur
    Food For Thought | Recruiting An EntrepreneurFree translation from a friend's post on FBA short storyThe other day, I was enjoying a delicious burger with a friend.He had created his startup during his studies.Contests won, fundraising, team, more than 4000 users; a passionate entrepreneur!But...


    Jerry Fletcher
    18/11/2017 #3 Jerry Fletcher
    Stephane, I have to agree with you and Phil. Seldom, if ever, are companies looking for entrepreneurs as employees. Good heavens, we don't want people that can think, we want people that will do...exactly what we want them to. Same way with that former CEO title. It works if you are now a consultant especially if it was in a corporate entity of any real size not just a start-up.
    Phil Friedman
    17/11/2017 #2 Phil Friedman
    @Stephane 🐝 Fenner, I’ve said this several times in articles: If you are looking for a job, do not be too quick to list either “entrepreneur” or “CEO” on your resume. Although a lot of lip service is paid on social media to the value of “entrepreneurial spirit” and “leadership experience”, almost nobody has the cojones to hire someone who genuinely fits one or both of those descriptions. Cheers!
  4. ProducerBirnoveanu Irina
    Happy customers?
    Happy customers?What we can do with nervous customers that affect the life's work of our employees?It is important to have happy customers but some people are difficult to extract from the shell of their anger.They come unhappy or are such preoccupied of their...


    Birnoveanu Irina
    18/11/2017 #2 Birnoveanu Irina
    #1 Thank you Preston for your words!
    Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    18/11/2017 #1 Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    @Birnoveanu Irina Great Buzz. I have also learned not to push hard on prospects. For example, "Less is More." I would rather have more loyal customers buying products with at a lower profit, than push hard and make a sale and make a large profit, but never see that customer again. If I lose that relationship, I am now in the hardest part of my entire part of business, "Getting Leads."
    I made this mistake years ago when I sold vacuums. I sold these for about 6 months. I noticed that the customers who I pushed hard to buy the product never called me again. Yet, the ones who I helped, truly help solved a problem, and even gave them a better price up front, became a returning customer. Sure I lost a big commission on the initial sale, but I made it up as they later would call me back for for vacuum materials when needed.
  5. ProducerLaura J. Nigro, MS ● SciEnspire! LLC
    Get Agile in Your Evolving World
    Get Agile in Your Evolving World“Upside View Of A Square Staircase” by WorldWideStock at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Agility has always figured in sports and warfare, and over the past decade it’s loomed large in business, too. But being agile also matters greatly in wider...


    Mohammed A. Jawad
    17/11/2017 #1 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Great insights!

    Let's accelerate our aspirations and actions to stay agile and accomplish more!
  6. ProducerGraham🐝 Edwards
    Moments — startups are not just for Ys and Zs anymore.
    Moments — startups are not just for Ys and Zs anymore."What's really bothering you?""Don't get me started — not taking advice and living in a fantasyland are the 2 that immediately come to mind.""Sounds like that other startup we were dealing with a while ago."   "Yeah  — it's the 'I'm the entrepreneur...


    Jerry Fletcher
    17/11/2017 #8 Jerry Fletcher
    Graham, The fact that experience can make a difference as you and @Phil Friedman point out is never more prevalent than when the new organization begins to seek funding. The order in which folks I know in the investing arena read a business plan is 1. Title page (your positioning statement should be there) 2. CVs of the company's officers, 3. Overview and then the rest. In my experience 80% of the decisions to fund are made on those few pages. Experience, market knowledge and proven capabilities count more than just about anything else.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    17/11/2017 #7 Mohammed A. Jawad
    It's nasty when egoistic entrepreneurs who by their infant ideas coupled with measurable monies think that they can march forth, capture markets and pocket profits. But, without censure and counsel, they decide and demand campaigns from consultants and simply ignore their wise strategies.
    Phil Friedman
    17/11/2017 #5 Phil Friedman
    I am sympathetic, @Graham🐝 Edwardss, to what you're saying here. My trademark tagline for two decades has been, "... because experience always matters."

    I strongly believe in the truth of that because I've found that half the battle is knowing what NOT to do. Only experience can train you to recognize potential paths of action that will ultimately lead nowhere or to a dead end -- thereby enabling you to avoid wasting valuable and limited resources pursuing those paths.

    Another verity which I cite often -- for example, in my book "Ten Golden Rules for Successful New Build Projects" is that much of the time solid experience trumps "creative brilliance" when the goal is to produce a product or run a profitable business.


    Good piece. Solid advice. Cheers!
    Brian McKenzie
    17/11/2017 #2 Brian McKenzie
    I quit trying to convince people in the star up realm, found a company overseas that was doing the channel and alignment that I was pushing. Much happier - P.S. I do know what I am doing - I open the next country in January ~ it won't be America.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    17/11/2017 #1 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    NIce. I'm living proof that fifty-somethings can function in a start-up environment. I actually have another in the works and my wife thinks I've gone off the deep end.

    I do not believe I know everything! I know a lot of stuff a lot, and a lot of other stuff a little. Luckily, I have a varied advisor group and a wide selection of experts as myTweetPack members who aren't shy about sharing their wish lists, thoughts, and suggestions.
  7. ProducerPeter Galik, MBL, MBA, MSc
    Leading Revolutionary Change
    Leading Revolutionary ChangeFor the rest of us to profit, we need the leadership of “greater fools.” Most people spend their life trying not to be the greater fool. The greater fool is someone with the perfect blend of self-delusion and ego to think that he can succeed where...
  8. ProducerJjanessa Lindauer
    Welcome Note By Jjanessa
    Welcome Note By JjanessaJjanessa is a passionate Blogger and working in the field of Blogging and Internet Marketing. Have so many blogs but one I love more is www.petseed.com where I usually share information about Pet's Care. I hope to work with innovative people who...
  9. ProducerCharles McKenny

    Charles McKenny

    "101 Marketing Strategies"
    "101 Marketing Strategies"101 Marketing Strategies is a 123-page ebook filled with practical marketing strategies you can use immediately in your business.These strategies have been tested "in the trench" during my 20 years as a professional strategic marketer. Here's some...


  10. ProducerSherrell Storr

    Sherrell Storr

    No Excuses
    No Excuses Growing up it felt normal to have excuses. In fact I thought I deserved to have excuses. There were so many things that I could blame for life's shortcomings. Could it have been on my mother, who was a teen mom and choose "parties" over taking care...


    Sherrell Storr
    16/11/2017 #2 Sherrell Storr
    #1 #1 Hi Pascal. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. We actually agree. If you make an excuse you are not accepting the circumstance. Accept it by asking what can you do and what can you learn. We are in control to the point where we choose our actions and responses, in no way do I mean we control what happens. I really appreciate your 80% :-). Look forward to continuing our dialogues through this new found connection.
    Pascal Derrien
    15/11/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    I fully get where you are coming from yet I cannot fully subscribe to the vision , I don't know why I think circumstances can/should be integrated to one's make up and that's not giving oxygen to excuses which in my mind would come across parking a huge section of one's life... I am not sure we are fully in control I think we adapt and react I guess I am with you at 80% on that one :-)
  11. ProducerPeter Galik, MBL, MBA, MSc
    Q: How Can I Become More Aware Of My Emotions?
    Q: How Can I Become More Aware Of My Emotions?Here are 7 ways of becoming more aware of and taking charge of our emotions. “If you can name it you can tame it.” For example, if you are feeling anxious and nervous, just saying out loud ‘I feel anxious, anxious, nervous, nervous’ is powerful in...
  12. ProducerMilan Vuk Stankovic
    5 Ingredients For Business Success
    5 Ingredients For Business SuccessRegardless of how much you are looking for it, it is impossible to find a unique formula which guarantees success in any business you are in.Maybe because all businesses are different and unique in their own way. Maybe because success...
  13. ProducerSHARON KARYASA


    Bali Unseen
    Bali UnseenOkay so I am married to a Balinese man.I live in a Balinese family compound, I live a blessed life. That is true, however my true fascination with Bali started long before I met Made.How do I even begin to write a short article about my obsession...


    17/11/2017 #2 SHARON KARYASA
    #1 Thank you for your comments Kevin, Bali is certainly unique :)
    Kevin Baker
    15/11/2017 #1 Kevin Baker
    This is wonderful. That sense of being grounded, calm in a way words do not explain, must be experienced. The feeling of belonging with in the environment.
  14. ProducerPreston 🐝 Vander Ven
    Why Blogging Is Important
    Why Blogging Is Important"A Blog is neither a Dairy nor a Journal, but includes elements of both." When you consider the investment of time, effort, and money that you need to put into a blog for it to be successful, there’s no doubt that you’ve probably asked...


    Jerry Fletcher
    17/11/2017 #3 Jerry Fletcher
    Well put, Preston. The ability of a blog to build opinions, communities and an ongoing sharing of ideas is what keeps me reading and writing them.
    Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    16/11/2017 #2 Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    #1 I also love to write, yet I will give most of my credit to others. An example is Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee buzz called https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/the-spontaneous-writer View more
    #1 I also love to write, yet I will give most of my credit to others. An example is Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee buzz called https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/the-spontaneous-writer. Go read this his buzz after my comment. My spark of an ideas comes from comments and other articles I read. I then begin to write as fast as possible before I forget what I was thinking. Close
    Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    15/11/2017 #1 Proma 🐝 Nautiyal
    Great buzz, @Preston 🐝 Vander Ven! The advantages of blogging are so clearly outlined and explained. My favorite line "I love to turn one article into ten or twenty, by sharing them on sites like beBee, Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, and more."

    Blogs because of their rich content help us in repurposing content in various other formats leading to more traffic and more engagement.

    I am feeling motivated to write a new one for my website, right away. Thank you for this awesome post. Sharing!
  15. ProducerDavid Slone

    David Slone

    It's never just about the money
    It's never just about the moneyIf you believe the movies, business is a world of corporate cut throats, prowling Wall Street looking for victims to fleece. We all know that our local businesses are nothing like that (in fact I doubt there are many in New Zealand like that),...
  16. ProducerYolanda Ávila Márquez
    Looking To Expand To Spain? 5 Reasons To Look No Further Than Valencia
    Looking To Expand To Spain? 5 Reasons To Look No Further Than ValenciaAutor/Author :   José Moliner de Smartlabstdios Valencia When founders are ready to take the plunge to expand internationally, numerous factors go under the microscope. According to a recent survey of 321 founders...


    Yolanda Ávila Márquez
    14/11/2017 #1 Yolanda Ávila Márquez
    Mañana lo traduzco y lo comparto en español
  17. ProducerDave Worthen

    Dave Worthen

    Inspiration vs. Motivation, Steve Jobs, and Reverend Billy Graham
    Inspiration vs. Motivation, Steve Jobs, and Reverend Billy GrahamI remember when I was a kid watching the late Reverend Billy Graham on TV.Holy Cow. This guy was inspiring. Although I grew up in a fairly religious family, at that time in my life I was questioning religion, period.But dang, it was hard not to...


    Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    18/11/2017 #16 Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Great topic for leadership development - understanding inspiration and motivation.
    Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    18/11/2017 #15 Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Love the distinctions and contrasts of the two concepts. It has me wondering about "inspiration development" as a leadership development topic. Having a power vision and being able to inspire and motivate as appropriate would be powerful. MLK and Ghandi see to be be people who were able to both inspire and motivate.
    Dave Worthen
    16/11/2017 #14 Dave Worthen
    #12 Hi @Harley King! That's awesome that you shared a similar experience! And you were there! What inspires me? Truly helping people change a non-optimum condition they have had their entire life, and see it change in a matter of days. That's inspiring.
    Dave Worthen
    16/11/2017 #13 Dave Worthen
    #11 Thank you very much, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador! Yes! Good on you! Live an inspired life!
    Harley King
    16/11/2017 #12 Harley King
    Excellent article, Dave! I heard Billy Graham live when I was a kid and I almost walked up front when he gave the call. So what inspires you?
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    16/11/2017 #11 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Excellent read @Dave Worthen, and your post is inspirational in itself. I agree the only life to live is an inspired life.
    Dave Worthen
    15/11/2017 #10 Dave Worthen
    #9 Thank you very much, @Preston 🐝 Vander Ven! I’m glad you enjoyed it. And your observation of the difference is very astute! You are a great writer yourself.
    Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    15/11/2017 #9 Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    @Dave Worthen I really enjoyed this. I have had those throughout my life motivate me and very few inspire me. A similar trait I found in all those who have inspired me is they were STEADFAST in their teachings and beliefs. I feel that this is what inspired me. It was not their knowledge, yet wisdom from this foundation they showed me.
    Dave Worthen
    14/11/2017 #8 Dave Worthen
    #7 Thanks very much, @Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris!
    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    14/11/2017 #7 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    Very inspiring buzz :-)
    Dave Worthen
    14/11/2017 #6 Dave Worthen
    #3 Thanks very much, @Harvey Lloyd! Great contribution from You as well!
    Dave Worthen
    14/11/2017 #5 Dave Worthen
    #2 Thank you very much, @Lupita 🐝 Reyes! I appreciate it!
    Dave Worthen
    14/11/2017 #4 Dave Worthen
    #1Thank you, Lupita!
    Harvey Lloyd
    14/11/2017 #3 Harvey Lloyd
    Really enjoyed your journey. I can speak for myself and say it is easy to tell when someone is inspiring because it sounds like they are speaking to the heart. When someone speaks of motivation it is for the brain and ears.

    We can only inspire others from on heart to another. The moment this stops so does inspiration.
    Lupita 🐝 Reyes
    14/11/2017 #2 Lupita 🐝 Reyes
    Worth sharing!!!
    Lupita 🐝 Reyes
    14/11/2017 #1 Lupita 🐝 Reyes
    Just fantastic @Dave Worthen!!!
    Actually , it is really inspiring!!
    Thank you!
  18. ProducerAlice Porter

    Alice Porter

    How to Select the Perfect Lanyard for Your Event
    How to Select the Perfect Lanyard for Your Event Every event planner, whether this is for a business networking event, or whether you are planning a party, will appreciate the importance of having a branded lanyard around their necks, and around attendees and event workers necks.Lanyards can help...
  19. ProducerEdwin Dearborn

    Edwin Dearborn

    The Next Trend With Online Technology: Providing Total Security, Functionality
    The Next Trend With Online Technology: Providing Total Security, FunctionalityAs we all are aware of, the online consumer relies on modern technologies to help him or her to perform their daily functions and responsibilities in life. We have hoped and believed that our personal, financial, and health data entering through our...
  20. ProducerDeidré Wallace

    Deidré Wallace

    A Ritual To Remember.
    A Ritual To Remember.A Ritual To Remember.When you start doubting yourself, write down a list - and keep this list, (so that you can add to it), of all the things, big and small, that you have done this year. Then make a list of all the things you have achieved so far...
  21. ProducerPeter Galik, MBL, MBA, MSc
    Q: What Is An Amygdala Hijack?
    Q: What Is An Amygdala Hijack?We cannot control our 500 million year ago reptilian brain any more than we can control our digestion or heartbeat. Unfortunately this means that, whether we realize it or not, we are often in what amounts to a low-grade amygdala hijack much of the...
  22. ProducerPeter Galik, MBL, MBA, MSc
    Organizational Development – 10 Ground Rules
    Organizational Development – 10 Ground Rules1. Executives Must Lead the Change InitiativeThe organization's executives must own the ultimate responsibility for the success of the change process. Especially when it involves changes or disruption to the patterns that they have grown accustom.2....
  23. ProducerChris Semarjian

    Chris Semarjian

    Chris Semarjian: Ninety Properties
    Chris Semarjian: Ninety PropertiesChris Semarjian is the owner of Industrial Commercial Properties LLC, one of the largest commercial real estate firms in Northeast Ohio. The company works with its clients to locate, acquire, and build the spaces that they need. To date,...
  24. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    Artificial Un-intelligence
    Artificial Un-intelligence ALL THE TALK ABOUT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE APPEARS TO BE JUST THAT, TALK... A recent article in Forbes loudly purported to provide us with "10 Powerful Examples Of Artificial Intelligence In Use Today". Unfortunately, not one of the examples cited...


    Phil Friedman
    17/11/2017 #55 Phil Friedman
    Good points all, @Wayne Yoshida, I keep thinking of the quote from Pogo uttered along the shore of Lake Okeefenokee, "We have met the enemy and he is ... us. Like you, my major concern is that we'll buy all the BS spun the Prophets (or Profits) of AI, and ignore the hard fact that the little Wizards of Oz, the code engineers build their own values and biases into the machine programming and will then tell us the results have to be right because... "the computer says so."

    Like the manned space travel program, AI is over-represented and over-sold because otherwise the number and value of resources devoted to its development would not be tolerated. How expensive is, for example, Alexa per unit interaction versus a calendar hanging on the wall where you write down your appointments and reminders?

    "Alexa, what do I have scheduled today?"
    "Well, Boss, you have a lunch meeting with Donald Duck today, then a dental appointment at 3:00."

    Wow, that was worth it wasn't. And the conversation was so freakin' intelligent, wasn't it? Oh wait, Alexa can study my music selections and self-learn to lay my favorites automatically for me in the mornings while I drink my from the auto-brewer Alexa (he/she?) turned on at 6:00 am. Now ain't that an intelligent hoot. Well, if we think the parlor tricks are examples of intelligence, then we're all a lot more un-intelligent than most of us will admit. Thanks for joining the conversation.
    Wayne Yoshida
    17/11/2017 #54 Wayne Yoshida
    Thanks @Phil Friedman - the sad part of this trend is the un-intelligent public that are eating this stuff up. How are consumers and users going to control programmer bias (intentional for the profit prophets)?

    I believe this is the real issue, regardless of how intelligent or un-intelligent these systems become.

    I want control. Heck, I don't do grocery shopping online since I am particular about picking banana ripeness.

    Any self-driving car will have to decide:
    Move the car to the left to avoid hitting the pedestrian - or move the car to the right to avoid vehicle damage?

    Is this what we want? Giving control to someone or something else?

    All this AI business reminds me of many science fiction stories -- and the warnings of what might happen.

    Including this old Star Trek episode, "The Ultimate Computer"

    Phil Friedman
    17/11/2017 #53 Phil Friedman
    #52 The material you cite, Bengt, illustrates, I believe, my contention that the Prophets (or Profits) of AI work hard to hijack the term "Intelligence". For example, you quote Stuart Russell as saying, "The manufacture and use of autonomous weapons, such as drones, tanks, and automated machine guns, would be devastating for human security and freedom, and the window to halt their development is closing fast, Russell warned." I suggest to you that so-called autonomous weapons are not autonomous at all. They may be programmed to acquire targets according to certain parameters and to destroy those targets without further control being exercised, but they do not judge what actions to perform in light of accepted objectives or goals.-- which latter involves true intelligence.

    Drones may be remotely operated or even self-guided, but that does not make them intelligent. I've mounted an argument to explain why I believe such machines, even if self-learning and self-correcting, are NOT intelligent. You are, of course, entitled to your opinion, but simply making the counter statement that certain war machines are intelligent, without explaining why you say that, doesn't really address my point. Thank you for reading and commenting. Cheers!
    Bengt Hahlin
    16/11/2017 #52 Bengt Hahlin
    Well, one aspect of AI that is not very much discussed is its use in the military. Killer AI robots now exist and the bulk of these technological developments are military funded in UK, China, Israel, Russia, and the United States. Although, fully autonomous weapons systems have not yet been deployed on the battlefield, but they are integrated in some of the existing systems and can be “turned on” at any time.

    This video shows some of the existing capabilities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CO6M2HsoIA

    Stuart Russell, a world leading AI researcher at the University of California in Berkeley, said: “The manufacture and use of autonomous weapons, such as drones, tanks and automated machine guns, would be devastating for human security and freedom, and the window to halt their development is closing fast, Russell warned. The technology illustrated in the film is simply an integration of existing capabilities. It is not science fiction. In fact, it is easier to achieve than self-driving cars, which require far higher standards of performance.”

    In August this year, more than 116 of the world’s leading robotics and AI pioneers from 26 countries called on the UN to ban the development and use of killer robots.

    The open letter here: https://futureoflife.org/autonomous-weapons-open-letter-2017/
    Phil Friedman
    15/11/2017 #51 Phil Friedman
    #50 Of course, Cyndi, the Prophets of AI will tell you that the right machine-generated words spoken by the best machine-generated voice can convey "love and compassion" just as well as a human being, if coupled with a machine-learning program that gathers empirical data on the responses of the dying to the ministrations of the "Dying Support Bot" (Ida). Assuming they actually believe that and are not just spoofing (or maybe punking) us, they can only believe such because their primary mode of connection is digital. For, as I think you and I will for a change agree, nothing substitutes for non-verbal physical contact, person to person or even human person to animal person. My hope for the future is that we reject the false claims of the Profits [sic] of AI.
    Cyndi wilkins
    15/11/2017 #50 Cyndi wilkins
    #49 Yes...that was somehow the claim too...that they were developing a program to help such patients with their feelings of 'loneliness' in the dying process. That is what palliative caregivers are for...people are being replaced by machines every day...but there is no computer program for love and compassion.
    Phil Friedman
    15/11/2017 #49 Phil Friedman
    #48 If reported accurately, it is the brainchild of some Prophets of AI chasing the Profits of AI. Concurrent with such developments is the push to “humanize” the machine-generated voices and name the programs in order to advance the illusion they are somewhat sentient and our “friends”. If you don’t believe me, just ask Siri or Alexa.
    Cyndi wilkins
    15/11/2017 #48 Cyndi wilkins
    #19 "No woman (in her right mind) would invent a stupid thing that destroyed industries, livelihoods and communities all under the guise of grand progress."

    Rock on @Charlene Norman...great comment on a great post;-)

    @Phil Friedman...I read an article recently about such AI being developed for use in 'end of life' care for patients without family members helping to deal with the difficult decision making process of having one's affairs in order as the are struggling with the emotional impact of impending death. Can't wrap my head around around that one. Seems we just keep getting further and further away from our humanity...
    Phil Friedman
    15/11/2017 #47 Phil Friedman
    #46 Thanks for the kind words, @Jim Murray. I think, though, a large part of the credit for the high level of the discussion here belongs to the commenters. And I agree with you, BTW, that engagement emerges spontaneously when you speak your mind, authentically and without guile. It also helps, I think, not to take oneself too seriously. But then you already know that. Cheers!
    Jim Murray
    15/11/2017 #46 Jim Murray
    This is really a good object lesson for people trying to increase their engagement....Write about something meaningful. Write it like you mean it. No compromises or other forms of intellectual fraud. And lo and behold the people, and their considered opinions, will burst forth. Thanks, Professor Phil.
    Phil Friedman
    15/11/2017 #45 Phil Friedman
    #44 For the most part, Zacharias, I do not take exception to anything you've said here. Seems to me a particularly good summary analysis. I also agree with your point that machines are not, and will not likely ever be, sentient.

    Where we may differ somewhat is in the fact that I don't see problem-solving as necessarily intelligent -- especially when it involves a step-by-step progression through a binary decision tree that embodies a huge but finite dataset and number of branches. I believe that before being co-opted by the Prophets (or Profits) of AI, the term "intelligent" meant having the ability to make (correct or adequate) decisions without systematically counting down through all the possible alternatives.

    I don't deny that a machine program can be created to land an airliner better than any human pilot can. But I wonder why the proponents of "AI" want to create for that machine program as human sounding a voice as possible. And why are they at pains to give them human sounding names? I suspect it is to grow the misperception that such machines have a potential for emergent sentience.

    There is a danger in all of this that Peter and, I think, you hint at. Once the calculating power of self-learning machines outstrips our ability to perform checks on whether they are developing correctly, we will be left in the position of completely depending on what the computers tell us. And if I were to give in to cynicism, I'd suspect that is what the Prophets of AI want.

    Thank you for reading and joining the conversation. Cheers!
    Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    15/11/2017 #44 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris
    I think we need to discern between intelligence and sentience. Human intelligence has both and in all our observations in nature, these two are strongly correlated. However, A.I., at least in its current paradigm, is just intelligence, void of sentience. To make matters worse, the way it is implemented, it is highly unlikely that it will ever be sentient, i.e. self-aware. The reason is, as you pointed out, that A.I. is talked about by profits, not people who have some intuitive knowledge of the future. It's in no-one's interest to create sentient machine, though such A.I. systems are bound to continue to feature in sci-fi films and books, since they are interesting and pose certain philosophical questions that haven't been saturated yet.

    So, even though A.I. is by no means sentient or anything close to the sophistication of human intelligence, it is still a form of intelligence that can be quite useful to us. Perhaps its use cases are not as diverse as the A.I. fanboys like to think, but they are definitely meaningful from a business perspective. Also, despite the inevitable boost in productivity that such a paradigm is poised towards, it is unlikely to destabilize the economy any time soon.

    To sum up, A.I. is a very interesting and promising technology and scientific field but it has nothing to do with the A.I. systems we see in films or in well-written novels, like those of Isaac Asimov. It is bound to help increase our productivity, but the A.I. based machines are unlikely to take over the world any time soon. Now, whether people profit from these innovations, there is no doubt, just like some people profit from spreading fear of A.I. Armageddon. However, those of us who have worked with A.I. systems tend to view them more dispassionately and take what these false prophets say with a pinch of salt...
    Phil Friedman
    15/11/2017 #43 Phil Friedman
    #42 Well, Peter, as a graduate student I worked with two-value propositional calculus and binary decision trees -- which no doubt colors my perspective.

    That said, please understand I do not, in the main, take exception to the facts you recite. However, what you describe is machine learning, a process in which programs self-improve and self-correct based on an ever-growing empirical dataset against which the programs measure their own successes and errors.

    My problem with the Prophets (or Profits) of Artificial Intelligence is that they work very hard to redefine -- or more accurately, hijack -- the concept of "intelligence". For example, you yourself say of AI, "It’s not as imaginative as human intelligence, but it can be as rational." I disagree with the phrasing. I would say it is not imaginative or free-ranging as genuine (human) intelligence, but as the empirical datasets grow large enough and available computing power grows to where the resolution of the binary decision trees can be completed in a practical period of time, it can be as or more accurate in many circumstances.

    But even if that is the case, I submit that what is currently called "AI" is still un-intelligent. Thank you for reading and commenting.
    Peter Altschuler
    15/11/2017 #42 Peter Altschuler
    I’ve worked in AI, @Phil Friedman, since 1991, so my perspective is a little bit different.

    Back in the early, “pioneering” days of artificial intelligence, the applications were, essentially, knowledge-engineered assistants — rules that helped less experienced employees access the knowhow of the most skilled. That evolved into case-based reasoning, which helped workers solve problems through a relatively normal process of elimination.

    Yet IBM’s Watson and Cray’s Urika are truly able to take generalized “fuzzy” input and discover patterns in Big Data that humans might not detect. As results are presented and are accepted or rejected by human programmers or domain experts, those systems are able to determine what’s right, wrong, appropriate, and/or irrelevant. With each successive iteration, the conclusions become more accurate. On an admittedly rudimentary level, that’s learning. And learning requires intelligence... however artificial it may be.

    The Mayo Clinic has used Urika to parse case histories to find correlations for cancer treatment — relationships related to genetics, medications (both specifically for cancer and for other ailments that proved beneficial for cancer), and treatment regimens, such as combinations of chemo and radiation therapies. It’s been used to spot patterns of fraud in financial transactions, detect cyber threats, and even assemble the best talent for a baseball team.

    It’s not as imaginative as human intelligence, but it can be as rational. The fear we should have is that it can become perceptive enough to initiate action without being programmed to perform it. And that, unless we’re very, very careful, could be the future.
    Randall Burns
    14/11/2017 #41 Randall Burns
    #37 I don't agree with that sentiment, as you say it is THEFT, pure and simple. like the comment I left on your article on LinkedIn I believe in karma and it will catch up with people,

    "Time is longer than rope"
    Randall Burns
    14/11/2017 #40 Randall Burns
    #35 LMAO!!! and you say that you're not a funny guy!
    Phil Friedman
    14/11/2017 #39 Phil Friedman
    #38 Thank you, @Charlene Norman, for the kind rant. Intellectually, I get it. Gut-wise, it really pisses me off not to be smarter about these things. It also upsets me to think that plagiarism may be infecting beBee. Cheers!
    Charlene Norman
    14/11/2017 #38 Charlene Norman
    #36 Listen man, that is the dumbest thing I have read today. Come up with a damn good idea, craft a mighty fine post, cite another person's work, find out said article posted was a fraud, highlight the fraud and then apologize because you did not VERIFY said source before you cited it. Jeepers man, we all trust you. With or without your superhero cape or tights or whatever you wear when you write. It is not ALSO our responsibility to CLEAR the sources we cite. it is ONLY our responsibility to cite them. You are human. We don't expect you to be perfect 100000% of the time. Rant over. Carry on darlin' .
    Phil Friedman
    14/11/2017 #37 Phil Friedman
    #34 I have shared a link to it on beBee, several times, @Randall Burns. But it never generated much notice, indeed, a few Honey Bees even remarked that it was too harsh and that we should have some sympathy for those who steal intellectual property. So I concluded it's a lost cause on beBee.
    Phil Friedman
    14/11/2017 #36 Phil Friedman
    #33 My fault for not checking before citing the piece -- since it was one of the best on the subject I'd ever read. Cheers!
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