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Comments18/11/2017 #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.
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- Producer15/11/2017Going Southern - Regional DiversityWe often think of diversity as race, ethnicity, gender, and religion. Sometimes we add generational diversity, but rarely do add our diverse geography. Yet, our regional differences account for much of the controversies, culture clashes, and...
Comments17/11/2017 #19 Deborah Levine#17 Yes, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher our history is full of immigrant stories that need to be told and retold. I didn't know about the Finnish contribution in Ohio - amazing. I wonder where the laborers went when they left Ashtabula. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could track down some of their descendants!17/11/2017 #17 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI love how descriptive your video is @Deborah Levine. Enjoyed learning of your own journey from Bermuda to the South and why you chose that region. I grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio, a large port City long ago. We had many Finnish and Italian settlers who lived among each other within neighborhoods.
"As early as 1872 one of the Finnish section gangs had been at work in Ashtabula Harbor laying track for the Ashtabula, Youngstown, and Pittsburgh Railroad.6 This labor crew was composed of twenty-five men and a female cook; among their number were Andrew Bloom and Kalle Kotka. The latter, a lad of about twenty, was killed by a train in the gravel pit of the A. Y. & P. Railroad on November 8, 1872, and thus became the first Finn to find his final resting place in Ashtabula.7 The Finnish laborers remained in the Harbor for only a short time but their presence did evoke the following comment from the Ashtabula Telegraph:" - http://www.genealogia.fi/emi/art/article222e.htm Interesting article!
Thank you for sharing this, I will now share it with others :)17/11/2017 #16 Brook Massey#11 @Deborah Levine, in general, I do believe that the two cultures are distinct. Genetically, many Appalachian folk are of poor Scottish or Ulster-Scot descent. Historically, in the Civil War, obviously, most southern residents sided with the south. While, most Appalachian residents sided with the north: West Virginia splitting from Virginia and NE Tennessee trying to breakaway from Tennessee.16/11/2017 #12 Deborah Levine#10 Yes, @David B. Grinberg, today's overlap of demographics, history, and geography is a vital part of understanding what is happening not only in a region but in national shifts both culturally and politically. I make the combination and confluence a basic element of my diversity training. How can I not?16/11/2017 #11 Deborah LevineThanks for the feedback @Brook Massey#9 Appalachian culture is indeed one-of-a-kind. I write about that more in the book, Going Southern. Years ago, when I was studying Appalachia in my urban planning masters, there was a claim that Appalachians are distinct not only in their culture but are a distinct DNA group. Would you agree?16/11/2017 #10 David B. GrinbergNice blogging buzz, Deborah. I also like the video. I think geographic diversity overlaps with demographic diversity, a phenomenon dating back to the Civil War. However, this has become more pronounced today with Hispanics/Latinos and Asians being the fastest growing populations in the USA. In fact, any one group could largely be concentrated in a specific region. Thus, your thesis makes perfect sense!16/11/2017 #9 Brook Massey@Deborah Levine, most of my life has been spent in the hills of Kentucky. I did live a while in Alabama, though. The Appalachian culture of much of Kentucky, is a little different from Southern. You describe our Alabama experience perfectly. Appalachia is a less genteel, a little rougher. People talk fast and move slow.15/11/2017 #1 Harvey LloydWow, can i say wow. For a "come here" as i have heard the label stated in southern states, meaning you ain't from here, with politeness, you really hit some highlights of southern culture. Southern Pride is something that is evolving but hasn't gone anywhere. We take God and country very seriously, not always correctly but very seriously. I added the read to the list. Thanks.
Ps. i would have loved to have seen the group when you played the music.
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Comments17/11/2017 #11 Cyndi wilkins"Everybody needs some sort of method or structure to work within. Not having this structure will invariably reduce the chances of actually getting anything done."
If you could read my mind love...what a tale my thoughts would tell;-)
Great piece @Jim Murray...A very succinct recipe for layering the groundwork in the creative process. One ingredient at a time...16/11/2017 #7 Randall BurnsGreat post @Jim Murray, very helpful. I'm working on something now and will consciously apply these tips. I understand the "compartmentalization", I find it useful for when I have a variety of ideas which I keep in a "vault" on my desktop, working and adding to them as the thoughts come to me although when I have something in the "forefront", like the one I mentioned I will work on that from start to finish.
Insightful and helpful contribution, Thanks.15/11/2017 #2 Kevin PashukThanks for the cultural reference of the musician who cannot be named... I cut my musical teeth on Gordon's work, and modeled my guitar playing after the wonderful finger-picking and chord patterns of his songs. He was actually the first professional musician I ever saw in concert, in the intimate gymnasium of Dryden High School, in North Western Ontario. I still play his tunes, including the epic Canadian Railroad Trilogy. Now that's compartmentalization at work...
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Comments17/11/2017 #42 Jerry FletcherPaul, Thank you! You made my day. Although there was a laugh in there I can say that there is more than a grain of truth on what the world has come to. As a speaker who can get passionate about Networking and Brand and Trust Based business development I often warn audiences that, "I've been told by some folks that I'm not socially correct. Some of what I have to say may offend some of you. But it will be the truth as I see it. If I piss you off, so be it. If I make some of you laugh with my observations that is okay by me. No matter what reaction you have you'll come out of here better off if you own your feelings. Ain't it great to get to the age where you really don't give damn what others think of you!17/11/2017 #41 Robert CormackAh, well, @Kevin Pashuk, I had a sneaking suspicion nobody was thinking about me at all when I was constantly asked who I was and why was I hanging around the halls. Once they discovered I'd been working there 3 years, I ceased being a topic of conversation entirely—until it was decided I could be bluffing. When they found out I wasn't bluffing, I ceased being a topic of conversation entirely because I was boring. I've since told everyone I'm bluffing.#3817/11/2017 #40 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#36 LOL, that reminds of the old joke about a woman who called the police because her male neighbor walked around in the nude.
When the Cops came, all they saw was a waist-up view. When questioned, the woman answered, "Yes, but if you stand on the kitchen counter, lean out holding the light fixture for balance, while holding this mirror over your head, you can see his junk!"17/11/2017 #36 Wayne Yoshida#32 #33 -- This is a very touchy area in our post Anita Hill era. Many years ago, three of us guys in the sales dept were called into HR one day. We were being accused for harassment because of our "locker room" jokes and stories. The accuser was in a cubicle adjacent to mine.
We immediately changed our location for these discussions. . . . and the accuser **followed** us and reported us again, saying she could still hear our stories and jokes.
I caught her one day standing on her chair so she could eavesdrop. . . and then reported her to HR. All charges in our files were removed. She was sent to therapy and anger management sessions.
Geeze.17/11/2017 #34 Robert CormackGood one, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, lay your "grouch" out there, tackle those "feelings of awkwardness" and grow your beard. You and I are of that age when we really don't have to care anymore (although we do, or we wouldn't be writing about it). Thanks for the post.17/11/2017 #33 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#32 You said, "Good Morning?" How dare you, you PERVERT!!! LMFAO
Sometimes, conversations can be taken out of context. In the restaurant, I once tossed 10kg of chicken breasts that were delivered that same day. I confronted the employee who signed for them telling her, "Check your breasts, please. Before you take anything in the back (I meant the fridge), make sure your breasts are clean and firm (chicken breasts). There should be no sliminess or any smell at all. Take one out (chicken again) and check if you have to. If you're not sure, come show them to me."
An intern who overheard this freaked out. A good rule of thumb would be if the person spoken to doesn't seem threatened or harassed, you probably misunderstood.17/11/2017 #32 Brian McKenzieI worked at a large insurance company for 90 days, I got picked up as a permanent after that. Every day as a temp - I had to sign in with the receptionist and said "Good Morning" everyday. As a company employee - I didn't have to sign in, but still said " Good Morning" Two weeks in, I get called in for an HR 'sit down' because Good Morning was being presented as Sexual Harassment. I stayed two more weeks, took the Broker Test and moved from claims to sales. The move was more money and a new floor.
I found out that the receptionist had filed several other complaints against others - I recommended they upgrade their security to include audio. All charges were subsequently dropped and she was fired.
This was the shit in 1992 - it has only moved exponentially worse.
You interact at your own risk and folly.
#MGTOW 😒17/11/2017 #31 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI love your rants @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian! You brought up a good point about the woman using the term "sexual harassment" & told her friend to "report him to HR" with the culture we are facing today. No, he should not be reported and NO that is not harassment! I had a boss once who used to come into my office and he would start trying to rub my back and shoulders. I wasn't comfortable with that and would say, "Knock it off Bryan!" He would back up, and say to me... what.. whaaa, you don't like that?" My reply, NO, I don't want your grubby hands on me. He did this more than once and the more I spoke out to him, the worse he treated me as an employee. I never once thought of reporting him, I felt I was able to stand my ground. I would just categorize him as a womanizer back then and a creep lol. Oddly, his wife divorced him, I wonder why?? I wasn't the only one he did that to.
I did have a point to make above, I fear women may report every incident as sexual harassment if they feel they can. Yes, report if if you've truly been sexually harassed but don't cry wolf.
As for Movember, Ok, looking to see if your fly was down, I literally laughed. People can be so anal... seriously, not comfortable with a beard? My husband and son are both participating in Movember too.. this is my son's third year, husbands first year. Kudos to you for participating too. My husband looks like a grubby mountain man right now haha. But, it's for a very good cause. For those that aren't aware, Movember is to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health issues in men. They grow mustaches and beards. Mustache in particular but many grow beards along with the mustache. KUDOS Men!!17/11/2017 #28 Nicole ChardenetKiller post, Paul!!! I was just having a similar conversation tonight with a couple of gal pals, one of whom's my age and the other of whom is twenty years older. I was arguing that making a fuss over 'gender pronouns' is a sign that you have First World Problems. That 'safe spaces' primarily spring from the very real need to provide truly safe spaces for certain people, primarily abuse victims, to speak freely, but that it has since become an excuse to shield one's self from any inconvenient opinions someone else cares to yell down your echo chamber. That some people seriously need to just Suck It Up, Buttercup. Too much victimhood going around. I hope you talked that ditz bomb out of reporting that guy to HR. If that's the worst thing that happened to her all year, she leads a very charmed life indeed...
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Comments16/11/2017 #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.15/11/2017 #1 Pascal DerrienI 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 :-)
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Comments17/11/2017 #55 Phil FriedmanGood 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.17/11/2017 #54 Wayne YoshidaThanks @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"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ultimate_Computer17/11/2017 #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!16/11/2017 #52 Bengt HahlinWell, 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-2017/15/11/2017 #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.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.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.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...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!15/11/2017 #46 Jim MurrayThis 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.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!15/11/2017 #44 Zacharias 🐝 VoulgarisI 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...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.15/11/2017 #42 Peter AltschulerI’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.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' .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.
- Producer14/11/2017Creative Ways to Get Your Articles RebrandedOnline marketing can be very difficult to handle if you are not competent in what you are doing. Driving steady traffic to your site and building up your brand will take time, but you have the capability to use your existing assets to your...
- Producer11/11/2017A Pragmatist's Approach to Pitching an Opportunity In response to Graham🐝 Edwards beBee post The Messaging of an Idea. My approach to everything I do with Graham always ends up as a how-to. Graham might say that’s because I’m bossy, and he could be right, but I prefer to think that...
Comments12/11/2017 #7 Jerry FletcherRenee, Once again the ivory tower meets the real world and the approach taught loses. I've never understood why professors look down their noses at the people that make a living by their wits not tenure. One of my ongoing consulting treats is when a client "gets it" and their presentation deck is minimal, primarily graphics and limited words. The information in written form does not have to be the same as the pitch. It can and should include more information but should still hone to your points. Excellent advice.12/11/2017 #6 Renée 🐝 Cormier#4 My short attention span never afforded me either the discipline or the desire to sit through anything long and tedious. I'm a "just the facts, ma'am" kind of gal. You may have a point about bulk being a hangover of our life in school. I once had a moron on an English prof who actually told us that if we didn't pad our bibliography we would fail. He seemed to think the sign of a good researcher was his or her ability to write bullshit.12/11/2017 #4 Robert CormackThe worst presentations (essentially pitches) I've ever been involved in revolved around people believing "they got it all in there." I'd read their work, wondering why they thought giving clients back their own information was so important. One woman said to me, "Clients like bulk." She eventually headed up the agency and nearly destroyed it. As much as what you say is true, @Renée 🐝 Cormier, people seek protection in "bulk." I remember my students telling me about another teacher at the college asking for huge amounts of information in their presentations. Colleges are full of these teachers and it goes from there. Bulk baffles brains. Thanks for your post. Thanks for the brevity.
- Producer13/11/2017Double Your Revenue & Grab Market Share from CompetitorsIf your cash flow is tight then increasing your leads and sales is are vital activities to strategize and execute. Here are three specific strategies that you will need to develop so that you can double your revenue, as well as grab significant...
- Producer11/11/2017An Inbound Marketing Strategy When Your Budget Is LowInbound marketing for a small business is the most cost effective method in attracting ideal clientele within a limited budget. Any small business can develop a simple, inbound marketing strategy which will proactively place you in the top of local...
- Producer13/11/2017How To Booby Trap Your Video ContentBooby Trap?Let's say your lost in the woods without a firearm and you have to find food to survive. You decide the only option you have to catch meat is to set booby traps. Your success and stomach ultimately depends on the functionality of the...
- Producer12/11/2017Decir lo que pensamos dentro del marco del respetohttp://www.amayamarcospsicologa.com¿Qué es más efectivo, la capacidad comunicativa y expresiva o la asertividad que permite respetarnos y respetar las opiniones del otro?En realidad, una cosa sin la otra no tienen mucho sentido. Tan importante es...
Comments17/11/2017 #18 AnonymousEjerciendo mi derecho a opinar, por el presente comentario quiero expresar que estoy de acuerdo al 100% con tus afirmaciones, Amaya.
Y una vez expresada mi opinión libremente, me tomo el atrevimiento de hacerte una sugerencia: “NO CAMBIES” aunque no soy quien para privarte del derecho a “cambiar”.14/11/2017 #15 Amaya Marcos Postiguillo#9 Efectivamente @Carmen 🐝 Juanes Luis.
Tan importante, tan fácil cuando se sabe y tan complicado cuando se desconoce.
Por eso, fundamental conocer esos derechos asertivos, entendiendo que son válidos para uno mismo y para el otro.
Además, como yo escribía y como tú has expuesto, ese respeto con el que nos gustaría nos trataran a nosotros mismos.
A veces es bueno parar en una conversación que no nos lleva a ningún sitio para hacernos esa pregunta: ¿estoy tratando y comunicándome con mi receptor como desearía se comunicasen conmigo?
Gracias Carmen y un fuerte abrazo.14/11/2017 #11 Amaya Marcos Postiguillo#5 Gracias @Vega 🐝 Gómez Hernández !!
Qué maravilla leer tus comentarios.
Como bien dices, el respeto no es una opción, es fundamental, aunque a veces se nos olvide.
Creo que es muy buena idea imprimir esa lista y tenerla en algún sitio donde podamos verla para que no se nos olviden.
Un fuerte abrazo!13/11/2017 #7 Yolanda Ávila MárquezPara mí, una de las cosas más importantes a la hora de hablar con otra persona es tener clara la intención con la que lo hago. Parece algo sencillo o normal pero no lo es. La pregunta a hacerse es ¿qué pretendo al hablar o decirle esto a esta persona? ¿Qué busco?
Con tu permiso Amaya, complemento tu producer con una recomendación.
En esta TEDx el experto Julian Treasure habla de cómo hablar para que te escuchen https://goo.gl/qPzztM
En esta otra habla sobre cómo recuperar o mejorar (según personas) nuestra capacidad de escucha https://goo.gl/VnD2dN
Ambas muy interesantes para reflexionar sobre nuestra forma de comunicarnos y de hablar con otras personas.
Un saludo.12/11/2017 #2 Amaya Marcos Postiguillo#1 Muchas gracias por tus palabras Juan.
Efectivamente, la inteligencia emocional es elemento clave para la comunicación y, por supuesto, para las relaciones personales.
En otras entradas he hablado de ella, por si te apetece echarle un vistazo.
Gracias por compartir.
Un abrazo12/11/2017 #1 Juan Madueño CriadoBuen artículo compañera: teniendo en cuenta esos consejos es mucho más fácil moverse en el mundo social.
La inteligencia emocional también nos da muchas claves para mantener relaciones duraderas, sinceras y mutuamente beneficiosas.
Seguiré leyéndote con ganas, y voy a compartir este post en mis redes.
- Producer12/11/2017The Home Butterfly EffectThe idea of this buzz was triggered by a comment on LI by James Olcott, MBA. I asked James “your father was a sharp businessman. The question is why you didn't follow his steps? Was it your love of writing”? James responded as follows “As a...
Comments17/11/2017 #72 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#71 you know your words resonate with me @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. My youngest daughter is in Germany now. May be also the ease of communication has added to my peace of mind. But mostly due to Sara is a mature person to depend on her. In no way we shall have 100% peace of mind. However; I don't worry at the opposite extreme either.17/11/2017 #71 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#70 It really is a great feeling when we can sleep peacefully with no worries @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. I used to worry about my daughter a lot when she was a teen and in her early 20's. I did lose a lot of sleep then because I know females are vulnerable. Happily, they are both married and raising their own children and doing a great job! I'm glad you are very content :)) I'm sure your daughters all feel very special with their dad who is a good man with a good heart.17/11/2017 #70 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#69 I assure you of one thing @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. I am so happy anf contented with my daughters. Not only of my instinct love to them, but also djue to their respect for others, accomplishments and very healthy habits. It is great when we put our heads to sleep in peace and with no worry whstsoever from the kids.17/11/2017 #69 Lisa 🐝 Gallagheroops, sorry I posted and it cut off my comment, so I'm reposting it :) I think I hit enter too fast.
#56 I sounds like you and your wife had to create a fine balancing act with each other and raising your daughters together since you both did come from different backgrounds. From everything I've read, you've done a great job raising your girls together. I've often heard it can be hard for a man when he is surrounded in his home by all females ;-) The few photos I've seen of you with your daughter(s)?, I could see the love!!14/11/2017 #66 Lisa Vanderburg#25 couldn't agree more @James Olcott and @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#29 . we were very fortunate to be in our own business, so hubby took off pretty much a year and our kids were a year apart and we took them everywhere: we were very lucky! not many have that chance (cost us a fortune, but was well worth it). to have the father so delighted in his babies is pure blessing!14/11/2017 #63 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#61 Instead of location-location-location in marketing I would say position-position-position for social studies. So, dear @Lisa Vanderburg I agree with your finishing lines "Parents never get it 100% right, but starting from falling in love with your baby really helps"! The starting position is falling in love with your baby. Yes, because love at this early stage is felt. Respect comes later as the kids grow up and mainly for the sons.14/11/2017 #61 Lisa Vanderburg#9 #11 if it's of any help, i think good parenting just naturally means that parents adjust their ways according to the wont of their children. my brother has a 21 year old daughter that still sits on his lap in an act of natural love. i sure a hell would not have done that with my dad! boys tend to be more risk-takers; my boys were throwing a football when one slammed hard enough into a tree to scratch half his face off. it took every ounce NOT to run up and help him; he was about 14 and would hate it when i did that. my hubby said 'ouch...that'll smart' and then i could offer him a tissue ;)
but all this sort of behavior comes naturally and the game keeps changing as they age; it normal. Parents never get it 100% right, but starting from falling in love with your baby really helps!14/11/2017 #60 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#58 We need your "hands" dear @Lisa Vanderburg to communicate your brainy ideas.
How about making "voice comments"? This is a suggestion to @Javier 🐝 beBee. Truly, why can't we make voice comments?
I agree with you and I thank you Lisa for your elaboration.14/11/2017 #59 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#57 Thank you @Pascal Derrien for your comment raises new issues. Can parents even if they are "perfect" deal with the issues and threats such as addiction? Social jealousy and drive to cope with the new environments in which grown up kids once they leave home are enormous. Societal pressures may lead even kids who were fortunate to have great homes to yield sometimes. Much more exposed are kids who were not that fortunate.14/11/2017 #58 Lisa Vanderburg#8 apologies @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, my arm's in a cast so typing is going to be basic. to answer your question i must first say my comments related to how NOT to allow a child to grow to a healthy and functional adult, so the 'daughter effect' refers to well raised women. on that assumption, i'd assume that men who serially are less inclined to hire a women of equal qualities to, say, another male applicant, have a problem with women.14/11/2017 #57 Pascal DerrienI think your questions are relevant with the caveat that it is probably and only applicable when parents are fit for parenting, dysfunctional units don't necessarily carry self awareness or have any appetite to entertain theoretical values as they are way too busy dealing with addiction, mental health or any other issues that life is throwing at them yet I guess your points are valid ... :-)14/11/2017 #56 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#53 As usual, your comments have their special flavor @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. You share examples from your own experiences. Therefore we believe in what you share and get moved by it.
Let me share some of my own experience. My wife is half Circassian. They traditions are different from us. In their societies a girl must be treated like a queen. She must be given love. In contrast, the boys must be horsemen, manhood is of prime value to them. A man must show great respect for women. I have three daughters. You can see the attachment they have for their mother because she extended the same to them. I don't have a son and so would not be able to tell how would she have brought him up. However; I see the value of that "layer of love" covering the skins of the beloved. It has some drawbacks. My daughters are sensitive because they thought people are like mother. They got their disappointments, but learned fast the reality and adapted.
.14/11/2017 #55 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#52 Thank you dear @Ned McDonnell. Your comment is superb. Not a single human is free of defaults. The defaults of the parents could be "transmitted" to their kids. Your step-wise approach is only logical "Parents shape us and they have their drawbacks, some permanent which create those stumbling-blocks with which each of us has to manage, one day at a time".
You remind me of a post that I wrote sometimes ago in which I asked if human were born out of clay wouldn't they suffer the shortcomings of clay? Sometimes we see our parents as angels; they are not. However; I must add that the parents had more time to attend for their defaults than their kids.
I thank you also for providing the link to the discussion that involved the initial discussions that led to the writing of this buzz. Like you, so is @James Olcott. It is great to get involved in these discussions with both of you.14/11/2017 #53 Lisa 🐝 GallagherIt's true, boys and girls do differ. I have to say from birth my son and daughter differed greatly. I worked when my son was growing up, went to part time with my daughter, eventually staying home. My son was needier of my attention than my daughter. He also enjoyed snuggling much more and a lot longer than my daughter. Looking back, I truly believe my son had separation anxiety because we had a bad experience with one babysitter.
Everyone has their own 'space issues' too. My daughter is a lot like me, I need 3 ft of space between myself and others (just guestimating) and my son, well he's still loves to hug others he feels close to without seeming to have space issues.
Every child has different needs. Both of my kids are very caring and aren't afraid to show emotion (my son in particular). It's odd, my son seems to be more like me emotionally and my daughter is a lot like her dad... brushes a lot off (even when I think she shouldn't), cracks jokes when it's obvious she may need to talk about something a bit more serious. She will eventually share her deepest feelings with me. My husband worked many long hours while our kids were growing up so they spent much more time with me. I raised my son with the hopes that he knew it was OKAY to show emotion and realize it was also okay to cry... I didn't want him growing up as the typical male stereotype.
You wrote: "Babies find home the first place to socialize." Oh my gosh, yes! My granddaughter is so adjusted, she thinks her home is her palace and she is the princess of it. She's not spoiled though, I'm proud that my daughter is able to be stern if needed but she's careful how she uses her words.14/11/2017 #52 Ned McDonnellGreat to see a warm discussion between two respected friends, James Olcott and Dr Ali Anani, with many other insights besides. Parents shape us and they have their drawbacks, some permanent which create those stumbling-blocks with which each of us has to manage, one day at a time. There are instances, occasionally important, however, where 'aspects' of my relationship with my father represent my not growing beyond a prism in childhood, though my father had. After a while, left unattended, that prison becomes a prison. James honoured me in two respects this week.
PUBLISHING A DAD-STORY ON HIS CULTURAL BLOG
EDITING THE TEXT TO MAKE IT SING WITH THAT UNIQUELY OLCOTT WHIMSY.
- Producer12/11/2017Is "Twitter Ads" worth your money?I like to save people's time by answering a question right the way, so here we go: The answer is NO and here is WHY.So, I have decided to try "twitter ads" to have a hands on experience and see if it is worth or not, below is a resume of my...
Comments14/11/2017 #14 Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝Twitter only will have a real value when they get the fake profiles out of their system , one way to do it is to use the verified accounts path but they seem to prefer to make this function more "exclusive/royal" than I would have made it, so if they do not change their concept and continue to accept any profile into the system, they will die as clearly their ad function is rigged @David B. Grinberg#1313/11/2017 #11 Zacharias 🐝 VoulgarisBTW, Dr. Muller from Veritasium, did an experiment with FB ads and found out that they too are useless as the "people" who visit his account because of the paid ads are indistinguishable from the people you'd pay on some random "like" fetching site on the web, even though FB states clearly that these are real people. Dr. Muller's experiment was very thorough and proved beyond doubt that whatever FB claims, the paid ads are a total scam...12/11/2017 #1 Renée 🐝 CormierWell isn't that interesting? I wrestle with the value of Twitter all the time. I have long suspected that most of the people who use Twitter rarely read anything. They will like or retweet a tweet they have never clicked on just to get noticed or to build their following. I once posted a picture of rat's asses on Twitter just to see what would happen. I wrote about it: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@renee-cormier/what-happened-when-i-posted-a-picture-of-a-rat-s-ass-on-twitter
All of that makes me wonder why think we need to have 198K followers. You can't sell in a room full of sales people or engage with people who don't care.
The other thing that bugs me about Twitter is that when you set up your account, you indicate your interests, and then it automatically has you following people like the Trumps and random Russian hookers. That hardly makes you look good in front of your clients, so you have to spend half an hour or more deleting profiles from the account.
As for the ads, I watched some videos and read some blogs about targeting, but found it was just easier to follow the people I wanted to follow me back. The ads are costly in so much as the ROI is not really there. You can easily spend $1000 and never get a customer from those new followers. In fact, I have always gotten business from LI and never from Twitter. beBee has given me business relationships, an engaged audience and a way to demonstrate my expertise. I anticipate that as it grows, the business will flow quite well, so it is always worth my time to post here. I still use Twitter, but I consider it a small part of my social media marketing.
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