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Facebook Lies About AI

When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning the two things that make a difference are: A. The direct experience you have in solving computing cycle problems, data classification issues, and data trustworthiness questions and B. The number of world-class, qualified engineers you have at hand.

Facebook has neither of those. Its direct experience of AI is recent which means it doesn't yet go deep and it is struggling to find and keep top-notch engineers who could help the company aggressively tackle the issue.

So, what does it do? It lies. :) (check it out: https://goo.gl/0FKibE) It releases an 'AI' product it calls "M: which is actually powered by humans trained to pretend to be an AI. At a time when everyone else is busy going the other way (using AI and training it to try and be human) the reasons Facebook has chosen this path are simple: The company knows that the future of machine/human interaction will be governed at the UI by contact with an artificial intelligence. It doesn't have one. Probably not even close. But if it cannot yet provide some experience of the interface so that its billion plus users can become acquainted with it, trying to play catch-up later will be a difficult task.

That much we get. It's no big deal. But to actively lie to everyone about it shows that despite its troubles with its reputation Facebook continues to behave like we are stupid and it knows best. Sadly it also means that the company has no idea how to develop trust and how to use it.

For a deeper context against which all this is happening you should read +Mike Elgan's piece on chatbots: http://goo.gl/Sn9VaB. 
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They been lying for years 65 % of their so called users are fake accounts just there for marketing scams so people buy advertising space. Their so called AI - targets wrong accounts from the like click.
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A Question of Trust

In The Tribe That Discovered Trust (http://goo.gl/G2nGpL) I detailed the process through which we assess trust and either connect with someone or not. In this case of an admittedly very good impostor, we actually see instances in which this process has been subverted as well as instances during which it worked.
 
This is Really About Trust

This is a complex case of an expert impostor whose motivation is ultimately unclear. But what does come across every time is how Trust is abused, how impostors are ultimately extremely good at creating all the right signals we expect to see so that we can trust them. Reading carefully through this you will also see that every time this particular impostor was caught it was because despite all his hard work to create the signals that triggered trust someone chose to listen to their gut instinct, and take action.

Trust is hard to give and while we can consciously assess and weigh each signal we see we are also subconsciously reading them and reacting to them. The decision whether to trust someone or not, ultimately, comes out of our assessment of the divide between our conscious and subconscious evaluation of a situation. 
“Jeremy Wilson,” now at Rikers Island facing fraud charges, has used dozens of aliases as a professor, a commando, numerous executives and an Irishman, among other cons.
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Интересное ! Я сегодня целый день бегала за бородатыми ! А много их в Евросоюзе , не знаю или эти , что русские отпиздили в Донбассе , или те , что на Донбасс собираются , что бы пизды от России до стать ! Но , фотографий мужикам наделала , на случай , что бы потом сравнить ! Для меня каждый с бородой --это или террорист , или с Игил , или ПИДОР ! У некоторых уши были проколоты ! ТОЧНО , они не моряки !
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+Denis Labelle spreading the goodness :) Good share.
 
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Modern work is about solving brand-new problems every day, flexibly, in brand-new ways. Too often, an overload of processes and sign-offs and internal metrics keeps us from doing our best. A new way to think of work: as a collaboration, not a competition.
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Got Some Equipment?

If you just happen to have a pair of boxing gloves, a heavy bag and a skipping rope hanging around (and let's face it, who hasn't today? ;) ) you can achieve a class A workout in no time at all. Courtesy of +DAREBEE 
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The Cost of Losing Trust

Evidence, if any were needed, on the importance of trust to a brand.
 
World Economic Forum to Discuss Trust Gap

The growing sense of mistrust that is emerging between people and legacy businesses and institutions is now on the global talks agenda.
As the leaders of some of the richest and most powerful countries on Earth convene in Davos for a three-day summit Trust…
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It seems that businesses confuse "I have a carefully tailored brand" with consumers reacting to their actual market behaviour i.e. Treating them like disposable parts.
No one want to be mistreated and trust == I give you credit (overdraft) that you will act in my beneficial interest. Credit is not bottomless and can be revoked.
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Your Inbox will soon be aware-ish

Yesterday's post on Machine Learning and how it works: https://goo.gl/3xt8OD is relevant here because Google is already applying the practicalities of machine learning to answers applied to emails. Not every email, of course, just those received in Inbox (https://goo.gl/VOxBdk) that could benefit from a quick answer: http://goo.gl/HqJ7e5.

Google rolled this out last November (which makes you realize just how fast things are moving in this field) and already there have been breakthroughs both in the way Google puts together Convoluted Neural Nets (CNNs) the multi-layered computer connections that make machine learning possible and in the data that is parsed from them.

At some point an Inbox could be set to reply automatically to some emails that meet certain criteria. :) We will all be sitting at a beach somewhere enjoying Tequilas while our computers chatter madly to each other, and we'd call it work. ;) 
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+Mark Kaczynski you could do that if you wanted. 
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Famous Last Words

Italian artist Raphael’s last word was simply, “Happy.” and Frank Sinatra dying, simply said, “I’m losing it.” We are fascinated by those final moments of lucidity because we hope that, somehow, in those moments we may just catch glimpse of a greater truth, an inkling of something that lies beyond us and is greater than us which somehow allows us to rationalize the finite timeline we are currently running on.

Famous last words are collected (http://goo.gl/lNqtK0) poured over, analyzed: http://goo.gl/AH7lgM, rationalized and our brains then compute a way for us to retain our sanity, deal with something inevitable and still go on.

I know, kind of a dumper reading this on a Sunday but there is a real point to it that’s actually a little more uplifting so bear with me. The Buddhist view on death and the afterlife involves Karma (http://goo.gl/TGyKj) and consciousness, both of which have found fertile ground of late in theoretical physics. John Wheeler, in particular, the same man who coined the term “Black Hole” (https://goo.gl/w9YFmD) has also floated the notion of the digital universe: http://goo.gl/TGyKj which, at a stretch, makes a sentient program of each of us.

Energy that cannot be created or destroyed (http://goo.gl/69z3Fs) which suggests that it comes from somewhere prior and it goes somewhere at some point - https://goo.gl/poCEWD. That point many agree (amongst them Stephen Wolfram - https://goo.gl/lkrmpR, the man who created the semantic search engine Wolfram Alpha - https://goo.gl/rtRllG) is one that, perversely enough, is not that far away from what many of the world’s main religions actually preach: http://goo.gl/648CYl.

Here’s the interesting noodle-twisting moment you’ve been expecting: Does, syllogistic thought, despite its apparent rigor, simply replace the narratives we tell ourselves when we use mythology (http://goo.gl/DfuaCU) or legends (http://goo.gl/RzTJqF) and is doomed to eventually lead us to the exact same place albeit via a higher path?

We are, after all, much smarter these days, but no less afraid of dying. The tools we use to think with have hardly changed over the last 100,000 years (http://goo.gl/aEn5pY). So is there a real point in worrying about it? The fact that more of us perhaps are examining this part of our lives (http://goo.gl/fgnYV7) is not necessarily a bad sign.

We focus so much on dying because we seek to understand its opposite. We know that dying, irrespective of what really happens to us, is indeed “…an awful big adventure” - http://goo.gl/p3bDcG. Stephen Cave, points out that our awareness of death and our attempts to deal with it are a great leveler: https://goo.gl/ztYWUB. They form a tendril of commonality that unites us all through our humanity.

It is actually these two things: increased and increasing awareness and the commonality of our humanity that actually begin to make a difference. Our sense of our passing has gone through stages. We used to think that the afterlife was some kind of reward for our current behavior: https://goo.gl/xZIO0i. A sensible ploy, if you like, that made perfect sense when we needed a quick means of establishing a common framework of values in a growing social setting: https://goo.gl/06TGa8 which would allow us to “just get along” (https://goo.gl/DfXDxX).

It then became a means of comforting us against the horrific or the unknown. (https://goo.gl/lHKzub). It now has become the means through which we actually experience the full richness of life: http://goo.gl/gxt2VZ. It allows us to form social constructs that are complex and continue to build upon their complexity because we constantly invest time and effort in their elaboration. Even more scarily we seem to be able to do all this, acting as discreet entities without really being even that: http://goo.gl/s2sZdP.

So, here we are. Sugar flowing through our veins, caffeine exciting our synapses, reading not just how we rationalize the moment of our ending, and thinking about it, but beginning to understand the complexity of our being and enjoy the miracle of our lives. Whether we are religious or not, whether we believe in an afterlife that stems from an organized belief system or not, whether we believe that things just end or that we go on, the truth of it is that, in the moment there is an undeniable power in our connections and an incredibly elegant beauty in our perceptions.

So, with cookies, croissants, donuts and chocolate cake close to hand I can only raise a cup of double espresso and say: Have a great Sunday, wherever you are. 
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Very interesting +David Amerland The last words a person speaks is the culmination of their life, the very fullness of everything they've ever experienced or read, every thought they've ever had because we are what we become and that final breath is a moment that many speak great words of wisdom.

My grandfather uttered the most amazing word at his death as he put his arms in the air and quietly exclaimed, "It's beautiful."

Yet the same is true foe where we are now. What we say and what we do and what we think is the result of interactions, thoughts, friendships and expressions that have made us who we are.
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Turn Your Fitness Time Into a Heroic Moment

Fitness is always better when you are running for your life or fighting to save the universe. :) http://goo.gl/Q2Mi84 
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Вообще-то Спасение... Вселенной, - в Компетенции... Господа Бога.
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Always worth your time. +Eric Enge on his own is well worth listening to, this is nearly unbeatable.
 
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A Question of Trust

When a bad actor does something that affects consumer trust it has wider ramifications within the broader digital environment which reduce trust overall and affect everyone else. This is why it is important to have laws and rules and regulations and some means of enforcing them.

When a bad actor pulled a classic "Bait & Switch" in Android apps that affected consumers both financially and affectively the FCT had to step in. The FTC did well to act on this as it did and then publicize it the way it did.

h/t to +Coach G Moore who surfaced this in the first place (and who should really be on your radar). 
To quote everyone's favorite Vulcan, “Live long and prosper.” But an FTC action against a San Francisco-based app company named Vulcun alleges that's not what happened to consumers. According to the complaint, the company hit customers with an unfair and deceptive switcheroo of galactic ...
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That line stood out for me too +Mike Allton. 
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Why Facebook? Why?

Certainly not what FB would like to see for its 12th birthday but ... seriously? 
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In Just a Dozen Years, the World Shrank

Just twelve years ago yours truly managed to finagle an account with the world’s largest social network (yeah, dat one) thanks to a friend who was in Academia and before it became available to the public at large.

In that time we have learnt to mistrust Facebook and its motives (http://goo.gl/Evl7JV), have learnt that Facebook’s Community Guidelines are a joke (http://imgur.com/u8p6NDF) and that its attitude towards its members in general is nothing short of insulting to intelligence: https://goo.gl/90QC6a.

Despite that the social network, now twelve years old has also had an acknowledged impact. Connectivity, social sharing, the online conversation the very fact that I can hardly put up a post these days without someone asking “How is Nike?” https://goo.gl/l0U2P4 all, suggest that we are getting to know each other easier, better and faster than ever before.

Facebook’s latest release of its own research to celebrate its 12th birthday shows that the traditional “six degrees of separation” - https://goo.gl/XsuDV is now more like “three and a bit” - http://goo.gl/l6uvkm.

Yeah, I know, short post, lots of links, each with more links, densely packed information folded like an origami for your mind to unfold into. :) Coz, Friday!

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The world is changing. Showing how is part of what I do. I travel a lot (less than I used to). G+ is my home in more ways than one. In one way or another, all of us here, are part of a vanguard that "gets" the change that's happening.  

In my posts, interviews and podcasts I add pieces to the puzzle. I explain how each one fits in a bigger picture. How that bigger picture then makes sense. 

Sensemaking changes everything.

Before I got here, I used to be a corporate rat who used to be a journalist, before I jumped ship into full-time writing, speaking and blogging. 

In my offline time I indulge a lifelong passion in martial arts, I run, hit the heavy bag and try to find the limits at which we can go without sleep and still function. I also visit as many museums and cafes as possible. Funnily enough I regard what can be found in both museums and cafes as brain food. 

Fitness is important to me. It helps maintain a level of sanity that would otherwise require pharmaceuticals or expensive therapy. I pay some of what it has given me back by running  a Fitness Community. I am also a moderator of Plus Your Business a community focused on helping business people get the most out of G+ and the semantic web. 

Speaking of semantics, I am the owner of Google Semantic Search a community I started to explore the implications of semantic technology in daily life (and there are many) and I also own and post a lot in the SEO Help Community.

Professionally I advise a handful of companies globally, blog for a number of websites, including Forbes, journalism.co.uk, and socialmediatoday and write for magazines and newspapers. 

I give about 50 talks, speeches and presentations each year and hold an annual seminar on SEO and Social Media (details to which you will find on my website.). I advise a couple  of global companies and a handful of startups on social media positioning and search strategies and I write for Forbes, 21CIT, Insights and a number of dead-tree newspapers. 

Some of the Events  I have been part of:
  • SEO in the Sun (SEO & Introduction to Social Media)
  • Manchester SES (SEO)
  • Business Group Digital Conference (SEO & Social Media)
  • Rutgers University mini-MBA (SEO and Social Media Crisis Management)
  • Shanghai APAC executive SEO & Social Media Crisis Management training.
  • MxDE Senior Executive Program, Zug (Piercing the Search Bubble).
  • SMX East (keynote speech on Entities in semantic search)
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If you made it this far you might be interested to know that now all of my writing is curated (without comment) at Prometheus. I no longer use RSS on my website and the G+ Page here gives me the opportunity to archive all my writing across the web.  I have, however, created an RSS feed for it so you can keep track of everything I write here.

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There are several things that make a bar by the sea: First the sea. On this Mare Mare is unrivaled. There are tables that are practically within five steps from where the waves break. The setting has been nicely decorated and on a hot summer night it feels brilliant. Second, the service. You do want to feel that everything is as magical and special as the setting and sea and here, unfortunately Mare Mare fails to deliver. Water, comes in plastic disposable cups (and it's not cold). The waiters are not trained and although they do try hard, their best is not sufficient substitute for a system to working the tables that allows the patrons to get their drinks in time without having to wait for more than forty thirty minutes (for a couple of drinks) and an additional twenty (for ice-cream ordered at the same time as the drinks, which came half melted). Consider the fact that you do spend money there and the prices are not cheap, the level for service is deplorable. If you really want to enjoy the sound of the waves and the simmering play of moonlight on the surface of the sea grab a rag and a portable cooler and spend some time on the beach, just five meters away. It's free and you get to supply your own drinks, but then again you won't get frustrated by an order that will come in parts, late and be disappointing.
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Two-floor gym with some superb equipment and really friendly stuff. I found it by accident when I was looking for a place to train and I have been a member now for the last three years. Whenever I am in Greece it's where I can be found when not working. ;) It is professionally run, has great opening hours and the membership fee includes classes as well as the use of the equipment. Of the many gyms that can be found in Patras this is one of the best. You will not be disappointed.
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Dedicated staff and excellent exam results speak for themselves. There are not that many businesses that managed to grow during the recession in Greece - this is one of them.
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Googleplex has a feel and atmosphere that is uniquely its own. I had relatively little time to spend there but the place is totally addictive. It thrums with intent and everyone you meet is dead earnest about their ability to change the world and have an impact. Plus you really got to love a place where ideas simply flow across every conversation.
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Huge hotel with some history practically across the road from Penn Station, in Manhattan. Brief stay over three days it feels totally impersonal so if you want a more cosy feel this is definitely not the place to be. It is incredibly busy and often feels like a massive bus stop with crowds coming in and equally large numbers leaving. The lobby is massive. There is a concierge service but what they do exactly is hard to tell. A quick question on how to get somewhere resulted in my having to use my phone and Google maps any way. Then again this is NYC and the whole city feels like this. It adds to a s sense of imperative and speed that carries you along so you hardly notice the imperfections.
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Budget hotel chosen for its proximity to a speaking venue. Great bar and restaurant and the staff were extremely friendly. It was clean, efficient and lived up to everything one might expect from a place like this.
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No visit to Paris can be complete without at least one trip to the S=arc De Triomphe. I walked the route rather than drive and it allowed me to take in the Seine river barges that were very much Highlander in style (for those who know the TV series). Totally loved the change of the guard.
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