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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: 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: 
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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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Nothing to do? Join The Hive and play Crazy Cupids (plus get some exercise in) ;) 
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Google's World Wonders

It's kinda late and I am just cruising cyberspace and Google's World Winders project is an awesome way to simply lose one self into the miracle of the world, tonight. :) 
From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world.
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We can now 'see' Gravity

I cannot stress how important this really is. It actually makes the Space/Time fabric also real which also means that was can find holes in it and maybe even at some point go beyond it (!). This is really exciting stuff and it's gives us three unique things: (1) The construction of the most sensitive instrument on the planet, ever. (2) We have finally been able to see the Graviton ( an elementary particle hypothesized by Einstein almost 100 years ago, at work! (3) We now know that the fabric of Space/Time exists.

All of this opens up the door to exotic Star trek-type kinda Physics.

This is the background stuff on this: but the reason I am sharing this post is coz #WomenInScience :) 
Yesterday, LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves! The news has been on the front page of Imgur so there seems to be some interest. I'm an author on the detection paper(s) and have been working on LIGO for several years now. I'm a physics PhD student (started working on LIGO as an undergrad). I am very new to LIGO compared to so many amazing people who work there (so...
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Trust books everywhere today :)

Or at least it seems that way :)
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when you are happily surprised while your brain wonders why that kitchen tool you ordered from Amazon came in such an interesting package.

Thanks +David Amerland for the signed copy! Much appreciated :D

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Print is not catching up

Digital is the way to go ahead. We all know this, right? Newspapers are still struggling to find their way here.

h/t +Oleg Moskalensky
Britain's Independent newspaper to cease print publication

+The Guardian: Britain's Independent newspaper will publish for the final time in late March as it moves online only putting 150 jobs at risk.

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Owner Evgeny Lebedev says last print editions of newspapers will appear in late March as i title sold to Johnston Press
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Be My Valentine

“We are capable of loving more than one person at a time,” says Biological anthropologist, Helen Fisher, in a TED talk that raises some questions and answers just as many: Love is something even the least introspective of us have grappled with at some point or another: The reason is that we can feel the drive that comes from it while acknowledging the possibility that it may lead us down a path where we could experience a sense of loss and pain, things we are hardwired by nature to avoid.

The sense of helplessness we feel when it comes to love has frequently become the key through which we uncover deeper perspectives: Beyond the fact that countless songs, books, plays and ballads have been written about it, it has also led to a few Jimmy Kimmel moments:

In 2014 “love” was the most common search on Google: leading The Guardian to ask five experts to explore different aspects of it:

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything.” Says Maria Popova in her popular BRainpickings blog: about it. The ancient Greeks who have given us many definitions and more than just a few of the words we use in English to describe things that are deep, when it come to love appeared to have given up, thrown their hands up in the air and chickened out, giving us not one, not two, not three but seven different types of love: which means that either they could see things deeper and clearer than us (which is possible) or that they took an analyst’s classification tendency a little too far, over-compartmentalizing and giving us perhaps a way out of the many impasses such a strong, complex emotion often places us in.

The five best love songs of all time: shows that when it comes to love, we look, in our tunes, for a blend of happiness and sadness, bliss and violence.

When it comes to books most lists unequivocally place Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice ( at the very top.

Trying to understand how (and why) we fall in love, inevitably, leads down a journey of exploration of the brain inside our heads: Love, it would appear, despite what poets may have said, resides mostly in the brain: where it apparently also mutates:

Love, suggest, some will happen to everyone at some point regardless: though that does not mean it will be reciprocated. While culture often dictates how love can be expressed: and how it can even be perceived: when it comes to how our brains react, it would appear, we are all the same:

A sameness that does not appear to change much when we compare traditional ways of finding love: with the modern age love for apps that kinda help us out in the task (and sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun):

There is a small suggestion that today we are having a harder time finding love ( than, say, Jane Austen’s days ( – or maybe not ( which is why her work has been so enduring:

The real question of course, for us, has to be: “Can we find love online?” – No! says Marie Claire to its readers: - you shouldn’t even try. Yes! Advise the founders of OKCupid (perhaps predictably) but you have to be real -

As a person who’s seen hundreds of relationships develop and flourish from an online connection, and a sizable percentage end up in marriage I know that we are at our most likeliest to find love when we are ourselves in a social media environment that doesn’t have us looking, necessarily, for love.

Social media has inevitably had its effect here ( just like it has had its effect on everything else that has to do with human connection and human emotions.

What is however perhaps the most uplifting of all about all this is that irrespective of who we are, what we believe in, how we were raised or what we want to do, love functions inside us the same way. We are all prone to it and capable of being just as ‘crazy’ or ‘stupid’ from it as when 10th century Arab philosopher and poet Omar Khayyam ( said:

It’s too bad if a heart lacks fire,
and is deprived of the light
of a heart ablaze.
The day on which you are
without passionate love
is the most wasted day of your life.

We love, perhaps, because through it we feel totally alive.

So, today of all days, cookies, chocolate donuts, croissants and chocolate cake are in order but they must be heart shaped and don’t forget, without coffee we are only halfway there. Have an awesome Sunday, wherever you are.

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Love, in all its many forms, is never a bad idea.
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Understanding What We Need to Do

The moment we understand something it gives us a natural competitive edge. We are suddenly in a position to use our better understanding to benefit. Semantic search is no different. My post on Machine Learning: laid out some of the basics behind the cutting-edge developments associated with semantic search.

Classification ( and Validation ( are the two areas where the machine learning breakthroughs are being applied.

So, how do we benefit? How does the average webmaster with a site to promote and a business to run benefit from it? Well for a start you need to make sure that the information you pump out helps with Classification making use hashtags, Ontology structure and thematic linking. Concepts that are explained simply and practically in SEO Help (

Then you need to make sure that the amount of information you pump out and the breadcrumb trails created by our digital footprints remain consistent and granular. Again, a concept covered in SEO Help.

The activities that need to be taken in order to benefit from semantic search are straightforward, logical and should be part of your overall integrated digital marketign strategy. 
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Et Tu Gustave?

Poor Facebook, these days must feel the knives are out for it big time. Fist, a French court upholds that an image of the Realist ( French painter Gustave Courbet ( that was a close up of a nude woman painted by the artist, should not have been banned and Facebook needs to pay a fine: Then the Facebook initiative to bring internet to India under a plan that appears to violate Net Neutrality big time ( was blocked. To add insult to injury, on the latter issue Facebook also appeared to have a Colonial mentality (

Trust in the world’s largest social network appears to be on the wane ( Even 19th century French painters appear to be against it these days. ;)

Incidentally for a debate on digital practices and the morality landscape you may want to catch either this: or this - or both. :D

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In a parallel universe...

Far, far away where negative advertising (a.k.a. professional mud slinging) is perfectly ok. Conservative viewers who are strong on family values (presumably) identify adult film actress the #irony here is so thick it needs a chainsaw to cut it. :)

Read about it here: and in the clip below :) Coz, you know: #Friday
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Bias is inevitable ... maybe, but what can we do about it?

"For outsiders, we see evidence for gender bias: women's acceptance rates are 71.8% when they use gender neutral profiles, but drop to 62.5% when their gender is identifiable . There is a similar drop for men, but the effect is not as strong," the paper noted.

"Women have a higher acceptance rate of pull requests overall, but when they're outsiders and their gender is identifiable, they have a lower acceptance rate than men.

A new study (to be peer reviewed still) suggests that there is a bias against women in tech, still and coding in particular even when sex-agnostic evaluation of code suggests women are better at it than men, by a 4% margin at least.

Bias may be inevitable as a kneejerk reaction and we all may be prone to it even when we are not truly aware of its incidence. What helps is that studies like this make us all more aware of our own subconscious behavior which is probably the best way to go towards changing it for the better.

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And it's not just gender, it's age as well...
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The Right to be Forgotten Saga Deepens

Thanks to the EU European citizens will now have a lesser search. The Right to be Forgotten ruling required Google to remove specific results from search upon the meeting of certain criteria. The ruling, initially brought in on a single case involving a Spanish man ( has opened the door for all sorts of attempts to hide ( resulting in all sorts of shenanigans ( as you'd expect.

Now, all it takes of course is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service to get round the restriction and actually discover what has been omitted from Google's non-US search results and that is exactly the point. A lot of time, energy and effort has gone into defending and setting up something that doesn't solve the issue.

In the 21st century EU legislators would have got much further if they had started to consider legislation that creates some guidelines as to how to assess, in context, online information. We already have a statute of limitations regarding some crimes and that is exactly for this reason. It seems illogical not to have some kind of protection regarding digital behavior.

Too much to ask for? Yeah, it seems. For now. 
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Author, Speaker, Analyst.

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,, 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)
  • Semantic Technology & Business Conference panelist
  • SMX London
Associated with: 

Currently working on:
  • Working on a writing project about which I can't yet say anything. (Sorry)
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.

The best way to reach me is through Google+ or my website:
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Business development trust resource page.

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Data Center Learnings: What Others Can Learn From Our Experiences

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EMISSIONS of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other nasties from cars’ and lorries’ exhausts cause large numbers of early deaths—perhaps 58,000 a y

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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