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Randall Lee Reetz
What matters is what matters, knowing what matters matters the most.
What matters is what matters, knowing what matters matters the most.

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Why are Donald Trump's rollback of environmental protection regulations not being challanged by the global community as violations of basic human rights?

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Click on the "Science" tab on the BBC news site and this dribble comes up about an effort to go really fast in a "car" on a salt flat or flood plane. How, may I ask, is this "science"? We really must get to work defining science in such a way that its salient difference is what gates inclusion. If science includes the very noise of self science is here to filter, well there is really no need to even use the word at all. If you care about science, stop using it for ephemera and distraction.

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Check out this 1987, Ron Burgandy corporate video introducing Apple's HyperCard…

People call themselves "Computer Scientists" who's only association to computers and computation is production coding or hacking or game mods. These pursuits are as scientific as are "christian" science, "management" science, "cleaning" science, and "rocket" science. Science isn't a lable to be slapped around simply to add authority to something otherwise lacking in authority. Science isn't precision, isn't repeatability, isn't peer review, isn't a method… all of these can be equally applied to better chocolate chip cookie backing, learning to play the violin, and figuring out how to save money on your grocery shopping. Science is the commitment to humility in the face of the noise you bring to observation and building predictive models of the universe and everything in it. Science is admitting that what you want and fear mucks up what you see and how you think about what you see around you. Science then goes about the endless and difficult process of constructing methods of reducing that noise such that we might see and understand what actually is. If you want to apply science to the field of computation, cool. Otherwise, please be so kind to be honest, to show some respect for science and those who actually do science, and call yourself a programmer, a hacker, a game mod-er. Science thanks you.

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HUM\/NS... getting better every episode.

There are an infinite (almost) number of ways to guess, and things to guess about. Right? So how do we go about knowing how to make guesses more likely to predict the world? How do we know how to guess which types of guessing will have the least random results? This is the problem we solve even when we are not aware it is THE problem a universe must solve for itself, even should a universe or any of its parts not want to be solving for it. This is the solution behavior we have come to call "evolution", but it is also the solution seeking behavior we are learning to call "learning", and the learned capacity to learn – "intelligence".

A universe can do nothing but learn, but evolve, but get more and more intelligent. Not because universes are pre-programed or destined for intelligence, but because a universe has but one posible end, and predicting that end and how to get there the quickest and most completely causes more things to happen in your vicinity, more of the type of things that a universe is better at, and thus, more likely to effect the shape of the future that ultimately results in the only future a universe, any universe, can ever have.

To almost anyone not familiar with the deep structure of physical causality that humans have been uncovering over the last 300 years or so, the structure almost entirely revealed by those who practice science, what I've written here will sound mystical or spiritual or philosophical, but it isn't, it is in fact, the very opposite. What I have described is the very center, the core, the foundation of reality that has been revealed as science uncovers the dynamics and structure of so many of the domains of the universe, and more specifically, of what is self similar across all of the domains that science has described.

At the shared center, where the particulars, the ephemera, the effect, the blinding details of each domain, have been dissolved away, a very small and compact set of commonalities is revealed. Among these commonalities are the laws that govern change, and the laws that govern the transmutation of energy and structure, there are the the laws that define the limits of energy flow and the way space, and time, and mass are bound to these limits on energy, there are the limits on the discreetness of the packets that define the lower limit on the divisibility of anything that can interact with anything else, and finally, there are the limits on what we call information and transforms on information that sit at the base of every structure and every behavior in this or any posible universe. These commonalities are independent of domain, are the same in biology as they are in chemistry as they are in gravitation and in subatomic realms and in culture and in learning. These are the commonalities that make it posible for science to make incredibly accurate predictions of larger and larger swaths of reality from smaller and smaller and more compact and concise formalisms.

But my focus here isn’t the laws themselves. What I am interested in is the means by which abstractions are built and compressed and what our capacity to build and compress these formalisms says about the world itself.

[ more to come ]

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All of these profiles are identical... all are fake... all are harassing me... all are reported... and all of course are traced to a single very sick individual.

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Got irony? This image was posted to a March for Science community.

To properly answer that question, one must ask and answer some more foundational questions… questions like: What is a computer supposed to do? How can an information processing device best help? What is it that humans do and want to accomplish? What is our (information machines and humans) shared future?

From my vantage, computer's haven't changed at all since the Xerox Parc "Star System" was introduced in the 1970's.

My computer sits there completely inactive until I open a doc (or hunt around for one). All night, it just sits there! Nothing doing. When I am on a call, on a bike ride, eating dinner… NOTHING!

Ironic, especially given the fact that my computer holds or has access to most of my life's work, most of my communications with others, has been the conduit for my interaction with the world's data, my computer, strangely, has zero idea who I am, what I am doing, what my goals are, how my interests arch through time... clueless shovel with every opportunity not to be a clueless shovel.

Does the computing industry have an active interest in maintaining this deaf and mute inert computational countenance?

One thing I suspect as core problem is the fact that coders and computer obsessed types are preternaturally ADHD spectrum and by nature, discompationate, and have trouble as a result, with empathy. I'm guessing that the first thing a good tool builder has to be is empathetic.

I had dinner once with MacroMedia's founder, Marc Canter. Noodles at a steamy noodle shop in the middle of San Francisco's chinatown. Later I interviewed with Canter's wife, then director of the Apple, IBM co-venture "Kaleida Labs" (remember Taligent and the Pink operating system?). Before I realized that she was his wife, she asked me what I thought of him. I said that I thought that Marc was a frustrated wannabe rock star, and as such, not the personality type to build and provide tools to other artists (whom he would naturally consider competition).

The dreams at Kaleida Labs and Taligent were big, a fusion of operating system, finder, and development, all at the object level.

But all of this was swallowed up whole by the corporate soap opera that was Apple and Steve Jobs (at the time off building the NEXT platform, that was later brought back to apple when Steve returned). Everything that apple had been working on in Steve's absence, good or bad, was treated as toxic waste upon his return, buried out back, never to be talked about again.

The industry talks all day every day about "Artificial Intelligence", "Big Data", "Machine Learning", "The Cloud", "Augmented Reality", "Smart Dust", "internet of things", etc. etc. etc. … but nothing changes except where big corporate money thinks this promised tech will increase ad revenue and or compulsive sales.
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