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Zahra Sadeghi
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Attended University of Tehran
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We are like men who sit so tightly bound in a dark cave that they could not even turn their heads and, by the light of a fire burning behind them, would see nothing but, on the wall in front of them, shadowy images of actual things made to pass between them and the fire; and even of each other, indeed of
themselves, they would see only just the #shadows on that wall. Wisdom for them would consist in predicting the succession of those shadows as learned from experience.

#Lines from The World as Will and Presentation, Volume 1 by Arthur Schopenhauer:

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“I have long held the opinion that the amount of #noise that anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity and therefore be regarded as a pretty fair measure of it. Therefore, if I hear the dogs barking for hours together in the court of a house without being stopped, I know what to think of the intellectual capacity of the inhabitants. The man who habitually slams the door of a room, instead of shutting it with his hand, or allows this to go on in his house, is not only ill-bred, but is also a coarse and dull-minded fellow. That in English “sensible” also means gifted with understanding is based upon accurate and fine observation. We shall only become quite civilised when the ears are no longer unprotected, and when it shall no longer be the right of everybody to sever the consciousness of each thinking being, in its course of a thousand steps, with whistling, howling, bellowing, hammering, whip-cracking, barking, &c. &c."

#Lines from The world as Will and Idea" -Vol 2 by Arthur Schopenhauer
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Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.

--Jerry Garcia
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“Innumerable tests are available for measuring #intelligence, yet no one is quite certain of what intelligence is, or even just what it is that the available tests are measuring.”

--Gregory (1998)

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Using deep learning, the researchers are teaching an #artificialintelligence program to recognize what sort of imagery is scary to humans, and how to alter pictures to match those features.
Dubbed the #NightmareMachine – and yes, that domain really is nightmare.mit.edu – the AI created by MIT and CSIRO can take seemingly innocuous images and turn them into something straight out of a horror film. Like all machine learning projects, the Nightmare Machine was not specifically told what is scary and what is not.
This might seem like a horrible, mad science experiment aimed at driving humanity insane – and it’s not clear to everyone yet that it isn’t. But according to the researchers at MIT and CSIRO, the point of the Nightmare Machine project is teach an AI to better understand human emotion and perception, eventually making it better at interacting with people. Essentially, the Nightmare Machine could be used to teach an AI what not to do.
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Scientists in Albany, New York have just demonstrated for the first time that it's possible to turn a person's thoughts into a legible phrase using what they're calling a "brain-to-text" interface.
And here's why you can’t go grab a brain-to-text device and hook it up to the internet just yet: For one, the patients' skulls were split open and electrode sheets were attached directly to their brains. They were also asked to read aloud from various texts (the Gettysburg Address, JFK's inaugural address, Charmed fan fiction, and a children's story) to get a baseline of what their brains were doing while they were speaking. Finally, the "dictionary" of the brainwave recognition device was limited—it wasn't selecting words from everything in the English language.
This 'brain-to-text' device could help make the internet of brains possible.
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Larry Page and other entrepreneurs want to let robotic pilots whisk you away
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I walk down the street.
There is a deep #hole in the sidewalk.
I #fall in.
I am lost... I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place.
But, it isn't my fault.
It still takes me a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in. It's a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault. I get out immediately.

walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

I walk down another street.

― Portia Nelson
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Oh darlin’ you change from one day to the next,
I’m feelin’ deranged and just plain ol’ perplexed.
I’ve learned to put up with your raves and your rants:
The #mean I can handle but not #variance.

The poem plays with colloquial meanings of mean and varaiance of a distribution.

--John Kruschke, Doing Bayesian Data Analysis
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Watching life grow before your eyes is a pretty magical feeling. You get to see your hard work pay off when a tiny sprout pops up from the soil and the buds finally start flowering. Creating life, even when it's just a #plant, makes you appreciate the gifts of your work and the beauty life brings with simple tasks. You become grateful for the delicacy you created and appreciate your surroundings that much more. It improves so many aspects of your life and gives you beautiful nature to keep around your room, house, or garden: so get to plantin'!
Planting and gardening has been proven to improve your overall well being.
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#Hope ? Hope is the final evil! When Pandora's box was opened, and the evils Zeus had placed therein had escaped into man's world, there still remained, unbeknownst to anyone, one final evil: hope. Ever since then, man has mistakenly regarded the box and its contents of hope as a coffer of good fortune. But we have forgotten Zeus's wish that man continue to allow himself to be tormented. Hope is the worst of evils because it protracts torment.

--when Nietzsche wept by Irvin D. Yalom
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I think we have super-hopes and sub-hopes. Super-hopes are related to the fundamental goals in life, like the desire for survival, happiness and success. The sub-hopes are associated to the different paths we take in order to fulfill those desires. So, yes, the reason behind all our efforts is our hopes. But sometimes we need to cut off some of the sub-hopes and generate new ones :)
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"I consciously explored my unconsciousness."
--Zahsa
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"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."--T. S. Eliot
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  • University of Tehran
    Machine Intelligence and Robotics, 2015
    PhD.
  • Artificial Intelligence, 2008
  • Software Engineering, 2006
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  • Institute for Studies in Fundamental Sciences (IPM)
    Researcher, 2012 - 2016
    Neuroscience
  • University of Oxford
    Researcher, 2016 - 2016
  • Stanford University
    Researcher, 2013 - 2014
    Cognitive sciences
  • University of Tehran
    Research Assistant, 2011 - 2015
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