Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Brain Training - new Commercial Slogans for simulation, simulators, data analysis, data science, sports practise, training, self-improvement, exercise, learning, thinking, observing, concentration etc. which are all "brain training"

A comment of mine on the topic of the marketing of the so called "Brain training" after an article at "Horizon Magazine"

http://horizon-magazine.eu/article/brain-training-become-prevalent-physical-training-intelligym-developer-danny-dankner_en.html

This edition is a slightly extended version of the one I left there.

Neuroscience terminology applied to make simulation technologies more marketable?
That is putting of the neuroscience/Broadmann-areas-maps etc. terms' into otherwise obvious stuff.

Every activity, involving brain, is "brain training", especially when top-down processing is in charge, when the executive functions are actively searching for best solutions or are pushing the cognition to its limits - thinking about new, different, better decisions.

Thus, the players practising kicks and shots to a goal keeper, passes (circles, triangles), technique exercises - juggling with a ball (soccer players); tennis or modern dance - speed, balance, full-body coordination and eye-body-limbs-to-ball coordination and synchronization, speed of own body and the target estimation and precision of the estimation, anticipiation of future plans and actions - etc. etc.... are performing "brain training".

In all such exercises they are doing "brain training" and are improving the "brain zones involved in these activities" etc., that's what practise is for.

For example you train for fine motor-control of the feed and legs with a ball by free-style juggling. Also, if you do possess good technique, agility, speed of reaction, precision of the force, direction and trajectory of motions etc. that shows in your "automatic" ability to keep the ball from touching the ground, in precise shots to the goal, precise short or long-distane passes etc.

Muscles training is different
The muscles need to contract and to get challenged in order to grow and to develop endurance, the brain also need to "contract" and to be stimulated, in order to learn coordination and planning, but the real world activities give these stimulations already, packed together.

Simulatons and simulators
For pilots, drivers etc., besides the real world "full-brain" field-training, there are *simulations*, *simulators* and slow, offline observations and analysis of records - for example of car or aircraft incidents and other disasters.

Drivers and pilots, also soccer players, the coaches and the analysers of all sports go through such videos, data logs etc. in order to understand, to learn, to be prepared, to replay the settings in the following practice session, to try it etc.

Therefore special technologies offering magical boosts are not needed for that, unlike with the fitness and body-building training requiring specific muscle activations, unless if these novel technologies are presented as improved *simulators* and analysers (that is - not that revolutionary as advertised), for fun (another simulator, game, fun), or just for making money - if you're smarter than your customers and you want and can make money out of their desire to be "fancy" and "modern".

Another application would be if you aim at injecting electrodes in the brain or to apply magnetic-field stimulation etc. which could really make a difference, because it could significantly change or boost the specific neural activity in a different, non-conventional way.

However in sports that'd be a kind of "brain doping" and yet another money-making nonsense.

Why nonsense?

Because machines and simulations will always be better than humans. They could be perfect, and "improving humans" in order to be "better sportsman", to achieve higher results (no matter how) is a bit like hiring strong men to dig holes, instead of just using a mechanical excavator.
If you aim for "perfect" or "best" - you just remove the humans from the equation.

The flesh-and-blood players could be replaced with computer simulations.
The viewers should watch them like watching or playing the computer games of "PES" or "FIFA".

The simulated players could play perfectly, they could kick the ball with the exact speed, direction, top-spin, lateral-spin and timing, up to 0.00000001 seconds and 0.00006 Nm/s.

The different players could synchronize their tactical directions and behavior so precisely and masterfully, like if the humans had telepathy capabilities and could reason and make projections in the future at a 1000 times higher rate than in ordinary settings etc.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Тошко 2.070 - дистанционно управление, уеб сървис, инструменти за настройка на езиковите обработки от потребителя и др. | Toshko 2.070 News Remote Control and Web Service SaaS

 

Тошко 2.070 - анонс, новини, очаквайте


Предстои излизането на нова версия, в която ще има управление на говора от външни програми и извикване чрез уеб услуга. Последното - засега с някои ограничения.

Така "Тошко 2" ще може да се използва от трети програми, за които синтезаторът ще изпраща изговорени записи като данни, SaS, софтуер като услуга.

С дистанционното управление ще започна да изнасям езикови обработки от ядрото на системата, което е на С++, във външни подсистеми, написани на по-гъвкави езици като Python, Java и C#, може би ще има и сървърна версия на PHP.

Тези външни модули ще могат да бъдат разширявани и редактирани от потребителите и други разработчици и системата ще стане отчасти с отворен код*.

И др.

Кога?

Може би около 1/5/2016 г. или седмицата след това.

http://twenkid.com/software/toshko2/

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* Ще измисля точния - не че има особено значение. Може би вид "Creative Commons" с няои изменения, може би LGPL с изменения и с подкана за дарения. :)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

AI Ethics | AGI Ethics and the ethics of the "emperors"' opinion about the danger of the thinking machines for the "survival of humanity"

An answer to: Business Accelerated  - Meet Amelia, the AI Platform That Could Change the Future of IT: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245827


English international ethics

Just to mention how pathetic and inappropriately it sounds when an English professor in physics, sorry for being cynical - a bit caricaturically looking - is  cited as a "guru" who predicts and warns the world how dangerous AI is for the "future of humanity"... When his fellow "great" country England has conquered and robbed 1/4 of the world, starting from making their neighbour people slaves - the Irish and the others around. And they renamed their state "GREAT BRITAIN" - it's "Great England", mates and it's ridiculous when a country calls its own self "great".

England was a threat for the "future of humanity", but we survived, even though we were hurt in many ways, for example by the English language - that ambiguous and morphologically primitive "lingua franca" that everybody is forced to speak today...

US international ethics

Similraly pathetic is when US scientists, engineers or enterpreneurs, usually not in the AI, like one electric-car enterpreneur make their guru-sayings and warn "the humanity".

Why don't you say something about your fellow humans in your own fellow countries who "protect the world".

The sources say that the US army has nearly 900 military bases around the world, and military personnel in 130 nations (data is circa 2011, as of the cited source, see below). All know about the NATO and USA military interventions around the world.

Everybody knows the political obviousness that NATO is an American military institution and the EU is technically  an US overseas base.


What about the USA + England + EU  nuclear weapons potential?* That includes France, Germany - tha latter is not an independent country, BTW, it's USA protectorate since World War 2, assisted by France and England that also have military bases in Germany for the last 70 years.

These military forces serve for PEACE, aren't they!?

These civilized militaries kill only aboriginal people, only Afghan, Libyan, Iraqi etc. - or other "proven" to be terrorists!!! Including the millions children and civilians.

Historically the Africans, Indians (both in Asia and in America), Australian, Arabic, Asians, ... had a similar fate.

Well, but "the humanity" as a "race" survives! So these wars do not threaten "our" (THEIRS) survival, they are "ethical" - for democracy, for freedom!!!!

We (they) live in a beautiful world!!!!

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Message to the "ethical" US and English scientific and engineering pseudo-gurus


Overall, dear USA and English scientists, please, keep your pretentious "expertise" in your narrow sciences. Do keep solving equations or exhausting combinations (one of the aspects of "research") or "solve problems" - these are fields where you are good, but computers also do since they were invented.

You are politically and socially infantile though.

Your "ethics" is "unethical" and insulting to the rest of humanity, which is not yet tamed and "educated" by your ideology, or which is just among the ones who are serving you, as the poor countries which are and would remain poor, as long as they are paid cents for making hundreds of dollars profits for their overseas "ethical" and "civilized" owners.


Your political leaders do not have a clue about HUMAN ethics and HUMAN-relations out of the list of violent and master-slave ones such as:

- Conquer
- Enslave
- Exploit
- Believe that you are "God", you can do whatever you want with the people of the other countries (English "bug" - there's no plural for "народ", folk, as Bulgarians, Germans, Russians; "nation" is different, Bulgarians were Bulgarians without having a nation state, etc.)
- etc.

English-USA political psychology as of the one of any imperial countries like the West European ones (France, Spain and Portugal in the past, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, ...) is suffering  a  hypertrophied feeling of superiority over the "aborigenes" around the world.

Their political international ideology is of the MASTER-and-the-SLAVE.

They are the "masters", the others, according to their believes, are supposed to be the "slaves" and the must obey - see how the TTIP and the related international "contracts" are prepared and going and what's the amount of public discussion, mutual agreements and mutual interest (unlike master-slave unquestionable intrest)).

Asimov's ridiculous, if taken literally, "laws of robotics", are laws of a naive "master" who's inferior than the "slave", but his "ethics", "moral" is even lower.

The even earlier classics "RUR" of Chapek is another illustration of the "ethics" of the masters who treat everybody else as instruments and slaves, including the people who are not from the masters castes.

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So, English and US scientists - where were you when your imperialistic political leaders enslaved or conquered the other countries or made them dependent and not-free?

Where were you to give your pretentious authority bullshit speeches when the rest of the world needed you???

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Guys, you, the sick "MASTERS of the world", you are not "the humanity" and you are not the "voice of humanity".


The exploiters of the world, the ones who believe that all nations and people around the world "owe" them to SERVE them, because you they are the "superior" ones or because they are more  "civilized" or something...

The world knows, that actually you just have bigger guns, you are more aggressive and "less-ethical", your political believe is that killing, threatening and robbing the other people is "free" for you, because you are "higher" etc.


Let's pray to God that it's not you who define the "machine ethics" - and that there's not one only "ethics" (i.e. a TOTALITARIAN rule that you set).

Let's hope that you won't define AI's ethics, because in your hands its endangered to be naive, blind, totalitarian, one-directional and egocentrical to your own profit that makes the other people your slaves.


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* Not that the ENG and US are the only countries/political and military authorities who "threaten the future of humanity" and not that they are the only ones which are dangerous for the "survival of the human kind"... Quotes due to the pretentiousness of these "guru sayings", like coming from a Hollywood "blockbuster" apocalyptic bullshit movie, made like for mentally-retarded viewers or for children below 11 years of age.



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SourcesBusiness Accelerated  - Meet Amelia, the AI Platform That Could Change the Future of IT: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245827

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_military_bases

http://www.bing.com/search?q=number+of+US+army+bases&src=IE-TopResult&FORM=IE11TR&conversationid=

http://www.bing.com/search?q=%22number+of+US+military+bases+in+the+world%22&src=IE-TopResult&FORM=IE11TR&conversationid=

"number of US military bases in the world"

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/sep/14/ron-paul/ron-paul-says-us-has-military-personnel-130-nation/


Words: AGI ethics, AI ethics, ... етика на мислещата машина, мислещи машини, ...


See also from Todor Arnaudov:

"Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Discussion on General Intelligence, AGI and Superintelligence Safety and Human Moral | Cognitive Origins of the Concepts of Human Soul and its (...) ", 20-th of February 2012

http://artificial-mind.blogspot.com/2012/02/philosophical-and-interdisciplinary.html

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Тошко 2.060 върви и под Линукс - тествано под Wine 1.7.50 | "Тошко 2" - синтезатор на реч за Windows и Linux


Говорещата програма "Тошко 2.060 алфа" върви и под Linux, всичко работеше под Knoppix 7.6 x64 с Wine 1.7.50.

Има козметични дефекти и надписите на долните настройки са на "маймуница", но съществената част работи гладко.


Сайт на програмата


Козметичните дефекти под емулатора "Wine" не пречат на говоренето


Думи: Линукс, Linux, Кнопикс, "Тошко 2" - безплатен синтезатор на реч за Windows и Linux

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Тошко 2.060 Алфа - безплатен синтезатор на българска реч | Toshko 2.060 Alpha - Bulgarian TTS

Вижте и изтеглете (за Windows XP и по-нови): http://twenkid.com/software/toshko2/

8.3.2016:      Работи и под Linux! Тествано с Wine 1.7.5.

Към първите тестери:

Пусната е безплатна версия (по-точно "donate-ware") 2.060-алфа -...
(...)







Може и да свърши работа на някого и така - аз си ползвам говорещата програма да ми чете текстове. Ще има подобрения.


Безплатна говореща програма. Български. Говор. Говорилка. Bulgarian TTS, Text-to-speech synthesizer.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Новини-старини за синтезатора "Тошко 2"

За онези, които очакват новини за синтезатора на реч, някои мои отговори до няколко души, които се интересуваха напоследък:

http://twenkid.com/software/toshko2/


>Ние все още чакаме ТОШКО 2!

http://artificial-mind.blogspot.com/2013/02/toshko-2-tts-update-bulgarian.html?showComment=1450485798002#c7149758548017924343


Благодаря ви за интереса! Ако желаете се запишете в имейл списъка и ще ви пиша като има новини! Като цяло интересът е твърде слаб, затова и синтезаторът беше "замразен" и се отвлякох с други неща.

Вероятно ще излезе поне настоящата (останала) версия, която не е това което трябва да бъде, за ентусиасти да я ползват ако и така им върши работа. Не знам кога ще е, но ако още хора по-активно изявят интерес, може да седна да го оформя. on Новини: Тошко 2 / Тошко II - работата по най-мощния български синтезатор на реч напредва (TTS, говореща програма, говоряща програма) | Toshкo 2 TTS - Update - News About The Most Powerful Bulgarian Speech Synthesizer

Todor "Tosh" Arnaudov on 12/19/15



Работната версия тогава, 2013, модификация на стария, не беше "достатъчно добра", затова и скрих едно демо със звук, което бях пуснал за кратко.

Вероятно ще пусна настоящата или още малко пипната версия, която поне да се ползва от някого, безплатно с молба за дарения от онези, на които ще върши работа макар и да не е перфектен. Не знам кога.

Ако желаете, можете да правите дарения и сега ето тук, или да се абонирате за новини от сайта по-горе.

http://twenkid.com/story/donate.html











Monday, June 1, 2015

Bulgarian Dance Football or Shaolin Football?

Some recorded fun with the ball. A nice and funny sport exercising:

1. Full-body coordination, while keeping the body in balance position
2. Coordination and Timing - trajectory prediction and keeping the right pace and speed
3. Speed
4. Flexibility
5. Endurance

I suggest also tennis, ballet/modern dance and martial arts.

It's a sort of HIIT training, leading to out-of-breath conditions which require a bit of rest etc.

If you do not rest or hit 70-80-90-100 etc. kicks in an immediate sequence you may reach to your highest heart-rate during the practice. That's why the final mistakes in the high-numbered series come also from fatigue, not just carelessness or slight mispredictions/mis-actions/slipping/wrong selection of actions/impossible trajectory/environmental obstacles etc.

It seems hard to keep running with that free style and at that quick pace - including occasional jumps and quick translocations, turns, high speed inter-feet shuffles and knee hits etc. for several hundreds or a thousand of kicks, unless you were some kind of an endurance ahtlete.

For instance my personal best so far is just 162 kicks, achieved back in 2014.

Someone to take the challenge and beat my record? :)

//Like in football ("soccer") all body parts are allowed and count for a kick, except the arms and hands.






Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Подписка срещу ТТИП

http://solidbul.eu/?p=3830

Подпишете петицията срещу сляпо уреждането споразумение за трансатлантическа търговия, или транслантическо поробване на ЕС.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

РАЗУМИР - брой втори, предизвестие: Военно-политически, социално-икономически и медийни страни на явлението Играеш ли по правилата ще загубиш играта

 


Темата на втори брой на независимата авангардна медия РАЗУМИР.

Друго изписване на юнашки български: "Военно-държавнически, обществено-стопански и осведомителни страни на явлението Играеш ли по правилата ще загубиш играта..."

Дата на излизане: неопределена, вероятно протяжна - обнародване на части.

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Към 26/4/2015 - вече излязоха много от материалите

Friday, December 12, 2014

Физика, възникване на живота - дали "новата идея" на Джеръми Ингланд е толкова нова и революционна? - Is it really a groundbreaking idea about Life - the one of Jeremy England? - a comment

http://t.co/Y29qbipm3t




It could liberate biologists from relying too much on a Darwinian explanation.
ow.ly

Български: "Физик с революционна идея относно причините да съществува живот"
 

Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine

Dec. 8, 2014, 4:48 PM
 754,866
  138
 
http://www.businessinsider.com/groundbreaking-idea-of-lifes-origin-2014-12

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English: Sorry, this came as a comment in a social network, I'm lazy to translate it right now - in short, see Schopenhauer's conception of "The Will [to live]" that comes from the all levels of the objectivation of the will, including the basic physical forces.


Коментар на Т.А.:

Медиите обикновено правят нещата да изглеждат по-сензационни, отколкото са. В детайлите и математическите дефиниции сигурно е оригинална идея, особено за специализирани физици, в контекста на термодинамиката, разпространение на енергия и пр.                      

Read more: http://www.quantamagazine.org/20140122-a-new-physics-theory-of-life/#ixzz3Lf13nrs7



Но в контекста на по-абстрактно виждане за живота и еволюцията - виж други интердисциплинарни учени, например Владимир Турчин, Борис Казаченко, които мислят по-абстрактно от Дарвин за еволюцията на Вселената, т.нар. мета-еволюция и кибернетична еволюция, виж и скорошна статия от автора: http://artificial-mind.blogspot.com/2014/08/abstract-evolution-cybernetic-meta.html
Като цяло още Лайбниц, ако не греша, изказва мисли за нашия свят като "Най-добрият от възможните светове".
Да не говорим за яснотата при Шопенхауер, който изпреварва както дарвинизма - с десетилетия, - така и "антропния принцип" (с много повече); последният е именно относно това, че физичните "настройки" пасват на живота. В статията въобще не се споменава.
 


Системата на Шопенхауер - стълбата на обективациите на Волята
 
В системата на Шопенхауер животът е поставен в изрична йерархична стълбица и в еволюционно развитие, дори на едно място се споменава за това, че първият човек вероятно е роден от маймуна.
По-висшите форми на живот представляват все по-отчетлива форма на това, което той нарича именно... Воля за живот.
Т.е. животът е резултатът на продължително действие на "Воля" и натрупване на резултатите от нея, а не е случаен - макар че Волята на ниско ниво не е съзнателна.
Шопенхауер изрично отбелязва, че съответните живи същества са неразривно свързани със средата си и им е "позволено" да възникнат и да се развиват така че да й паснат и да съществуват в нея; например дава примери с подобни на вид животни на отдалечени места и с различно родословие, които са се приспособили към средата, под силата на единна Воля за живот.

При дарвинизма това е т.нар. "паралелна еволюция", която показва, че процесът на е случаен, а е обусловен
 от систематични фактори - белтъчният субстрат, съществуващ до момента + условията на средата.
Това, което във физиката са физични сили - и се моделират чрез физични закони, - в системата на Шопнехауер не са нещо хвърчащо в нищото, те са нисши форми на Волята, те подпомагат обективацията на Волята [за живот], превръщат т.нар. "нещо в себе си" (Кант) или "Воля за живот" (Шопенхауер) в "явление" (Кант) и "видимост на волята" (Шопенхауер).
Хората са висша форма на тези сили, висша форма на физични закони, висша форма на Воля.

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Не на последно място, елегантните формули не могат да заобиколят "конфигурацията" -  началната форма, подредбата - освен ако във формулата не се включи определение на цялата Вселена.

Литература:

1. Артур Шопенхауер, "За четворния принцип на закона за достатъчното основание" (On the fourfold root of the principle of sufficient reason")
2. Артур Шопенхауер, "Волята в природата" ("The Will in Nature")
3. Артур Шопенхауер - "Светът като воля и представа"
3. Артур Шопенхауер - "Прарегра и Паралипомена"
4. Владимир Турчин - "Феноменът на науката" (Phenomenon of science)
5. Борис Казаченко - (search: Boris Kazachenko)
6. Тодор Арнаудов, "Теория на разума и Вселената, 2001-2004"
7. Todor Arnaudov, Thursday, August 7, 2014 - http://artificial-mind.blogspot.com/2014/08/abstract-evolution-cybernetic-meta.html 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Up and Running


For the handful of people who may care or wonder - I am up and running, just doing it in "stealth" mode.