Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Another New, Dangerous Competition To Be Worried About

Also a new "gap" to be worried about as well: Whether you are a big behind, or not, in the flipping of "flops," or floating point calculations.

And we have a new meme for mega now in the term "exa," as it will now be known as exaflops; which also means, dare we say it, that maybe one day we'll have computer chips themselves clocking not in measly giga wiggles any more. No sir. For now we can dream of exa wiggles instead (so much more like turning it up to 11 than peta wiggles would be).

You have to state it absurdly because the whole competitive mess has become so absurd. Whether it be for even another round of new nuke, weapons building (something like $1 trillion to pay for), or the ever accelerating rounds of the new software/anti software building, or any of the old, "usual suspects" here (scarce resources, market domination, etc). And again, all at a time when the fate of the planet requires cooperative action.

Our priorities will be straightened out for us, eventually. Of that you can be sure. Whether that's done with even some semblance of thought, or just as a matter of the systems involved re adjusting themselves, as happenstance would have it, is, oddly enough, still something we can have a choice in. That will not be the case indefinitely. That's also something you can count on.

Why the US and China's brutal supercomputer war matters

If It Has Stalled, I May Have A Few Ideas As To Why

Remembering, of course, just what a crazy old, and quite biased, dreamer I am.

Has The Quest For Top-Down Unification Of Physics Stalled?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Problem Here, In My View, Is That Too Many, With Too Much Money

Are also trying to create their own realities. The Zuck. The Amazon man. The people who funded Steve Bannon. The list could certainly go on.

And an even bigger problem for Musk is that most of these people have a good deal more money than he does. All he has is big ideas, and a fair amount of other people's money. And so far his big ideas have been able to defy most ordinary economic realities. And the market instabilities roiling about so far have hurt him, but not quite done him in yet. But that could certainly change in an instant.

All it will take is one big cascade event. One trigger setting off a host of key sector instabilities that will bring those sectors to their knees. And then, as inevitable as gravity itself, big ideas or not, with big money everywhere running to the exits to find sheltering safe havens, what will he do then? What will he do if no one, for say an entire year. or more, can buy any of the things he's trying to sell (lovely idea or not). And there's just no more capital to be venturesome with?

Perhaps More importantly, though, will be what will happen to this supposed reality that he's been trying to hold together, whole cloth, in his own head, unravels? Unravels even beyond his own capacity to hold a meaningful sense of himself anymore?

It may be a more pertinent question than you think when you see how much of his own ego has been put into making this make believe world around him (these shareholder meetings and interviews that indicate a certain imperviousness to the perceptions of the mere mortals that work and report around Mr. Musk).

It is human nature after all. I do it. You do it. Put a lot of ourselves into something we've convinced ourselves we have to have. Or that we were meant to do. And unless you've had some experience with letting go of old, formerly cherished aspects of yourself, to be more in line with things as they are, and not as you wish they were, you could find yourself unable to bend, and change, and are then only left with the option of just breaking apart altogether; something, if you've had to deal with our mental health system, is not a very good thing to behold at all. Nor be anywhere near in fact, because of a lot of emotional, as well as, potential physical, collateral damage.

And then you have to ask yourself: what if a significant number of the economic, and political, leadership, here, and elsewhere, were sucked up into this new kind of, privileged dementia. A dementia of power, and circumstance (because we have a sick operating system still in place after all that's all about wish fulfillment now). And what if one of them actually does have enough money. And enough time, with the right corrupted, gifted people, to help their particular madness along. What happens then? Does that particular version of madness become the new reality?

Do you really want to keep to the same path we've been on here to find out? I for one do not. But then I'm just a crazy old, biased, dreamer. And worse yet, a humanist. I still believe in us.

Is that a crazy idea? Is it just as bat feces bent as Mr. Musk's reality, just different? Maybe. I can't help think, though, that it, at least, offers a lot more probability that a diversity of minds, working together, always negotiating what "reality" is, and therefore, what our priorities should be; that that mode of operation would give us the best chance of working what would then be a mutually beneficial kind of madness. Both for us and the planet, but that's just me of course.

What do you think? Are you thinking enough about this at all in the first place?

I sure as hell hope so.


The "real-life Iron Man" is a real American superhero.

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Many large organizations have aggressive or tightly-managed public relations strategies. But not all companies are the subject of an international data scandal, and not all companies are traveling throughout the United States, forging relationships with journalists in each of those markets.

[Post Note: This is what happens when you buy into the madness that results from the "Commoditization Of Everything." And also a good number of egos run amok, and not just in the publicized world, but also in the black world of techno anarchists torching, true believers plotting, true parasites gorging, and those who just want to steal enough to survive. J.V.]

Cryptomania isn't just a mad rush of scams and speculation. It's a utopian dream. And a living nightmare.

[Post Note: Notice here how where some of the biggest companies are, or have been, lead by the some of the biggest egos you might ever imagine. Great things require great people of course, but isn't there just galaxies of different meanings one might apply to what is meant by "great things," or "great people." All depends on how you look at it doesn't it. And the current set of conditions you are trying to stay alive in certainly, but heck. Even Obi-Wan Kenobi knew the whole "it depends on your perspective" idea. His spirit thingy told Luke didn't he. Too bad we might be losing all control on how things get defined anymore. We seem to be leaving it to the questionable sanity of way too few people. In a very corrupting system to to try and live in. Oh well. At least the disaster movies make for some great entertainment, and in 4K now! Wow! J.V.]

The World's Most Valuable Companies, Charted

Monday, June 18, 2018

A Conjecture On What Having A "Body Meaning Space" Component Might Mean

What if, among other things, the body meaning space part of our total perceptual, conceptual, and identity structural makeup, could do something quite special. Beyond just giving a sense of perception in the limited notion of "muscle memory?" What if it could do something much like what we have created these various ways of simulating neural nets do when they are set forth to create all of the miriad weightings given to vast arrays of supposed synapses, and actual neurons; with equally vast subtleties of whether to fire, or not to fire, whether to trigger just the right cascade effect at the right time, so that, say, a face in a crowd can be recognized.

What if the process of letting go, and letting things impinge upon you without filter, actually was doing a fundamentally changing process, even if it was only a new set of entanglements at a very low, quantum scale of consideration, all within the unfiltered receiving, as well, as the reintegration with the old structure of you that launched into a particular session of "mediating."

What if that process was able to do, to a part of us, what the machine learning we put this kind of AI through, does. What if it could imprint into you another kind of codec of understanding about a thing you were very keen to understand. A codec that, if you took the time to learn the discipline of translating from what you felt from that side, into whatever mind side codec of choice fit you; would it then, in that context, provide you with an almost AI learning ability? To provide a deep understanding of complex, analogue data the mind side cannot hope to grasp, other than by the conditional flow of quantity, of very specific parts, of the entire thing. Which, of course, has its own strengths, and weaknesses; just as this would, if it were a real thing.

Just something else to think about.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What Really Is Being Singled Out In A Singularity?

Could this be another one of our elemental intents? Perhaps.

It may, or may not, already be obvious here that my take on cosmology actually automatically implies that a singularity is not necessarily an instant of infinite mass, that then instantly translates into an ongoing expansion of what and when. What it could also be, in this context, is simply a singular set of framing rules by which what and when can then utilize the always present, and never itself ultimately objectifiable, unbounded thing of infinite potential. That thing, as the ultimate of elemental intents, that has to be that which is, was, and always will be; something that has to be assumed for any kind of system of systems; a starting point that needs no other starting considerations. It is what it is and always has; at least as far as we can know now, and until a better way of looking at this comes a long.

The really interesting question for me then is what should happen to one's assumptions concerning a particular vector of experience association if, instead of a certain concept of a bunch of mass being translated to start things off, we started off instead with just rules, much as Stephen Wolfram has suggested, that make use of this "infinite potential?"

The first question that jumps to my mind is how you then make any conclusions as to how much mass can a reality have; especially as it relates to starting out (I know you can make extrapolations of what you observe, but you have to remember that what you are observing is either already hundreds of millions, if not billions, of years old, as well as fact that the baseline of your observations are both physically, and temporally limited). Then, as it works its iterations of ever endless interactions it really starts to cook things up; bouncing around, sometimes banging together, other times just slowly aggregating. Being able to do new interactions precisely because of new aggregates. And then those interactions creating even more complex, aggregated structures still. The governing principle, though, is that "energy can neither be created, nor destroyed," and mass and energy are just two sides of the same coin. So there has to be something that is fixed to keep the mass/energy thing balanced, doesn't there?

Or is that just a formulation bias because we were made inside a system where the mass/energy balance thing was just another of our, as it turns out quite lucky, way of doing things here; and of all of our many quantum branching variations. Perhaps. Perhaps not.

Then there is this notion that we, as sentients, are also fundamental to this process because choice, and meaning, must have processors that can make the choice. Then it logically strikes you, even if it has to cross metaphorical boundaries, that balancing mass and energy, at the largest scales, is not so different than balancing the intents of our other two main elementals, in our own, much more closely scaled concerns, trying to work together as our own special kind of aggregate. Then you throw in the fact that we can imagine far more than what our system's "rules" might allow for, but if things didn't have a way of grasping beyond their reach, so to speak, how does new structure always create ever more complex ways of conceiving new structure; which, with enough power in belief, and self suggestion, we find a way to bring into being. Because, if nothing else, ideas are structures too, and they also possess great power. And we also know that the entirety is semi permeable, so that information leaks across every boundary; always. And we are dealing with infinite potential remember.

What then?

Are we, as sentients, also, at least one key, to the idea of "wormholes" as well? Something about us being able to be sensitive transceivers?

String Theory is involved here too but I have been very reluctant to say anything about it because my ignorance there is even greater than it is for "standard" physics now (which is also another reason why you should always take everything I say with great scepticism). Maybe these vectors of association we call reality are the strings. I don't know, but it is certainly interesting to speculate on.

Just something more to think about. Which of course, I am compelled to do now. You don't need to be so crazy about it certainly. That's what us trained crazy people are here for. But I do think it likely that you ought to be doing more than you are. Remember. The more meaning you find for your perspective, the more perspective your meaning will have. And that becomes a kind of reciprocating engine. Or it certainly could be. Another discipline, like empathy itself, where you need a bit of help from both sides, to keep the peace, and balance, between both sides. Like physical exercise, it is not easy. It is, though, well worth the effort. It has literally, and metaphorically, made me what I am. That and a lot of collateral damage mind you, but they all had their part to play. And as it has happened, I think I, and all of the other stuff, cooked up a pretty good version of me. At least that's the way it feels as I try to share what I am across as many boundaries as I can. And as I always say. Time will tell.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Another Example Of How Everything Can Affect So Much Of Everything Else

One way or another, across all the conditional boundaries, precisely because everything is semi permeable. Even across the boundaries of a multiverse of different, probably related, vectors of experience association, and the hoped for, ever accumulating, structure creating more complex structure, creating the possibilities of more cycles of same, for an infinite trace of expansion; and do this precisely because meaningful connections can be made; and that by the way the rules were set up.

If that doesn't put you both in awe, and great trepidation, if not outright terror, than I guess nothing will.

Rocks Under I-95 Present Odd, and Scary, Threat to Power Grid

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[Post Note: Everything affects everything else, often as collateral damage, as mentioned in other posts. And so now our decisions have vastly greater effects. And it is one thing to talk about pumping more and more turbulence into both natural, and social systems, over human lengths of time, and seeing the accumulating instabilities that result; which then lead us to ever more dangerous competitions with other players, also making possible, collateral damage decisions; in that context, it is one thing to talk about that kind of input of turbulence, but to then think of doing a quantity of turbulent input, over what is essentially quantum moments of time, in amounts to rival the output of a star, at a single point, over an importantly populated area, is to do as many periods of, of as many centuries long industrializations, as there are nukes that explode, in whatever exchange you might want to imagine. An exchange that probably wouldn't last longer than 20 to thirty minutes or so, give or take a few, to be sure. How anybody thinks that is going to help an already precarious total system is just an amazement to me. I mean, even if one nuke went off, especially in the wrong place (start a really big fire storm some place, set the peat bogs in Siberia on fire? Fed by locked up methane in the not so permanent permafrost? Another underground coal fire? The list could go on) , it could tip the balance of no return for us as having a livable habitat. J.V.]


How many nukes could an aggressor nation drop on an enemy before the effects of nuclear winter come back to haunt them?

This Is What "Business As Usual" Created, As Collateral Damage

Do you seriously believe "Business As Usual" is going to even acknowledge it properly at all, much less assume any responsibility for fixing it?

The real question, though, is what are you going to do about it?


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Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble.