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To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. -Elbert Hubbard I have a Masters degree in Computer Science, and worked for 14 years in development, technical publications and software quality assurance. I have been investing for 20 years. Currently, I do writing, photography, and... More
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  • A Brief Intro To Your Brain

    Today there is a new computing frontier - business analytics.

    I am writing this because I thought that some people may be interested in the relationship between our brains and the new Artificial Intelligence that is impacting the business and research worlds.

    In an earlier time we used computers to help us perform computations, then to organize data, later to visualize data so that people could better see correlations and make decisions. Now we are moving into the next generation. Here, analytic programs such as Watson by IBM (NYSE:IBM), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Azure Machine Learning, and AWS Elastic MapReduce service by Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), are sifting through enormous amounts of big data to answer business and scientific questions. According to Wikipedia:

    Analytics is the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data.

    In the end, all these are sifting through the data trying to abstract out significant relationships between people and/or events.

    As I noted in another post, Abstraction is what the brain does.

    Some people may be interested in the relationship between our brains and the new Artificial Intelligence that is impacting the business and research worlds. In this post I will describe, very briefly, how brain cells work together to create knowledge.

    Neurons - the basic elements of the brain

    Tags: AMZN
    May 05 11:02 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Brain = Abstraction Machine: A Fascinating Anecdote

    I was struck by the implications of this event at the time, and it have remained so ever since. I believe it is an extraordinary example of how the brain works, and why artificial intelligence is so difficult.


    Many years ago I worked in the forests of the Northwest as a tree planter, reforesting clear cuts. The idea is that a contract would specify the spacing of trees on the ground (8' x 8', 10' x 10', for example) to achieve the number of tress per acre that the forester desired.


    May 05 4:01 PM | Link | 2 Comments
  • WSJ Confirms Premise Of Apple Watch Post

    As reported by John Gruber at Daring Fireball, the Wall Street Journal claims that 1/6 of Apple Watch production will go to the top of the line Apple Watch Edition.

    This is 17% significantly than the 9% recorded in the MacDailyNews poll that was the basis for my post:

    Gruber also predicts much higher prices than I (conservative for a change) suggested. Noting that the cost of gold is about $1200 now, he believes an ASP of $5000 is very realistic - and could be twice that. After reading his argument, I am inclined to agree.

    Back to the main issue, WSJ sources have said that 17% of Apple Watches will be the gold Edition models. The MDN poll says only 9%. Is Apple so far off? That is one possibility. Another is simply that

    Tags: AAPL
    Feb 18 10:40 PM | Link | Comment!
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