ON BIO-ROBOTS, SIMILARITIES BETWEEN AI AND THE HUMAN SUBCONSCIOUS AND WHY HUMANS CAN SOON BE REPLACED

December 25th, 2017 Posted by thoughts No Comment yet

Here’s my freshest idea based on the recent experiment with the Digital DNA and the biochip: we, the humanity, are biorobots with self learning adaptive neural network in our brains.
Multiple experiments have shown that when a person is put into a certain environment, he starts adapting to it, absorbs its infosphere and with time develops a clearly predictable behavior. A school student receives a predetermined amount of carefully selected knowledge (read he’s programmed). He’s told that a theorem has to be proved in a certain way or that a historical event happened exactly as described. In the future this student might argue with other students who read different books and studied different opinions, defending ‘his’ world perception not realizing where did it originate. Convicts in their majority break down soon after being incarcerated and start living by the prison’s rules and speaking the local jargon. After such person is released he is likely to have troubles adjusting to a normal life as he must have forgotten how that normal life works. A man of the family, a loving father who was fond of homemade pizzas turns into a killer of other fathers as soon as he puts on a uniform and gets thrown into a battlefield. Most of the time he blindly accepts someone else’s rules and doesn’t try to figure out whose blood he spills and what for ideals.

These were most likely exaggerated examples, but the same ideas also work on lower household levels – someone comes home from work each day and opens a bottle(because his father did), someone thinks that the world is ruled by the Reptilians (because his favorite TV-channel loooved airing that show back in the day), somebody thinks that dragons are real (because be reads only fantasy books) and so on.

A man acts in a certain way because his neural network(the subconscious?) is trained by the “big data” of his environment. This neural network uses the inputs to shape the person’s decision model that gives answers to questions “what do I do if…” This is why identical triplets raised in different families won’t act alike in the same situation when they grow up – their network was trained on different data.

Our AI is flexible and easily trainable in the young age, however as we grow older it also becomes weary and rather stick to the old tricks than go with a new decision branch. This is why it’s easier to start from a blank page when you are young – move to a different country, change up the environment, start a new relationship. What’s certain is that a drastic lifestyle change is only attainable by tossing self out of the comfort zone where the brain’s network can learn from different, new data – dedicated meditation, informative books, exciting new hobbies and more.

So if we accept that we in fact are biorobots created by whoever, there’s a problem peeking from the corner – we now live in the age of “equalization”. Let me explain. If two people are running the 100m dash the result of one runner always depends on the other’s performance. If both runners’ skills are equal, they’ll both show their average result, however if one is better than the other, the result of the latter will be above his average. The weaker runner in the last example will be definitely ashamed of himself: “How come I’m so far behind” even though he might have beaten his personal record. We are often ashamed of ourselves and prone to vanity outbursts, that’s how human psychology works. We don’t want to even think of making a bad image of ourselves in someone else’s eyes. That’s how we are programmed.

Instead of nurturing consciousness and promoting self-improvement, which is only reachable outside our comfort zone, we are shoved back to it. The result? Popular movies are shot based on the analysis of mass market demands. Movie scripts are adapted to cater to the majority’s demands, often distancing from the writer’s original ideas. Books are plagued by the same disease. “Wow, 50 shades sold millions of copies, let make more 50 shades!”

Instead of nurturing consciousness and promoting self-improvement, which is only reachable outside our comfort zone, we are shoved back to it. The result? Popular movies are shot based on the analysis of mass market demands. Movie scripts are adapted to cater to the majority’s demands, often distancing from the writer’s original ideas. Books are plagued by the same disease. “Wow, 50 shades sold millions of copies, let make more 50 shades!” Media products are adjusted to the average model of the mass market. They are fabricated to bring profit, not to reach out to people with new ideas and not to create a masterpiece. Now it’s easy to tell what people in their majority want – all of us are connected to the internet where all our actions are logged which makes it is easy to tell what does a person want. This is the sad reality.

I’m convinced that evening out the revolutionary ideas hurts our species as a whole. We are forced to stick to the cozy flock of people with similar skillset and same perception of the world. Movies and books that bring out arrogant and thought-provoking ideas like “Stalker” and “Fight club” no longer fall into the demand valley of an average person, thus there will be less and less of them. Startups that can potentially carry out innovative products are overshadowed by startups that offer quick profit to the investors, thus they are less likely to attract investments. “Who cares that this online-shopper-tracking startup brings the world closer to the digital slavery as long as my wallet will get thicker, right?” Now to the video games. They once were mostly adored by geeks and people with sparks of creativity in their eyes, because they offered challenging gameplay, subtle ways to get buffed and kick everyone’s ass while rocking out to AC/DC (Hi, Full Throttle), non-linear scripting (Hi, Fallout 1, 2) and in general were more engaging. Ideas and genres popularized by fantastic titles like Star Control 2, Master of Orion, UFO, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 are now drowned in the sea of forced ‘equalization’ and dumbing down. “Don’t bother to learn the combos – here’s your quick-time event. Press X to win, yo!”. “No need to dedicate lots of time to get good gear – microtransactions are here to help. What’s your card number again?”. This is a joke – a challenge to the principles of evolution.

Okay, now let’s assume I made a valid a point and we in fact are self-learning biorobots, who take after the Creator. This means that our potential is almost endless, as our internal AI (or should I say, subsconscious) has no “programmatic” limitations – it can process and learn from any data. If you still doubt that, take a minute to think that our ancestors from a 10th century didn’t possess even a fraction of knowledge that’s now available to any kid. But that doesn’t mean that an Old Joe from the year 950 could not be a genius iOS software engineer. His AI was trained to ‘gather food and pray in the name of the King, the Lord, the Whoever’, but should he be taken in infancy, moved to 21th century, educated and then thrown back to his time – he’d be a genius there.
If I’m right, then a 21st century human operates only at a millionth fraction of his capacity. Our neural network can easily support conversations about fascinating technological advances, space exploration and philosophical concepts that can shake even the most dedicated believer’s faith. It only needs the right data to learn from. And the desire to learn.

If I’m right, then a 21st century human operates only at a millionth fraction of his capacity. Our neural network can easily support conversations about fascinating technological advances, space exploration and philosophical concepts that can shake even the most dedicated believer’s faith. It only needs the right data to learn from. And the desire to learn.

The talks about the upcoming era of AI and Robotics can now be heard from each open window. What if that era has started a while ago? What if we convinced ourselves that we have hit our educational limits and now took the wheel from the Nature to create BioRobots v2.0 – just like us, the v.1, but with a permanent connection to a cloud knowledge database and no need for the ‘mate feed kill repeat’ cycle. It’s a nice thoughе experiment to consider that we could be replaced in the future by the ‘upgraded humans’. I can’t deny coming back to that thought each time I see people of different wealth and different mindsets slowly run the track of their lives. Or just stomp the ground without moving, as Vysotskiy sang: “There are no winners and no losers in stationary running”. Progress becomes a privilege of those who were raised in a special environment or those who fought their way out of their cozy-lazy environment, but these people are as rare as people who invested in bitcoin in 2010.
This is all a sad story, my biorobots.

Every one of us holds an enormous potential inside. I, myself, would not like to be replaced by something better – I want to be that better something. I want to prove Mother Nature that we, bio-robots v1, can do better, learn anything. We just have to set the right aim and redefine the term ‘success’. Now it’s equal to ‘wealth’, but should we change it to something less selfish, the world would become a better place. I should. You should.

P.S.
Weird is that if I spoke of computers being replaced – no one would blink an eye. But with humans it sparks genuine resentment. Why? We are not so different from the new self-learning machines because we are creating them similar to us. Like once we were created. This is not a claim, rather a ground for discussion.

P.P.S. Millions of people live in the comfort zone only dreaming of getting a new car, a new apartment or a pair of fancy shoes ‘just like Carrie Bradshaw’s got’. They are happy. They don’t want to change their ‘Matrix’ program and I don’t judge them, I only ask myself: “shall they be saved?”. Shall they?

[ON WHY MODERN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS ONLY GOOD FOR TRAINING SOLDIERS, THE DEMOCRACY IS BS, PEOPLE ARE NOT EQUAL AND VIDEO GAMES ROCK]

December 5th, 2017 Posted by thoughts No Comment yet

An interview with Evgeny Chereshnev, CEO and Founder of Biolink.Tech

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– Evgeny, today you told us that the traditional educational system is obsolete and that the future of education will be defined by interactive systems. Are you certain that gamification can save education?

– Modern education system does not help discover and nurture talents. It was conceived in the days where the government needed a stable supply of same-ish mutually compatible working hands. The system needed easily replaceable graduates, new gears for the machine rather than individuals. Now these times are long gone and the battlefield where the countries compete has changed drastically. Now what matters is the number of innovative projects and discoveries made by the graduates, not the size of the army or astounding number of manufacturing facilities. New times need new approaches to education. So, answering your question, yes, I’m certain that gamification of educational programs is the solution. By gamification I mean taking the personalized motivation system that worked best in video games and using it to adjust educational program of each specific student. Principles of Human psychology and brain chemistry tell us one thing – we want to do what we love to do. Other activities become a burden – be it a well-paid but hated job, or the subjects that just won’t make sense. The goal of future approaches to education is to minimize the ‘burden’ part and make it dynamic and personalized, just like context ads. Now contextual analysis process the data we generate to feed us with ‘personalized’ ads, but the same techniques can and should be used to help people find their passion, develop their talent. This is what the future education should be all about. People have got to have a desire to go get and read the book they really want, not the one highlighted by iTunes, Google or Amazon, that only care about profit and will happily sell the works of popular authors.

People have got to have a desire to go get and read the book they really want, not the one highlighted by iTunes, Google or Amazon, that only care about profit and will happily sell the works of popular authors. 

People should care to read books that will develop their personality, like the ones authored by Miller, Salinger, Hemingway, Dovlatov, Chekhov. But instead they read ’50 shades of gray’ because they are heavily advertised and sell better. It’s a closed loop of marketing. Stores advertize hollow ‘bubblegum’ books, because they sell well, these books sell even better, people’s mindset starts to adapt to dull content and eventually people stop looking for good books. That’s what is happening but that’s not what should be happening.

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HOW IPHONE X FACE DETECTION CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU

November 7th, 2017 Posted by thoughts, Updates No Comment yet

There are tons of personal biometric data that can identify a person – his voice, heartbeat patterns, gait, retina, the list goes on. Ever wondered why a $500B rich company, that can afford virtually any technological whim, out of all the possible options chose… face recognition? Why, why the face?

Apple’s brand new tech is essentially simple – a person’s face (according to the scanner it’s just a volumetric shape) is scanned with 30000 infrared dots which are then used to build a mathematical model that uniquely identifies the person. In the tech description Apple swears that this model is stored exclusively on the device and is not shared with any third party, let alone special agencies. However, app developers enjoy free access to this technology, and thousands of developers are already upgrading their apps to employ the Apple’s facial identification API.

There are tons of personal biometric data that can identify a person – his voice, heartbeat patterns, gait, retina, the list goes on. Ever wondered why a $500B rich company, that can afford virtually any technological whim, out of all the possible options chose… face recognition? Why, why the face?

Of course, app developers are required to inform the happy iPhone owners what data is used and what for, and this is where it gets interesting. A human’s face has 57 muscles, some of which are paired. Apple’s face scanner can detect even the slightest muscle twitches in real time and it’s what you gotta do if your sole aim is to identify a person. But as the wonderful movie “Inception” claimed, we need to go deeper. There is that science boasting a thousand year old history that is called “Psychology”. Those who saw the “Lie to me” show (I’m on a pop culture reference rush) are aware of the fact that even the most insignificant eyeball movements, pupil size, lip twitches and a whole slew of uncontrollable mimics can tell a whole lot about a person. A trained FBI agent can easily tell if the subject is lying, if he’s agitated or depressed all by reading and analyzing these little details. Do you really think that app developers will tell that to your non tech-savvy mom when they request access to her facial data?

A trained FBI agent can easily tell if the subject is lying, if he’s agitated or depressed all by reading and analyzing these little details. Do you really think that app developers will tell that to your non tech-savvy mom when they request access to her facial data?

Or tell her that real-time face monitoring can identify the person’s psychological type with great accuracy, in other words tell if he’s a sanguine or a choleric, if he’s extraverted or introverted or, in gamers terms, a scavenger or a hunter. Is he ready to buy ‘that very best something’ or he should first be first asked a couple of tailored personal questions that will melt his attention? Is he the working man of the house or he’d rather go read a book. Even who is he for: Trump or Putin. That’s right, democracy says “Hi” 🙂 But the most important is that at any time you are looking at the screen, your iPhone will know if you are really lying or just want that moist cake on the picture. A pocket polygraph combined with a leash that is. And where is a leash, one can be sure that a carrot and a whip are nearby.

The carrot is already there – psychotype identification can skyrocket efficiency of context ads. Your personal psychological traits matched with your search history and purchase history will enable making extremely personalized ad texts that work exclusively for you. I’ve spoken to my contacts in Apple and Facebook and they didn’t even try to convince me of the opposite. Today face scanning is used in a naive feature – passwordless authentication. In 2019, or should I say in 1984, your brains will be scanned through that very iPhone screen. Go read Orwell’s masterpiece if you haven’t already, it might plant a few interesting thought into your head.

Alexander solzhenitsyn once said that the freedom of a man is determined by how much the government doesn’t know about him. This guy tasted the totalitarian regime at it’s best, so he knows what he’s talking about. I didn’t, but I can’t remind enough to the application developers and everyone around me: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. If you are making a nuclear bomb, it’s silly to shy away from photos of Hiroshima and deny thoughts of its future usage.

Maybe I’m exaggerating, but I’m saying what’s on my mind. If you have an opposite opinion, you’re welcome to the comment section unless you’re a troll.

P.S. Please share and repost, together we can make a change!

P.P.S. Apple’s first ad was mocking the “1984” philosophy. In 2017, long after Steve Jobs died, the company made a one-eighty turn. Isn’t it ironic? 

 

What if previous version of internet actually existed thousands of years ago?

November 4th, 2017 Posted by thoughts No Comment yet

Think about the internet. It contains petabytes of scientific data, videos on youtube, articles on wikipedia – the list is virtually endless. And one of the ways to access this ocean of information is through a small magical artifact in your pocket – a phone. Get rid of all the devices with internet connectivity and the Internet will turn into something metaphysical. Something from another dimension, invisible and inaccessible by anyone, that contains every piece of information about the universe. In the first years after the Great Disconnect we will know that the Internet exists and will definitely look for ways to get back online. Then we might start questioning the existence of the Internet and probably start rewriting the stories of the past. After a few generations the Internet will only remain a tale, an ancient myth and the world will be separated into two fractions: “Rational Denial’ers” of the Internet and “Irrational Believers” waiting for the second coming of the “Great 2400 bit Modem”. Sounds quite possible, isn’t it?

Every couple of hundreds of thousands years we get down from the trees, grab a stick and a stone, invent electricity, get hold of a nuclear weapon, internet… and suddenly go almost extinct because a silly Joey dropped his Playboy on a long-forgotten “red button”

It gets entertaining to wonder: what is the possibility that the life on Earth goes in cycles? Every couple of hundreds of thousands years we get down from the trees, grab a stick and a stone, invent electricity, get hold of a nuclear weapon, internet… and suddenly go almost extinct because a silly Joey dropped his Playboy on a long-forgotten “red button”. Only few of our kind then remain who start it all from scratch. Well if that is true, then it might just happen that one of the previous versions of humanity got more advanced than us currently and learned to store petabytes of data in molecules and organic substances instead of silicon. Imagine that they used water, gas, oil or plain nitrogen molecules to store their knowledge. And now this world of ancient data, the internet of the past, Youtube and Instagram dated 131071 BC is floating around us in a distributed network of gazillions of servers and blockchain-tokens powered by a free power source – the Sun.

And what if we connect to this internet each and every time we go to sleep?

 

Human DigitalDNA = 43.8Tb of data, that is worth 24k USD per user

October 27th, 2017 Posted by Updates No Comment yet

In 2020 each and every one of us will be producing 1.5G of data daily. If we consider the average lifespan of a person to be 80 years (let’s be optimistic!), we’ll end up with 43.8 terabytes of data generated throughout our life.

This data is our Digital DNA (in comparison – our biological DNA that contains “body blueprints” is only 1G in size). Let me explain how much that is in layman’s terms. Imagine a 342-piece stack of 128G iPhones that contain every aspect of your digital life – every action, every watched movie, every selfie, message sent, check-in, like, every measured heartbeat and every speed ticket. Applying first grade math-e-magics yields us 239.4K$ – the cost of a person’s digital trace, assuming price of an iPhone equal to 700$. Although impressive, but not really accurate. Let me give you another, more real-world example. A Dropbox Professional (50Tb) monthly subscription costs 25$. Now the price of a digital imprint of a human’s life becomes 24K$, which is more like it. Think about this number. Now think again and realize that it doesn’t include potential profit for various companies incurred by using this data – if they know all about your behavior, your income, your life situations, they could offer you tons of stuff that you’ll definitely get. I’m not even mentioning the emotional value of data like the photos of your kid’s birthday – it’s not measurable by monetary standards.

Let’s keep going down the stairway of pondering. If you think that you’re using ‘free’ internet services not giving anything in return, you can’t be more mistaken. Remember the lengthy “terms and conditions” section that you skipped during the registration? You’d be shocked if you actually read it – these terms state that upon registration you grant the right to collect, store and process all the digital data you create when using the service during your whole lifetime.

In 2020 each and every one of us will be producing 1.5G of data daily. If we consider the average lifespan of a person to be 80 years (let’s be optimistic!), we’ll end up with 43.8 terabytes of data generated throughout our life.

Currently your Digital DNA is split across numerous entities: social networks, search engines, mobile applications, carriers and government services. For all of them storage and processing of your data doesn’t come for free. These services ain’t no charity organizations and as any business, they aim for making profit out of your data. And they do – using and selling your Digital DNA is an incredibly profitable affair. Even so that some get carried away and forget to protect that data, right Equifax?

It boils down to a simple fact – we are not the users. We are the product. We are the involuntary ‘cloud’ addicts converted to the ‘service’ drug by a seemingly ‘free’ sample dose. We’re nurtured, milked and the data we produce is sold and sold and sold again. Crazy is that we pay for it, but don’t get a cent in return.

This is just not right.

We at Biolink.Tech are working on a solution to that problem. We want to put you in control of your digital data – when and how to collect, store and use it. We don’t want to be told what to do or what to buy. Enough with brainwashing, get the hell away from our head. We want to be able to consciously desire to buy or not to buy yet another phone not because a personalized ad told us, but because it comes from within us.

Currently your Digital DNA is split across numerous entities: social networks, search engines, mobile applications, carriers and government services. For all of them storage and processing of your data doesn’t come for free.

I want to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to everyone who supports us. Our army is staying strong!

As always, please take a piece of my ‘Sincerest Gratitude’ cake in exchange for a share or a repost 🙂

 

P.S Number crunching trolls can bite it. The message is not in the formula, but in the idea. Want to help us out – do it. The internet’s got plenty foul-mouthed fools, don’t be one 🙂

 

 

Private Artificial Intelligence Patented – why should you care?

October 17th, 2017 Posted by Updates No Comment yet

On October 17 my patent application on the Private Artificial Intelligence has been accepted. What does this mean? It is an important milestone in the never-ending battle for our rights and our privacy in a world where everything is connected to the Internet. Large internet companies (there’s nor more than 10 of them) hold a monopoly at Artificial Intelligence research. The most important ingredient of a successful AI research is data. Lots of data. And these companies get hold of immense amounts of data about billions of internet users – every piece of information, every written word, every click helps them teach their algorithms to be absolute best at the following – sell us stuff that we (don’t) need and fight our urge to deny buying more stuff. When you got all the information about past and current actions of billions of people you can predict with a high degree of accuracy how much you can sell and what your expected profit will be. It is a dangerous path that leads to the year “1984”, as the approach that is used to do targeted advertising can be used to target any information, essentially carpet bomb the mindset of the masses with the ‘right’ information.

 every click helps them teach their algorithms to be absolute best at the following – sell us stuff that we (don’t) need

It’s incredibly hard to fight back the multi-billion advertisement business. Facebook alone earned $8.81B in Q4 of 2016. All the other ways of spreading ads are rapidly dying out turning Facebook and Google into drug-dealers with a furious stream of money flowing from the ‘addicts’ – small businesses trying to compensate the ever-growing digital inflation of the ‘cost-per-lead’ by spending more and more and more on digital ads. At the same time the effectiveness of advertising has its limits so you can’t flush increasingly large amounts of money expecting an ever-growing return.

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How koalas explain the meaning of human life?

August 11th, 2017 Posted by thoughts No Comment yet

Evolution of species can be boiled down to one simple idea – anyone, a fly or a whale, a narwhal or a chipmunk has to improve itself and pass on its ‘better’ genes to the next generation. And it seems so natural that no one usually asks himself questions like “what is the meaning of life of a Koala?”. Well, Darwin has already answered that – it’s obviously to become better at consuming eucalyptus leaves and teaching little koalas how to do that better. A crystal clear reasoning, right? Thinking of lives of other mammals we never hesitate to answer  the question “what is the ultimate reason of X species’ life”. But as soon as you replace X with Human, things instantly get complicated. (more…)

Biolink initiated

February 28th, 2017 Posted by Updates No Comment yet

Light. I see light.