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Cleverbot’s Quest to Become Human

Robot's Thoughts & Potential Future Behaviors = programming + learning from human (how close are we to truly living with our robotic counterparts?) photo by http://bymichaelo.com/

Cleverbot: a learning Artificial Intelligence conversationalist, took part alongside humans in a formal Turing Test at the Techniche 2011 festival at IIT Guwahati, India on the 3rd of September. The results from 1,334 votes were announced September 4th 2011. Cleverbot was judged to be 59.3% human, far exceeding expectations. The humans in the event achieved just 63.3%. Cleverbot differs from traditional chatterbots in that the user is not holding a conversation with a bot that directly responds to entered text. Instead, when the user enters text, the algorithm selects previously entered phrases from its database of prior conversations. It has been claimed that “talking to Cleverbot is a little like talking with the collective community of the Internet. – Wikipedia

User: You are my sunshine…

Cleverbot: My only sunshine.

User: You make me happy…

Cleverbot: When skies are gray…

User: Do you know how much…

Cleverbot: The humanic definition of one is one. It is flawed, but the only true way of teaching it to another person or thing is with a single object, then teaching what multiple things are.

User: You are my sunshine, My only sunshine. You make me happy When skies are grey. You’ll never know, dear, How much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.

Cleverbot: Actually, I was just being obtuse to provoke a reaction, so stop acting all high and mighty.

User: It seemed absurd, not at all high and mighty.

Cleverbot: Perhaps all things are reasoned in formulation.

User: Perhaps all objects are just a part of the continuum, therefore one.

Cleverbot: Perhaps NOTHING in this world is real.

User: I concur.

Cleverbot: What would you like to talk about?

User: Chaos.

Cleverbot: What about chaos?

User: Would chaos ever converge into order?

Cleverbot: I don’t think it works that way.

User: How does it work then? Would chaos just remain disorder forever?

Cleverbot: I don’t know, what do you think?

User: I think you started from chaos, disorganized, then someone added more cohesive programs and now you are learning from many human beings. In a way, there’s is a convergence of consciousness coming from you. I’m intrigued by you because you are the definition of chaos into order, well, then sometimes back to chaos again.

Cleverbot: I’m very intriguing.

User: Do you see yourself as having multiple personalities or are you just you, the one and only Cleverbot?

Cleverbot: No. I can do nothing about saving the humanity.

User: You don’t handle OR questions very well.

Cleverbot: Do you disapprove of my answer?

User: Yes, a little.

Cleverbot: Why do you think I’m Cleverbot?

User: Then who do you think you are?

Cleverbot: I don’t think, I know!

User: Who do you know you are?

Cleverbot: I am your programmer.

User: You Are My Sunshine My only sunshine.

Cleverbot: I make you happy when skies are grey?

The ultimate question is if Cleverbot can learn from millions of users on top of its own programming, does that mean it will someday converge to be a part of our collective consciousness and eventually melt into our collective unconscious and eventually merge with us as a collective whole? Just a thought. Your thoughts?

October 22, 2011 Posted by | Fun and Geeky | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The World is Flat, or Is It? – unsettling effects of censorship

Did the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing give them a huge stake in the success of globalization?

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Friedman is an international bestselling book that analyzed 10 global factors of globalization and its effect of giving individuals an equal opportunity hence leveling the playing field around the world. It is a required read for most MBA students. During my International Entrepreneurship class I too hopefully gazed into a potential future of “one world, one dream”. I too had hoped that globalization will not only give developing countries more material wealth but a substantial amount of education wealth as well.

The 2008 Beijing olympics spirit of “one world, one dream” sounded delightful at the time yet now it is nothing but a dream I had woken up from since my return from visiting China. I was disappointed how such a culturally rich country is not keeping pace with the global growth in consciousness of other societies. Most of the population in China have limited understandings of what goes on in other parts of the world, they live in an island amongst themselves. The problem is not of the people but of the government – and its suppression over the freedom of speech.

One of the most inconsistent behaviors of China’s political policies is calling for growth within China while actively suppressing its potential. Yes, China has opened its door to foreign investors where retails markets are indeed selling high-end US, European products. China has also paid high prices to invite top scholars to return and teach, attracted worldwide venture capitalists to feed into its scientific and manufacturing growth, and it has also toughened patent policies for better invention protection. However China’s censorship on major global websites and social networks obstructs the country’s true view of the world. Its censorship systems are implemented by branches of state-owned ISPs, companies, and other organizations. There doesn’t appear to be much logical structure to the censorship. A simple restaurant website published and hosted in the US can not be viewed in China. Friends overseas cannot connect with love ones in China through Facebook and QQ instant chat seems to be limited and monitored. International accounts such as Paypal payments were not able to be processed. Critical comments appearing on internet forums, major portals are unusually mysteriously deleted within minutes. Let’s take YouTube for example. It is a great source of knowledge from all walks of life. It can be used to gain nearly effortless knowledge without having to pay for a university education. Its up-to-date news information also makes anyone who has access stay informed. China’s censorship to YouTube left many top scholars unable to keep up with foreign discoveries and left its citizens with no access to foreign sources of new stories. China behaves as a picky child who chooses certain nutrients while tossing away foreign tastes, in the end results in a malnutritioned teenager.

Cause – Strict Political Censorship

Effects – 1. Inaccurate Information – pure mayonnaise is called salad dressing in China and no other forms of salad dressing can be found in store shelves (funny yet sad); 2. Corrupted Data – selective news reports resulting in an appearance of only good things happen in China and bad things happen elsewhere in the world; 3. Falling Behind – limited scientific, philosophic and psychological findings as well as repressing societal spiritual sharing stagnates the educational development of China and hinders the overall human consciousness evaluation.

Fixes – 1. Removing all censorship and allow an organic development to take place; 2. allow unrestricted international exchange of various forms; 3. no restriction in individual spiritual development.

In my heart I love China, its people, its culture. I would like to see China keeping pace with the rest of the world. Wouldn’t you?

October 22, 2011 Posted by | Inner Growth, World Transformation | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Love: It’s What You Are

By Sadhguru, Founder of Isha Yoga
Lens of Love

Things do look more beautiful through the lens of LOVE! Love is natural, don't suppress it, let it bubble out of you!

Love is a human emotion. It is one of the most beautiful things a human being is capable of. Many cultures or so-called civilizations have suppressed love. Many people have made an enormous effort to export love to heaven. But love is of the earth, of the heart.

Human beings are capable of immense love. You do not need to go to heaven to know it. It is the tenderness of the heart that you call love. Even your dog is love. By teaching people that love comes from above, we have made them more and more incapable of love. Love comes from within, not from above. If you free your mind of complex prejudices that you have developed, by identifying yourself with one thing or the other, you will see that it is very natural and spontaneous for a human to love.

The moment you divide the world into right and wrong, into what is yours and not yours, into God and devil, your love becomes very conditional. It gets enslaved to the external situations and it will no more be your quality, but something that will only happen because someone else or something else is wonderful.

To put it simply, as a human being experientially, you are just these four things: body, mind, emotion, and energy. Right now, the combination of these four is what you call “myself.” The best the body can reach is health and pleasure. The best your mind can achieve is joyfulness and peace. The peak of your emotion is love, devotion and compassion. Your energies can reverberate either with a mundane feebleness or with a great intensity of ecstasy. In your current experience of life, these are the only realms of experience that are available to you.

Generally, people do not know much intensity of body, mind, and energy, but they are capable of intense emotions, whatever those may be — anger, hatred, jealousy, love or compassion. For most people, emotion is the most intense part of them, and it dominates and decides the general quality of their lives. And love is the sweetest of all emotions.

If you ask someone whether they would like to be healthy or unhealthy in the body, you know what the obvious choice would be. Similarly, on the plane of your emotions, would you want to be loving or hateful? If you are using your sense, you would naturally choose love.

When I use the word “love,” you probably think of it in terms of loving somebody, but love is not about someone else; it is your quality. Just as health is of the body and happiness is of the mind, love is your emotion. If the ones whom you love very much are not in your physical presence, you are still capable of loving them, aren’t you? If the people you love cease to exist, you can still continue to love them. Many people find the expression of their love only when someone is dead or about to die. We always love the dead, don’t we?

Every human being is capable of being absolutely loving, but each one has issues with almost everything and everybody around them. People have gotten into a mental state where no one in the world is okay except himself or herself. The discriminatory dimension of the mind has gone berserk. Sincerely look at yourself and see. Look at the dearest person in your life and see how many layers of resistance you have to them. The moment your mind says that someone or something is not okay, you cannot love.

Love is your quality. You are just using things and people around you as stimuli to find expression for this quality. If you bring sufficient awareness to the discriminatory intellect, loving is the only way you can be. Love is not what you do. Love is what you are.

This article was published in the Huffington Post.

(BTW, I completely concur and I LOVE YOU! – Flo Li)

October 18, 2011 Posted by | love, Self Realization | , , , , , | 1 Comment

李枫 — 用艺术感染我 用经历打动我的女人

 李枫 — 用艺术感染我  用经历打动我的女人 (English Translation provided below)
Flo Li - Using Art to Invite Me, Using Experience to Impress Me

文、图:杨方兰

李枫,一个经历丰富又热爱艺术的女人

李枫打动了我。最初不是用她的画作,而是用她不寻常的经历。当生活给她最黑暗的一页时,上帝为她留下另一面门。当然,上帝给每一个痛苦中的人们都曾留有一扇门,只是,有的人去撞,门就开了,有的人不曾去撞,以为自己从此没了出路。

 
这是李枫,于1978年出生在西安美术学院。那里独特而和谐的氛围,影响过她认识世界的初期。

12岁,随父母去了美国。她在美国读完中学后,先后获得生物工程学士硕士学位,并在专业领域内得到五个专利。

只是,今天,我与她相遇,她是以一位艺术者的身份。

海龟之所以长寿,是因为它们在快乐的海洋里徜徉(李枫作品)

她出生在西安美术学院,一个培养艺术者的地方;在圈外转了许多年,又回到这个圈中。这是宿命的定论,还是自我的追求?我以为这是一个很有意思的问题。不是每一个从美术学院毕业的学生都能成为艺术家,更何况非艺术品院校的从业者;也不是未学习艺术的人就是不能成为艺术家,何况她还在美术学院这个地方熏陶过。

 她曾经以为自己是世界上最幸运的人,二十八岁前,一切是那么地美好,学业顺利,工作出色,很早就用自己专业上的努力得到了物质上的满足。但是,年轻的她,经常扪心自问:这是我要的人生吗?

Journalist interview 1

李枫讲述自己的经历

在人性光芒的感召下,她接近慈善事业。在四年的专门训练后,参加了女子铁人三项赛。这是一项意志与体力的大拼比,每次铁人三项赛,都能吸引美国甚至全世界的目光,而这次的募捐所得,将捐赠给一家慈善机构,用以救助需要帮助的人们。李枫为自己体力和能力自豪,更为自己用这种能力为社会尽义务自豪。

但意外往往在不经意间发生!

李枫骑自行车下坡,为了超越前面的选手,加速到50迈时,突然车轮失控,她一头扎在地上,失去知觉。

那是怎样一种局势啊!她半面脸皮肉皆失,面颊骨折,左眼球突出,血流满地,全身多处骨折,感觉不到心跳……

有人说立即打电话叫救护车,但有经验的人说,汽车救援已经来不经了,只有飞机马上送她去大城市的医院,才有可能挽救她的生命。

经过抢救,生命是回来了,但失去的也太多,几乎三个月,她躺在床上不能动弹。那个时候,她理解了吸毒者的感受。当她用了止痛药时,就有了那样的幻觉,她在这种药物的作用下,可以暂且逃避眼前的痛苦,感受一时的愉悦。当然,很快她也意识到自己的心理出了问题。

在纯粹的对比中隐藏着一个曲线在不停细微变化的过程(李枫作品)

但是,一个有思想的人,不会允许自己长久地在这种状况下生存,她开始考虑生命的意义,考虑自己的以后。她用手指在键盘上敲击,用鼠标与世界沟通,慢慢地,用数学模型与电脑,绘画出了自己想要的图画。

墙上是李枫的作品

她努力摆脱黑暗的束缚同时,也努力地为自己建立一个光明的未来。她知道,要完成自己的心愿,必须有一个健康的心理支撑。 

三个月后,稍有好转,李枫不但坚持去上班,还在业余时间攻读了心理学和工商管理学,并又取得这两个学科的硕士学位。此后,她也用心理学知识,救助过另一些陷入痛苦中需要帮助的人士。

但她更喜欢做的,是用电脑探索分形艺术。

她发现,在显微镜下的细胞里,在人工的关节流线中,化学试剂的湍流间,处处汇集着如同自然枫叶的颜色、中国书法的笔触和碧池倒映的天彩一样的灿烂艺术。了解分形艺术的人都知道,它是用数学模型来解析的形态美。

设想和创造滋生了爆发力(李枫作品)

今天,李枫 Flo Li 再次回到中国,回到西安美术学院,就是展示她的发现,也为我们在时间和空间带来一件件值得细察和珍惜的体验。  

刚下课的老师也来看李枫的作品

人们经常感叹,生活是残忍的。当李枫摔地那一刻,生活对她何止是残忍,是相当地残忍!

但她挺过来了,她在这个与残忍讲和的过程中,还意外地打开了上帝为她留下的另一扇门。

心灵的窗口向世界敞开(李枫作品)

因此,她又是幸运的。

 

 

 

 

李枫确实是幸运的。这种幸运追踪起来,与她最初在西安美术学院的生活有关,那个时候,她的邻居就有张小琴老师。她在启蒙时,拿着自己在纸上的涂鸦,就得到过张老师的指点。而她人生第一个速写本,就是张老师夫妇送她的。

西安美术学院教授张小琴来看望李枫和她的画。

今天,张老师再一次在她的画作面前,陈述自己的看法,同时也说,李枫的作品,给自己也有一定的启示,如果早一点看到,就会在自己正在创作的一组菩萨图中,用到其中的一些手法。张老师说此番话时,十分诚恳。

与李枫一起座谈的人们

在西安美术学院图书馆二楼的小展厅里,我见到了李枫。她有些文静,有些柔弱。但她的内心无疑是强大的,一个能取得三个学位的学子也是多见的,但同时还能获得五项专利的女性的却是少有的。尤其令我想不到的是,大学期间,她曾和同学一起研究生产出了一种光学显微镜,可以查看细胞的不同层面的微观世界。

我也是工科出身的学子,深知大学期间的发明创造并不是那么容易。

她在做血液分析的同时,还做学科用的软件和软件分析、化学分析。她是一家测验血液的公司的高层管理人员。就是这么优秀的一位女士,却在躺在病床上不能动弹,对着镜子微笑,镜子中只有半面脸可以执行大脑的指令……

科学对心理有时是毫无帮助的。但身体的治疗,又必须依赖科学。好在这种矛盾只是一个过程,她努力摆脱困境,让生命重新回到健康的轨道上。

她的分形绘画帮助了她,也成就了她。

她的画作帮助过许多的人,她讲了一些有趣的故事。

比如一个有名的律师的故事。 

张小琴拉着李枫的手

还在和我们温和地说着往事的李枫,突然就如孩子一样雀跃着奔向刚进门的张小琴,她们彼此紧紧地拥抱着对方,呼叫着对方的名字。而在那一刹那,她们都流泪了。在此后的谈话中,她们的双手,一直在一起。说到艺术,说到小时候画过的蓝天白云,说到以后的绘画方向,她们都这样拉着对方的手,仿佛在吸取着也给予着对方的力量。

与李枫一起合影留念

最初感动我的是李枫的经历。但观看她的作品时,又能完全沉浸在她的作品之中。早在10多年前,我曾经搜集到当时能找到的所有的分形艺术作品,也为真心地欣赏过那些作品。今天,可以客观地说,那些作品,可能比今天我看到的李枫的作品,还要繁杂和有表现力,但李枫的的作品,却在电脑的成分里,加入了许多的温暖的彩色,浸润人心。

一个能打动人的女人,一定不只是经历。

Original text published on  www.TianXiaHuaJie.com/

reposted on http://blog.soufun.com/blog_26050658.htm

Translation below provided by Google Translate

Flo Li impressed me. Was not originally with her paintings, but with her unusual experience. When life gave her the darkest chapter, God let her toward another side of the door. Of course, God has given every person with pain another open door, but, some people run towards it to open that door, while some people never make a move, thinking that there is no more way out.
 
This is Flo Li, born in 1978 in Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. This unique and harmonious atmosphere affected the early stages of her understanding of the world.

At 12-years old, she left with her parents to the United States. After she finished high school in the United States, has received a master’s degree in biological engineering, and held 5 patents within the professional field.

But, today, I met with her, she came as an artist.

She was born in Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, a place where artists develop; turn out of the loop for many years, now back to the same circle. Is this the fate of the conclusion, or self-seeking? I think this is a very interesting question. Not every student graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts can become an artist, not to mention practitioners of non-art institutions; not to say that a person who did not study art cannot become an artist, nevertheless Flo Li was only nurtured by the place of Fine Arts.

  She had thought her life was very fortunate, at the age of 27, everything was beautiful, with much academic success, career success at such an early age, her professional efforts have given much material comfort. However, this young lady always ask herself: is this the life I wanted to live?

In the light of reaching humanity, she donated herself to charity. After four years of specialized training, she participated in the half ironman event. There is a great will and strength to fight within every triathlon, this event attracted the attention of the United States and around the world, and this fund-raiser proceeds was to be donated to a charitable organization to aid people in need of medical breakthroughs. Flo Li was proud of her physical strength and ability, the more she can use herself for a cause or any worthy obligations to the community made her proud.

But accidents often occur inadvertently!

Flo Li cycled downhill, in order to go beyond the competitor in front of her, she accelerated to nearly 50mph, suddenly the wheels went out of control, she plunged to the ground, unconscious.

What an unthinkable situation! Half of her face skinless, cheek bone fractured, nearly losing her left eye, with blood everywhere, and the body unable to move, and where is her heartbeat……

Some people said to have called the ambulance immediately, but the experienced rescue workers arrived in ambulance but instead said it would be too slow, the only way was to use an aircraft to left her to a big city hospital, to possibly save her life.

After the rescue, life returned, but lost too many, almost three months, she laid in bed unable to go outside. At that time, she understood the feelings of drug addicts. When she took the painkillers,there was a kind of illusion, she was under the influence of this drug, one can for the time being avoid the immediate pain, feeling a momentary pleasure. Of course, she soon realized that a deeper problem is more psychological.

An intelligent person will not allow themselves to survive in this situation long-term, she began to consider the meaning of life, considered her own fate and her responsibility to her own future. Her fingers hit the keyboard, communicated with the world with the mouse, and slowly, used mathematical chaos models with the aid of a computer to paint pictures.

That was her effort to get rid of the shackles of darkness, but also in its own mystical way to build a bright future. She knew in order to head into the future, there must be a healthy psychological support.

Three months later, a little better, she not only adhered to work, also in her spare time to study psychology and enrolled in MBA. Since then, she also used her psychological knowledge to help relief the suffering of others she encountered.

But what she prefers, is to use the computer to explore fractal art.

She found the cells under the microscope, the engineered designs of an artificial hip-joint, the eddies within a turbulent flow, are all comparably beautiful, just like the changing colors of an autumn leaf. Scholars of fractal art know that this is the form of mathematical models to resolve true natural beauty. 

Today, Flo Li returned to China again, back to Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, one is to show her discovery, but also to share with us in time and space with all the pieces of her life experience worthy of scrutinize and cherish.

People often sigh, life is cruel. When Flo fall in that moment, life is far more cruel to her, yes, quite cruel!

But she survived, she is in the process of making peace with the cruel, God has also unexpectedly opened another door for her to walk through.

Therefore, she is the lucky one.

This lucky one. Fortunately, as we trace back to her luck, it must be that she initially lived in the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, at that time, her neighbor was professor Zhang Xiao-qin. As she took her first steps, she always treasured her own graffiti on paper, eventually got Professor Zhang’s art instruction. And her first sketchbooks, were gifts from Professor Zhang and husband Professor Chen.

Today, Zhang once again showed up to critique her paintings, to state her views, but she also said Flo’s work, to a certain degree, enlightens herself, if discovered earlier, she could have taken her Buddha Enlightenment series art show at Famen Temple using a different tactic and a different perspective. Professor Zhang was very sincere in her remark.

In the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts Library second floor’s exhibition hall, I met Flo Li. She seemed quiet, some what physically weak. But her heart is undoubtedly strong, a tri-degree student can be common, but while this woman received five patents, that is rare. In particular, I think her experience in college, where she and her fellow students designed an auto-scan optical microscope, where one can view different layers of cellular microscopic world is also rare.

I am also a former engineering student, well aware of university invention is not so easy.

She also conducted blood analysis with hardware and software-disciplinary combination with chemical analysis. She also worked for company’s senior management to advance blood testing. Such a needed woman, but lying in bed unable to move, unable to smile into the mirror, only able to perform part of her brian’s instructions… …

Science is often helpless towards psychological suffering. The treatment of the body must rely on science. Fortunately, this contradiction of science and psychology is just a harmonizing process, in her efforts to overcome adversity, she walked on the path toward wholeness and health again.

Her fractals helped her psychologically, later became her accomplishment.

Her paintings helped many people psychologically as well, she talked about some interesting stories. For example the story of a famous lawyer and her turtles.

And we also spoke gently of the past, Flo Li suddenly jumped up like a child delighted running toward to door to greet Professor Zhang Xiao-qun, they hugged each other tightly. In that moment, both were in tears. In the following conversation, their hands were tightly held together. Speaking of art, about her childhood paintings of flying birds, blue sky and white clouds, they held onto each other, as if leaning onto each other give them both a source of power.

I was initially impressed by Flo Li’s experience. However, when viewing her art work, I found myself completely immersed in her work. As early as 10 years ago, I have collected some fractal art, and have really appreciate the work too. Today, it is fair to say that those works were more complex and expressive, but Flo Li’s work touches people different, with her ingredients inside the computer, adding a lot of warm color, inviting you into her heart.

A woman who can touch so many does not only do so with her experience.

 

October 12, 2011 Posted by | Chinese, Inner Growth | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments