Do you know what a kaki is?
In this part of the world it sells under this name, in other parts of the world it's called a persimmon. Hell, I even seen it labeled as
Sharon around here! Who would want to eat a Sharon?!
In essence is a type of plum, a Japanese plum that is absolutely delicious. I think so now but first time I was a little underwhelmed by its blandness. Turns out, it just wasn't as ripe as it should.
I love introducing people to new foods whatever they are: fruits, weird recipes, beers, even places where they make some special food ( think Thai Ice Cream or Korean bbq!). I think that finding something new and awesome brings a lot to one's life. Buuuuut, people are mostly not impressed. Damn, it's hard to impress anyone these days!
Yeah, it's ok...
It's good! [ proceeds to never buy it on their own ever again]
GRR, this grinds my gears. But what can I do? Experiment, discover, share.
Well, that is a quite a can of worms. This whole subject is. I'd suggest playing along, don't take it seriously. So, let's just define it as simply as possible in context of this particular question.
Generally, the most commonly accepted definition would be entity being self aware of its existence. We know that AI will be self-aware - but let's say for this post, consciousness for AI would be feeling pain. Emotional pain is fairly straightforward. Of course, AI could have a myriad of sensors, and processing that may technically be similar to experiencing physical pain. However, the distinction would be whether they should feel it as a negative emotion.
In short, let me rephrase the question - should AI be emotional?
Legally, slavery is human beings as property. Throughout history, human beings have exploited living beings o
One of the most influential books in my life has been The Art of Worldly Wisdom by the 17th century Spanish Jesuit Baltasar Gracian, which I must have read at least a dozen times. The book offers both a moral and a psychological blueprint for navigating the rocky shores of daily life. The 'advice' is presented in a somewhat obscure fashion and so makes for a highly interpretative read. For someone like me, who is generally drawn to the hard black-and white of things (e.g. Ayn Rand), Gracian yanks me out of my intellectual comfort zone.
At the half-way point in my life, I want to make a dramatic change in how I relate to the world. I will be sharing Gracian's aphorisms with Steemit readers, along with my reflections on what each one means to me...at least at this moment in time. Their meaning shifts depending on the perspective with which I approach them. And, yes, the posts themselves are a new page in how I relate to the world because they break with being private about my feelings and personal experiences
Writing Centers are fairly recent in the world of academia, but are quickly transforming how we think about writing. I work at the writing center at my college as a tutor, but I am more than a
tutor. Tutorials at a writing center don't consist of silent proofreading, lists of criticisms, nor lectures on format. Rather, tutorials are conversations. We rid ourselves of the power dynamic between tutor and tutee and fill our hour appointment with self-reflection and collaboration.
Though our education system leans towards the idea of natural writers and standardized creativity, this simply is not a reality. Writing is a valued skill that people believe is only graced upon the few. Many people see writers as artists who can perfectly paint the ideas in their mind using words. Students often approach paper writing with learned helplessness, devalued from years of an education system that never taught wr
Recently, two deep philosophers came into my view. I enjoy both of their work, but I find it interesting that they have seemingly opposite philosophies. In reality, someone could write a freaking BOOK on these two people having a conversation, so please join in on the conversation, and help me comprehend these impactful thinkers!
Rand seems to scare many people. Mother of objectivism, she believes that selfishness as a moral virtue. Especially when in my liberal college, people didn't like the idea of selfishness, which Rand rewords self-esteem. She has many lovely things to say about bringing one's own happiness as focus in life. I like looking at her philosophy like self-love, and less like narcissism. Her interest in the free market inspired people to feel a bit more skeptical of what the state does. Als
Introduction. Often in the people's minds Tarot cards are associated with a gypsy woman sitting in a tent and predicting a future that can not be changed.
For me, Tarot - is primarily a philosophy, strict and logical system, a textbook of life, simple rules, following which you can make your life easier and brighter.
The Major Arcana describe the life of a person, his evolution. Minor Arkana talk about everyday situations.
When Major Arcana come to our life it gives us a specific kind of energy. You can use this energy to improve your life.
The main meaning of the Magition -
the idea given by God
At least I wish I could say that I am at Machu Picchu, but that would be a lie.
I chose to become a freelance writer. Obviously, English is not my native language, so there are times when I am struggling big time, thinking if I should continue with my writing. I feel how my mind is spinning in a f-ing vortex right now.
My positive side indicates that I have some awesome thoughts and I have improved massively over the last couple of years, which is amazing. Somehow I am sure that I know how to tell things and I have things to tell. That said, my evil side, which only wants me to fail miserably in life, keeps attacking me with one massive statement,
Your English sucks and everyone can spot it, dear loser. And I know for sure that I can improve my English with time, but this thought just never leaves my head.
Now I realize that my self-doubt comes from the massive amount of information available
What's up Steemians, hope you've had a good day so far. The people who follow my posts have probably noticed that most of the topics I write about are quite personal, and once again I'd like to talk about something that has been a big part of my life.
Before I start, I just want to say that I'm all about trying your best and doing everything to be the best you can be. Sometimes this just goes too far.
I have to be the best
I've always been pushing myself to be the best in the things I do, especially school. In the first few years of school I noticed I can easily get good grades with moderate effort. Once I started getting good grades often, they didn't feel good anymore because I got used to them, so I wanted to get better. I started putting more work into school and getting nearly perfect grades more and more often. As the years passed I was keeping my level, just didn't notice that I was already getting used to the nearly perfect grades.
Fast forward to 2015: I was doing my first year in universi
오늘은 나의 생일이다.
게다가 오늘 휴가이기도 하니
아침부터 아내가 끓여준 미역국과 생일축하 케잌과 함께한 생일노래를 아내와 아들에게 받았다.
운전면허 갱신이 생일부터니 경찰서나 다녀와야겠다. 밀린 책이라도 싸서 카페나 가야겠다.
아들도 시험공부로 바쁘고 아내도 약속이 많네 ㅜㅜ
Today is my birthday.
Besides, it's a vacation today.
In the morning I received a birthday song with my wife and son with a seaweed soup that my wife had boiled and a birthday cake.
And that's it. 😑
I have to go to police station from my birthday to renew my driver's license. I have to go to a cafe wra
This is on a quantum scale, but, as they say - as above, so below, as below, so above.
From my understanding, reality does not exist until it is directly experienced. And yes, measuring reality is experiencing reality.
In my second installment of universal law, I explained that everything is mental. That the entire known universe - and in fact everything that is, ever was, or ever will be - originated first from thought, from imagination.
My understanding is that the only true reality is the formlessness of unorigination [as described in de
Did you ever imagined how it will be when you could live 100s of years instead of the 80-90 years currently being the average age of women and men in most of the western world? Already in the 80s I was getting signals from the scientific community in our abilities (sometime in the future) to prolong human life with a good number of years.
Back then I was (and still am) fascinated about this!
I sometimes do this thought experiment / question with peers:
Artificial intelligence has come a long way in the last couple of years. A major breakthrough last year was AlphaGo - beating humans at Go, a game so thoroughly random it simply couldn't work by calculating all possible scenarios (like Chess). Indeed, there are more permutations to a Go game than there are atoms in the observable universe! The only way to be good at Go is through sheer creativity and experience.
AlphaGo is a cutting edge machine learning AI that uses a neural network to rapidly learns by discovering patterns in existing data. In the case of AlphaGo, this would be by looking at historical games and training by playing with humans and with itself. By absorbing information from millions of games, AlphaGo was able to beat the leading Go players in the world.
Last year, Microsoft released a bot on Twitter, Tay, that would respond to twee
I came across this video tonight. Thought it was entertaining! Sums up everything you need to know about life ;)
Es ist an der Zeit zurückzublicken, um weitergehen zu können. Ich habe meine Wünsche und Träume vergessen. Die feurige Glut, die sie in mir entfachten, die mir Willen und Kraft gab, ist erkaltet und blicke ich auf mein Selbst sehe ich Resignation und Ich-Aufgabe. So kann es nicht weitergehen. So kann ich nicht weitergehen. Viel lieber noch der Tod, als dieses ungelebte Leben, viel lieber noch der Tod, als sich ohne Sehnsucht, ohne Leidenschaft von einem Tag in den Nächsten zu schleppen. So kann ich nicht weitergehen. Wo habe ich meinen Lebensfunken gelassen? Es ist an der Zeit zurückzugehen und ihn zu suchen, auf dass er meine künftigen Wege erneut beleuchte.
In eine dünne Strickjacke gehüllt betrete ich das neblige Marschland meiner Erinnerung. Das Feuer habe ich wohl weit hinter mir gelassen, denn seine lodernde Wärme vermag ich in der Gegenwart nicht mehr zu spüren. Ich blicke auf den feuchten Grund und suche meine überspülten Fußabdrücke, um den
Gespräche von der Suche
Man tauscht sich aus, spricht vom Leiden und erfährt Erleichterung. Und doch: immer wieder kommt man an den Punkt an dem man in die tiefe Leere des Universums blickt und schlussendlich alleine bleibt. Der Punkt an dem einem die innere Musik verstummt und man aus dem Tanz gerissen und plötzlich bewegungslos, kalt und tot werden muss. Man verlässt den Raum der eigenen Gedanken, gleitet in den Wellen der Zeit und den finsteren Strömen der Sinnauflösung. Die Erleichterung betrifft nur das Kleine in uns, das Verachtenswerteste, die Sehnsüchte des Geistes, die verborgene Werte entschlüsseln wollen. Wir sprachen von diesem Kleinen, von der Suche, von der hoffnungslosesten aller Suchen, die doch immer auf alle Zeit nur in uns allein bleibt und in uns allen doch gleich bleibt. Einen Schritt gemeinsam in Richtung Tod. Ein weiterer Schritt, anscheinend. Das Große selbst verbleibt allein, das welches unsere Tage und Nächte nicht zäh
I was scrolling through my photos and found this somewhat magical shot. It was taken in Comuna 13, once the most dangerous Medellin's neighborhood. It is not a secret that locals used to be afraid to go out in the streets because they knew that a bullet can put them down any second. And sometimes, when I hear people complaining about not feeling free enough (whatever that means), I remember Comuna 13 and every single person who had to suffer the poverty and danger of getting killed.
What impresses me the most is the fact that locals found a way to fight their path to the freedom; they slowly, with some help from the government, wiped out most of the gangs out of the Comuna 13. Today, it is one of the most touristic places in Medellin and it represents hope. It reminds me that people cannot be suppressed forever. People are strong and they are prepared to fight with rocks against tanks. What fascinates
Flamingos are just gorgeous birds... in the photos. In reality, they are kind of messy and used to living in their own crap. I bet you know what I am talking about if you have ever seen one. They are not a beauty standard at all as long as they don't add some filters to their pink plumes. And that made me think.
People on social media are just like flamingos. We see all the beautiful photos on Instagram of our friends, relatives, and random stars of the internet.
So nice, comment the other people. Sadly, all the crap stays behind the scenes. Things just look better that way. Or am I wrong? And those flamingo-people are the reason why many people feel more insecure with every passing day. Paradoxically, those insecurities only lead to becoming one fake flamingo.
When we stop taking pictures of flamingos, they go back to their crap. When human-flamingo stop taking pictures of themselves,
Free choice. Is it free? If it is, how free is it? How much control do we have over the choices we make and how much influence do others hold over our decisions. The line is fuzzy at best. We make our decisions on the best information we have but what happens when our information is poor or when it has been compromised, subverted by powers with their own agenda?
Most of us think that when we are sitting at our keyboard we are in control. We choose our path of inquiry and play. Keyboard warriors that Mad Max our way through the apocalyptic jungle that is the internet. We gather information and use it to learn what is correct and make the decisions that guide our actions. No one can trap us, we have seen it all and here we are, free.
The internet promised freedom. It promised connection. It promised opportunity. And it delivered. Just not to the average user. For the marketers, the governments, the media a
Where are our preferences and impressions formed, are our feelings ours, can we truly take another's perspective, is there an alternative? What we really know and why to take the journey for answers.
Get on the scale
As we travel along our journey, our experiences, training, parents, friends, media, governments and thoughts come together to create a scale rating system. Most times, this scale is created passively as our mental systems manage and compile information in the background into a rulebook that then dictates our impressions of the world around us.
To evaluate something we compare it against our personal reference scale to tell us what sounds, looks, feels, smells and tastes and weigh it as good, bad and everything in between. But, these scales are built to appraise more than just our physical senses. We develop these for psychological and emotional exper