Computers listening to humans. Humans becoming like computers…

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Speech recognition software isn’t perfect, but it is a little closer to human this week, as a Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research team reached a major milestone in speech-to-text development: The system reached a historically low word error rate of 5.9 percent, equal to the accuracy of a professional (human) transcriptionist. The system can discern words as clearly and accurately as two people having a conversation might understand one another. (1)

Computers listening to humans.

Computers understanding humans.

We finally did it.

But at what cost?

The computers managed to understand us and listen to us, only because we spent zero time and effort in trying to evolve our thought beyond its current level. Instead, we spent all of our effort and time to try to think like computers, thus making the phrase “The computers managed to understand us” more like a tautology or self-fulfilling prophecy.

Yes, the computers now understand us.

And we should not be happy about that…

You have seen this before…

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Forest. It is real? Or a fantasy?

People say they see things for the very first time.

But you cannot see anything you have not seen before.

Because the very moment you see it, you have already seen it…

And the only reason you see it is because you already understand it.

A mind cannot understand what it does not already know.

An eye cannot see what it does not understand.

Pay attention. Look around.

Alone in a dark unknown forest.

Thrown into the wild.

And yet.

Everything looks so familiar…

Back to school… After school… [OR: Why gods admire. Why humans try to understand]

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Doctoral students in the sciences are more like the rest of us than previously thought: They don’t know what they want to do with their lives, either. So, when confronted with the choice of what to do with their newly minted doctorates, they tend to keep marching in a straight path, to pursue postdoctoral research positions. (1)

It is like the CIA: Once in school, always in school.

People begin their lives admiring the cosmos.

And then they learn to analyze it.

We are born gods.

Able to admire and create universes with our thought.

Then we are told we should just understand what we see.

And we end up humans…

Insects flying… Torque… Rotation… Momentum… And why doing is never understanding!

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Flightless animals have evolved diverse mechanisms to control their movements in air, whether falling with gravity or propelling against it. Many insects jump as a primary mode of locomotion and must therefore precisely control the large torques generated during takeoff. For example, to minimize spin (angular momentum of the body) at takeoff, plant-sucking bugs apply large equal and opposite torques from two propulsive legs. Interacting gear wheels have evolved in some to give precise synchronization of these legs. Once airborne, as a result of either jumping or falling, further adjustments may be needed to control trajectory and orient the body for landing.

We show that when making targeted jumps, juvenile wingless mantises first rotated their abdomen about the thorax to adjust the center of mass and thus regulate spin at takeoff. Once airborne, they then smoothly and sequentially transferred angular momentum in four stages between the jointed abdomen, the two raptorial front legs, and the two propulsive hind legs to produce a controlled jump with a precise landing. Experimentally impairing abdominal movements reduced the overall rotation so that the mantis either failed to grasp the target or crashed into it head first. (1, 2)

We believe one must “know” in order to “do”.

But “doing” is before “knowing”.

Living is before understanding.

Try to understand and you will instantly destroy your chance to DO anything.

The mantis does not understand anything about torque, rotation or momentum. And yet it flies perfectly like it does.

We must stop concentrating too much on understanding. And start living instead. I am sure someone else will be found to explain why we do live anyway…

Peer review by patients! Understanding the Universe…

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When it comes to clinical research, the participation of the people being treated—the patients—usually ends by the time the study is submitted to a journal. A few U.K.-based publishers are now looking to change that. Last month, BioMed Central, an open-access publisher, announced that in 2015 it will launch the journal Research Involvement and Engagement, which will closely collaborate with patients in all aspects of its editorial processes, including peer review. The new journal aims to capture the contributions of non-academics to scientific research.

But will patients be able to review scientific papers that require technical knowledge? “We will select patient reviewers to look at a particular paper depending on their area of expertise, which often links to the [medical] experiences they have had,” Staniszewska asserts. (1)

Peer review is crucial to science. But up to now the subjects of science were not asked for their opinion. Simply because science tends to have… “objects” rather than subjects.

Humans slowly find their place in the cosmos.

A cosmos full of life.
No objects.
Just subjects.
In denial of themselves.
Dreaming of objects.
A world full of life and life only.
There can be no other way.
There can be no other science.
But the science of humans.
Stop analyzing objects.
And you will understand the Universe…