padfone2 and Q10

I just bought 2 phones and dumped my Samsung s4. 

The Asus padfone 2 and the BlackBerry Q10. And the truth is that they are born good. The padfone is amazing, it is my primary phone and tablet,all in one. 

In fact I am using it right now. 

The Q10 is good too.

Why really these people hating on BlackBerry?

Let me tell you about the padfone by Asus…. well it is a phone with a tablet attachment. The thing about it is that you get a phone that transmutes into a tab. 

I can’t really explain the advantage, it is like having a super phone that becomes a computer at Will. Not metaphorically, but actually!

Super.

The Mission

What would it be like to be totally free to do, think and concoct just
about anything your mind can conceive of? This is my new mission… to
figure out the boundaries of our intellects.

This is also a question of total freedom, not just political freedom, but a
kind of intellectual freedom. So let us ask ourselves what it means to
be intellectually free to do what you want, to conceive of what you
want? I think this has been a goal that has completely been ignored by
the greatest minds in human history. At least I haven’t come across it
in my pursuits.

To be intellectually free is to “not be limited by our intellect”. It
is the ability to intellectually grasp and to be intellectually
capable of doing anything we want in a trivial amount of time.

Want to speak German… well go and do it.
Want to understand Nanotechnology, well do it, and then build nano
devices.
Want to build the next facebook. Well conceive of the idea and just do
it.
Want to stop Global Warming. Why not, just get on with it.

Anything else is to be limited in our ability to act. To be limited by
our intelligence. It is to be controlled by what we can understand.

And that is a horror to me.

I look all over this world and see people
controlled and limited by what they can conceive. These limitations
are very apparent in my own life.
It is the equivalent of being a fish in a bowl, unable to conceive of
the larger Universe. Limited.

I think more than ever, we as a species feel this inability to act. We
have been flooded by a complex environment of our own making, where we
can’t consceive of escape. All the major problems, of Poverty,
Environmental Destruction, Desease, War, etc… are still unsolved.

So the question is reasonable ask what would a total intellectual
freedom look like.

It is reasonable to first look at our physical selves. Human beings
obviously cannot fly, cannot lift boulders or cut rocks without
instruments. We can then look at our biological physical limitations
and augment them with machines.

It is equally obvious that in our intellectual lives, that we cannot
compute 100!, imagine 10 dimensional spaces or learn the 3500 or so
actively spoken languages directly. What we need is brain
augmentation. And, to that end, we have created computers, the
computer is an embodiment of an abstract machine that can “think” for
us where we cannot think ourselves.

So in the quest for intellectual freedom, we need to create certain
types of machines that we can conceive of and then command to do our
bidding.

Some of the problems that I have found with modern computers is that
their architecture is now so complex that, a very few of us can
actually understand what our computers are up to. Even fewer amongst
us are capable of actually commanding these machines to do anything
remotely useful.

Most of the time we rely on Software created by others to perform a
limited set of computations. Ones that were preconceived by the
software creators.

So the idea has to be that we set on a mission with a two pronged
approach:

1) Learn to augment our minds directly, through a better understanding
of the world around us.
2) Learn to build machines / software that can augment our minds.

So how are we going to do this.

As for directly augmenting our minds we will leave the question of
medical solutions out completely. I am not overly aware of them or
their safety.

So how do we go about getting smarter?

The answer doesn’t seem to be by brute force, a brute accumulation of
facts. In some instances that seems to be unavoidable, in learning a
language we need to learn about 3000 words of vocabulary and a lot of
grammar. In any domain specific language, whether it is chemistry or
religion there are a certain amount of facts that need to be learnt.

However there does seem to me to be a middle road, a road whereby we
learn to first learn how to learn within the domain we are interested
in. Reading the works of several polygots, I have come to the
conclusion that we can develop a ‘knack’, to learn what we need to,
without overly brute force methods.

A large part of this will be to take a abstract scienctific and
artistic approach. It is the underlying patterns that have to be
learnt first, and upon the patterns do we apply the brute.

As for the second part. Learning to build machines that bend to our
will. It hasn’t been done yet. There is no computer on earth that is
easy to learn to master. Some ‘hackers’ have done it, but they are
special cases.

Just how to go about this has eluded me. I have currently embarked on
a course called Nand2tetris. Which aims to instruct the student on how
to build a computer from NAND gates all the way up to a tetris game.
Can it help? Not sure but I sure hope so.

3 f’in years

i haven’t written for 3 years. three! f’in years. 

why? 

There are several reasons but some of them are more important than others.

  1.  I felt that I had nothing important to say. 
  2. I felt I don’t have anything interesting to say ( i still do)
  3. I lost my faith. I got disparaged when my words were ignored. Frankly no one cared or heard apart from one friend called Hugo. 
  4. some people near me thought of me a weird. 

But I will start to write again. I think that the lack of it has made me mad. I am a communicator by birth and I have too much too say. it just that a lot of people are saying what I want better than I can. I just read them and dont contribute. 

That season. is ending.

 

Quiet

Vidy’s been very quite over the last few months with no posts this year. This is because he has been beavering away at new ideas and reading 30 to 40 books worth of information and perhaps 100hrs worth of video… probably a lot more.

The results are astounding. My labour of love, new ideas and old feed me, nourish every morsel around me.

I have been to China, Canada, over Europe, India, the Lesser Sunda Island’s and more. I am positive about the future. Something positive is happening all over the world.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the world.

WARchild by Emanuel JAL

An Open Letter

Dearest Reader,

I hope that you are well and that life is giving you everything that you hoped for today. I am writing to you today to tell you about a very special book that I just finished recently, a true story, a piece of contemporary literature, documenting the life & tribulations of one of the ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’.

Emanuel was born in a little village in the South of Sudan which was swallowed by Civil War and strife soon after he was born. Tricked into leaving his family for the promise of being schooled in Ethiopia he was soon to loose everything, his family, his innocence and his youth. He was conscripted into the army as a child soldier and eventually had the opportunity to escape due to the kindness and bravery of a few people.

I think I have done you no diservice in telling you this much so far, because the beauty of this book is not in its factual content. No, it’s beauty lies in something more subtle and more important. It is about how a child growing up in the jaws of war, injustice and starvation sees the world. It is about how people react to situations we can’t even imagine, it gives us a chance to experience and empathize with people whose lives are so different from ours, so socially, politically and geographically distant, that our intuition fails us. This book can and will create  space in your heart to see the world as it is and that is its gift.

I find it utterly astonishing that  in the 21st century, the horrors of Sudan continue behind the facade of international politics  and industry. It scares me that the media endlessly advertise the ‘Financial Crisis’ as most important modern issues that face us while ignoring patently more important issues such as food security, global warming, decline in oceanic fish stock, rain forests and chronic war.  It is also close to criminal that our news channels ignore the true plight of fellow human beings and allow the affluent populations of the west to live in a dream of self indulgence. As a society, we have become so insular, so intellectually  & ideologically vacant that it is next to impossible to have a meaningful conversation with anyone that is not hopelessly narcissistic or irrelevant to anything  that is important.

If you have a heart, then I plead you to read more about Emanuel. The world is open to us if we choose to let it in. It’s just a book and all you have to do is open it.

Please find some further information here:

Emanuel’s Foundation

Emanuels Wikipedia Page

Emanuels Music

With Best Wishes,

Vidy Wordsworth.