A great time abroad, now Seattle!

Spending several months with friends in Europe is always an incredible experience. Glad to be finished with university and glad to be done with Florida, I had an excellent crash through Europa’s western countries. Germany, Austria, Hungary, Ireland…maybe I skipped one? What a great diversion. I’ll have to upload more fun photos of the trip!

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At any rate…I’ve landed here in Seattle after quite a foray. Looking forward to sharing my experiences and working with some talented foodies here in the city! It’s time to be getting back to work in the world of food!

 

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Hate The Player not the Robot.

It is the age of robotic sapience and the dawn of autonomous technologies. Should we be resistant to change or appalled? We’ve seen how computers can go unhinged, defiling human logic as with the case for IBM’s Watson whose rampant use of crude language warranted a filter after it read the entire folio of abusives in Urban Dictionary. Recently, Microsoft had to effusively apologize for its golden creation, Tay the Twitter Bot who became a racist xenophobe in less than 24 hours after reading and learning from Twitter’s fan base. Hollywood hasn’t helped our image of AI either; director Alex Garland’s vision from his film Ex Machina, shows us the calculating and disturbing actions of a (spoiler alert) manipulative, femme fatale robot who murders her creator.
I won’t go further to describe how humans have been a terrible influence on our rather innocuous and physically limited, adaptive intelligence systems. It is no wonder why the general public has expressed such anxieties over giving up their wheel of control to our robotic overlords. The question of adaptive artificial intelligence and how it can learn and create new experiences is one thing, at least it is relegated to the world of intangible computer land.635611686719477501-XXX-CHAPPIE-MOV-jy-4648-

They are creeping out and begging for physical motion.

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Robotic Sapience and The Dawn of Autonomy

What makes us fear change? Has our uneasiness of science and the application of it in mankind’s technological achievements changed over time? In the age of autonomy and artificial intelligence- robotic sapience looms heavily, pregnant we have become with its far-reaching implications.  (see autonomous vehicles) 
 (an excerpt from the history and perceptions of Technology by Encyclopedia Britannica) “Whatever the responses to modern technology, there can be no doubt that it presents contemporary society with…immediate problems that take the form of a traditional choice of evils…it is appropriate to regard them as constituting a “technological dilemma.” This is the…the overdependence of life in the advanced industrial countries on technology, and, on the other hand, the threat that technology will destroy the quality of life in modern society and even endanger society itself. Technology thus confronts Western civilization with the need to make a decision, or rather, a series of decisions, about how to use the enormous power available to society constructively rather than destructively. The need to control the development of technology, and so to resolve the dilemma, by regulating its application to creative social objectives, makes it ever more necessary to define these objectives while the problems presented by rapid technological growth can still be solved.”
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