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Data Does Not Equal Fact

January 24th, 2018 | Posted by pftq in Society | #
"Data!=Fact: Inductive vs Deductive Reasoning"
ie Statistics vs Math
ie Engineering vs Physics

Part of my frustration with all the focus on big data, statistics, quant, and numbers in general is that these are all forms of inductive reasoning.  Amidst all the hype around being more data driven, many seem to have to forgotten that inductive reasoning only provides an estimate of world.  It does not and cannot prove anything.  Evidence alone does not provide truth.  Data does not equal fact.

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Something This Way Comes

January 23rd, 2018 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
After almost 7 years, there might finally be another entry to this changelog. Wink
https://www.pftq.com/fortwars/hist.php
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Autonomous Stores

January 22nd, 2018 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
One step closer to fully automated cities...
http://www.businessinsider.com/r-amazons-automated-grocery-store-of-the-future-opens-monday-2018-1

Just add Blockchain and Virtual Reality:
https://www.pftq.com/blabberbox/?page=The_True_Potential_of_Ripple_and_XRP
https://www.pftq.com/blabberbox/?page=The_City_of_Eden

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#autonomous #fullyautonomous #AI #blockchain #VR #AR #automatedcities #IoT #fullyautomated @Amazon
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Traumatized by School

January 14th, 2018 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Dreamt that I've been out traveling too long, and tons of homework piled up in my mailbox due by month's end. Woke and felt like I still had assignments due, that I'm still supposed to be in school, but that I ran away from home.
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Reflections of 4D

January 8th, 2018 | Posted by pftq in Ideas | #
A nice read- https://gizmodo.com/two-experiments-show-fourth-spatial-dimension-effect-1821739488

Essentially if a 3D object has a 2D shadow, what if we looked for the 3D shadow of a 4D object? My thought is take it further - If our reflections are 2D, what about 3D reflections of a 4D object?

If you think about it, the answer to crossing all spacial dimensions is light.  We always perceive visually in two dimensions even though we live in three.  Just as a flat movie screen serves as the window into our 3D world, it is likely that our 3D world serves as a window to the 4th. This starts to relate also to where Virtual Reality and brain-interface technologies are going; I'd imagine that some combination of the two fields would be necessary for us to perceive more than just in 3D space.

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Uchiage Hanabi

January 7th, 2018 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Uchiage Hanabi by DAOKO (@Daok0) and Kenshi Yonezu
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Heart

January 7th, 2018 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Heart by Erick Oh (@ossmedia)
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The City of Eden

December 30th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Ideas | #
Imagine a city where everyone could live in absolute luxury, indulge to their greatest desires, and never have to work or earn a living. It sounds wasteful and unsustainable, but if it actually existed, it might instead save the world.

This is because everyone who actually wants to live in comfort and pleasure would go there.  It would concentrate the bulk of the population in one place while leaving the rest of the world free and preserved.

The best part is that there would be no need to force people to go.  This is most people's idea of heaven on Earth.  This is what most people work all their lives to attain and retire to.  They would *want* to come here.

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Destroying What Was There

December 23rd, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
If your only way to improve things is to destroy what was there before, then you're not trying to improve anything but yourself.
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Early 2000s Internet

December 15th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Nice article that echoes much my own growing up online in pre-Facebook internet. And Emily is Away is an equally nostalgic game.
http://www.pcgamer.com/rip-aim-remembering-how-we-used-to-talk-on-the-internet/
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Social Engineering

December 7th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Social engineering - big words to sound like you were the victim of something ominous when actually you were just tricked by another human being.
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Steps to Biological Immortality

December 4th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Ideas | #
I'm not going to hide it.  I want to live forever.  I don't think there's anything wrong with that or that it's "unnatural" or "unethical."  People often act offended on this topic.  "Why are you so greedy? Why so selfish?" But to them, I ask, why is it so bad to want to live? To who do I owe such a huge debt to that I am obligated to die?

One of my personal beliefs is that it is within our lifespans that we will figure out how to prolong our lives indefinitely - aka biological immortality.  Note this is different from actual immortality where you can't die at all; here we are just referring to dying of age.

At the same time, I don't believe there's such thing as a "natural death."  It is not necessary to die, and not all things do, even in nature.  Jellyfish and lobsters are both good examples, where their bodies never really deteriorate no matter how old they get.  Some will get technical and say that lobsters die of getting too large or their shell becoming too much to molt, but that's besides the point, which is that they don't actually lose vitality or youth over time like we do.  Their actual cells do not decay, and they don't become weaker or less able over time (in fact, they continuously get larger and stronger).  That to me is the goal and the definition of biological immortality.

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Licht und Schatten by Yutaka Yamada

December 3rd, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Licht und Schatten by Yutaka Yamada
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White Silence Cover by Pillows

December 2nd, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
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Cryptocurrencies on Yahoo Finance

November 30th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Yahoo Finance now has cryptocurrency data, just like with stocks.  For those looking for live + historical data, etc especially for backtesting.
https://finance.yahoo.com/cryptocurrencies
@YahooFinance #bitcoin #cryptocurrency #stocks #btc #eth #xrp
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Silk Favored Nations Remix

November 12th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Silk by Gizelle (@gisellemusic) and Favored Nations
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Happy in Fall

November 4th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Happy in Fall by Dirk Ehlert (@DETUNEde)
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Starving Paradox

October 21st, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Humans - the only species that can be fat and starving at the same time.
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4D Quantum Superposition

August 11th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Ideas | #
Time travel is quantum superposition in 4D by existing across multiple points in time instead of space. And as soon as you witness one, the others disappear.
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Perpetual

August 9th, 2017 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Everything is perpetually falling - the moon, the stars, planets...  And perpetually dying.
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