Gary Seven

Gary Seven
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Too far North,
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January 01
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"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." - Alan Kay ______________________________ Centrist and Atheist. My preferred method of offending people is by advocating that we work together and not succumb to ideological extremism. ______________________________ I've been through times with money and times with no money. And you know what? Money is better! ______________________________ "Life isn't just one damn thing after another...it's the same damn thing over and over and over again." -- Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Salon.com
AUGUST 10, 2010 11:27AM

Nothing can stop breakthrough artificial intelligence

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I’m walking down the street on the way to the library in Green Bay. It’s 80 degrees , the air is still and so humid that it feels like it is pressing in on me.  I got up late this morning.  It was so hot last night that my wife and I delayed going to bed.  No air conditioning.  As I look around, the stillness and lack of people outside make it appear that I am walking in a scene from the Twilight Zone.  What time is it?  I am not connected to any job, to any other people.  The backpack digs into my shoulders, heavy with my job, my life.  This is what it takes to create a breakthrough in artificial intelligence – a laptop computer, a 3 ring binder filled with my text, diagrams and pages of scribbling about to be transferred to a Word document, a programming book to work on later, and my lunch.

It occurs to me how disconnected from the lives of typical people I am.  It’s not certain if my project will succeed.  No one knows if the design I am creating will work, how well it will work, and if I can make any money from it if it does.  Yet, here I am, walking.  I choose to go for it, and there is no safety net.

I don’t care if some people think it won’t work, if I have no support.  I don’t care that the government spends millions of dollars on projects from university researchers based on the fact that they have a degree and can write a good proposal.  Yet it spends nothing to fund development of products that will make a real difference if the people involved are too independent and creative to imprison themselves in the academic and corporate molds.  My idea will be earth-shaking, disruptive, a breakthrough, a real advance in artificial intelligence.  It will make possible a huge new variety of wonderful never-before conceived products that make use of visual object recognition.  I am as single-minded and focused as a terrier quick-stepping down the street, head pointing straight ahead, eyes forward, looking neither right nor left.  I might have uncertainty and temporary doubts flitting through my consciousness, but they are escorted back out straightaway.  The main drive is to make it happen.  Every day.  Persistence.  Every week.  Determination.  Every month.  Design, write it down, create Visio diagrams, explain it in Word documents, write the next version of the program to test it out.  Keep making headway.  Keep upping my understanding of how the brain does it functions, of how I can simulate that with a design that is the foundation of a computer program.

I am at the library now.  It’s air conditioned.  The computer is plugged in.  I am transferring the notes from the papers I created the past week into diagrams and documents.  I am moving forward.  I am working on it now, the best time to get anything important done.  It will happen.

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You just defined the word "ambition." Hope your project works out.
I hope it works out too. When I was homeless and unemployed I also was highly creative. Obviously, despite your own challenges, you are in that category as well. That, in itself, is something to be proud of...
Maybe so John, or maybe driven, or desperate. What do you call it when you act a certain way because you don't have a choice, because you HAVE to do something?

Patrick, maybe you have had periods of homelessness and unemployement *because* you couldn't bottle up that creativity any longer.
We need you to keep going. Our world can not survive without inspiration and determination.
NEVER, EVER concern yourself with what government or, business either, spends for others to do. That is NOT your concern at all. Those folks did what they had to do to get those grants and that funding; you didn't - yet. Carping about them getting funding just makes you look small and petty. Do your own thing. Plug away at it until you reach your goal. When you do YOU will own it. Not the government. Not some big corporation. Not some venture capital outfit. YOU!! Do your work. Get your patents. Then you can see about money.

In the meantime you might want to get a bit paranoid. Do you know how easy it would be for some CEO to send a few goons after you to take you and your work? Or the government? Or are you still so naive that you think this sort of thing doesn't happen in the great USA? You might wish to talk to Werner von Braun about that.
Pixie, I am well aware that most inventors have a hard life and make very little on their inventions. Someone else usually makes the money from their hard work. Look at Phineas Pharnsworth. He invented TV, but RCA had money and government connections and ended up making the money on TV. But I'm going to do my best to make a FEW bucks on my work, but I know that people with deep pockets will attempt to steal the work by outspending me on patent issues in court. Maybe I can link up with a wealthy company first, in return for part of the rights, and let them fend off these companies. Still, I'm drawn to this work, and I think I'll make SOME money from it (hopefully before I expire!).