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A Deepness In The Mind: The Symbol Grounding Problem. The Symbol Grounding Problem reared its ugly head in my previous post. Some commenters suggested certain systems as being symbol-grounding-problem-free because those systems learn concepts that were not chosen beforehand by the programmers. However, the fact that a software program learns concepts doesn't mean it is grounded. It might be, but it might not be. Here's a thought experiment example of why that doesn't float my boat: Let's say we have a computer program with some kind of semantic network or database (or whatever) which was generated by learning during runtime. Experience and Biology Now let's say symbol grounded systems require learning from experience. SymbolGrounding -> LearningFromExperience Note that is not a biconditional relationship. Well our example systems are biological, and certainly animals learn while they are alive.

"Unfolds" is of course just a rough metaphor. How Deep? To be fair, in my last post I did not say how grounded a grounded system needs to be. . [2] S. Hans-Georg Gadamer – The Hermeneutic circle « A – Z. Deep Intelligence. Ultimate Pirate Ship Bedroom (14 pics) "The rope bridge is connected to the top of the jail cell, built to accommodate evil doers, thieves and little sisters. " Designer Steve Kuhl fulfills every boy's fantasy with this insanely cool pirate ship bedroom.

The six-year-old occupant from Minnesota chose between a space ship, race car, castle, and pirate ship. Most of us would probably agree, he made an excellent decision. The main feature of the room is the incredible floating pirate ship. Kuhl used 2x12 ribs to construct the hull of the ship, covering them with layers of 1/2 inch plywood to act as the planking. But that's not all. Update: We talked to designer Steve Kuhl, asking him about the story behind the ultimate pirate ship bedroom. "This is what it looks like when you enter the bedroom.

"Our client wanted us to build a one-of-a-kind bedroom for a one-of-a-kind son. "The base of the rope bridge is anchored on top of the jail cell. "As with many of the things we build, this is was a first. Teacher Evaluations Pose Test for States. Engineering and Technology Jobs - IEEE Job Site. The Disposable Film Festival - Events.

One of the world's "coolest film festivals" according to MovieMaker Magazine, the Disposable Film Festival premieres its 7th annual competitive shorts program here in San Francisco before screening it around the world. Be the first to see this year's collection of the best disposable films made on everyday devices like cell phones, pocket cameras, and webcams. Opening Night at the Castro TheatreThursday, March 20th, 2014From 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (PDT)San Francico, CA | The Castro TheatreCLOSED Creativity Workshop: Set Your Inner David O. Russell FreeSaturday, March 22nd, 2014From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Concrete Kitchen: A Night of Food + Film about Urban FarmingSaturday, March 22nd, 2014From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Lights, Camera, Social Action!

Disposable to Sustainable: A SFFS PanelSunday, March 23rd, 2014From 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closing Night PartySunday, March 23rd, 2014From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Link to this event is: Has the internet sparked an educational revolution? What Mel Brooks Can Teach Us about “Group Flow” In 1949, the comedian Sid Caesar brought together a legendary group of comedy writers and created one of the biggest television hits of the 1950s, Your Show of Shows. Caesar’s team included Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Neil Simon. It may have been the greatest writing staff in the history of television. They developed the show in a small suite of rooms on the sixth floor of 130 West 56th Street in Manhattan.

Caesar created a fun and improvisational environment, where the team would riff on each other’s ideas constantly. “Jokes would be changed 50 times,” Mel Brooks later remembered. “We’d take an eight-minute sketch and rewrite it in eight minutes.” They constantly reworked the same scene until something really great emerged. Famed psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihaly coined the term “flow” to describe a particular state of heightened consciousness—what some people refer to as being “in the zone.” Carl Reiner (left) and Mel Brooks worked together on Your Show of Shows. The keys to flow 1. 4 Great Twitter Applications for Teachers Using Twitter In The Classroom. These tools offer free functionality that extend and enhance the possibilities for instructional uses of Twitter.

Twitter is playing a role in more classrooms every day. Articles like “6 Examples of Using Twitter in the Classroom” and “100 Ways To Teach With Twitter” have drawn tens of thousands of readers, a clear testament to the high level of academic interest in this wildly popular microblogging platform. Teachers are finding new ways to use Twitter to engage their students, build stronger academic and professional relationships, and to share information in a richer learning environment, and they are using tools like these to bring more fun and functionality to the process.

It’s easy to get started with these applications. Users can sign up using their Twitter accounts (although GroupTweet does get a little more involved). Twtpoll ( and survey tools provide teachers so many capabilities. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post. Beauty of mathematics. Home - International Max Planck Research School. DIY Contact Mic - Collin's Lab. Circuit Skills: Circuit Board Etching. Does Google Make Us Stupid? Overview of responses In an online survey of 895 technology stakeholders’ and critics’ expectations of social, political and economic change by 2020, fielded by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center: » Google won’t make us stupid: 76% of these experts agreed with the statement, “By 2020, people’s use of the Internet has enhanced human intelligence; as people are allowed unprecedented access to more information they become smarter and make better choices.

Nicholas Carr was wrong: Google does not make us stupid.” Some of the best answers are in Part 1 of this report. » Reading, writing, and the rendering of knowledge will be improved: 65% agreed with the statement “by 2020 it will be clear that the Internet has enhanced and improved reading, writing and the rendering of knowledge.” » Respondents hope information will flow relatively freely online, though there will be flashpoints over control of the internet. The Real Iran the US Doesnt Want You to See. William Cooper UFO's Are Not what you think. A Jew exposes the Truth about Jesus Christ. Orthodox Rabbi Reveals Name of Messiah "JESUS","Yehoshua" or "Yeshua"(Hebrew) Hillary Clinton accidentally admits that the CFR runs this nation. Wow. NAVY Veteran says GET OUT NOW. Former CIA Agent's Message to America - WATCH NOW.

Partner With Us  :  Overview. SmartBrief 101 5 Million Subscriptions 180+ Partners / Associations 1,047 Advertisers Total number of summaries in one year - 522,022Total sources used - 7,355 (*2,000 used more than once)Total articles ‘examined’ in a year - 52,445,700 Number of emails sent: Daily - 2.63 millionAnnually - 960 million Lead. Engage. At SmartBrief we strive to keep you informed and prepared. Broad Museum's scandalous math: A $7.7 million land gift to billionaire from broke Los Angeles City Hall. By Tibby Rothman What can $1 a year get a billionaire in Los Angeles these days? Click to enlarge Hard bargainer Evidently, a property worth $7.7 million.

Here's the truth, even though it's often unmentioned in media coverage of this touchy issue: The roughly two acres of land is owned by city taxpayers (not by the county, as Los Angeles media have wrongly reported). The $7.7 million valuation was determined by Ronald L. So far Villaraigosa has made no effort to find out if 4 million Los Angeles residents want to fork over a $7.7 million piece of their land to Eli Broad. Moreover, local media including the Los Angeles Times have continued to vastly underplay -- or even leave out entirely -- the fact that the public land to be handed over to Broad will mostly be used for his private foundation's new offices and other non-public space -- not for the much smaller space set aside for the art museum.

The pricey parcel across the street from MOCA is part of the long-stalled Grand. City of L.A. Smuggles $884 Million From Redevelopment Agency At Surprise Meeting, Ducking State Cuts And Public Scrutiny. Click to enlarge Update: Do we really want $1 billion and the future of L.A. urban development to remain trapped in the incestual CRA-City Hall family?

Update: Turns out they actually transferred all CRA assets and projects, bringing the total city transfer to more like an abstract $1 billion, according to Kaye. Ron Kaye, ex-editor of LA Daily News, spotted the sneak thundercloud yesterday: a mysterious "special meeting" posted to the Community Redevelopment Agency's website, at which CRA commissioners would decide the fate of $884 million. (Too bad we were busy pulling our hair out over that silly meeting on the Zoning Code.) The note was only posted 24 hours before the meeting's start time -- a painful 8:30 a.m. This morning, despite the best efforts of Kaye and erratic city activist John Walsh to thwart them, all six CRA commissioners OKed the $884 million "cooperation agreement" with the City of Los Angeles.

How did they get away with this? Even the Associated Press caught on: Grand Avenue Drenched in Misdirection. The Luxe Grand Avenue Project, if ever built on a hunk of taxpayer-owned land downtown, will feature a glittery five-star hotel and the curious involvement of the wealthy royal family of Dubai, who control a tiny Gulf oil nation cited by the U.S. State Department for human rights abuses. One thing the public project does not feature, however, is transparency. In a series of moves unusual even for the cloaked deals that precede official rubber-stamping of controversial projects in Los Angeles, key politicians in City Hall and the County Hall of Administration will not — or maybe cannot — answer basic questions about a project that will receive up to $158 million in taxpayer subsidies. The developer, the nationwide Related Companies, says it needs more time because the construction loan market is virtually frozen.

That sounded logical — at first. Loans are so hard to get right now that Related Companies is being required to produce significantly more project-cost information to the banks. Jerry Brown Redevelopment Alert: Wealthy Eli Broad Gets $52 Million for a Garage; the Entirety of South L.A. Gets $32 Million. By Tibby Rothman and Jill Stewart click to enlarge Mitch Handsone Jerry Brown goes after Community Redevelopment Agencies. Do they have bigger guns?

In a move that California Gov. Jerry Brown might see as L.A.'s "let them eat cake" moment, the city's Community Redevelopment Agency has set aside $5.5 million in public help for Watts -- yet earmarked $52 million for a garage for Eli Broad's museum. Broad's proposed museum in the L.A. But check out how little they spend on actual blight and poverty in L.A Los Angeles city officials released a list of their 275 supposedly must-have "redevelopment" projects, which can be downloaded here. The list shows: - All of South Los Angeles, population 550,000, where unemployment among young minorities is said to exceed 30 percent, would get just $32 million from the CRA -- $20 million less than Broad would get for his garage. Kinda takes the "community" out of Community Redevelopment Agency, doesn't it? What if Gov. And Jerry Brown isn't backing down.

How a Different America Responded to the Great Depression. By Jodie T. Allen, Senior Editor, Pew Research Center Were confirmation needed that the American public is in a sour mood, the 2010 midterm elections provided it. As both pre-election and post-election surveys made clear, Americans are not only strongly dissatisfied with the state of the economy and the direction in which the country is headed, but with government efforts to improve them.

As the Pew Research Center’s analysis of exit poll data concluded, “the outcome of this year’s election represented a repudiation of the political status quo…. This outlook is in interesting contrast with many of the public’s views during the Great Depression of the 1930s, not only on economic, political and social issues, but also on the role of government in addressing them. Quite unlike today’s public, what Depression-era Americans wanted from their government was, on many counts, more not less. Optimistic ‘Socialists’ Pro-Government Preferences … Of course, the New Deal had many vocal critics. 1. Prison Break: Realignment Inmates Enter Rehabilitation in S.F. Illustration by Ellen Weinstein. Until a massive change in California's prisons three months ago, these were the odds that Nate Bracy would be locked up again within three years: For having being released in California: 57 percent.

Jamie Soja Henzi reviews the Tenderloin hotel room of Kheali Maua, a 27-year-old recently released inmate. Henzi and probation supervisor Gabe Calvillo say that finding a crack pipe likely will not make them send someone to county jail. Adult Probation Chief Wendy Still — a three-decade veteran of California’s corrections system — says she sees realignment as an “opportunity” to finally stop the revolving door to prison. Related Stories More About For his latest offense having been possession of meth for sale: 46 percent. For being released to his hometown of San Francisco: 68 percent. For being 35 years old: 55 percent. For being black: 65 percent. Yet during this last round in San Quentin, Bracy started thinking about change. The doesn't mean officers aren't cautious. Why Brown Gave Redevelopers a Haircut. Steve Barr, the ballsy, visionary, sometimes impossible founder of Green Dot Public Schools, still recalls the reaction he got from the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA/LA) when he suggested they partner to open schools in education-poor downtown.

"I remember them looking at us, and saying, why would we want to put in schools? ," he says. Barr saw the schools as good for education in "what was probably the highest-need area" of Los Angeles — and as an enticement to developers. "This was in the beginning of the [downtown] buildup," he explains — around 2002. Barr had just returned from visiting Jerry Brown, then mayor of Oakland, who had announced his goal to attract 10,000 new residents to that troubled city's downtown. The tunnel vision of the CRA/LA still stuns Barr, who says, " How do you sustain that growth without coming up with a plan? " But few new schools appeared during downtown Los Angeles' 2002-08 building boom, and the effects of that shortsightedness emerged in the 2010 U.S.

Eli Broad, L.A. Elite, Offers $250K Prize to Charter Schools That Serve Low-Income Kids. Click to enlarge New Yorker Eli Broad, lover of L.A. art and equality in education. Opponents of the burgeoning charter-school industry like to paint it as a corporate wolf in "reform" clothing -- stealing money from struggling district-run schools while receiving an even steadier cash flow from billionaires. And the latest cash prize from L.A. philanthropist Eli Broad probably won't quiet them any. But it should. Each year, he'll award $250,000 to "the charter management organization that demonstrates the best academic outcomes for traditionally disadvantaged students, including closing achievement gaps," reports Education Week. It's actually kind of a modest gift -- Bill and Melinda Gates spend somewhere around $200 million on education reform every year.

Most frighteningly, Broad found that only 5 percent of the nation's over 5,000 charter schools are run by a company that's eligible for his prize. That's precisely why Broad's new prize is the perfect catnip. Full criteria: