Dog Or Muffin? 2018 here I come

     New Year’s, when we reflect on our past year, to discard the negative elements residing within our life and to look at the upcoming year as an opportunity to reinforce & nurture routines, diets or skills that will affect their lives positively.
  Briefly summarizing the past year.
       This last year I went to 6 different funerals including my Grandmothers, my father had a kidney transplant. My brother started college, my sister is finishing College and I’m  Sifting through mountains of articles looking for treasure from others thoughts When you are presenting a research paper it must be meticulously analyzed and backed up by peer’s ideas and information.
 This Past year  has been ridiculous
The perfect economy is driven by rational consumers making rational decisions but when you turn on the television and you see a half naked woman eating a cheeseburger, it isn’t logical, its irrational thoughts based on emotions and psychology.  On the same token, this applies to my bafflement of our current state of Politics.  However, I’m optimistic with the rise in attention to decisions our politicians are making.
Looking at 2018
Wanderer above the Sea or Fog
We live in unusual times cars are beginning to drive themselves people are walking down the street and they’re talking to their phones expecting the phone to understand what they’re saying and talk back.  They’re not that good at it, we are in a 10-year period where we’re going from machines not understanding us too well to them understanding us pretty well. That’s a unique part of human history and we’re all lucky to be able to participate in and be part of it. It opens some amazing possibilities the next 10 years could be the best decade in human history or it could be one of the worst in human history, impart to innovations in deep learning algorithms, it starts with algorithms sorting between dogs and muffins, dogs and fried chicken, 3’s and bees, Cars and pedestrians. It ends with machines being able to understand us
        (Gp Grey’s Video on how machines learn)
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Keep an eye out for Soft robotics and the blending of emerging technologies like driverless cars and bitcoin.Within 2 years Driverless cars will be on the market,  What about self-owning cars? Cars that are not owned, Cars that pay for their own electricity,  and maintenance by giving rides to humans that pay them in cryptocurrency.
 What I’m looking forward to in 2018
 The Japanese Hayabusa 2 probes arrives at an asteroid circling the solar system, insight will arrive on Mars, Google will be releasing Magic Leap an Augmented reality device for developers testing, Geologists will beginning drilling to reach the mantle, Polio will be eradicated!
What are you looking forward to in 2018?
              I have no resolutions  I do have an ongoing goal. Finding my own work-life balance, while maximizing my efficiency, keeping focused maintaining my health and mind in tip-top shape and leaving room for spontaneity a Schedule is a necessity but you don’t want it to be suffocating.
     Thank for Reading
happy-new-year-live-long-and-prosper
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How to Deal with a Holiday Hangover

 

The Original Idea I had for this blog post fell part, So I figured instead of  having you guys wait wait another 2 weeks  so that I iron everything out and make a full thought out blog post So im sharing something that is of use for you all.

With the Holidays and holiday parties approaching I thought it would be good to share , even if you drink little to no alcohol like myself , I drink this turmeric tea twice a week for all its health benefits,that Include reduction of acetaldehyde (a byproduct of drinking) in the blood after alchool consumption.

a good Indian friend of mine , introduced to Indian food , with all their spices and their medicinal properties.   Turmeric the spice found in Chicken Tikka masala; Its the high levels of Curcumin in the Turmeric that make it yellow. Curcumin is also what makes turmeric a powerful medicinal  spice.

Lists of benefits include

  • Anti inflammatory compounds
  • Lower risk of Heart disease
  • Prevent and help treat against Alzheimer’s diesease
  • Linked to Improve brain function and lower risk of brain disease
  •   helps with Hangovers

In 2012 a research paper out of japan came out about the  Therapeutic Role of Curcumin A thurow  paper citing over 100 studies and showing  which studies had different outcomes.  Its great paper to read over if you have the time .

The Recipe I have found works the best is is bellow , and if you google Turmeric Tea  you will find many other recipes just make sure to add  black pepper, I have’t found many recipes that include it,  its important to add! Black pepper increases the absorption of curcumin  by the liver by 2000%  !   meaning that you will feel much better after a night of drinking.(Source)

drink before consuming alcohol

1/4 tsp Black pepper

1 tsp of Turmeric

1 Tbs apple cider Vinegar

and enough Hot water to fill up a mug

May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year,  Im wishing you  all  a merry Christmas and  Happy New year!

 

Finding Global Morality in Big Data Part:2

I’m using broad brush strokes with my argument to shorten the length on this post. Long blog posts are boring.

Questions of Bad and wrong good and evil. Are questions that big data has no opinion in, for most of us big data can help us decipher what we value, but not tell us how we ought to live.

Big data is used to decipher what we value, inst the next step living by those values?

googling ”  Univeral Human Values ”  leads to a Wikipedia page.   The article states  ” Whether universal values exist is an unproven conjecture of moral philosophy and cultural anthropology” but what if we observe universal human values through the lens of causes and conditions for human well being.( This is  Data we can analyze, and visualize )  Gandhi argued that Non- violence is a universal value.  Stepping back On a global scale with  Social media, mobile telecommunications, and other technologies they magnify violence within the system,  regions with stability are highlighted by non-violence and are usually democratic.

democratic-countries

Layering it with a  Global peace index

Countires by peace

On an Individual scale, what do democratic values mean? It means to be concerned for the well-being of others. Respecting the autonomy of others. Trustworthiness and honesty.Willing compliance with the law, except for civil disobedience to an extent. Basic justice, being fair Refusing to take unfair advantage. doing good and preventing harm. Those are Morals and values we can live by.

lust, gluttony, greed, Sloth, Pride, and envy are all emotions. You may argue that emotions are what make us human, but its also what makes us animals.  I’m not saying we should aim to be cold, stoic, robotic individuals. That only use data to dictate how we ought to live.   As an analogy,

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth,  and compassion The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Consuming & analyzing data through the lens of causes and conditions for human well being and being conscientious of it. Will help to orient ourselves and feed the good wolf within ourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Global Morality in Big Data Part 1

 

3 years ago I read The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence has declined.  Now Bill Gates recommends this book as one of the seven books we should read for the year. It’s a fitting book for a year with so much chaos change and confusion. violence worldwide is on the decline,  and I find that reassuring. Especially when the emotional side of me views the newspaper headlines in the morning.Deaths by wars and genocides

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However, violence is just a single vector.A more wholesome view is revealed adding vectors. Socio-economic change, environmental change, and technological change.   Its the end of 2017,10 years ago The world first smartphone came out.  We don’t know to what extent our political polarization is a by-product of social media and technological change.    Social media has made us more networked and interconnected than any other period of time, wich means the choices we make.Are amplified and distributed far faster than they ever have been and with much more impact.  were at a point were the rate of technological change is only going to increase,  and as we progress into the future I can only hope that we as a species also grow morally and conscientiously because the more powerful tools we develop the more ethically intelligent we better be.

Id like further unpacks and unravel what I’m thinking about later on in the week when I’ll have more time to allocate to writing.

  • How science and data can give us a foundation a rubric for human values, a universal conception of human values. Making the ethical choices in our lives when presented with  Big data.
  •  Another Idea I’m juggling with is using big data for stratification into the future and how and we could use that information to orient and prepare ourselves.

 

Im, not a writer, I welcome any criticism or advice to help me lay out my thoughts would be appreciated always trying to improve.

 

Thanks for your time and I hope you have a wonderful day.

 

 

 

Why I Meditate

 A project deadline is approaching, and ill be finishing it on time!  I feel calm, focused,  and collected   I wasn’t like this earlier in my life. there are many opportunities throughout the day for me to get distracted and sidetracked.  With my cell phone apps, Reddit,  and compulsively checking emails.
           I knew they were horrible, and that  I could be using my time for a better purpose. However, it was a compulsion I didn’t understand at the time.  I had hidden skeletons in my mind, fears and anxieties in my life I didn’t want to confront. I got interested in meditation after listening to a lecture Alan Watts gave on meditation. Reading more about on it in the Harvard Medical Journal& around the web, I compiled a list of benefits from meditating. It began  to look like one of those adds at the bottom of the screen  ” One Weird trick, Doctors want to keep a secret”
       The list of benefits includes
 
  • Stress reduction 
  •  Fosters Clear thinking and increases our capacity for empathy and compassion.
  • Lowers High Blood Pressure
  • Decreases tension-related pain, like Headaches, Ulcers, insomnia, Muscle and joint problems
  • Increases Serotonin production that improves mood and  behavior
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases energy levels
  •  improves creativity
  • Improves  Memory retention and recall
  •  Improves cognitive  skills
  • Slows Aging
  •   meditators are found to have more Gray matter in their brain.
 
 
 
       Get a cushion, cross my legs focus on my breathing simple. The first three sits I was upset at that I couldn’t last 10 minutes there is always that stream of consciousness that inner voice in my mind that talked about fears, anxieties, irrational thoughts and remember that time in high school when you were walking to school in the morning. You can see the school three blocks away but your brain thinks you’re already there, and all of a sudden you REALLY needed go. So you sprint to the bathroom barely make it to the toilet but the faint smell of poop lingered around you during first period class, that was embarrassing. I read more about meditation and I learned terminologies.  Like what I was experiencing was what Monks call the ” Monkey Brain” it’s always active. Through meditation and focusing on my breath. I learned to disassociate myself with my Monkey Brain, to observe it like listening to music without getting into the rhythm of the music.
 
   meditation was the catalyst that led to change in my lifestyle, I feel More mindful of my actions,  more focused on the tasks I’m working on, over all happier.