Archive for November, 2008

IBM Cognitive Computing: Precurser to Rise of the Machines

21704566Looks like we’re going to need Arnold Schwarzenegger back as Terminator now that IBM is moving forward with their cognitive computing project.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding a $4.9 million dollar research project at IBM that will bring together neurobiologists, computer and materials scientists and psychologists from several universities to make electronic circuits that mimic brains and the synapses that occur in the body.

Dharmendra Modha, the IBM scientist who is heading the collaboration, noted, “There are no computers that can even remotely approach the remarkable feats the mind performs. The key idea of cognitive computing is to engineer mind-like intelligent machines by reverse engineering the structure, dynamics, function and behavior of the brain.”

There is also the Soul…the manifestation of the Cosmic Source in each of us. I’m all for science, but I’d love it if there was more enthusiasm in the world for exploring the wonderment that is the Soul.

The awareness of the Soul can be perceived by becoming more conscious. Through meditation and the inspiration of spiritual teachers, we come closer to knowing our own Soul and connecting with our own Higher Reality.

At he age of 21, I came into contact with and became a disciple of Guru Sri Chinmoy. Through his life and teachings which include the practice and quietude of meditation, I came to a deeper awareness of my own life. There emerged a personal awareness of the inter-connectivity of inner and outer existence, and a conscious awareness of the Source. In my own professional work, this awareness manifests as intuition, inspiration, attention, quality, dedication, determination, kindness, caring, enthusiasm and a belief that everything is possible if we only apply ourselves to a goal.

Can we build the experience of the Soul into brainiac robots? Likely not. We might be able to program core morality, but others will be able to program robots as weapons.

I keep hearing from my buddies in the Bay Area who are atheists that there is nothing more to life than beings like us. That bewilders me having dedicated three decades of my life to exploring and knowing God in deep and intimate ways.

In any case, if we build machines that can think, we better practice more kindness because in the hands of the wrong people those machines might be rather difficult to manage several decades down the road. Thankfully by that time, I will be pure Consciousness and Bliss, beyond the physical.

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Spot.us is Spot on!

picture1My friend David Cohn has launched a community-funded reporting project called Spot.us that is emerging at a time when advertising-supported online media is growing in popularity, causing a decline in advertiser-supported print media (newspaper and magazines). How bad is it for newspapers? Well, the NY Times is facing a credit crunch and may be forced to liquidate some assets to pay off its loans by next May. It’s very likely that several newspapers will disappear in the next 5-10 years, replaced both by online media and millions of citizens who blog on niche topics in the long tail.

While blogging is a personal expression I enjoy, many bloggers are unaware of basic journalistic ethics. Spot.us takes a different approach, aiming to keep qualified reporting alive and bringing the public into the game like never before.

Just look at the power of the American electorate to choose Barack Obama as our 44th president. At Spot.us the same public has the power to propose stories they want reporters to investigate, attract funding for them and then Spot.us will make those stories available to publishers.

I’ve been supporting Spot.us as an advisor because I feel this innovative concept is nothing short of brilliant and I am certain it’s going to take off big time.

Spot.us has launched and is now being tested in the San Francisco Bay area. Sign up today and support stories in development or come up with your own. Now is the best time to get in on the ground floor of the future of journalism at Spot.us.

Read more in this New York Times story.

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Einstein on Imagination

When I read this aphorism by Albert Einstein it exactly matched my operating perception: “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

Are you using your imagination and powering it with your intention? Meditation can help open up imagination. And Dr. Wayne Dyer can help you hone your power of intention.

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