Monthly Archives: September 2013

Regret, time travel, counterfactual and multiverse

Just how much sense regret makes? That’s a question that popped in my mind at like 4AM. Actually, that was the final question. The first question was: “Does something like real regret exists?”

And why regret seemed senseless to my mind at 4AM right after waking up out of the blue? Maybe because I was too drunk of sleep and couldn’t think straight? Maybe I was still in the dream land, where things don’t make much sense and logic is not really a must? Or maybe it’s because regret really doesn’t make sense?

Facepalm statue regrets having seeing what he did

A bit of everything, I’d say. But to be able to continue with this digression, some research was needed and some research I did. To start off, what exactly is regret?
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Umbrella skydiving and some thoughts

Leia esta digressão em português.

I believe every one, at least once in their life time, thought about what it’d be like to jump from a high building using an umbrella as a parachute. I certainly did think about it and more than once. I remember someone told me that when he was a kid, he even took one of his toys and attached a self-made parachute out of some plastic bag and threw from the window. Unfortunately the toy was lost, taken away by the wind, but slowing down the free fall is one of those ideas that have crossed everyone’s mind at some point of our lives, but slowly fades away as other thoughts and worries starts building up as we grow older.

umbrella-skydive
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AI computers and our own view of life – 2nd Digression

Leia essa digressão em português.

Humans vs Computers - Brains vs AI

I read this comic last week and I asked myself: “What’s the big deal here?”
Machines overcoming humans, what’s the meaning of this, exactly, and why it matters?
For starters, this is something pretty unique in Earth’s history, I would say. Because this would most likely be the first time that a creation overcomes the creator. (No, I’m not going to start discussing about God and humans and who created who and if, in the possibility of God having actually created the humans, if humans are overcoming him. Not now, at least. And I’ll likely transcribe a digression about why I didn’t capitalize the “h” when I wrote the personal pronoun that is referring to God.)

Right, but what can machines do exactly? A lot, right? Yes, but what can they do by themselves? Only what humans tell them to do. So what’s the problem here if we create a machine that is better than humans at playing chess, go or even jeopardy? Even a simple calculator can do math better than most humans and I don’t see people complaining or worrying about it…

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Estimation, the Moon and the power of 10 – 1st Digression

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A few months ago I watched this Veritassium video where Derek went around asking people to place where the Moon (tennis ball) is in relation to the Earth (basket ball) scaling for the size of the balls.
Not so surprisingly, everybody (besides one guy, I’d say) placed it much, much closer than it actually is and Derek gave a brief explanation of why people’s estimation of this distance is normally off and showed what would be the most correct answer.

It was only a few days later that it came back to me and I started thinking:
“Would I make a correct estimation? What if the Earth was of a different size?
And more importantly, how far the Moon actually is from the Earth?”
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