what are algorithms?

Considering myself an auto-didact, I always taught myself everything that I know apart from the first basics which I learned in school, such As the alphabet and how to read and write, and my first basic math lessons. I do remember enjoying history as they taught it, and i believe some of the things i learned at St. Olave’s Boarding School York were the basis of my ability to apply self learning to educate myself, long after i had left school without a single qualification.

In recent years, my self education based in web programming and etymology and lateral thinking, i became very obsessed with educating myself about how Artificial Intelligence may be developed and applied in the present and future, both near and far

The story of Google Deep Mind’s Alpha Go beating an 18 times world champion at the world’s most complex and difficult boardgame GO, rose my interest as to thinking both how the A.I. learns from its own mistakes, how it predicts, and how in game 4 of 5 rounds, the Korean master managed to cause a memory overload by making the A.I. need to look further ahead in the number of moves as it was programmed to do, and tax its own computing power to the point where it became confused.

In my early years when the rest of the kids were playing Basketball or Rugby or Cricket or whatever, i would go to the Library and read Asronomy Books. Computing was not a topic one could find in school libraries in the mid seventies, otherwise i may have interested myself for that as much as i interest myself for algorithms, computing and Artificial Intellligence, in relation with Nature’s Natural Algorithm of Self Learning which we call ‘Darwinian Evolutionary Theory’

I refused to go to school at the age of 13, and didn’t go back until the final term of my 15th year of life. As the exams came up after 2 years of absence, and being in a Cambridge based educational comprehensive state school after having left an Oxford based Jesuit Boarding school in Malta, I walked in with a new tattoo on my arm, and my sleeves rolled up, signed the exam sheets and left them empty, and walked out.

Walked Out of the Exams Without Fillling in a Single Question and Signed my Name

So what does all of this have to do with algorithms? I hear you asking; All I can say to you in answer is “absolutely everything”

Let’s start with the classic scientific definition and current public understanding of the world algorithm in the IT Computing world;

An algorithm is Math based set of instructions which depend on sets of functions, variables, and priorities. An Artificial Intelligence algorithm however, no longer needs the Human to continue teaching it (although Humans will interfere and add code to improve the algorithm when a runtime error or inacccuracy or inefficiency is detected).

Below is an old GCE level computing algorithm tutorial, which even if you dont understand code and computing, will begin to give you an idea about how an algorithm can be built upon.

Perhaps you can then imagine how a point can be reached in the programming, where the machine itself can be set to learn from its own set of varied experiments and attempts to solve or execute programs.

For example, an analytics algorithm could be built in with a runtime error log which would then be combined as machine learning database information after reboot, and the machine would use its ‘memory of the experience’ to avoid making the same mistake twice. But algorithms are not merely computer based, for if Mathematicians are right, it is the process of Evolution itself which uses self learning algorithms in the same way an A.I. program does.

 

A further calculation program to analyse alternative possible fails and runtime errors which may occur through similar scenarios would then also be run, and with a series of ifs, and whens, buts and thens, the machine would learn to make the most effective decisions,

The next problem in Artificial Intelligence Algorithm Programming is to decide and understand how to program a set of ethics into the system (see Arthur C. Clarke‘s Science Fiction series of books which are of Visionary Excellence, just like those of Isaac Asimov, with his ‘I Robot‘ series, which deals with the 3 laws of robotics, and is a major foundation of the philosophy of most modern Artificial Intelligence Programmers up to the present day, despite being a science fiction novel.

Arthur C. Clarke was also one of the world’s greatest Astronomical Scientists, but also wrote science fiction novels, which have shown great predictive foresight into how the future (our present day) may turn out. Isaac Asimov wrote hard science fiction. Along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, Asimov was considered one of the “Big Three” science fiction writers during his lifetime

So what do mathematical and A.I. Algorithms have to do with Nature and Evolution?

A.I. Interfacing with Humans Controlling the Decisions over all Important Protocols.

A.I. Interfacing with Humans Controlling the Decisions over all Important Protocols. This is how we eventually circumvent the problem of how A.I. can remain under Human Control

Will the Biological Entity (Humans) merge with Artificial Intelligence?

The answer to this question is very Easy; We already are doing. Many of us speakj to Siri or Cortana or Google Assistant or similar every day for menial questions, calling up data or commanding basic actions, be it on the device within apps, or with smart home hardware technology in the home.

I can remember seeing various Science Fiction Movies where the Protagonists spoke to the ship they were traveling in or the building they were residing in, and the computer with a background  listener would perform its duties.

In those days, nobody thought o the security issues which would arise with background listening microphones and devices, and webcams, and now we stand between a heaven of Futuristic technology which could make our lives so much easier (or arguably more complicated), and a hell of a Dystopian Future with Big Brother-Like Government Agencies and Companies spying on one’s every private aspect of one’s life, be it physical, medical, mental, habitual, social behavior.. all data gathered from our actions on Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and so on, is gathered and analyzed using A.I. to interpret our behavior patterns using Math, This has proved efficient enough that Alpha Go could beat an 18 times world champion 4 out of 5 times in a row.

Will we Blend with Robots AND A.I.?

The answer to this is yes! this is inevitable.

How do Social Networks Use Algorithms to Process and Apply the Knowledge Gained from Our Data and Behaviours? Well, that’s a long topic, and needs many more blogposts to cover the matter properly, but I leave you with some visual food for thought below.

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Apart from the Mythical Deluge,  whose truth is argued to this day, we have had 25 scientifically accepted mass extinction events on earth, since life began (not including this 26th current one which is happening to animals because of human interference with nature). Apart from the Current Holocene Extinction, i believe perhaps the flood was the last cataclysm. Before this we had the three Quaternary Mass Extinction Events, 640,000, 74,000, and 13,000 years ago, which may indeed also be one of the possible times from which the Myth of the Deluge originated. be it the Vedic Manu Myth or the Frostgiant Vidgelmir, or the Egyptian Setmet.. the Myth reoccurs again and again

deluge myth

FRONTISPIECE TO GUSTAVE DORE’S ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE BIBLE, 1866.

This would imply that Civilisation had already previously developed enough to tell the story, and for the story to be transported across aeons, surviving the rise and fall of religions and empires, remaining contained within each culture and religion’s sacred texts, as a Myth which reflects an actual event.

As in biographical movies, most grimoires and recorded works are ‘works based on real events, which have fictional content to assist the telling of the story according to the current times’ My below podcast talks about the role of Myths in surviving cataclysms, and their purpose as a method of transmitting knowledge of the past.

Whereas empires and religions don’t survive, but the Myths contained within their literature and folk beliefs do, and the stories are told from generation to generation, slowly distorting like the game of Chinese Whispers, but with the core essence of the Truth remaining intact within each version of the myth.

, which is the only one we have recorded, and was about perhaps 5000 – 12000 years ago, before which we know little about Human Life, except from mythologies.

The Chaldean Mythology says Xisuthrus was warned of a coming flood by the god Chronos, who ordered him to build a boat in which to carry family, friends, and two of every kind of animal. Birds were used to find land…

Hihking; The Chinese classic Great Flood of Gun Yu record details one family survived a great flood by gathering their sons and sons’ wives together in a large boat, whereupon they repopulated the earth afterwards. Birds were used to find land.

Babylonia; Epic of Gilgamesh – The god Ea warned Utnapishtim of the imminent destruction of the earth; the ark built was cube-shaped, and held his family, friends, and all animals, Birds were used to find Land.

Download and Read Epic of Gilgamesh English Translation PDF Epic of Gilgamesh by N. K. Sanders, released by Assyrian International News Agency Books Online (www.aina.org)

Assyria; King Ashurbanipal, who lived in the seventh century B.C., recorded, “I have read intricate tablets inscribed with obscure Sumerian or Akkadian…inscriptions on stone from before the Flood.” Birds were used to find land.

King Ashubanipal

King Ashubanipal

Sumer; Eridu Genesis: the god Enki warns Ziudsura to build a large boat due to the coming destruction of the earth. After a flood lasting seven days, Ziudsura sacrifices to the gods. (untranslated if birds were used or not to find land).

Greek Myth; Deucalion and Pyrrha were warned by Prometheus about the flood and told to build a chest; they survived when the chest landed on a high mountain – animals were involved in the exodus.

The Myth of Deucalion and Pyrrha, Niccolò Giolfino, 1550
Deucalion constructs an ark for him and his wife, Pyrrha. They then sail to Mount Parnassus, upon arriving to the mountain top, they solicit permission to recreate the human race. They were subsequently ordered to cast behind them the bones of their mother. Deucalion and Pyrrha interpreted their message to throw stones on the mountain or mother earth. Deucalion’s stones became male children and Pyrrha’s female.

African Masai; God resolved to destroy mankind, as the people were sinful. God commanded Tumbainot, the only righteous man, to build an ark and enter it with his two wives, six sons and their wives, and some of animals of every sort. God caused a great flood, and all other men and beasts drowned. When the water receded the ark grounded and its occupants disembarked…..

 

The Choktaw People; The Great Spirit destroyed a corrupt and wicked human race and all life on earth, except a prophet who went in vain to warn the people to repent or die. The prophet survived by building a raft of sassafras logs… The Tamanakis Tribe; A man and woman escaped to the highest peak after being warned of a flood. Afterward, the tossed coconuts behind them, which became the next race of man.

Enjoy a Lecture about the Choktaw Nation

Recommended Link; Geology, Mythology, and the World’s Ancient Wisdom

Myths of the Flood Are Far Older Than the Bible (Time Magazine).

The below talk delves into more possibilities of the origins of the Deluge Myth, and how Myths seems to survive empires, religions, cultures and cataclysms with mass extinctions.

Conclusive Thought;

As Rudyard Kipling Said “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

We have had 25 Quaternary Mass Extinction Events in the past on Earth, (26 including the current Mass Extinction of Animals caused by Human Influence on the Environment). Are Myths such as that of the deluge, more likely than historical documents to be transmitted across the extinctions, and resurgence of civilisation which follows each mass extinction?

Zeitgeist Inane Dragon

DocumentaryZeitgeist Movement Visual Wake-Up Call part One

2007 Release Movie, directed and produced by Peter Joseph

There are currently 4 different Zeitgeist Video Documentaries available om the Zeitgeistmovie.com Website

See More on the Zeitgeist Movement Website.

The Zeitgeist (spirit of the age or spirit of the time) is the dominant set of ideals and beliefs that motivate the actions of the members of a society in a particular period in time. For example, the Zeitgeist of modernism motivated the creation of new forms in the fields of architecture, art, and fashion during much of the 20th century.

Zeitgeist is a powerful force embedded in the individuals of a society. The German word Zeitgeist, translated literally as “time mind” or “time spirit”, is often attributed to the philosopher Georg Hegel, but he never actually used the word. In his works such as Lectures on the Philosophy of History, he uses the phrase der Geist seiner Zeit (the spirit of his time)—for example, “no man can surpass his own time, for the spirit of his time is also his own spirit.” (Wikipedia)

Below a preview of Peter Joseph’s next production ‘Inner Reflections’

Zeitgeist Etymology

After having very bad experiences with my previous hosting services (Bluehost), i decided to move Ajarn Spencer Blog to a new hosting service. However, the Bluehost Admin CP did not allow me to export the Database to my new server, and had to lose all previous posts to date in the transportation process.

Ho Hum never mind. Restart and Power Up, and off we go again for round Two.. The construction of this Temple is now Begun Anew! Building great Edifices, be they Actual or Virtually Manifest, is an Opus Magnum. All great edifices however, began with the laying of a Foundation, Cornerstones, and a Keystone. This Post is the foundation upon which i shall build the cornerstones, and then the Keystron, to raise the roof and walls, to house the things within this Edifice.

So welcome back, i hope the posts i will be making are of interest to some if not all of you. The topics will be wide ranging, so it is unlikely you will be interested in all of the things i write about.  Unless you suffer from curiosity about all things under the sun, like me. Many secrets will be contained and hidden within my blogposts, so keep attentive and do your studies, if you wish to find them all.

“Magnus Ab Integro Saeclorum Nascitur Ordo”

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