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Jason R. Baron: why companies should pay attention to growing data volumes and to analytics

September 17, 2015

Jason Baron is awesome!!! Big data, analytics, predictive coding, business ethics and digital humanism… I love Baron’s fannnntabulous mind!!! This is a smart people watch. ~~~Felicia

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IGIJason R. Baron is Of Counsel at Drinker Biddle & Reath and Co-Chair of the Information Governance Initiative.

He was a keynote speaker at the LawTech Europe Congress in Prague last year, where he gave us many good reasons why companies should be paying attention to the ever-increasing volumes of data which they create and keep, not just to reduce cost and risk but to uncover valuable data.

This is one of two short videos which he recorded for me on that occasion. The other will follow shortly.

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Artificial Intelligence, Deep Neural Networks and Deep Learning: Oh My!!

May 26, 2015
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♥In Love with Technology♥

I can’t explain how much I love learning about technological breakthroughs. I’m not scared in the least bit by much when it comes to the forefront of intellectualism. I recently read a hard copy article in the May 2015 issue of The Economist titled Artificial intelligence:
Rise of the machines. The byline says… “artificial intelligence scares people—excessively so?” Really? What a bunch of wimps!! People continue to fight enlightenment, progression and change to stay in boxes they have built. Not me.

At a speech in October 2014 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a scholar said that artificial intelligence (AI) was “summoning the demon.” People are paranoid that machines will take over in employment’s race for productivity. With industry powerhouses like Google and Amazon buying AI start-up companies, maybe human worries are justified? We will just find other jobs right? It’s called perseverance.

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•Photo I snapped while reading the article in the library.•

Will computers continue to replace some of the things that people normally do? Probably. I loved this quote. “The torrent of data thrown off by the world’s internet-connected computers, tablets and smartphones, and the huge amounts of computing power now available for processing that torrent, means that their algorithms are more and more capable of understanding languages, recognizing images and the like.” Why didn’t I visit the San Diego Supercomputer Center many years ago when I had the chance? I also could have ditched my conference last October to go there! Now that would have been a real memory to cherish!

The article in The Economist said “signs of the AI boom are everywhere.” Google recently paid $400 million for DeepMind. Have you ever heard of DeepMind? If not, you should so check it out!! Pure awesomeness if you like video games. Just Google it and see. There is also a great article in The New Yorker which discusses how deep neural networks operate. Deep neural networks are used by companies like DeepMind. These artificial networks are much like the neural networks in the human brain. It is amazing to read about.

The newest form of AI tied to deep neural networks is now capable of “deep learning!” Computers can learn through the analysis of large amounts of data using algorithms. Freak out on the algorithm Facebook recently deployed. Did you think you were anonymous in that untagged photo? Think again… DeepFace “can recognise specific human faces in images around 97% of the time, even when those faces are partly hidden or poorly lit.” I want to be that smart and write programs like this. It’s not fair!! Male engineers created DeepFace and I give them tons of respect, but why are intelligent women often seen as  domineering? That’s not fair either.

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•Smart Woman Army•

Another thing I found interesting in the article was that since most data is labeled by humans, and algorithms need that data to learn better, another race is on. It is a race to develop “unsupervised-learning” algorithms. This way, the need for human labeling is basically eliminated. How accurate will it be? I guess we will see. Artificial neural networks were invented in the 1950s by people with big brains who wanted bigger, faster, more accurate brains! I lovvvvve brains!! I am so not turned off by them!! Haha… These smart people were simulating the neurons and electrochemicals in a human brain to create artificial intelligence. It worked!!

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♦"Just watch! Imma make my perfect woman!" (Dr.J before the chemical waste accident that birthed The Joker and this is not Harley Quinn)♦

If you are a brave fellow intellectual and enjoy all things mind blowing, you should read the article in The Economist. It so so worth the read. You can also learn about the interesting problem with AI. Do you know the one thing people can immediately identify that a computer simply can’t define? Porn… Yes… pornography. I guess machines provide plenty of access to porn, but don’t ask a damn machine to intelligently recognize porn lol. We can leave that type of analysis to the humans!

IO launches an OpenStack cloud running on open source servers

February 1, 2014

~~~Awesome. •••Felicia

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Modular data center expert IO is getting into the cloud provider business, launching a new service called IO.Cloud that’s built using Open Compute server designs and runs the OpenStack cloud computing operating system.

That’s a lot of open source, but the company seems to think it’s necessary. According to the IO.Cloud website: “IO.Cloud is built on Open Compute because it provides our engineers with the flexibility to configure and optimize the hardware specifically for scale cloud deployments … IO.Cloud uses OpenStack Cloud components that are interoperable and designed to support standardized hardware implementations.”

IO is pitching IO.Cloud as an enterprise cloud offering, and if it plans to legitimately compete against larger cloud providers for those workloads, the company and its cloud can use any advantages they can get. IO.Cloud is available in hosted and on-premises versions, and the Open Compute hardware almost certainly will let IO operate its public cloud infrastructure more efficiently, as well…

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The Artistic Science of Cryptology

July 9, 2013
~• Cryptogram by Felicia Lujan- January 20, 2012 •~

~• Cryptogram by Felicia Lujan- January 20, 2012 •~

Tonight I checked out the Encyclopedia of Cryptology at my local public library. What an amazing book. David Newton put together a great encyclopedia which documents “black chambers, microdots and invisible ink, agents and double agents, intrigues, betrayals, and murders.” The encyclopedia is mind blowing and uncovers “the history of cryptology” and “the science of secret writing.”

Cryptology, for those who do not know, is a science. It is the science of secret writing and messages. A message is customized by an author for a particular recipient. These messages are manipulated in a way so that not just anybody can grasp the meaning. Cryptography is the scientific art of authoring such messages. The majority of these types of messages can be classified as either a cipher or a code.

In his introduction, Newton says that his studies have revealed that secret writing has been used to transmit messages for at least 4,000 years. The encyclopedia says that David Kahn, “the great historian of cryptology” can prove that the first secret message altered by a human has been traced to an ancient Egyptian tomb from around 1900 B.C. This is just the earliest example.

Contemporary secret messages have been encoded and decoded by “politicians and diplomats, military officers and infantrymen, smugglers and thieves, retail merchants and bankers, officials and scholars of the highest rank, and the simplest citizens of nations around the world.” The latter would include me! I tend to enjoy creating cryptograms. My messages include words, numbers, symbolism and images.

The Newton encyclopedia captures information on Leon Battista Alberti, who is referred to as the Father of Western Cryptology. He was a Florentine cryptographer who was born in Genoa in 1404. I find Alberti extremely interesting as he was well rounded with regard to his skills and interests. He was an architect who built famous structures. Alberti also painted, wrote poetry, loved drama, was a philosopher, and he could even write essays. This man was very smart. He built a custom cipher machine out of two copper plates. The plates rotated to encode and decode messages. How awesome is that?!

~• Leon Battista Alberti (Credit-www.cs.trincoll.edu) •~

~• Leon Battista Alberti (Credit-www.cs.trincoll.edu) •~

Then we have one of my favorites in the book. How could we have an encyclopedia on this subject without including Edgar Allan Poe? The dark poet died in 1849, and surely took many coded secrets to the grave. He coded his stories and poetry in ways which no other writer has. The American poet was adept with monoalphabetic substitution in his writing. He tried to decrypt the messages others, but usually failed with regard to that. I guess some codes were not intended to be broken, solved, cracked, revealed? Poe also published several articles on cryptology. If this man was alive and well, I would surely kiss him with much love and admiration.

On a final note, a few days ago I created a digital composite with a photo of myself. That was indeed a cryptogram. It was titled Death of the Algorithm. I did not intend for anyone to decipher my message, but the gram is symbolic and was created using an image of a particular algorithm. Newton’s encyclopedia has information about algorithms. These mathematical concoctions are codes used to solve problems.

Today, the world of cryptology involves encipherment and decipherment to solve complex problems. This includes the digital world. A good example of algorithm with regard to virtual cryptography would be the development of Data Encryption Standards. Computers use algorithms for many functions, including data encryption.

Maybe it’s time for me to go back to school? I would make one hell of a cryptographer. I may not be good at the decryption of secret messages, but I am a great encoder! Interestingly enough, I finished writing this piece at exactly 11:11. That is a code in itself.

Language as a Weapon

March 21, 2013

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•Navajo Code Talkers of WWII•
(Photo courtesy of http://www.archives.gov)

Today was special for the Navajo saviors of World War II. The Navajo Code Talkers were rightfully honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution with a new monument here in the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

During World War II the Diné language was used as a weapon. A secret code was created to confuse the Japanese by using over 200 words. Without the language of 400+ awesome Navajo Marines, the war may have been lost.

The Glitch

March 7, 2013

•————————–•
Faux pas of the lovely
kind~ a human glitch is
not so hard to take.
•————————–•
The defect rests in a
mirage~ so I’ll just
remember I will wake.
•————————–•
Malfunctioning~ the
twilight burns as sparks
fly off the cuff.
•————————–•
Ailing is she~ strength
must grow~ weakness
never was enough.
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Each kink and knot
bears tenderness. The
glitch doesn’t need a fix.
•————————–•
If there are mistakes
in fate there was no
need for paths to mix.
•————————–•
Imperfection~ stop and
love the flaws because
they make me real.
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A glitch, a fault, the
missing code~ this is
the reason I can feel.
•————————–•

by Felicia Lujan
3.7.2013

October 5, 2012

This is absolutely amazing!!!!
I love this… ~F


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