my new poetry book: heaven

nikola tosic rafael rozendaal atomic books poetry book heaven

more than a decade has passed since my last poetry book – nakitu minayashi.

this year, my second poetry book – heaven – will come out.

heaven is a selection of about 50 poems, of some 300 poems written during 10 years.

i have to thank andy simionato for making it happen, and rafael rozendaal for editing.

heaven is published by atomic activity books.

we will plan a promotion most likely in milan in march 2015, so keep your eyes closed.

which texts you can trust most

knowledge is, in most basic definition, what we think is true.

we, humans, exchange knowledge mostly by texts.

but we also like to get things our way which is not always the truth.

therefore not all texts we read are equally trustworthy.

here is a guideline how much and why you should trust texts.

i am using 0 – 5 trust scale, in which 5 is absolute truth, and 0 is complete

 

scientific papers

example: anything on pubmed

trust: 4.5

why:

– result is practical effect, like machine or cure;

– writers with least bias who are trained to eliminate bias;

– they have the biggest number of people approving them (editors);

– writes and editors are best trained;

– they operate under most tested rules.

 

internal financial & business reports

example: sales report

trust: 4

why:

– performance is decision making;

– little bias, but more than in science;

– severe punishment for error.

 

news articles

example: new york times article

trust: 3

why:

– performance is popularity, not a machine or cure;

– indirect bias from general cultural pressure;

– not enough editors;

– little punishment for error.

 

press releases

example: bmw press release

trust: 1.5

why:

– performance is popularity;

– extreme bias;

– almost no editors;

– almost no punishment for lie or truth bending.

 

blogs

example: any personal blog

trust: 1

why:

– performance is popularity;

– absolute bias;

– no editors;

– no punishment for lie or truth bending.

 

advertising

example: coca cola ad

trust: 0.1

why:

– performance is selling products with poor quality due to competition;

– products that really solve problems do not need advertising as much;

– most extreme strong self interest;

– no editors, as advertising supervision protects only against obvious and extreme lies;

– no punishment for lie or truth bending.

 

notes:

since publishing technologies are free and available to everybody, main difference between what is referred to blog and news is editing.

news publishers have editors, while i would refer to blogs as writers without editors.

difference between blog and news publisher is not if they use blogging software, but if there is an approval process which involves professional editors.

music mix: songs from childhood

3 rules of artificial intelligence

counter balanced loom

since i was a kid i was exposed to interpretations of ai.

r2d2 and c3po, robby the robot, hal 9000, and skynet, are just some ai examples i grew up with.

few years ago, thanks to aleksandar and ole, i got a chance to work with ivan on an actual ai project, .

i designed the ai based product, and ivan engineered it and made it work.

we spent 3 years on weak / expert ai project.

this was enough for us to understand what ai is, how it is made, how it works, and how it is useful.

i have three main conclusions or ai rules, which are important to be shared and understood:

rule 1) if ai does the same job as us, it will always do better;

rule 2) ai does not replace us. it allows us to focus on higher level tasks, allowing us to grow;

rule 3) ai is inevitable in our growth. we can not grow without ai.

buy me a gift for my 37th birthday

gifts

my 37th birthday is on monday 29 dec 2014.

i really love my birthday and i love getting birthday gifts.

if you plan to buy me a birthday gift, here are some suggestions:

lego – it is a great way for me to connect to kids and relax;

amazon.com email gift card – so i can fuel those impulse kindle buys;

assos – anything from assos factory outlet is fine;

red wine – i have to drink it for health reasons;

or just give me cash.

thank you.