Knowledge · Spirituality

Neural Nets and the Meaning of Life

Is the Internet destined to become self-aware? Is the singularity approaching? Will Skynet enslave us all? One thing is certain, as these networks become more complex, with more nodes and more data then ever thought possible, they start to look and behave like neural nets, the models that have historically been closest to modeling our… Continue reading Neural Nets and the Meaning of Life

Ideas · Knowledge · Technology

Don’t Heed the Fear-Mongers

It seems inevitable that part of every generation’s zeitgeist is the belief that the generation before had it easier and the world is going to hell in a hand basket. This generation is no different, and with the propagation of digital technology making it easier for fear mongering to resonate in the echo chamber of… Continue reading Don’t Heed the Fear-Mongers

Knowledge · Spirituality

Where the Value of Pi Exists in Nature

The above formula is known as the “Wallis product,” named after John Wallis, a English mathematician who first recorded it in 1655. Wallis was apparently quite prolific and, among other contributions, is known as the mathematician that introduced the symbol for infinity: The interest of this blog post, however is the Wallis product. The Wallis product… Continue reading Where the Value of Pi Exists in Nature

SharePoint

Impress Your Boss! Autogenerate a Word Doc with Metadata in SharePoint Online

This post covers how to set up functionality to automatically add an MS Word document created from a template to a library by specifying metadata in an HTML form using Javascript in a Content Editor web part. It is based on the posts found here and here, and clarifies some steps and adds the HTML form… Continue reading Impress Your Boss! Autogenerate a Word Doc with Metadata in SharePoint Online

Probability and Statistics · Stock Market · Technology

More Randomness: And Computer Science

I recently came across this article on a breakthrough in the generation of random numbers via computers which seems very exciting with descriptors such as “masterpiece” and “light years ahead.” Revision 2 of the draft paper is uploaded here: Explicitly Two-Source Extractors and Resilient Functions, although I freely admit it is far too technical for my… Continue reading More Randomness: And Computer Science