Glynsky

a tribute…

Dear diablog,

One of the reasons for the long Glynsky silence has been the losing battle for life being fought by Malcolm –  aka Doctor Death and The Blind Dentist – a long standing and dear friend of Glynsky and his coterie of friends. He passed a couple of days ago and his funeral is on Wednesday.

Without knowing him in person you are all aware of him – he is the one on the left of our heading photo. He, and Richard (on the right) were pictured by Pete at a Glynsky party.

He was a lovely man, best described by someone else as being irritatingly lovable. A Gooner, a confidant, a supporter if you needed it, opinionated, maddening, lazy, funny, ate ‘anything that could hang its head over a farm gate’ and all round caring guy.

Glynsky et al salute a lovely human being who affected everyone who came into contact with him.

We shall all miss him.

Glynsky

ER

To brexit or not to brexit?

Dear Reader,

After a weekend of code reading – three other websites got hacked and needed cleaning – I almost had it with the internet. When I got back to the fun part of life, I noticed a dozen SPAM comments on diablog. And unfortunately one of Philippa’s

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got caught in there as a false positive. Sorry for that, Philippa, your comment is up now here.

Prior to that, Glynsky and I were debating again. We just love it. Not that it changes much, or anything at all. It is fun, an intellectual exercise. This time the topics were:

  1. Great cars, we agreed mostly.
  2. The potential Brexit, we did not agree at all.

Now, the POTUS, aka Barak Obama, already collected negative points, when he “meddled with British affairs”. His advice was, do not leave the EU. More about the reasons later.

I do not really care that much, whether you will leave the EU, or not. But Glynsky asked for my opinion. And maybe I can add some food for thought from the outside.

Update: Before we get serious, here is an amusing piece (Monty Python says hi):

Let me start with the positive implications of a Brexit:

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ER

Amazing times

Dear Reader,

Do you feel like you are living in exciting times?

If you are a bit older, if you can remember the days prior to fax machines, you must agree. In this interesting article here, a professor of Artificial Intelligence, AI, puts it nicely:

If you went back and you said to an early thinker about AI, 50 or 60 years ago, “You’re going to have with you at all times a device, and essentially it can answer any question that you’d like to answer across a huge range of topics; it can understand your voice and provide a view on any place in the world, tell you how to get from point A to point B”—if you explained in the abstract what your smartphone is capable of doing via Google and various kinds of mapping tools and Siri—I think that person would say, “That’s AI.”

The smart guy also mentions the risks involved:

One thing I do worry about is that I think we’re on the cusp of having the ability (with machine learning and AI) to synthesize media to create something that’s very difficult to distinguish from the real thing. These are very dangerous tools to have in a society that depends increasingly on things like video to represent truth.

And for exactly that reason I dislike (near-) monopolies as much as too mach data in the hands of government (agencies).

Stay curious,

Engine Room