Thursday, September 20, 2018

Student evaluations again

While doing some cleaning out in my office I came across some of my correspondence with ESU's former vice president Payne and with the Kansas board of regents on the subject of student evaluations. (See my blog of 2 August 2018 and the paper by Uttl, et al in Studies in Educational Evaluation, 54 (2017) 22-42.)

The future of jobs

The World Economic Forum's report The Future of Jobs 2018 (Geneva, 17 Sept. 2018) states that "By 2025 more than half of all current workplace tasks will be performed by machines..."

Monday, September 17, 2018

Councilism and a society of specialist agents

Rather than having a manager, CEO, mayor, governor, president, etc. I usually favor councilism and collective decision making. Kocher and Sutter, for example, report on experiments showing that groups make better decisions than individuals do. (January 2005 issue of the Economic Journal) Similarly, many of my A.s.a. H. AIs consist of societies of specialist agents as described previously.

Friday, September 14, 2018

More robots

A.s.a. H. can employ Dr. Kee's RileyRover and miniVEX robots (with gripper attachments) as mobile manipulators. Each robot can be fit with a couple dozen pain sensors. Assembly instructions are available at under "robots" or in Dr. Kee's books.

Monday, September 3, 2018

1 TB USB flash drive

I bought a 1 TB USB flash drive from Silkroad (through Newegg).
It works fine. Time will tell how reliable they are.

Thursday, August 30, 2018


I have downloaded Julia v1.0.0 and am playing with it a bit, trying to get a feel for it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

An argument for the existence of supreme beings

N is the number of agents, a discrete quantity.
N1 is a measure of the number of agents in our universe.
N2 is a measure of the number of agents in the multiverse.
C is the competence of an agent, presumed to be a continuous quantity.
W1 measures the distribution of competence of agents in our universe.
W2 measures the distribution of competence of agents in the multiverse.
We assume that the sample seen in our universe is representative of the multiverse. So W1 about=W2.
C1 is the most competent agent in our universe. (Hopefully not us humans.)
C2 is the most competent agent in the whole multiverse, the supreme being.

But competence is probably a vector, having components like intelligence, power, etc.  It may be that the most intelligent being is not the most powerful. There would then be multiple supreme beings. Conflict might result, on a vast scale.

We believe that N1<<N2 and so C1<<C2. C2 is superhuman but we expect that there will be things that C2 can not do.