AI Watch Newsletter, Volume 25

April 1, 2024

April First Declared

“AMERICAN NATIONAL HONESTY DAY”

by the GOP, Trump and the Kremlin

on a stack of Bibles!

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By Gordon Rogers and Gary Lapman

AI-WATCH

Courtesy of worldview4d.com worldview4d.com/ai-watch

A monthly newsletter and blog focused on our opinions of the most significant developments in artificial intelligence and their relevance to the real world. Releases the last Sunday of the month at Noon, PST.

Contents: (Same as last month!) focus: Disinformation and Misinformation: Methods, Impacts and Remedies

Tickler of the Week:

QAI Bot: I’ve got a really funny Knock Knock joke for you-

Human: Ya, and?

QAI Bot: You start-

???NOC, NOC???…

Note from worldview4d.com:

DEPARTMENTS

Daily Life: Ramblings on Disinformation and Social Psychology: We are expected to know the (demographically dependent) truth when we see it-

Government Activities: Russia, Russia, Russia, Oh ya and China, North Korea and Iran- and did I mention Israel under Netanyahu?

General AI:  A Pipeline for Large Language Models

New Business: Optics in AI and Quantum Computing: 

Conclusion: Spherical Arguments

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NOTE from worldview4d.com: 

Large segments of our population’s information streams are heavily compromised by foreign governments’ intelligence agency disinformation warfare. They work to project their contrived, homogenized victories on to the American politiscape with increasing success. This trend is not new.  Now social media platforms and fake news sites pop up like popcorn. Whack-a-mole remedies are as ineffective as they are hard to define. More incisive information theory is needed to address the influence of AI on the human condition- more akin to eddies in thermodynamic systems would be more comforting though necessarily incomplete. So, where to begin?

Like the understanding of our own neural hardware and diverse backgrounds, understanding the physical representation of the internet, its nodes and their programming, and the programmer’s goals are all fundamental to gleaning a clear view of this environment.

We embark on such a study-

DAILY LIFE

Ramblings on Disinformation and Social Psychology: Are we expected to know truth when we see it?

By Gary Lapman

The American Psychological Association defines social psychology as “the study of how an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and actions are affected” by other people, whether “actual, imagined, or symbolically represented.” In essence, even just imagining another person watching you influences how you will process information, behave, and react — and this is something social psychologists strive to understand. Think Facebook, TikTok, Truth Social, X, et cetera. The use of Artificial Intelligence utilizing directed (dis)information fits into any or all of these socializing sites with ease.

Disinformation has many guises. Most are for political or monetary gain. In a representative case, the Royal Family (in particular Kate Middleton), the Palace publicity staff wrongly thought that honesty about the King’s cancer diagnosis would not be the most correct path for the Princess’ condition. Weeks went by with a frenzy about her condition, lack of public appearance and doctored photos- and no honesty (“truth”) until just recently when her condition was revealed. Still, the specifics are kept hidden.

I had hoped a few Palace publicity heads would roll because of the impropriety of believing that secrecy is best, but I doubt it.

Just as one cannot keep personal data secret online or walk down a street or enter a retail store without being on camera: honesty is still the best policy.

Note that I only mentioned politics once… Many politicians will make campaign statements or promises which only have to have impact until you vote (if they let you). The constituents will eventually forget that those statements and promises are untrue or exaggerations. Make a habit of it, and they will begin to remember and therefore an aura of distrust is created. Many candidates are running negative campaigns, not revealing their true makeup, but believing that they can make themselves appear honest, while making untrue or exaggerated statements about the opposition. Some are not ever going to do what they profess, but if elected, will spend their term undoing all their predecessors’ successes.

Getting onto the world’s stage, disinformation from those countries that would benefit from a weak leadership here in America, will direct their blatant dis-informative ads and articles based on the personal information that they have bought or stolen from social media companies at the demographics most beneficial to their causes, and susceptible to their ploys.

Social media was originally professed to provide a means for people to connect, and to receive information. It has, unfortunately, evolved into a means to not only sell your wares, but capture data demographically and sell to the highest bidders. We, the public, are sucked into cooperation by the opportunity to participate for “free”, and allow the collection of our personal information as data to sell.

Viral posts are defined as a piece of content, such as text, video, or images,  often assumed to be genuine, and have become extremely popular and is being shared by a large number of people on many different media sites. Usually, the demographics provide focus of the distribution.

With the application of AI and AI driven bots; anything can be driven to viral status locally or globally without any human intervention beyond the original programming. This programming, if done optimally, would be parametric. Changing the parameters allows reusing the programming. The programming could be foramong other things, directed product promotion or a candidate’s election campaign (whether positive or negative, truthful or false). This is frequently performed locally and globally. The internet provides much good, but also much bad, especially bad since the belief by many (still) that all that is published is truth (or  “alternate facts”). This results for many demographics in the view that truth is an idea that should have been dispensed with the dirty dishwater. The capabilities of the net have, of course, provided the means for many, many scams, which we read about on a daily basis, but don’t believe it could ever happen to us.  We believe that we are all too smart to be taken advantage of! Wrong. It happens every day, many times a day, to unidentified, often foreign intelligence agency purveyors within the bowels of the net.

In order to facilitate influence without “taking credit”, dark monies have bought several candidates and their elections through many devious means. What are dark monies? The dictionary says that funds raised for the purpose of influencing elections by nonprofit organizations that are not required to disclose the identities of their donors is called dark money. It is an unfortunate reality that the more money spent, the better chance a candidate has to win. Add that to gerrymandering of voting districts along with voter registration purges that make it more difficult for people to actually cast a ballot that is successfully counted or representative of of regional constituencies, and you have the rotten cesspool of election fraud and disenfranchisement that we currently are living with.

What can we do to protect ourselves for misdeeds and disinformation?  Remember the old saying’ “Don’t believe everything you read.”, at least not at first. Is everything you read suspect? It should be, until it is proven one way or the other.  It has also been said, “don’t provide anyone on the phone or internet with your private data”. Unfortunately, we have given social media permission to share or sell all the information we provide, already.  Have you ever wondered how Mr. Zuckerberg has become so wealthy? It is actually by providing access for free, while your data has become the price. The sites you frequent provide the data necessary to know what to sell you, and how.  Whether it is by memberships in political organizations, churches, schools, sports fans, unions, et cetera- your data is the product that you gave away when you signed up to social media sites.  Your history provides the means to know your interests, weaknesses, strengths, alliances and enemies. Every word you type and every ad or post you click is recorded and sold.

The ease by which this harvesting of our habits and thoughts that has become the bane of our current society. It is the evolution that we did not need or want. Progress is not always in a positive direction. We can make it positive, as individuals, not to be taken in by promises that are too good to be true.

Can you even believe what you have just read? After all, “There is no such thing as a free lunch!”.

Our Most Serious Threat, And We Refuse To See It

Eli Amdur
Contributor
Leadership professor, job market journalist-analyst, business advisor.

Mar 29, 2024,03:36pm EDT

Wall chargers plugged in gang socket.

In a moment, you will read a simple three-word phrase. As soon as you’ve done so, and before you read another word of mine, take your eyes off this page, close them or stare out the window into nothingness or do anything else you do to vacate your mind – and think about the phrase you will have read.

Ready?

Back so soon, are you? Probably not enough time to absorb what you just read, but it will have to do for now.

What is continuous partial attention?

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Continuous partial attention is a term coined in 1998 by tech writer and consultant Linda Stone to describe a modern adaptive behavior of continuously dividing one’s attention. Note: She used the word ‘continuous,’ not ‘continual’ – a not so trivial distinction. Further, Stone has clarified that continuous partial attention is not the same as multitasking, a subject for a subsequent post. Where multitasking is a voluntary action driven by a conscious desire to be productive and efficient – which we all know it turns out not to be – continuous partial attention is an involuntary, automatic process motivated by or caused by a need to be a part of what’s going on in more than one thread at a time – and fueled by a fear of losing connection or missing out on something that’s going on. Or both.

What does continuous partial attention look like?

Case in point: You’re home, you’ve eaten dinner, and you’ve settled into the living room for an evening of TV. Cable news comes on, and suddenly you’re paying attention to as many as many as ten stimuli simultaneously: the host, two guests (sometimes more), the virtual background, the current speaker’s name on the bottom, the constantly scrolling banner (also along the bottom), and a digital timer reminding you of an upcoming event (debate, poll closing, etc.).

Well, that’s seven, you say. Ten? Sure. You’re also talking to someone in the room, playing Candy Crush on your phone, and you’ve got a work-related Zoom call – on mute – on your PC.
This is our world, like it or not, and it’s getting more intense for one simple reason: we’re letting it happen and the producers of those stimuli know it. Just how serious is it?

Consequences of Continuous Partial Attention

Says Stone, “Continuous partial attention may lead to increased stress and decreased ability to focus and concentrate on the present moment, prohibiting reflection, contemplation, and thoughtful decision making. The constant connectedness that is associated with continuous partial attention may also affect relationships, lower productivity levels, and lead to overstimulation and a lack of fulfillment.”

Other effects include neuro-cognitive impact impairing one’s memory capacity and cognitive flexibility; impact on decision making, as continuous partial tends to make people more risk averse; impact on collaboration because continuous partial attention reduces active listening and, with that, teamwork; an overall hit to workplace productivity, for reasons that should be self-evident; and a decay in personal well-being, as stress due to the fear of missing out climbs and work-life balance goes out of whack.

How to break continuous partial attention’s chokehold:

1. Recognize and admit it. Just like with any other problem.

2. Form or join a support group. Commitment to a team is almost always stronger.

3. Time to detox. Ya’ gotta, sooner or later. Sooner is better.

4. Engage in Time Blocking. Here’s where time management and scheduling come in.

5. Reward, recognize, and reinforce. Old fashioned extrinsic motivators would work here.

If you weren’t in the grip of continuous partial attention when you read this, it probably took you about three minutes. If you were caught up in the problem, call me sometime in the future when you’ve – maybe – gotten to it.

GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES

“Covert Chinese accounts are masquerading online as American supporters of former President Donald J. Trump, promoting conspiracy theories, stoking domestic divisions and attacking President Biden ahead of the election in November, according to researchers and government officials.”

 

Spate of Mock News Sites With Russian Ties Pop Up in U.S.

The fake news organizations, experts say, represent a technological leap in the Kremlin’s efforts to spread false and misleading narratives.

“…[T]he continuation of Prigozhin’s Internet Research Agency operations, [that] interfered in the 2016 presidential election [on behalf of] Donald J. Trump, underscores the importance the Kremlin places on its information battles around the world. It is not clear who exactly has taken the helm…”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/07/business/media/russia-us-news-sites.html

NEW BUSINESS

[PDF] A Review of Computing with Spiking Neural Networks

J Wu, Y Wang, Z Li, L Lu, Q Li
Artificial neural networks (ANNs) have led to landmark changes in many fields, but
they still differ significantly from the mechanisms of real biological neural networks
and face problems such as high computing costs, excessive computing power, and
so on. Spiking neural networks (SNNs) provide a new approach combined with brain-
like science to improve the computational energy efficiency, computational
architecture, and biological credibility of current deep learning applications. In the …

Four-wave mixing based spectral Talbot amplifier for programmable purification of optical frequency combs

Z Li, Q Xie, Y Zhang, H Zhang, C Huang, C Shu – APL Photonics, 2024
Optical frequency combs (OFCs) with programmable free spectral range and high
optical carrier-to-noise ratio (CNR) play a crucial role in diverse research fields,
including telecommunications, spectroscopy, quantum information, astronomy …

[PDF] Experimental realization of quantum walks near synthetic horizons on photonic lattices

R He, Y Zhao, C Sheng, J Duan, Y Wei, C Sun, L Lu… – Physical Review Research, 2024
Entanglement plays crucial roles in quantum optics, providing a prerequisite for
these recent unprecedented leaps. Nevertheless, the study of quantum
entanglement under the influence of relativity, an important ingredient of quantum …

A Survey of Quantum Internet Protocols From a Layered Perspective
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/10422804/keywords#keywords

[PDF] Qubit teleportation between a memory-compatible photonic time-bin qubit and a solid-state quantum network node

M Iuliano, MC Slater, AJ Stolk, MJ Weaver… – arXiv preprint arXiv …, 2024
We report on a quantum interface linking a diamond NV center quantum network
node and 795nm photonic time-bin qubits compatible with Thulium and Rubidium
quantum memories. The interface makes use of two-stage low-noise quantum …

GENERAL AI:  

Dataverse: Open-Source ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) Pipeline for Large Language Models

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=7435090463214465&set=gm.1859374081191082&idorvanity=181421825652991

 

CONCLUSION:

While any conclusions on the current state-of-affairs in artificial Intelligence would be speculative, what remains clear are the urgency of both the current status reporting and efforts and review and investigate into the ‘what if’ scenarios of the current artificial intelligence environment.

My own biggest question is when common interests in related technologies will become involved in developing the inherent advantages of the suggested neuromorphic optical architecture. As a ‘Math Guy’, I continue to rely on the standard ‘Definition-Theorem-Proof’ approach in these matters.

An intuitive geometric proof can be seen in the optical interconnect work (and page below- with major site updates). Please visit the site and review these many advantages thoroughly and work with us to license the patent-

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Avid readers of this newsletter will note that we have converted from a weekly newsletter to a monthly release! We will be supplementing these great volumes including your curated recommendations. ‘Much more to come-
Thank you again for reading and contributing your content!
best regards!       /Rogers

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