Making Connections Blog

Making Connections is a blog-site that pulls upon the experiences of Paul Teleki.  Guest writers are invited to submit any connections they make that are not so obvious in modern society.

Zero-tolerance needs to start Yesterday

The latest trial with Marco Muzzo, the disgraced son of a billionaire, is one of the lowest points in Canadian history.  In an instant, a mother lost three of her children and her father due to a drunk driving incident.  Why?  Because Ontario-laws tolerate alcohol in our blood when we drive.  I’m not saying that our laws allow for copious amounts of alcohol in our blood, but some alcohol in our blood may blur the lines between what is acceptable and not acceptable for our own judgement and the judgement of our courts.

The trial has been pretty straightforward since Marco Muzzo pleaded guilty, but there is concern in me regarding the crown’s recommended sentence and finite license revoking as a result of murdering everyone this woman and her family has lived for.  Although the judge has not laid down the sentence for Marco Muzzo as of yet, it is hard to believe that the crown would recommend 8-10 years in prison and 10 years of a suspended license.  How about life in prison and never be able to drive again?

The ultimate criminal, in my opinion, is our laws which tolerate some alcohol in our blood whereas so many other countries have a zero-tolerance for drinking and driving.  The very fact that we allow some alcohol (0.04) down from 0.08 still allows for an event like this to be downgraded from 1st degree murder to manslaughter.  You see, with zero-tolerance laws any alcohol consumption would be considered pre-meditative because the individual knows that there is no room for alcohol in their system.  With a 0.04 level, it allows individuals to make their own judgement whether the one, two or more drinks fits within the allowed blood-alcohol level and as we can see allowing for this sort of judgement has proven fatal.

Furthermore, a zero-tolerance level is great for the economy.  With all of this hype around Uber, why not support our taxi cab and alternative transportation industry by having zero-tolerance and forcing people to find another means to transport themselves with alcohol in their blood.  While we are at it, stiffen the fines and punishment for getting behind the wheel with alcohol in our blood.  These added fines can go towards helping people with their issues, organizations that advocate against drinking and driving, and our police officers

From this day forward, any individuals who lose their life due to drinking and driving is at the hands of the state.  It is our national responsibility to make zero-tolerance a blanketed law so that we can prevent future wrongdoing and strengthen our accountability measures from manslaughter to 1st degree pre-meditative murder.

A harsh sentence alone from the judge will not be enough to deter this type of result in the future. In high school I lost a dear friend to drinking and driving, it impacted the entire community, so let’s put an end to drinking and driving once and for all.

By: Paul Teleki

 


 

Human Assisting Tech-Intelligent Ethos

First of all, we need to rid of the word artificial before the word intelligence.  There is nothing artificial about computers and the internet, conversely it is very much alive.  Perhaps we can change the term to acute-intelligence or tech-intelligence for the purpose of this article.

Human self-interest in combination with our technological prosperity is leading the planet and its inhabitants towards an uninhabitable planet. By developing technology to help overcome the self-interested nature of humans, we can make evidence-based decisions.  Technology has made it possible to access evidence faster and with better precision, and technology is better able to interact with humans. Also, tech-intelligence has difficulty experiencing as humans do, so the advancement of experiential data combined with advanced contextualization capabilities will lead us to a tech-intelligence that can interact with the human participant(s).

Categorical Imperative and Preferences Ai

Rooted in most ethical theory are self-interested and subjective principles; however, duty-based and maxim producing theory leads us closer to objective analysis and contextualization of our environment and interactions. Technology can allow us to have up-to-the-moment access to contextualized sense data. Additionally, the software can access a network of contextualized sense data of individual participants, biological being or technology. Tech-intelligence will have the ability to guide human understanding and interaction with lived experience while simultaneously contextualizing human and technological experiences.

Lived Experience

We are at least a decade away from tech-ontology where different sense data components can contextualize lived experience of human participants. Currently, technology requires human input in the form of mathematical algorithms and finite code. Tech-ontology will also contextualize its own experience in the context of sensing lived experience of humans or robotics. At this point, if the program can contextualize the lived experiences of all participants simultaneously in the form of evidence-based design, all beings who need to interact with the system will live harmoniously with the natural environment and each other.

We are wasting our time trying to create autonomous beings in the image of humans and other biological creatures. Tech-intelligence will operate remotely using the increasing inputs facilitated by humans ingenuity. Its goal will be to provide evidence to make intelligent decisions. Eventually, the program will understand the process needed to guide humans in this quest.

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Democracy

December 22, 2015

As we enter into an age where humans have impacted the global environment on an all-inclusive scale, our ability to make decisions on a larger scale needs to be improved.  Technology has adapted our lives to communicate quickly and in rich formats, and what we know as artificial intelligence (AI) is still in pieces.  Our ability to work together and innovate has great implications on the advancement of AI, but at the cost of heavy industry, enormous amounts of energy, and the eventual pollution of our planet.

Right now we are walking a fine balance of allowing AI to push us beyond our threshold of survival or figuring out a way to use AI to manage ourselves within the context of a fully functional global ecosystem.  I would advocate for the latter and plan on contributing to this field of interest.  I believe that the role of AI should be to advance the global community in such a way that we live harmoniously with our natural environment while achieving innovation, creativity and prosperity.

So how does this all relate to democracy, that is: how can AI “advance the involvement of all people in decision making” in politics and economics? Technology is the only way we can achieve an ideal like democracy, but specifically the machines ability to facilitate this end will advance if democracy itself is advanced.  Let’s be honest, with the injustice in the world caused by humans we do not seem to be doing a very good job, especially since we allow our economic system to allow a select few of them to control the decision making process.

So what’s next?  

Technology is everywhere and we use its intelligence in many ways (cell phones, laptops, robotics, etc.) to mimic human behaviour and we are slowly piecing the puzzles of intelligence together. The way we do this is critical to its outcome. The way in which we should use technology and AI should be to advance our evidence-based decision making practices.  If we do this, we will most certainly find harmony between humans and the natural environment.

 

By: Paul Teleki


 

Evolution: Intelligent by Design

December 13th, 2015

Lately, artificial intelligence is something that really captivates me. While some applications of AI can been predicted as leading to violence or apocalyptic scenarios, I see artificial intelligence as providing another result that will be greatly beneficial to human sustainability and prosperity on the planet.

Although this article has more to do with evolution of all species on the planet, I believe its link to artificial intelligence is greatly needed to achieve sustainability.  The concept of evolution and adaptation of species for billions of years may be misunderstood by both non-secular and religious believers.  This article is important to all people in understanding how we can properly apply the concepts of evolution and adaptation to benefit global sustainability.

Asking questions about the link between evolution and intelligence is vital to satisfying all groups in moving forward as a community of mutuality, and if any of us are to survive and protect our surrounding environments, we need to apply the concept set forth in this article.

Let us start with intelligence.  We can consider ourselves intelligent, and theologically speaking, we are created by the an ultimately intelligent being, and at times we figuratize some symbol or person to be like us, but better.  On the other hand are those who either believe there is no intelligent creator or there may be something that is simply beyond our understanding (agnostic). But perhaps by looking outwards for our answers we are making a mistake: that the link between our all species on the earth, evolution, and artificial intelligence are interdependent as far as survival of the human species is concerned.

If we accept what scientific discovery has shown us, it’s that species have adapted over billions of years to result in a collection of intelligent species on our planet.  Science has also shown us the devastation of species and environments and the human connection to this problem.  This type of intelligence is fundamental to the design by which evolution and adaptation creates.  In essence, intelligence is a product of evolution as a result of its design.  Evolution is by-design a process that results in intelligence, so not only is there an ultimately intelligent being, we have the capacity to perhaps surpass what is considered ultimately intelligent.  To become and surpass what is known as God to many.

We cannot do this without artificial intelligence.  If used properly, AI can lead us to a better symbiosis between the planet, cosmos, and all other species and it has already helped in a variety of ways.  When we think of AI, we tend to think of a complex machine with an infinite number of working probabilities, but for the purpose of this article lets conceptualize even the smaller interactions like calculations and transmission of data.

What scares me and many others like Telsa’s CEO, are some human’s desire to use artificial intelligence for warfare, violence and control.  I cannot honestly wrap my head around how not to let these people access advanced machinery for the purposes of killing.  If our collective consciousness sought to sustain ourselves using AI, what would that environment look like? This is a question I will answer later.

Without digressing too much, the basis of this article is to lay the ground work of investigating how we can use artificial intelligence to both sustain ourselves on our planet, in our cosmos, and be prosperous at the same time. Essentially, it doesn’t seem like these concepts are congruent at this time considering the injustice and environmental impacts that are looming.  Industry, at the cost of quality of life, has developed intensely with the advent of artificial intelligence, so how do we move from using it with negative implications to positive implications?  We will talk about it in another article.

By: Paul Teleki

 


 

Protecting your Child’s Privacy

Sept 22, 2015

I am somewhat grateful that when I was a child social media did not have as static a presence as it does now.  The reason being: I own all the content of when I was a child (except if it is posted it on social media).  As for lately, well… I post a lot of images of myself, but I shy away from posting my son’s image or another child’s image without the consent of the parents and child.

My wife and I have a fairly strict policy regarding our son Orion’s image or video being posted on social media.  Social media is a business, and businesses need to make money, so if you are getting a service for free, you are probably giving up some rights to privacy and ownership of information about you.

It doesn’t bother me when parents post images and content of their children online, but sometimes it can go a little too far.  But the purpose of this article is not to shame anyone, it is to bring to light some cautions and considerations my wife and I practice on social media. Afterall, social media performs wonderfully at cataloguing our life stories.

1) Importance of Consent

Kids under 13 are very busy, and they need us to help them understand consent.  It would be hard to say that a 2 year old can truly consent to allowing their picture or video being posted on social media.  Let’s assume the content is somewhat embarrassing or reveals something rather personal about the child.  Okay… that’s a kind of worst case scenario.  Consent should not only come from the child, but from the parents as well if you are a third party posting the content.  How are we supposed to teach our children what consent means when we show them otherwise?  Either way, an image of a fetus being shown through an ultrasound may be where I draw the line on social media.

2) Private Information

Sometimes it can be injurious to ourselves to share information about our mental or physical problems.  Have you ever had your insurance revoked or been pre-judged based on something posted online?  My child’s personal and physical challenges are not the business of the general community.  I would also be afraid of how my child is impacted by returning to that content and developing that perception of themselves.  Some things are meant to be private, and other things are meant to be forgotten.  Worse yet, if you posted something personal about another child or person that affected them negatively later, they could have grounds to take action and that would be unfortunate.

“information that others have shared about you is not part of your account and will not be deleted when you delete your account” ~ Facebook Data Policy

3) Ownership

Who owns the content you post online and why? This one is both easy and difficult to understand.  In order for social media sites like Facebook to “use all of the information we have about you to show you relevant ads” they need to have your consent to own it.  They get this permission through the Terms of Service agreement you clicked “I agree” to.

“we store data for as long as it is necessary to provide products and services to you and others” ~ Facebook Data Policy

4) The Solution(s)?

a) So this article focuses on kids under 13, so consent it key.  This is also a great way to introduce any child to respectful social media use, by explaining what consent means and the implications of posting content online.  Getting consent from another parent and child together really allows all parties to be a part of a respectful process.  Even with my Ninja Kids, I actively seek consent from the parents and children to use any image or video of them.

b) Another solution is to host content on a website (like this one), it requires more time than monetary investment.  I could show you how to do it.

c) Avoid posting sensitive content, or things that could embarrass the child later down the road.  The child does not own the content you post, nor do you.  My wife and I would like to avoid disadvantaging our child by posting personal information about him (or any child for that matter).

Social media needs to make money, so social media site like Facebook “use all of the information we have about you to show you relevant ads.”  They have a right to share your information to third parties without your consent.  So this article is not only about protecting your child’s private information, but yours as well.

Here’s a video of my son Orion that I would like to share with you, which we own via this website:

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Raising Able

Sept 18th, 2015

Having a child is exhausting, however parenting comes with many rewards.  Enabling our children to become autonomous beings can be both celebratory and ironically heartbreaking. While a student in existentialism, I became acutely aware of the concept of freedom and choice in human development.  Having a child amplifies this experience by understanding it on a daily basis. Watching my son Orion grow is captivating to say the least.

I have this continual urge to challenge my son Orion while maintain utmost safety. By definition, I’ve seen helicopter and snowplow parents in action, so there is a fine balance between helping your child excel and your child becoming injured physically or mentally.

20150909_145031I’ve taken the liberty, with inspiration from my son Orion, to create an obstacle course in the backyard out of wood, bricks and stone.  There is a see-saw, sturdy and bouncy pieces of wood, and it is raised about 4 inches off the ground.  I’ve added to the obstacle course gradually, small additions or adjustments here and there.

At times, Orion will slip, but that’s okay, he can land on the soft grass or use his hands on the wood planks to stop his fall.  Either way, only laughter and chatter have come from this area.  I can help him stay motivated to master the obstacle course by doing it with him.  Whatever I show him or help him with he eventually tries himself.  At times, he’ll think of things that I didn’t yet.

These experiences have led me to creating the curriculum for Ninja Kids at Trent Athletics.  Thanks to Sensei Tom Hino’s high quality mats that he allows us to use, the kids have a safe environment to practice challenging themselves.  Kids love games and challenges, not to necessarily compete, but to work together and have fun.

So creating an environment that is challenging, safe (without helicoptering), and fun is easier said than done. :)  Watch the video below to see Orion in action on the obstacle course.

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