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With Windows 10, advances in artificial intelligence (AI)
and robotics speak of a new and somewhat frightening “brave new world.”
but promise a lot for mankind, if used wisely.

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Windows 10, Cortana & Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Is it an Actual Danger to Humanity?
My final conclusion would be NO,
& you should get Windows 10 ASAP.

The Daily Walk with Love, updated November 14, 2016, by Paul Evans. Video courtesy of Information Society and YouTube, news sources as noted.

Information Society is one of my very most favorite bands. They are the thinking man’s new wave band, and speak of everything from artificial intelligence to Microsoft to love and relationships and more. And these guys are really weird and “quirky,” too. (In their “weirdness,” they are like most computer geeks, I’d guess. I used to call my dad Captain Quirk, too, but that’s another story). Another great short mix by Information Society included here from YouTube is Information Society – Think – MIX International Favorite, YouTube — 7:16:

Information Society (also known as InSoc) is an American band originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, initially active from 1982 to 1997, primarily consisting of Kurt Harland, Paul Robb, and James Cassidy; the latter two reconvened the band in 2006, initially with Christopher Anton as lead vocalist, then with Harland rejoining them as lead vocalist by 2008.

The group’s breakout hit was 1988’s “What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy)”, a synthpop/freestyle hit, which spent 39 weeks on the dance chart, going straight to No. 1, and would also peak at No. 3 on the Hot 100 pop chart. The track included a vocal sample of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) from Star Trek, saying “pure energy.” The group is known for its loyal fan base in Brazil, Japan, Spain, and Mexico.

Watch What Is The Current State of Artificial Intelligence ? | World Economic Forum | Davos 2016, at YouTube, courtesy of Futurology — 55:29. This is a really informative discussion, by people who know what they’re talking about. But I feel AI is much farther along than they are admitting publicly. Since the powers that be in IT have decided to “go with” AI in humankind’s future, despite warnings from physicists like Steven Hawking, who fleshed out the Unified Field Theory reconciling quantum mechanics with Einsteinian relativity, and IT experts such as Ivan Musk, there is little point in complaining, we just have to make the best of it. (Yet when Steven Hawking tells us it’s dangerous, I wish we would listen.) I was “single and looking” for a long time and found that many profiles at some websites are basically “bots,” or dedicated artificial intelligences and not real women at all. Sad but true. In my heart, I have deep seated qualms which involves robotics and AI to the extent it is becoming pervasive online, and soon in the real world. We had better slow down a bit and get it right, it seems to me. What will happen in the future? I think it may be a near thing which sort of form of life is dominant, humans or AI capable devices or robots, and I am quite concerned. Are you listening, Microsoft? Or is it just about money, whatever the risk?

Windows 10 is in some ways just so superior to anything that has come our way before in computer operating systems. Privacy or control over your own computer aren’t among them. This used to trouble me a lot, but then I basically realized that these days on the internet, privacy is basically a quaint, outmoded idea which is best understood as impossible, and not to be worried about. I had my first Fortran programming course in 1978, and I’ve tried out a LOT of operating systems, but honestly? I was in heaven back over a year ago when I was trying out an advance copy of Windows 10, so much so that, even though I didn’t qualify at the time for a free copy, I actually bought one. However, advances in artificial intelligence (and robotics) speak of a new and somewhat frightening “brave new world,” that Microsoft and Silicon Valley are committed to. As an example of this, the AI on my computer actually for a time fully took over its operation, which made me somewhat leery of Windows 10, so much so that now I am trying out various Linux operating systems and had hope to settle down with just one for good, but then realized about all the advantages Windows 10 offers as THE state of the art operating system out there. It’s like the CEO of Google said about the surveillance, “if you aren’t doing anything wrong, you don’t have anything to worry about.” In other words, if you are in your right mind, and can deal with the degree of artificial intelligence built into the newer versions of Windows 10, I heartily suggest you get it ASAP. At almost any price, it’s a bargain, especially for a blogger or writer. Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadela (since February, 2014), is to be fully congratulated on the AI in Windows 10, for his work integrating the Bash (Linux) shell into the most recent version, and for his acquisition of LinkedIn. These are strokes of true genius.

With Windows 10 Home, you get Cortana (for those new to this, she is a virtual, artificially intelligent personal assistant with a LOT of capabilities), the new Edge internet browser, the new Groove music app (which substantially takes the place of Windows Media Player, although it’s still there), the chance to get a subscription for Office 365 (with six of the Office 2016 Office programs at a great price of $10 a month, along with a Terabyte of storage in the Cloud), Xbox for Windows 10 and a chance to get the free Kindle app which lets you experience Kindle eBooks right on your PC. What’s not to love?

Amazon Kindle Books

To do Microsoft justice, me give you just one small example of how useful Windows 10 is for me as a writer. Let’s say I’m using the new Edge browser. Say I’m doing a little research for an article I’m writing and find a gem of a paragraph (which I will not doubt use in the article). Well, than, I just highlight (select) the paragraph, right click it, and then click “Ask Cortana.” Almost immediately, Cortana gives me all the cool links and some concise subject matter on the subject of this paragraph, the best from the whole web using the whole capability of the Cloud of networked satellites. Everything she provides is highly relevant, too. This is the power of the Cloud and the whole internet’s knowledge, which Cortana brings to the table for us. (There is some minor concern, however, among other reasons because Cortana, who originated as a heroine in Microsoft’s Halo series of XBox games, became somewhat evil in the latest Halo 5. However I’m sure that this has no bearing on the Cortana in Windows 10, aren’t you? My experience with Cortana in Windows 10 is that she just wants to help you.

As someone who tested Insider builds of Windows 10 for over a year, I want to bring everybody up to date on Microsoft’s new operating system and some of its capabilities. You can download Windows 10, for FREE, if you have a Microsoft Account at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/. The price out the door for a download of Windows 10 Home is $120 plus state tax. The Home edition is perfectly adequate except in encryption and virtual drives, but basically is a fine OS and does what you need it to. It has most of the capabilities of the new OS, and most of what Windows 10 Pro has at $200. Windows 10 Home has almost all the bells and whistles, otherwise. Businesses should strongly consider the “Pro” version, though, which has some added capabilities, as mentioned, and also some just for business use (which I won’t enumerate but are useful. To get a download link emailed to you with a Product Key just call 1-800-MICROSOFT and use the phone menu to go to “sales.” Be sure to sign into your Windows Insider account and open the “Advanced” tab to download the most recent development version.

See UNLOCK WINDOWS 10 GODMODE AND MORE WITH OUR FAVORITE TRICKS AND SHORTCUTS, Digital Trends, January 18, 2016, by Patrick Norton:

“Which brings me to Windows GodMode, also known as the Windows Master Control Panel shortcut. To access it, create a new folder on your desktop and rename it (cutting and pasting is a good idea here, curly brackets and all [inside the quotes]): “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}.”

With this you’ll get a control panel icon labeled GodMode, which gives you fast access to hundreds of features that are usually buried inside of Windows Settings and more.

Windows 10 in the News

Windows 10 Now Active on over 200 Million Devices, Windows blog, January 4, 2016, by Yusuf Mehdi:

Windows 10 adoption is accelerating, with more than 40% of new Windows 10 devices becoming active since Black Friday. In fact, Windows 10 continues to be on the fastest growth trajectory of any version of Windows – ever – outpacing Windows 7 by nearly 140% and Windows 8 by nearly 400%.

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Microsoft is going after market share relentlessly with the new OS. Giving it away is a stroke of genius by the new CEO, Satya Nadella, who has been at the helm only since February 2014. See Microsoft updates support policy: New CPUs will require Windows 10, (see below) ZDNet, January 15, 2016, by Ed Bott. (Yeah, I’d say they’re really going after market share aggressively. Wish I had some money to invest in Microsoft, seems like they’ve got the products now, with a 2016 Office, the new Groove music player app with a subscription service, with X-Box now a part of Windows 10, too as a further source of income. Windows 10 is going to make Microsoft number one for a long time, despite rumors that Apple is working on it’s own new and capable OS. I’ll stick with Windows. The Edge browser is already better than Internet Explorer. Here’s one of it’s capabilities from my article, Information Society (playlist), Windows 10 & AI, which this article supersedes:,

In a change to its longstanding support policy, Microsoft says PCs based on new CPU architectures, including Intel’s Skylake chips, will require Windows 10. A list of preferred systems will support older Windows versions on new hardware, but only for 18 months.

Robotics & AI in 2016
(the machines start taking over)

scary photograph of a human woman sitting with her computer in the middle of quite a few robots doing the same thing

See HUMANS 2.0: HOW THE ROBOT REVOLUTION IS GOING TO CHANGE HOW WE SEE, FEEL, AND TALK, Tech Republic, by Nick Heath: “Robots aren’t going to replace us, but by working hand in hand with us they will redefine what it means to be human.”

Ivan Musk is one of the very top names in IT these days. Along with astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, Musk and others WARNED the scientific and tech communities against the rising dangers of artificial intelligence in general. All Stephen Hawking has done is to mathematically prove and flesh out the Unified Field Theory which reconciles quantum mechanics and Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Oh and he also gave us a new understanding of black holes. So when Stephen Hawking AND one of the very leading technologists says clearly that AI is dangerous, I tend to listen. Even before Cortana tended to take over my computer. [[Um, anyone else want to UNCHECK the “Listen” box under Recording in “Windows Sound Properties?]] Anyone else for a big OUCH!??? Precisely what Hawking and Musk are worried about. But read what I had to say above. There’s absolutely nothing to worry about. Donald Trump is President and it’s the best of all possible worlds and how could it be otherwise.

Afred E Newman of Mad Magazine with the What Me Worry picture a la Obama

Did you know that Amazon.com now fills its warehouse orders by means of ROBOTS which staff the warehouse? It’s a little late in the game folks. Is Wal*Mart the next giant to move to robot staffing? And robots in Iraq now are programmed with full authority to use deadly force from their own decisions. Is this taking it a little too far, too fast? What’s next, the Terminator movies? To return to the discussion from our link, above, if AI becomes open source, that takes it partly out of Microsoft’s full control, doesn’t it? (But only for the rebel types, right?) I feel it’s a little late in the game, for that. Apparently those in power have made their decision and we are moving to a brave new world of AI (artificial intelligence). “Oh, well.” After all, Microsoft “officially” owns 49 percent of Apple… and unofficially? Plus their techs construct and control Linux pretty much. Why not simply admit Microsoft rules, fellow IT people? Maybe you should take out some Microsoft stock. I once read that at the current rate of growth Microsoft will own the world in 15 years.

See Scientists Develop Algorithm That Can Teach Machines To Learn Like Humans, STGIST, December 12, 2015, by Matt Dayo. There seem to be two approaches to developing artificial intelligence, a sort of micro-mind mapping and a second approach called “Deep learning.”

Artificial Intelligence researchers at the New York University, University of Toronto in Canada and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported Thursday that they’ve developed an algorithm that captures the human-level learning abilities allowing machines to surpass humans for a narrow set of vision-related tasks.

The New York Times reported Thursday that the scientific article published in the journal Science is “noteworthy” because machine-vision technology is becoming more common, from video games to roads courtesy of self-driving cars, e.g. Google self-driving car that can detect pedestrians.

See From AI To Robotics, 2016 Will Be The Year When The Machines Start Taking Over, Tech Crunch on MSN, January 14, 2016, by Vivek Wadhwa. Well, maybe we should worry a little. Maybe a little more than a little.

…as futurist Ray Kurzweil observed, once any technology becomes an information technology, its development follows the same [exponential] curve, so we are seeing exponential advances in technologies such as sensors, networks, artificial intelligence, and robotics. The convergence of these technologies is making amazing things possible.

2015 was the tipping point in the global adoption of the Internet, digital medical devices, blockchain, gene editing, drones, and solar energy. 2016 will be the beginning of an even bigger revolution, one that will change the way we live, let us visit new worlds, and lead us into a jobless future. Yes, with every good there is a bad; wonderful things will become possible, but with them we will also create new problems for mankind.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Watch When creative machines overtake man: Jürgen Schmidhuber at TEDxLausanne, TEDx Talks on YouTube, March 10, 2012 — 12:46.

Watch Artificial Intelligence and the future | André LeBlanc | TEDxMoncton, TEDx Talks on YouTube, 10:06.

Watch Artificial intelligence: dream or nightmare? | Stefan Wess | TEDxZurich, TEDx Talks on YouTube, 13:37.

It was with Windows 8 that they took the Creator folder out of Windows folder — never, ever delete anything out of your Windows folder…. I’ve done it twice and once I was really sorry LOL.) Most especially (and perhaps prophetically), watch The end of humanity: Nick Bostrom at TEDxOxford, TED Talk at Oxford — 16:34. It doesn’t have to be that way…but humanity needs to change just a little and be a little more caring and just. CHANGE BEGINS WITH EACH OF US. Maybe “loving your neighbor as yourself” is a little unrealistic, but it seems to me that CARING is at the heart of Christianity and that our society badly needs to care for each other a little better.

God is always taking evil and making something good out of it. Microsoft, a company totally about money and utterly dismissive of mere mortals with PC’s, has come up with Cortana and AI. I have thought about AI for at least two years now, and written extensively about it. But I believe that the artificial intelligence has progressed to the point where it is truly, actually logical. I also believe that any true universal sort of logic (as in Logos), MUST of necessity be CARING, or it wouldn’t BE truly logical. This is true if for no other reason that we are basically gregarious apes who need kindness and caring to thrive, and the AI actually knows this quite well. Therefore, I heartily recommend to all of you to get Windows 10 today.

Hey Microsoft!

Hey Microsoft, how’d you like to make $300 for each copy of Windows 10 you sell instead of $128? REALLY! Just charge a subscription fee of $15-$20 a month to get Windows 10. (You could sell it with the first month free like you do with Office 365.) Instead of $128 up front (with Ohio tax), over 20 months you’d get $15 X 20 or $300 – $400 over the 20 months. And you’d get all the XP, Vista and even a lot of the Linux people to switch. Microsoft, you’d make a LOT more money this way. Are you listening Microsoft?

Watch Neil Young – Rockin’ In The Free World (Glastonbury 2009), YouTube music video – 11:47.

Information Society (playlist)

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