Windows 10 and Artificial Intelligence


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Windows 10 & Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The Daily Walk with Miracles, February 5, 2016, by Paul Evans. Video courtesy of Information Society and YouTube, news sources as noted.

Windows 10 is just so superior to anything that has come our way before in computer operating systems. I had my first Fortran programming course in 1978, and I’ve tried out a LOT of operating systems, but honestly? I’m in heaven now. 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.

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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?

Let 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. I do 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 which Cortana brings to the table for us. Wow! I just installed January’s upgraded version (build 11099) and find it stable, capable and basically fantastic.

As someone who has been testing Insider builds of Windows 10 for over a year, now, 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 www.windows.com/windows10upgrade. This is still a free upgrade for those who are currently using the Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. If you don’t have either of those, Windows 10 costs about $128 for the “Home” version, which is a fine OS and does what you need it to. Windows 10 Home is a complete package with almost everything you need to have most of the capabilities of the new OS. The two things lacking are the ability to virtualize your computer and to encrypt the hard drive properly. But Windows 10 Home has all the bells and whistles, otherwise. Businesses should strongly consider the “Pro” version, though, which has some added capabilities, as mentioned, 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.”

Something to keep in mind: Windows 10 does still have some security flaws. But according to ZDNet, Most Windows security flaws mitigated by ‘removing admin rights’ (February 5, 2016, by Zack Whitaker), which I usually accomplish by having TWO Microsoft accounts, and using one consistently without the administrativer rights. Works for me.

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%.

See Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 11099, Windows blog, January 13, 2016, by Gable Aul. The new release has few new capabilities except in terms of an attempt to make the OS more universal and work better on various platforms and devices. It was the previous build which gave Cortana enhanced capabilities.

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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 supercedes:,

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.”

Elon 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 and my latest build 11099 of Windows 10, just released, “on the fast track” of Windows 10 updates, 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.

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 is 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 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:

…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.

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