Re: [GRG] Review Sci-Movie: “Her”

Dr. S.: A really cute animation below.  It reminds me
of the need for L. A. Zadeh’s (UC Berkeley) Fuzzy Set Theory from 1969
applied to the English
language. — Steve Coles
At 03:53 PM 7/30/2014, S. Hagberg wrote:
    Alan Watts commentary is always timely, and fun, like
much of his work.  There’s lots more floating around.  Disclosure: A great friend is involved in producing Alan Watts
pieces, which I do preview.  So I’m highly biased.
http://ift.tt/1lZ5687(TRT = 2:36 Min.)
— S.
S. Hagberg, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor
Neurosurgery
University of New Mexico
shagberg@unm.edu
401-524-7177

To Members and
Friends of the Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group: I just
watched the Hollywood Sci-Fi movie “her” [1] on DVD, in
which a mate (futuristic smart-phone voice-only [think Siri]
played/voiced by
Scarlet Johansson [except for a short segment by a different human
surrogate-actress who never spoke in her own voice except through a wall

{a for-hire real woman and not an android/humanoid robot as ought to have
been the case in this film given the alleged technology of the future
time,
which will certainly come to us with the advent of the Singularity in due
course [*]}.  Her self-appointed name is Symantha (one of many
OS-1’s as
developed by the company that made them, that we never get to see), and
she does more than just pass the Turing Test!  The film takes place

in Los Angeles, CA, where people appear to be so self-indulgently
involved in social relationships that they hardly ever mention in the
movie what
the parameters of the new voice technologies are and why the SW-designers
developed them in the first place.  We learn much later in the film
that
Symantha lives/computes in a server cloud that comfortably processes over
8,000 other relationships concurrently without missing a beat (except
for
once, when we get to first witness separation-anxiety and subsequently
jealousy [need for relationship-exclusivity/commitment] from an
anthropomorphic
point-of-view [not a machineomorphic point-of-view, where the rate of
evolution of mental capacity is expanding hyper-exponentially and is
mystifying,
even to the machine(s) that are experiencing it, compared with their
human colleagues/adversaries/lovers/partners (think humans cohabiting
with ants
or a contest between Bambi and Godzilla or else how two human partners
can drift apart, even when they have children in common, on the grounds

that one says, “I have moved on.”)]).

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My full-time commitment is to slow and ultimately reverse age related functional decline to increase healthy years of life. I’ve been active in this area since the 1970s, steadily building skills and accomplishments. I have a good basic understanding of the science of aging, and have many skills that complement those of scientists so they can focus on science to advance our shared mission. Broad experience Top skills: administration, management, information technology (data and programming), communications, writing, marketing, market research and analysis, public speaking, forging ethical win-win outcomes among stakeholders (i.e. high level "selling"). Knowledge in grant writing, fundraising, finance. Like most skilled professionals, I’m best described as a guy who defines an end point, then figures out how to get there. I enjoy the conception, design, execution and successful completion of a grand plan. Executive Director Gerontology Research Group (GRG). Manages Email discussion forum, web site, meetings and oversees supercentenarian (oldest humans, 110+ years) research. CEO / Executive Director Carl I. Bourhenne Medical Research Foundation (Aging Intervention Foundation), an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit. http://www.AgingIntervention.org Early contributor to Supercentenarian Research Foundation. Co-Founder Geroscience Healthspan Forum. Active contributor to numerous initiatives to increase healthy years of life. Co-authored book on conventional, practical methods available today to slow the processes of aging – nutrition, exercise, behavior modification and motivation, stress reduction, proper supplementation, damage caused by improper programs, risk reduction and others. Fundamental understanding of, and experience in the genomics of longevity (internship analyzing and curating longevity gene papers). Biological and technical includes information technology, software development and computer programming, bioinformatics and protein informatics, online education, training programs, regulatory, clinical trials software, medical devices (CAT scanners and related), hospital electrical equipment testing program. Interpersonal skills – good communication, honest, well liked, works well in teams or alone. Real world experience collaborating in interdisciplinary teams in fast paced organizations. Uses technology to advance our shared mission. Education: MBA 1985 University of Southern California -- Deans List, Albert Quon Community Service Award (for volunteering with the American Longevity Association and helping an elderly lady every other week), George S. May Scholarship, CA State Fellowship. BA psychology, psychobiology emphasis 1983 California State University Fullerton Physiological courses as well as core courses (developmental, abnormal etc). UCLA Psychobiology 1978, one brief but fast moving and fulfilling quarter. Main interest was the electrochemical basis of consciousness. Also seminars at the NeuroPsychiatric Institute. Other: Ongoing conferences, meetings and continuing education. Aging, computer software and information technology. Some molecular biology, biotech, bio and protein informatics, computer aided drug design, clinical medical devices, electronics, HIPAA, fundraising through the Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals. Previous careers include: Marketing Increasing skill set and successes in virtually all phases, with valuable experience in locating people and companies with the greatest need and interest in a product or service, and sitting across the table with decision makers and working out agreements favorable to all. Information Technology: Management, data analysis and programming in commercial and clinical trials systems, and bioinformatics and protein informatics. As IT Director at Newport Beach, CA based technology organization Success Family of Continuing Education Companies, provided online software solutions for insurance and financial professionals in small to Fortune 500 size companies. We were successful with lean team organization (the slower moving competition was unable to create similar software systems). Medical devices: At Omnimedical in Paramount CA developed and managed quality assurance dept. and training depts. for engineers, physicians and technicians. Designed hospital equipment testing program for hospital services division. In my early 20’s I was a musician, and studied psychology and music. Interned with the intention of becoming a music therapist. These experiences helped develop valuable skills used today to advance our shared mission of creating aging solutions.
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