Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument: Interest in the Anthropology of Information Technology, Recent book focuses on this - bit.ly/HarbinBook - and - https://twitter.com/HarbinBook, New Academic Press at World University and School, planned for all 7,097 living languages with machine translation eventually, Realistic virtual Harbin as field site for actual virtual comparison, "14 Planned WUaS Revenue Streams" re A) the CC 501 c 3 non-profit side and vis-a-vis B) the upcoming for-profit side, as a schema, WUaS is planning a CC Universal Translator on (A) the CC non-profit side (fundraising and making financial arrangements for this with great universities in all languages for all 8k languages) while on the (B) for-profit side WUaS planning to commercialize machine translation for an Academic Press, which machine translation should/could become "professional" in the next few years with AI (and graduate / undergrad students in many languages will hopefully teach the Universal Translator AI too), To to GAMIFY CC MIT OCW re Quaker-informed World University and School ... stay tuned "), 'Twould be great however if WUaS could advertise learning MIT OCW being more fun than video games, and have kids vote for this with their mouse clicks


Tayl, re our correspondence yesterday (from which I only include what I wrote) - 

http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/01/papahanaumokuakea-marine-national.html

I've long had an interest in the Anthropology of Information Technology, and my recent book focuses on this - bit.ly/HarbinBook - and - https://twitter.com/HarbinBook - and comes into conversation, in a sense, with Tom Boellstorff's "Coming of Age in SL." I really enjoy visiting Harbin Hot Springs as field site - with its own interesting psychology. Although my actual-virtual Harbin ethnography is a big book (354 pages on 8.5 x 11 paper), I'm ambivalent about writing ethnography as well as selling an ethnographic book. 

I'm glad however that it emerged in a new Academic Press at World University and School, planned for all 7,097 living languages with machine translation eventually. It also focuses on creating a realistic virtual Harbin as field site for actual virtual comparison, which I hope to do in another Harbin ethnographic book some years hence. This realistic virtual earth/(Harbin) would also have a universal translator as part of it - think Google Streetview/Maps/Earth with TIME SLIDER with OpenSim/SL, and scalable to the cellular and atomic levels for STEM (and brain) research and as a classroom. 

If you look at the "14 Planned WUaS Revenue Streams" - http://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/2016/01/14-planned-wuas-revenue-streams.html - re A) the CC 501 c 3 non-profit side and vis-a-vis B) the upcoming for-profit side, as a schema, WUaS is planning a CC Universal Translator on (A) the CC non-profit side (fundraising and making financial arrangements for this with great universities in all languages for all 8k languages) while on the (B) for-profit side WUaS planning to commercialize machine translation for an Academic Press, which machine translation should/could become "professional" in the next few years with AI (and graduate / undergrad students in many languages will hopefully teach the Universal Translator AI too). How WUaS will develop this re Google Translate, Wikidata and similar is a question that's still open ... and for software as well. 

Conceptually, how could a Google Translate help your Curious software ? 

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Thanks, Alan, for the update about your two eldest teenage sons, Lachlyn and Scott's career planning (http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Career_counseling) at this stage of life and re (free MIT) Uni  ... just exploring / looking to bring on a very experienced Video Gaming CEO (see this great recent Stanford talk from Tom Kalinske -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr7_lJ7J6T8 -) to GAMIFY CC MIT OCW re Quaker-informed World University and School ... stay tuned ") 

(... and to my blog post tomorrow - scott-macleod.blogspot.com ... re free CC MIT I.B. high school potentially emerging from the SF Friends K-8 school ...) 

I'm meeting with Tom in person on Tuesday nearby in Redwood City. 

I'm sure we/WUaS/ Tom-if-he-helps with our startup won't be able to make MIT OCW more fun than video games. And we for sure won't be able to make instruction about candy making more fun either ... (but we might be able to help with a course of study developing great candy as an international product ...) 

'Twould be great however if WUaS could advertise learning MIT OCW being more fun than video games, and have kids vote for this with their mouse clicks (soon to be brainwave headsets in part, in all likelihood :)

Looking forward to "Music Playing Spaces" together after some weeks ...

Off to play a small pipes' gig shortly ... and re a Scot (whose parents were of the "wee folk" - a sociological "grouping/people" I'd posit, from before mid 20th century ... probably had something in common with gypsies too) who has lived in Marin for decades ...

I'll keep on the outlook for teenagers who might want to really enjoy free CC MIT college online from the comfort of their own homes - whether that be in NZ or the Shetlands (first in English!:)


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Friday, January 20, 2017

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument: How best to add the remaining 6,994 known living languages, and as what I'm calling as a new method "ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy" ? Thanks!, World University and School's language "localization" strategy, Google Translate with Wikipedia then building out with ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy


How best to add the remaining 6,994 known living languages, and with what I'm calling as a new method "ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy" ? Thanks!






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Hi Tayl, 

I wanted to reply to you yesterday afternoon from Stanford, but I unusually didn't have wireless access there in the afternoon. Apologies for the delay. 

World University and School's language "localization" strategy, conceptually, goes something like this. Having donated CC WUaS to CC Wikidata (CC Wikipedia's database developing with AI, machine learning and machine translation in its 358 languages) in October of 2015, and hoping to have a new wiki WUaS site working many months ago, and also since WUaS has Google Education, and is somewhat Google-centric, since their "ecosystem" with TensorFlow and Google Neural Machine Translation (GNMT) / Translate, for example, is in 103 languages, and is far-reaching, WUaS plans to develop a Universal Translator - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/WUaS_Universal_Translator - in all 7,097 known living languages (Ethnologue) / 7,943 entries in languages (Glottolog). (I gave an IBM CSIG talk on a Universal Translator). Since learning recently of advances with GNMT, WUaS's goal would be therefore to explore adding Wikipedia's remaining languages to Google Translate (or explore interoperating these) - which amounts roughly to 208 further languages - and by also engaging a new anthropological method which I'm calling ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy, planned in all languages (living, extinct and invented), and then wiki-build out from this total of ~358 languages, hypothetically in Google Translate, to all 7,943 entries under languages in Glottolog, each a WUaS wiki subject page for open teaching and learning in this language to begin. 

To give you an idea of CC World University and School (http://worlduniversityandschool.org - check out the ~12 main WUaS areas here), in brief, including its business side, here's CC MIT OpenCourseWare-centric (in 7 languages) and CC Yale OYC-centric World University's "14 Planned WUaS Revenue Streams" - http://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/2016/01/14-planned-wuas-revenue-streams.html - on both WUaS's 501 c 3 non-profit and upcoming for-profit wings, - with both planned in all ~200 countries' main and official languages as major Universities (i.e. "Harvards of the Web" offering Bachelor, Ph.D., Law and M.D. degrees as well as I.B. high school degrees, - again in all countries' main and official languages), and also in all 7,097+ known living languages (each too as language, book store and academic press markets to help grow smallest languages, and knowledge resources about them). 

And here's a recent WUaS monthly business meeting agenda - http://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/2017/01/wuas-january-14-2017-monthly-business.html - and see also - http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/01/mediterranean-moray-wuas-january-14.html - and the rest of this latter blog - /label/global%20university - for further WUaS planning (including, for example, a universal translator, with A.I., machine translation and machine learning - also around CC MIT OCW in 7 languages +). See this blog too re ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy - http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy . 

So combining Google Translate's 103 languages with Wikidata/Wiktionary/MediaWiki's 358 languages (less 103) as a "localization strategy" offers both relatively robust, open, Google infrastructure (as a kind of metaphorical extended set of APIs) potentially with the Creative Commons' licensed and Wiki resources of the Wikimedia Foundation/Wikipedia, - and potentially all emerging out of Wikidata/Wikibase (which is a far-reaching CC developing database that's ~ four years' old) either as a WUaS / Wikimedia Foundation based application separate from their "Content Translation" (my preference) or with their "Content Translation" program developed explicitly for Wikipedia articles only. This localization approach would include engaging the WMF's CC Wiktionary for lexemes and the wiki volunteer process, too.

I haven't yet looked to see if Kinyaranda, which language I think you know Tayl, is a "Google" or "Wikipedia" language, but in what ways could you see possibly further collaborating? World University and School's first priority currently is to get a new wiki web site emerging from Wikdata probably into MediaWiki (which is the front-end basis for Wikipedia too) working, and also develop a "course catalog" and "You at WUaS" web pages so students from around the world, first in English, could apply to and matriculate online at WUaS this autumn for free, CC, MIT OCW-centric (eventually in its 7 languages) and CC Yale OYC-centric Bachelor / undergraduate degrees at WUaS. Graduate student instructors would be teaching to CC MIT and CC Yale faculty in video for accreditation planning purposes, but such graduate students might also be able to help with the coding of all of this (and eventually all languages too).

How best might we further develop this collaboration conversation? What's Curious's localization strategy? In what ways could a wiki Google / Wikidata centric WUaS universal translator be added to Curious's tablets for learning which you so interestingly shared with us yesterday in your IBM CSIG presentation. Looking forward to talking. Thank you.

Best regards, 
Scott

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Hi Tayl, 

Thanks for your email as well. World University and School is also MIT OCW-centric in its 7 languages - https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/translated-courses/ - which include Chinese and Korean, Portuguese and Spanish, and Persian and Turkish. These will be central as WUaS develops its online universities in countries' main languages, our localization strategy, and our developing translator project. Looking forward to being in touch potentially in 6 months about this. 

What are you thinking about these days re your anthropology degree focus  - and also with regard to Curious? 

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

California sea lion: "How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)", Singing Harmony for Happiness?, And now for something completely different, yet related, speaking of tuning ~ The Curious World of Great Highland Bagpipe Tuning, Piobaireachd, Barber_Shop_Quartet_Singing, Virtual Choir, World University Music School, Singing Harmony, Singing Descant


"How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)"

is a book by Ross Duffin about why it is impossible to be perfectly in tune when playing a keyboard instrument.  It helps explain why Bruce sometimes tells us to tune a little higher or lower than the pitch we get from the piano.

It ends, after 160 pages, with this quote:

"Do not be afraid to be out of tune with the piano.  It is the piano that is out of tune.  The piano with its tempered scale is a compromise in intonation." -- Pablo Casals.

Anyway, I picked it up awhile back at the Friends of the Library book sale, and would be happy to share.  It will be in my slot when I remember to bring it in.

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Thanks, Robert, and Hi, All, :)

And now for something completely different, yet related, speaking of tuning ~

The GHB bagpipe in tuning hovers around B flat in mixolydian mode (where the 7th is natural).  But, curiously, Great Highland Bagpipers play the A written on sheet music (both low A & high A) as B flats. (To say it slightly differently, Great Highland Bagpipers would play the As on this "The Desperate Battle" Piobaireachd sheet music, which I've attached somewhere around a B flat). I think this emerges out of bagpiping culture over centuries. (I now only play the Scottish small pipes which is in A mixolydian).

For your interest, I'm attaching the sheet music for the Piobaireachd (Pibroch) "The Desperate Battle" published by the Piobaireachd Society Book 7 in Glasgow in 1938 - for the Great Highland Bagpipe. It's a classical piece of GHB pipe music also called Ceol Mor which complements GHB light music or Ceol Beag. Have fun with exploring singing it in voice, if you'd like :) 

If you'd like to hear the Piobaireachd piping "idiom" with its very unique timing and 9 note scale, there are three great versions played by great pipers here - 
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Pibroch,_Piobaireachd_or_Ce%C3%B2l_M%C3%B3r (at World University and School's Pibroch page before WUaS, of which I'm the founder, moves into a new wiki; there's also a "Virtual Choir" wiki subject and other choral resources too). 

And the book you mentioned, Robert, "How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)" is available in the growing online "Open Library" - https://openlibrary.org/works/OL8062063W/How_equal_temperament_ruined_harmony_(and_why_you_should_care) - but not yet as an eBook. 

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I wonder if this is related to the fact that, in the baroque period, the pitch of A was roughly 432 Hertz, as opposed to today's 440.  In fact, some orchestras (especially French ones) use up to A 443 for a "brighter sound".

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Perhaps, Steve, 

I just googled this definition (for my own clarity)" "An equal temperament is a musical temperament, or a system of tuning, in which every pair of adjacent notes is separated by the same interval."

So be inventive hertz by hertz riffing equal temperament-wise relative to the piano when exploring harmony, perhaps (I might explore in these ways)?

In the GHB piping world (with relative little exploration of harmony within the mixolydian mode of a B flat scale), I hypothesize that GHB pipers in their separate world of playing mostly only with drums over the centuries went a half step higher, from A - to B flat because it sounded brighter (or sharper) to pipers in the aggregate / as a collective culture ... and all over the world ... but this hypothesis would be impossible to prove musicologically - and isn't explaining questions about equal temperament or harmony.  A famous Grade 1 Pipe Band in 1996, Shotts and Dykehead, was supposed to have won "The Worlds" (a main piping competition in Glasgow in August) playing with their As tuned to 496, where GHB pipers' A these days, now with tuning devices, are often around 466 (which I think is b flat) - taste for tunings takes some getting used to ... But the GHB scale is an interest reference scale relative to the piano's equal temperament.  

Pitch is rising, rising, rising perhaps ... But I continue to ask myself what series or tones, and harmony-wise - and in which tuning modalities - can generate the greatest happiness neurophysiologically in our brains / my brain ... ? 

Happy MLK jr day!

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When I was in graduate school, I started singing in a chorus that sang Renaissance music.  The conductor taught us to sing in pure (or Pythagorean) temperament: the frequency ratio of a fifth was exactly 2:1, of a third was exactly 5:4.  It was actually not that hard to learn to do that, because the sound of the pure intervals was quite distinctive when we got it right.

I believe that part of the Beach Boys' sound is partly that they were singing pure intervals.  And I've been told that some barbershop quartets aim for pure intervals as well.  It truly is a fascinating area.

The composer Harry Parch  (Sp?) once "operated on" a reed organ and tuned it to his own system of tuning (I seem to recall it had 51 tones per octave).  I heard a concert of his music once, and it was strangely beautiful (he made many of his own instruments).

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(re-sending this to choir friends, S, B, R, P, and J) ... and re equal temperament and tuning too ...

Looking forward to singing with you on Thursday, 1/19. I'm writing because I won't, however, sing with you Sunday morning, 1/22, (since I'm heading to the SF Quaker Meeting where I'm a member, for a SF Friends School breakfast, and for networking for partly Friendly-informed CC MIT OCW-centric World University and School, which is planning I.B. high school degrees, in addition to university degrees). I would however, like to RSVP to your event Sunday evening, 1/29, Jack (which I've just noticed is in about 11 days, and not this Sunday). 

Have, or are there, any UU Choir barbershop quartet spinoffs happened/happening? I'm particularly interested in eventual real, real music making online re World University and School partly in an exploratory way potentially via Google or similar (e.g. http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Barber_Shop_Quartet_Singing and http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Virtual_Choir and http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Music_School) - and re singing for generating happiness neurophysiologically and explicitly.

Thanks too for your great email (below) re equal temperament and harmony, Steve. I'm interested in learning further about perfect harmony. And singing harmony, Beach Boys and Barbershop could be a great way to explore this. 

Warm regards, Scott

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Singing Descant - 








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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Monarch butterflies: The year is 2055


Hi M,

The year is 2055 and you're about 120 (not 220 yet) and going strong in good health, and I'm about 93 years old, have 3 kids and 2 grandkids. We still meet on Cuttyhunk every year over the 10 weeks of summer when I'm mostly there. World University is a flourishing wiki knowledge conversation in all 7,097 living languages (but the number will have changed) and especially flourishing with artificial intelligemce and machine translation ~ http://worlduniversityandschool.org

World University and School has also become major universities in all countries' main and official languages - each with much autonomy, like Quaker Yearly Meetings (in many countries and languages), but also still very CC MIT OCW, CC Yale OYC and Stanford-centric. Hippies have come and gone, except in pockets around the world, such as still at Harbin Hot Springs {http://bit.ly/HarbinBook}, and Unitarian Universalist churches and unprogrammed Quaker Meetings still exist. 

I can't say whether the oceans have risen or not, due to global warming climate change (with massive loss of land and real estate), but poverty has mostly been eliminated and the urban-agrarian divide of today is a little more urban, yet agricultural land has been significantly preserved in all countries (thanks much to information technologies). A basic universal income has been working for about 35 years now. 

Some peoples are still living the beautiful ethnographic science fiction vision of Ursula Le Guin's wondrous book (informed by the '60s)  "Always Coming Home" (which takes place 400 years in the future).

And we're still writing and communicating electronically, anticipating another grandkid in 2056 (from my eldest) and a few further grandkids over the next 5 years.

I'm Bay Area Rapid Transit heading into the American Friends Service Committee / SF Quaker Meeting to hold a WUaS hive meeting space. Making honey ...

How are you? What are you up to today?

L,
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Aurora: Life size interactive augmented reality avatars of you and me - in "AUGMENTED REALITY LIGHT SHOW" in 15 foot cubed space around us? How will ethnography / anthropology work?, Think something like what I'm calling "MIT Media Lab light bulbs" (which don't exist that I know of), and perhaps WUaS will have to invent these, Building out out of Google Streetview / Maps / Earth with TIME SLIDER with OpenSim/SL for avatars and group building, " [Air-L] Facebook Post Content Analysis," By way of comparison, you might find this helpful re content analysis: Ethnographic and Qualitative Research on Twitter by Alice E. Marwick, I'd also suggest a kind of Manuel Castellian contextualization to these questions re the course you were in with me, Alice Marwick's thinking in a NYTs' book review of her "STATUS UPDATE: Celebrity, Publicity, and Branding in the Social Media Age" (Yale University Press 2013). She's a Foucauldian, So how would "returning from the field" of a 15 foot cubed "AUGMENTED REALITY LIGHT SHOW" as anthropological field site, emerging from web pages (HTML 5 currently) approach such realistic and fantastical avatars (which would be you and I, as well as our own creations via 3D animations) ethnographic data-wise?, Excited too for how this will emerge into online libraries in all languages from all times with time slider too


Life size interactive augmented reality avatars of you and me - in "AUGMENTED REALITY LIGHT SHOW" in 15 foot cubed space around us? How will ethnography / anthropology work? Building out out of Google Streetview / Maps / Earth with TIME SLIDER with OpenSim/SL for avatars and group building.

As examples of what could become the technologies/boxes for the light shows, see - 




but think something like what I'm calling "MIT Media Lab light bulbs" (which don't exist that I know of), and perhaps WUaS will have to invent these. 

See, too, yesterday's blog post - 


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Dear all,

I am preparing to deliver a workshop about how to analyze and interpret the content of a *Facebook post*, specifically from an anthropological perspective.

I've come across quite a bit of literature about the significance of Facebook and social media for contemporary social science research, but little in the way of actual methods and techniques for interpreting data once you return from the field.

If you have any literature recommendations about this I would be very grateful. A focus on anthropology would be great, but of course I'm interested in learning more about how other internet researchers go about this.

thanks, Jessika

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Hi Jessika and AoIR friends,

By way of comparison, you might find this helpful re content analysis:

Ethnographic and Qualitative Research on Twitter by Alice E. Marwick
http://www.tiara.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Marwick_Ethnographic-and-Qualitative-Research-on-Twitter_2013.pdf

I'd also suggest a kind of Manuel Castellian contextualization to these questions re the course you were in with me -
http://worlduniversityandschool.org/InfoTechNetworkSocGlobalUniv.html .

Best,
Scott

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Hi Jessika and AoIRs,

Here's a helpful, succinct overview of Alice Marwick's thinking in a NYTs' book review of her "STATUS UPDATE: Celebrity, Publicity, and Branding in the Social Media Age"
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/books/review/alice-e-marwicks-status-update.html
(Yale University Press 2013). She's a Foucauldian. Developing questions from her analytical terms could provide helpful approaches to developing related methods and techniques for interpreting data, where the social media "field" (as place?) at this point is still web pages.

Best,
Scott

https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch
https://twitter.com/HarbinBook
https://twitter.com/scottmacleod

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Thanks very much Scott, helpful as always.

best wishes,

Jessika

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Hi Jessika,

I hope this finds you well. How are you?

A few further related resources re Alice Marwick's thinking:

https://cyber.harvard.edu/interactive/events/luncheon/2011/03/marwick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh1znqW5MRs

Best,
Scott

scottmacleod.com

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This is great stuff!

I'm doing well. Still hacking away at the old dissertation and now revisiting methods to get deeper into analyzing my data. How are you?

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Thanks for your email.

Glad to have published my actual-virtual Harbin ethnography - and created a new Academic Press at World University and School in the process (planned for all languages with machine translation)!

Scott

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So how would "returning from the field" of a 15 foot cubed  "AUGMENTED REALITY LIGHT SHOW" as anthropological field site, emerging from web pages (HTML 5 currently) approach such realistic and fantastical avatars (which would be you and I, as well as our own creations via 3D animations) ethnographic data-wise?

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Polesia, Eastern Europe: Gave "Lightning Talk" at Wikipedia's 16th Birthday Party in SF yesterday (the third I've given) about World University, Met and talked with an interesting Belarusan yesterday at the Wikimedia Foundation SF too, Check out the Harbin gate in the link below and "walk" down the road in both 2012 and 2007 concurrently in this emergent 3D world :), Trying to create an augmented reality "AUGMENTED REALITY LIGHT SHOW" version around me of Tart-to-Tart cafe in SF in Berkeley's Cafe Roma - to join you, but there aren't the special MIT Media Lab 4 lights in the corners of the room I'm in to illuminate this reality virtually ... so that we could even actually read magazines from the basket in that cafe while visiting together virtually, Excited for the possibility of similarly being in libraries together in "Augmented Reality Light Shows" virtually - with time slider in these libraries!, I'd like to be in the Boston Public Library with its readable books accessible on virtual shelves in the year 1900


Hi M, 

Gave "Lightning Talk" at Wikipedia's 16th Birthday Party in SF yesterday. 


Met and talked too with an interesting Belarusan yesterday at the Wikimedia Foundation SF for Wikipedia's Birthday - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/SF/Wikipedia_Day_2017 - (where I also gave a Lightning Talk - the third I've given)
about World University

- worlduniversityandschool.org.


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Hi Brit, 

I enjoyed your Lightning Talk yesterday at Wikipedia's birthday, and sorry I couldn't attend your edit-a-thon, but I enjoyed a long conversation with Eugene from Belarus about Wikidata and World University and School anyway. Maybe he'll also help develop WUaS newly in Wikidata / MediaWiki - and partly in the Belarusan language. (I also went to UC Santa Barbara - and liked living in Isla Vista with its amazing beach).

Your talk on photographing while on walking tours to add pictures to Wikicommons is such a great idea - and with Google Maps. How can I be in this loop again please?

I'm interested in a creating a realistic virtual earth for what I'm calling a new STEM method "ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy" (gave a talk with slides about this at UC Berkeley in November) and partly to create a realistic virtual Harbin Hot Springs field site for actual-virtual comparison - in something like Google Streetview/Maps/Earth with TIME SLIDER with OpenSim/SL and in all 8k languages, so STEM researchers can add their data. I just opened the Harbin Gate in Streetview - https://www.google.com/maps/@38.785948,-122.6518103,3a,75y,3.07h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1skXZe6uuplnYW7LbqZZcawQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1 - and saw for the first time, re your photographic tours for Wikicommons, that one can see both the 2012 photos of walking down the Harbin Road toward Middletown 4 miles away at the same time that one can view the 2007 photos of this same "journey" in this beginning realistic virtual world. Per the question I asked you after your presentation, I'm curious how further Google Street View could use Wikicommons photos, and if/how Google Cars could contribute to Commons too. Shall we explore bringing Wikimedia and Google together further - with Google, since you're already using both in a sense? 

This Harbin gate URL is also on my recent book's web site - http://bit.ly/HarbinBook (see, too https://twitter.com/HarbinBook) as are the slides to the Berkeley talk. 

Cheers, Scott

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Scot, Ants and Koh,

Let's meet with our digital masks on Sunday and visit the Harbin warm pool virtually while listening to a MLK speech or going to a new Year's Eve Grateful Dead show while in the Boulangerie cafe (bath tub from home would be better) eventually with our avatars mingling in with MLK or the Grateful Dead musicians themselves via something like
OpenSim/Second Life in Google Earth ... :)

Check out the Harbin gate in the link below and "walk" down the road in both 2012 and 2007 concurrently in this emergent 3D world :)

Happy MLK day!

Scott

To a friend earlier today:

I'm interested in a creating a realistic virtual earth for what I'm calling a new STEM method "ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy" (gave a talk with slides about this at UC Berkeley in November) and partly to create a realistic virtual Harbin Hot Springs field site for actual-virtual comparison - in something like Google Streetview/Maps/Earth with TIME SLIDER with OpenSim/SL and in all 8k languages, so STEM researchers can add their data. I just opened the Harbin Gate in Streetview -
https://www.google.com/maps/@38.785948,-122.6518103,3a,75y,3.07h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1skXZe6uuplnYW7LbqZZcawQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1
- and saw for the first time, re your (Brit's) photographic tours for Wikicommons, that one can see both the 2012 photos of walking down the Harbin Road toward Middletown 4 miles away at the same time that one can view the 2007 photos of this same "journey" in this beginning realistic virtual world. Per the question I asked you after your presentation, I'm curious how further Google Street View could use Wikicommons photos, and if/how Google Cars could contribute to Commons too. Shall we explore bringing Wikimedia and Google together further - with Google, since you're already using both in a sense?

This Harbin gate URL is also on my recent book's web site - http://bit.ly/HarbinBook (see, too https://twitter.com/HarbinBook) as are the slides to the Berkeley talk.


Landed at Tart-to-Tart cafe near UCSF ...


Scot

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Trying to create an augmented reality light show version around me of Tart to Tart in Berkeley's Cafe Roma - to join you, but there aren't the special MIT Media Lab 4 lights in the corners of this room to illuminate this reality virtually ... so that we could even actually
read magazines from the basket in that cafe together virtually ...

... Alas I won't be able
to join you (and won't also seek to Skype or Google video conference
with you:)

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In the same way that we all might be in a cafe together virtually in illuminated reality light show, reading "magazines" together but remotely, I've excited for the possibility of similarly being in libraries together in "Augmented Reality Light Shows" virtually - with time slider in these libraries! I'd like to be in the Boston Public Library with its readable books accessible on virtual shelves in the year 1900, for example. 







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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Florisuga mellivora: Translation Strategies for Legal Texts in all 200 countries' main languages at WUaS - and with a peace and social justice focus too?, Simply having law schools in all countries under the WUaS Creative Commons' licensed umbrella with translation would be a step in the right direction toward peace and social justice-focused law schools, given WUaS's Stanford and Quaker foci, The Stanford Law China Guiding Cases Project could be a model for both translation as well as for questions about justice - see, for example - http://worldjusticeproject.org/opportunity-fund/china-guiding-cases-project-5, But Friends/Quakers (peace, liberty and justice thinking-groups) and other legal thinking might add many further focuses on peace and social justice issues especially in the information age, But what could inform the actual artificial intelligence of a hypothetical Google Translate / Google Neural Machine Translation (GNMT) / Zero Shot - and re WUaS's all-languages (7,097 living languages) focus in terms of strategies for legal text translation? Perhaps making certain texts available soon in other languages for matriculated law students?


Translation Strategies for Legal Texts in all 200 countries' main languages at WUaS - and with a peace and social justice focus too?

Simply having law schools in all countries under the WUaS Creative Commons' licensed umbrella with translation would be a step in the right direction toward peace and social justice-focused law schools, given WUaS's Stanford and Quaker foci.

The Stanford Law China Guiding Cases Project - translating the Beijing Supreme Court's 56 guiding cases into English and then giving feed back about this back into Chinese (https://law.stanford.edu/china-guiding-cases-project/) - could be a model for both translation as well as for questions about justice - see, for example - http://worldjusticeproject.org/opportunity-fund/china-guiding-cases-project-5.


But Friends/Quakers (peace, liberty and justice thinking-groups) and other legal thinking might add many further focuses on peace and social justice issues especially in the information age.

See, too -
Peace and Social Justice Studies -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Peace_and_Social_Justice_Studies

and -
WUaS Universal Translator -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/WUaS_Universal_Translator

But what could inform the actual artificial intelligence of a Google Translate / Google Neural Machine Translation (GNMT) - and re WUaS's all-languages (7,097 living languages) focus in terms of strategies for legal text translation? Perhaps making certain texts available quickly in other languages for matriculated law students?

And highest quality professional machine translation could perhaps curiously also contribute to justice in legal education as well as to international practice of law.

See, too -
Translators at WUaS -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Translators_at_WUaS

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Camellia japonica: How best to add the remaining 6,994 known living languages, Jeff - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/01/zebu-cows-breakthrough-googles-zero.html - to the 103 languages in Google Translate with the new GNMT, - and as what I'm calling as a new method "ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy"?, Jeff Dean via Google+ - "Zero-shot translations: translate Korean->Japanese without ever seeing Korean->Japanese training data," re the WUaS Universal Translator with Google Translate / Zero Shot?, Stanford Law Codex presentation and Language / Translation strategies?, Harvard Law JuryX course with Professor Charles Nesson, Stanford Law China Guiding Cases Project, In what ways could World University bring together legal translation with Stanford Law Codex re a high bar for generating excellent text versions in other languages, and from HarvardX video too?

http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/01/camellia-japonica-how-best-to-add.html




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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Camellia japonica: How best to add the remaining 6,994 known living languages, Jeff - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/01/zebu-cows-breakthrough-googles-zero.html - to the 103 languages in Google Translate with the new GNMT, - and as what I'm calling as a new method "ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy"?, Jeff Dean via Google+ - "Zero-shot translations: translate Korean->Japanese without ever seeing Korean->Japanese training data," re the WUaS Universal Translator with Google Translate / Zero Shot?, Stanford Law Codex presentation and Language / Translation strategies?, Harvard Law JuryX course with Professor Charles Nesson, Stanford Law China Guiding Cases Project, In what ways could World University bring together legal translation with Stanford Law Codex re a high bar for generating excellent text versions in other languages, and from HarvardX video too?


In a thread with Jeff Dean's main post, who is a senior engineer at Google, and whom I've met at Stanford, I asked the following question here - https://research.googleblog.com/2016/11/zero-shot-translation-with-googles.html - re the World University and School Universal Translator with Google Translate / Zero Shot http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/WUaS_Universal_Translator ...

How best to add the remaining 6,994 known living languages, Jeff - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/01/zebu-cows-breakthrough-googles-zero.html - and as what I'm calling as a new method "ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy" ?


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Jeff Dean via Google+

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Zero-shot translations: translate Korean->Japanese without ever seeing Korean->Japanese training data.

One of the very interesting aspects of our recent work on neural machine translation is that we can train a single, multi-lingual model that is able to translate between many language pairs (say, English->Japanese, English->Korean, Japanese->English, and Korean->English). This often is able to improve quality for many of the language pairs, and also simplifies many production aspects of the system. However, a really interesting property is that a system trained on these language pairs is actually able to do a reasonable job of translating between language pairs where it has never seen training data before (say, Korean->Japanese).

This blog post gives the high level details:

https://research.googleblog.com/2016/11/zero-shot-translation-with-googles.html

Our Arxiv paper has details about this approach:

https://arxiv.org/abs/1611.04558

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Zebu cows: Breakthrough > Google's Zero-Shot Translation & new LANGUAGE Inter-lingua > How to add the remaining 7,097 known living languages minus Google's 103 languages = 6,994 languages ~ to the WUaS_Universal_Translator, "Zero-Shot Translation with Google’s Multilingual Neural Machine Translation System," (From the TV show from the 1970s' "Mission Impossible" - "Your job should you chose to accept it ... " :) And how best to build this in to developing World University newly in Wikidata / Wikiversity beginning with Wikipedia's 358 languages?, It's kind of a question too for what I'm calling ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy and re a STEM centric realistic virtual earth and as class room too ...

https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/01/zebu-cows-breakthrough-googles-zero.html

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Hi Bernard (and Roland and Susan), 

Thanks very much for your Stanford Law Codex presentation just now, which I heard from Stanford. Here's the Harvard Law JuryX course with Professor Charles Nesson - https://www.edx.org/course/juryx-deliberations-social-change-harvardx-hls3x-0 - if you're interested; its videos with a history of the jury process are still available for a while. And here's the beginning CC World University and School online law school - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Law_School - planned in all countries' main languages (since the 10 other beginning law schools part way down), accrediting on CC MIT OCW for Bachelor and Ph.D. degrees (before we move into a new wiki emerging from Wikipedia's database, Wikidata in 358 languages). 

Best, Scott 

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Hi Daniel, Roland, Susan (Mei and Bernard), 

Thanks very much for your timely and topical Stanford Codex presentation just now, Daniel, which I heard from Stanford. I asked the question about your language strategy thus far re http://congressionaldata.org/ and your https://twitter.com/allcrsreports

Would all of you like to explore developing a CC legal language and translation strategy together and also re World University and School's online law schools, emerging from Wikipedia / Wikidata, and potentially with Google's new Zero Shot translation (https://research.googleblog.com/2016/11/zero-shot-translation-with-googles.html) with WUaS's planned universal translator (for all 7,097 known living languages)? 

Here's the beginning CC World University and School online law school - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Law_School (before we move into a new wiki emerging from Wikipedia's database, Wikidata in 358 languages) - planned in all countries' main languages (see the 10 other beginning law schools part way down), accrediting on CC MIT OCW in 7 languages and CC Yale OYC for CC Bachelor and Ph.D. degrees.

WUaS would like to build translation and a language/translation strategy (hiring graduate students in many languages to teach the AI in such an Universal Translator) into WUaS in Wikidata as we facilitate translation of CC MIT OCW courses (again now in 7 languages) into all countries' main languages, and for online law schools, too. WUaS would also like to explore collaborating in this with Stanford Law's 5-10 international projects, such as the Stanford Law China Guiding Cases Project (with just the Beijing Supreme Court's ~ 56 cases ). 

How best to bring this project forward - demand progress? - re Stanford Codex, CC WUaS and Congressional Data? 

Thank you.

Best, Scott 

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In what ways could World University bring together legal translation with Stanford Law Codex re a high bar for generating excellent text versions in other languages, and from HarvardX video too?

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Mediterranean moray: WUaS January 14, 2017 monthly business meeting - Agenda


Dear Universitians and friends,

Please join us at our open (hour-long) World University and School monthly business meeting this Saturday, January 14, at 9am Pacific Time, electronically by letting info@worlduniversityandschool.org know you'd like to participate. 

See, too, the World University and School blog ~ 
News and Agenda

A
WUaS seeks students for this autumn 2017, first in English for free CC best STEM OCW bachelor degrees (accrediting on CC MIT OCW in 7 languages and CC Yale OYC)

 - and for this we need a better web site. 

Seek a group of matriculating WUaS 17 year old students through the 
  • Quaker I.B. Ramallah School and Joyce Ajlouny there (whom I've met in Palo Alto Friends Meeting in person), among others including too other Quaker schools, re a Quaker I.B. school partly in Arabic (importantly, since MIT OCW is only in Persian and Turkish of the large languages in the Middle East)?
  • John Palfrey at Phillips Academy Andover?
  • India high schools (since many speak English in India)?
... as if applying to, getting into and matriculating at MIT itself.

B
Develop accreditation plan - perhaps first with FAHE / Quakers and then WASC senior

C
World University and School again is proceeding to file for-profit legal papers (WUaS.com?) with the state of California and the US government, FORKING in the process to complement our current 501 c 3 Non-Profit status (WUaS.org > WUaS.edu) into a parallel organization with a separate board. WUaS's forking will take shape around these 14 Planned Revenue Streams - http://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/2016/01/14-planned-wuas-revenue-streams.html. WUaS is planning to become CC Universities on its non-profit wing ((WUaS.org/worlduniversityandschool.org > WUaS.edu)) in all ~200 countries' main and official languages - the "Harvards of the Web."

D
How best to incorporate the for-profit WUaS wing legally, such that, hypothetically and exploration-wise, WUaS.com could work with / merge with an organization like Global Education Holdings and could work with its Chair Tom Kalinske: Building Gaming and Entertainment Companies in this Stanford business talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr7_lJ7J6T8

 .. while WUaS.org > WUaS.edu develops in a parallel way as a Creative Commons' 501 c 3 non-profit, also in all ~200 countries / territories online?

E
File for-profit papers and develop this side too of WUaS - and perhaps re Wikidata affiliates

F

G
There were no changes in WUaS finances since last month's statement of 12/28/16

H
Communicate further with MIT Dean C d'O in their Office of Digital Learning, who was helpful this past spring

I
Sign up for Grants.gov

Write grants to Foundations: 
  • Apply to / inquire with Sunlight Foundation is one first step, for example. 
J
Discussion of a personnel issue

K
Closure


Universitians: 

Thank you for joining the World University and School team. WUaS invites you to participate in our open, hour-long, monthly, business meeting on Saturday, January 14th, beginning at 9 a.m., Pacific Time / 12 noon ET. 
I'd like to invite you to WUaS's monthly business meeting this Saturday, January 14th at 9am PT (2nd Saturdays of the month, hour-long and electronically mediated) if you'd like to learn further how WUaS makes decisions, plans and works, and participate in this process. 

This month please join us at our open (hour-long) World University and School monthly business meeting electronically by letting info@worlduniversityandschool.org know you'd like to participate. - at 9am Pacific Time.

The agenda for the upcoming Saturday, January 14th, 2017 WUaS, monthly, business meeting is here - http://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/2017/01/wuas-january-14-2017-monthly-business.html.

World University and School is looking for a new, Board member, for example, to focus on fundraising, and to actually bring in significant monies for WUaS.org, the Non-Profit wing. 

The next, open, hour-long, WUaS, monthly business meeting is on Saturday, February 11th, 2017. And this month I'll continue to send out a second email after business meeting with WUaS Minutes. 

You'll also find some previous monthly business meetings (conducted electronically in the manner of F/friends) as examples in Google Hangouts here - http://scottmacleod.com/papers.htm. WUaS's active blog with past monthly business information is here - http://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com

For people on the sporadic, somewhat frequent, WUaS, email list, or who wish to be, WUaS is posting actively to both the WUaS Google Group (world-university-and-school@googlegroups.com), and the WUaS Yahoo Group (worlduniversityandschool@yahoogroups.com), both of which allow for daily and weekly digests. Please join these groups for daily and weekly digests.  

Concerning this WUaS team email list, we'll generally send out business meeting emails twice a month. If you'd like to receive more frequent, sporadic, WUaS emails, please reply to this email telling me so. If you could, please REPLY with UNSUBSCRIBE, or an alternative email address, if you wish NOT to receive WUaS's emails, or receive them in a different email account, - and WUaS would be very grateful. 

World University and School is planning to become the MIT / Harvard / Yale / Stanford / Oxbridge of the Internet, and in all 7,097+ known living languages and 206+ countries (in recent Olympics), with online, Creative Commons' licensed MIT OCW-centric university degrees in large languages.

Free, Creative Commons' licensed, online, wiki WUaS, like Wikipedia with MIT OCW, is planned for all 3,000-8,000 languages and for around 204 countries, with free degrees accrediting on C.C. MIT OpenCourseWare in 7 languages and C.C. Yale OYC+, - and will help many, many people.   

Thank you again for your generous donations in helping grow World University and School.  

Sincerely, 
Scott

http://worlduniversityandschool.org 
https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch




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