Saturday, September 22, 2018

Cones of Sequoia sempervirens: Stanford Law CodeX on Etherium & SmartContracts, WUaS and MIT DCI's Neha Narula, A Universal Basic Income (without the support ~200 countries' central banks?), WUaS may also seek to develop Canada World University and School early on, "Episode 13: Neha Narula on Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and the Future of the Internet" Fascinating interview partly because of Neha's understanding of these technologies, and her focus on the poor, and on voting, plus much more, "Colombia Justice System & AI" and Colombia WUaS re CC-4 OpenCourseWare for academic law faculty career generation?

Hi Steven, and Roland (and Angela),

Nice to meet and talk with you at Stanford Law CodeX yesterday and thanks for your presentation, Steven. I also blogged before your presentation about it here - - with some further ideas about where World University and School is heading, and even re ~200 online law schools in countries' official languages. Steven Stewart was the actual presenter on Thursday at Stanford Law CodeX, and a computer scientist based in Canada:

[codex_group_meetings] TODAY! CodeX Group Mtg (9/20 @1.30p): CourtQuant; QuantStamp - SLS N112 (or via Zoom)


This talk from Thursday, September 20th should appear here:

CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics
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CodeX is a multidisciplinary laboratory operated by Stanford University in association with affiliated organizations from industry, government, and academia. The staff of the Center includes a core of full-time employees, together with faculty and students from Stanford and professionals from affiliated organizations. The primary mission of the Center is to explore ways in which information technology can be used to enhance the quality and efficiency of our legal system while decreasing its cost. Our goal is "legal technology" that empowers all parties in our legal system, not the legal profession per se. Such technology should help affected individuals find, understand, and comply with regulations; it should help enforcement organizations monitor and/or enforce compliance; and it should help regulatory bodies analyze proposed regulations for cost, overlap, inconsistency, etc.

Mention of Etherium by MIT Director of its Digital Currency Initiative Neha Narula is here - - with brief mention of smart contracts as well. This is a fascinating interview partly because of Neha's understanding of these technologies, and her focus on the poor, and on voting, plus much more.

Here are some recent Tweets about this, with related WUaS links (to give you a bit of an idea of how wiki WUaS works) ...

Episode 13: Neha Narula on Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and the Future of the Internet …  ~ … FASCINATING & EXCELLENT  & … & re the Era of Robot Culture … ? @WUaSPress ~


See, too, Neha Narula’s on cryptocurrency & blockchain … "Somehow, the computer scientists have gotten their hands on money and the world might never be the same." @seanmcarroll: … … Neha Narula is MIT DCI Director


WUaS is also exploring the idea of facilitating an Universal Basic Income when we code our upcoming wiki re our "front end" Mediawiki, together with our backend "Wikidata"  for all 7097 living languages and then for all 7.5 billion people, as a cryptocurrency with blockchain ledger - possibly with the backing of ~200 countries' central banks (but possibly not, after listening to Neha) ... but staying in communication with MIT's thinking in these regards (Neha and Joi Ito for too). While this would help an enormous number of people, it's also an entrepreneurial opportunity.

WUaS seeks to offer online Bachelor, Ph.D., Law, Medical Degrees, as well as I.B. high school diplomas in all ~200 countries' official languages, but while we're CC-4 MIT  OCW-centric for Bachelor and Ph.D. degrees first in English based on its ~2400 courses, MIT doesn't have a law school or medical school, so hopefully WUaS will emerge out of Stanford for law and medical OCW, again in all ~200 countries' official languages, with lots of smart contract potential, for example.

WUaS seeks to become the MIT / Harvard / Stanford / Oxbridge of the internet, and again in all ~200 countries' official and main languages, for free-to-students' CC-4 MIT OCW-centric online university and high school degrees.

WUaS may also seek to develop Canada World University and School - -  early on.

Looking forward to staying in touch.

Friendly regards, Scott

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Sequoia sempervirens: Reaching out to Stanford re World Univ and Sch, and particularly to Stanford Law, (and to Stanford Medicine eventually too) -

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Hi Angela and Roland, ... and Steven ... (Wael's email bounced back for me),

Thanks and interesting. Angela, your email's mention of "brain" made me wonder how Neha Narula's mention - - of Etherium as some sort of computer brain with its smart contracts (in contrast to Bitcoin in Neha's talk) might be germane or helpful here, so I'm adding Steven Stewart, who talked on Thursday, 9/20 at Stanford Law CodeX about Etherium and smart contracts, to this email conversation.

Re Natural Language Processing (NLP) resources, I just searched on and tweeted this morning about "text and Google Street View" - - and your mention of "location" makes me think this and the Google ecosystem might be very helpful and important, since much translation will be based / indexed on text - in a realistic virtual earth too (think Google Street View / Maps / Earth with Translation and TensorFlow etc ~ ~ ~  ~) ... all for 'place' or 'location' and 'language'. Text with Wikidata / Wikibase / their Lexographical project's labels (think Wikipedia / Wikimedia in ~300 languages) may be something that the Google ecosystem - and many NLP systems - draw on for (parts and sounds of words') data as well.

Algorithms in Google ecosystem could help identify 'parties' and 'fundamental rights' efficiently ... since this ecosystem is robust as a whole, and with TensorFlow esp.  

Also John Hennessy is now chair of Alphabet / Google (in blog entry above - it's worth listening to his interview in my blog post above for other reasons) and could be helpful re Google ecosystem and Stanford Law CodeX ... with regard to NLP etc., - and I'm a bit in communication with him, if questions emerge.

I wonder further how a Stanford Law student from Colombia who might be interested in becoming a law faculty member in Colombia in Spanish and other key languages there might be interested in developing a CC-4 OpenCourseWare course about all of the above and Tutelas, since they're low hanging fruit with regard to justice and machine learning in Colombia.

For creating Law open course ware thinking purposes - and academic career faculty positions - (think CC-4 MIT OCW in 5 languages, but where MIT doesn't have a law school or a med school), here are Philippines WUaS - - and Canada WUaS - (and Canada has two official languages) - since Colombia and Iraq WUaS aren't yet begun, in terms of nation states' law systems ( And re some of these countries' official / main languages, here are the Spanish and Arabic language wiki subjects where people can add open course ware and other resources too - and and where both are planned in Spanish and Arabic as well - accessible from here - WUaS's "front end" eg with these too - - is not yet connected with our "back end" of Wikidata/Wikibase (in its ~300 languages), but WUaS is planning this.

So re the Colombia Law System and AI, please keep in mind courses for this, as well as publications in Spanish about this (re WUaS's two wings - A ) World University and School and the B) WUaS Press - planned with machine translation).

Cheers, Scott


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