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Musings, Ramblings and Wonderings About AI

This website is established to discuss and propagate a friendly and informative narrative on all things that make us wonder just what the heck is going on in this ocean of phenomena that we swim in. We live in a day and age where change is exponential. Yesterday’s dogma is today’s gospel. Let’s try and grab this tiger by the tail for a fleeting moment and talk about it. The turf of this site ranges from AI and machine learning to poetry to quantum mechanics to evolutionary biology to extra-terrestrial life on exoplanets. This site is intended to be the “big sky” of blogging. Hooray for us. Curious pioneers in a mind-boggling land of wonder and delight.

  • I asked openai+GPT-4 about DNA folding.

    I can’t get my head around the claim that this exceedingly complex and highly accurate function was “stumbled upon” via iterative accidental mutation and fitness selection in evolution. The standard dogma “Well it had billions of years to do it” doesn’t cut the mustard. There aren’t enough data points to support the mathematics required for…

  • I asked openai+chatGPT-4 a question about how quantum mechanics is used in the electron transport chain in photosynthesis.

    Model: Plugins • Enabled plugins: ScholarAI logo Video Insights logo Wolfram logo User I will give you a question or an instruction. Your objective is to answer my question or fulfill my instruction. My question or instruction is: You are an MIT professor. Explain how photosynthesis uses quantum mechanics in the electron transport chain. “””…

  • Memories of a typical Bronx Day about 70 years ago.

    A Bronx day It’s a May Saturday morning. The sun is streaming through the curtains of our bedroom on the fifth floor of 1610 Mahan Avenue in the Bronx. I’m 14 years old and it’s 1952. The guy who maintains the Indian museum across the street is cutting the grass. Bruckner Boulevard, down tat the…

  • Here is another Back in the Bronx article I wrote about closets.

    Closets Our fifth floor apartment in the Bronx, at 1610 Mahan Avenue, had two bedrooms, a foyer, a kitchen, and a living room. It also had three closets. My father had his closet at the end of the foyer. Every article of clothing that he owned was in that closet. My mothers’ closet was where…

  • Here is an article that I wrote over twenty years ago that appeared in the publication Back in the Bronx.

    Corners By Frank Schmidt It was always a corner, hardly ever in the middle of the block. Something about hanging out on the corner was implicit. Maybe a natural law of some kind controlled us. But comers were always first. Corners were dimension rich. The crowd could split and distribute itself between the two walls…

  • I asked openai+chatGPT-4 w/plugins a question about cellular biology. Here is the discussion.

    Video Insights logo Wolfram logo User I will give you a question or an instruction. Your objective is to answer my question or fulfill my instruction. My question or instruction is: You are an MIT professor. Explain in 500 words the principles behind cellular communication. For your reference, today’s date is 2023-07-09T11:35:13-04:00. “”” ChatGPT Cellular…

  • Our childhood kickstarts who we become in so many ways. Here is a look at how life was growing up in the Bronx in the middle of the last century

    The early to mid-fifties in the Bronx. Moondog (Alan Freed) was the rage on the radio. DooWop harmonics emanated from store doorways. Pegged pants were in vogue. DA haircuts made us all look like Tony Curtis. Groups like The Gaylords and the Hilltoppers sang from the heart with always a tear in the lead singer’s…

  • Artificial Neural Networks

    Artificial Neural Networks

    Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) are designed to learn from data through a process of optimization where the weights of the network are adjusted to minimize the difference between the network’s predictions and the actual data. This process is typically done using a method called backpropagation, which adjusts the weights in the network based on the…

  • Excerpt from Gullivers Travels

    Excerpt from Gullivers Travels

    “… Every one knew how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and sciences; whereas, by his contrivance, the most ignorant person, at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, might write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, laws, mathematics, and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study.” He then…

  • My High Altitude Take on LLMs

    My High Altitude Take on LLMs

    Most of the tech folks I know that are interested in chatGPT and Large Language Models (LLMs) are focusing on use cases and integrating AI functionality into existing IT. I’m curious about how it works. This is my take on LLMs from high altitude and from the exploring I have done. The LLM ANN (Artificial…

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