rntn

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I work with universities and international institutions in enterprise information systems. I also do NLP / NLU research on macroeconomic / geopolitical risks in these organizations under multi-polar contention as well as on the dynamics of the algorithmically driven global markets and media spheres that they must operate within to develop transnational meta-organizational IT for collaboration on the burgeoning global existential threats to civilization.

skillset:

1. Java EE: Jakarta / Spring, EAI: SOA / MSA / iPaaS, federated: {ML, search, docstore, identity, DSS, agents}.

2. Text search: PostgreSQL / Lucene / Solr / OpenSearch, integrated NLU solutions for federated document stores.

3. Python analysis libraries, (NLP / NLU): multilingual information extraction / sentiment analysis.

4. Tensorflow / Pytorch / OSS gameplay DL engines, limited C / CUDA coding to support research below.

5. OSS tech stack / toolchain / project management, (virtual / cloud) SDLC infrastructure for all above.

research:

1. Chinese / Japanese / English integrated enterprise knowledge discovery and semantic correspondence.

2. NLP analysis of macroeconomic / geopolitical events in unstructured financial / media text sources.

3. ML / DL cybernetic methods for macroeconomic / geopolitical event policy analysis / risk forecasting.

4. Strategic competition in asymmetric games with heterogeneous agents under imperfect knowledge.

5. Generalist domain agents in federated enterprise systems for intra-organizational collaboration.

6. Federated enterprise NLU / DL enabled strategic partnership support systems design.

motivation:

News about hacking, from ML to data mining to ICT, is also news about societal change. Large collaborative projects with deep social import have political aspects that are intrinsic to how their technology ultimately develops. Refusing to understand and address political issues only ensures that they will do maximum damage to a project. Being successful with technology that is really meaningful to society requires real knowledge of political dynamics.

Remaking the global material economy will be be - by far - the largest endeavor undertaken by human society - and we have at most a decade to have it well underway ; it is only one of the existential threats that we must face in this generation.. These threats will only be addressed by collaboration, which will be done through information systems far more complex than any we have ever built. Organization of large technology projects does not just magically happen - most corporations get it wrong - nor are public projects magically invulnerable to political influences.

Ignorance of the political reality here is just as daft as the tacit acceptance of still venerated ideas like magically self sustaining perpetual growth industries with no external costs, magically self regulating 'free' markets, magically unbiased surveillance media, livable cites that magically assemble themselves based on the profit motives of developers, and, worst of all, systems of government that magically flow forth from self serving 'literal' interpretation of centuries old documents, through power politics of cliques of arbitrarily drawn countries, to somehow meet the global existential challenges we must now face together.

These are all cybernetic systems. Cybernetics, which has been in use since WWII, was, well before symbolic logic cast AI into its winter decades, the origin of neural / perceptron analysis and represents the dynamic interplay of interactions between organizations while providing a richer foundation to understand deep learning as compared to the disembodied and context-free viewpoint of classical AI so that complex integrations can be modeled as functioning interconnected global systems, coincidentally independent of the assumptions forced by the ubiquity of corporate myths and political propaganda in almost all societies.

Increasing technological complexity can render a project unmanageable, but, when large integrations of projects span many organizations, preventing this requires insight into overall systems, not mere project refactoring. If this is left to corporations and governments, the inevitable concomitant monetization and politicization prove corrosive to the very social systems that the technology was intended to help. The governance of socio-technological systems may not appeal to engineers, but as the people who actually control these systems show increasing propensity to use them for corrupt and malicious purposes, it is incumbent on technologists to know the socio-technical implications of their projects and meet the inevitable political challenges.

personal:

souteniro ..on Google's free mail service.

Today's commercial / online media have sunk traditional media below the nadir of Pulitzer and Hearst's worst yellow journalism. As our intentionally underfunded PBS inevitably sinks into incessant supporter message / unending pledge drive oblivion, HN is a way to start from the few remaining trusted sources and seek out the daily news / research that I find important / interesting. My submissions are the things from my daily reading that seem worth discussing (or re-reading). I generally limit my comments to those topics.

Beyond those topics, speaking (a bit more) personally (and randomly) from my decidedly nonconformist perspective:

Conflating income generation and social contribution is a crass rationalization for the narrow me-first thinking that is endangering humanity's future. Technologists serious about contributing to the future of humanity work on improving their societal impact, not on IPOs, buyouts, stock options..

Streaming surveillance services, manufactured marketing events, and retail ripoff destinations are not recreation - which is in nature, free to all and why the National Parks are national treasures (my personal recreations are fly fishing, kayaking, ACSP golf, mountain biking, hiking, and camping).

In popular culture, it's hard to beat British bitter beers and Japanese/Taiwanese street stall snacks; in high culture, I find the relations between these three island nations and the continental cultures in France and China fascinating, especially as they each curated the culture that was nearly destroyed in continental post revolutionary mob purges..

The term 'calligraphy', while fine for clerical script, does a grave disservice to the highest (狂草) art of Chinese / Japanese brush writing, which, IMNSHO, is among the most transcendent, starkly superlative synergies of philosophy, poetry, and painting that our species has achieved thus far.

There is no great cuisine without a well developed culture of cultures - specifically the cultures that make wines, pickles, breads, beers, cheeses, charcuterie.. - learn to conjure these magical microorganisms, trace the great cuisine traditions' techniques to their origins, and you'll never need a recipe again - this is the only worthwhile approach to "fine dining".

Covid forced abrupt ends to gatherings at workplaces, restaurants, etc. Observant people saw the implications of knock-on rapid rises in inflation, virulent partisanship, conspiracy theories, gun violence, road deaths, etc for US metros - and also saw the opportunity of rapid rises in remote infrastructure for an introspective, independent and sustainable life far from militarizing credulous regressives readying for battle on the frontiers of SUV / Viagra truck exuburban sprawl, sold into this ridiculous property bubble, made a digitally nomadic escape, and never looked back.

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