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The strange wild garlic at the Botanical Gardens Copenhagen

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Der findes Allium planter i store dele af Botanisk Have i København.
Det er Allium paradoxum, Spøjsløg, som er yderst invasivt og har spredt sig fra en enkelt krukke / jordstykke.
Spøjsløg er spiseligt og dufter/lugter tydeligt af hvidløg.
http://kratluskeren.blogspot.dk/2015/04/spjslg-et-spjst-lg.html

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In early April, on a visit to the Botanical Garden Copenhagen,
we noticed large patches of an Allium plant slightly resembling wild garlic (A. ursinum),
and sharing with that the distinct scent of garlic –
strong enough to be noticeable when walking the paths inbetween the patches of the plants.
It fills large parts of the garden, and at the northern entry to the garden, starts spreading out of the garden, through the fences.
It has also conquered the lake shores.
The plant’s leaves are a lot more narrow and elegant than those of A. ursinum,
and the flowers appear much earlier (early April) and more prominent.

A gardener (thank you!) explained to us:

It is Allium paradoxum, first introduced to the garden from Central Asia / Russia,
on only a small patch of land,
which has aggressively invaded large parts of the gardens,
effectively displacing many other species, like Anemona.
Allium paradoxum, the few-flowered garlic or few-flowered leek – Danish: Spøjsløg (the “funny” onion), german: Wunderlauch – is an Asian species of wild onion in the Amaryllis family.
It is native to mountainous regions of Iran, Caucasus, and Turkmenistan.

All parts of the plant are edible (and indeed very tasty and healthy, much like wild garlic – great for pesto, soups, creams).
You are not allowed to harvest plants from the Botanical Gardens, but you will find the plant other places, e.g. at Amager Fælled.
Maybe though, it could be a great idea for the Botanical Gardens, to invite the public to a big harvesting day, in order to combat the further spreading of the invader?

The Wrong I / Comments on Artifical Intelligence. Part 1: Changing the Game

In our quest to make machines as intelligent as or more intelligent than humans,
the first step is to change and reduce the definition of intelligence so that it fits machines rather than humans.

 

 

A definition of intelligence is of course difficult if not impossible to agree on.

Wikipedia offers this general consense:

“one’s capacity for logic, understanding, self-awareness, learning, emotional knowledge, planning, creativity and problem solving. It can be more generally described as the ability to perceive information, and to retain it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviors within an environment or context.”

We push our definition towards the data centric, dropping aspects of intelligence such as

emotional intelligence, social intelligence, poetic intelligence, musical intelligence and, alas,
machines look very intelligent.

Not only do we change the definition of intelligence –
the project is bigger than this:

we change our human realities so that they become machine processable.

‘We think we’re making the robots in our image, but perhaps they’re making us in theirs.’ Alexa O’Brien

 

Our games become machine games,
our exchange unit, money, once coupled to goods and services and meaning, becomes a mere machine construct, created and annihilated by machines.

 

 

And, then – oh surprise! –

AI beats human in computer games.

AI beats human in predicting insurance customers.

AI beats human GO masters.

All of these victories are trivial, data centric, mere consequences of size and speed.

We have changed the playing field so that our favorite may win.
Repeat the distortion often enough and we might even believe in this new intelligence.

Meanwhile, our strongest AIs can not even go down to the corner store and buy a bread.

There is no Virtual Reality.

There is no such thing as Virtual Reality.
There is only Real Reality.

 
Your headset is real,
the pixels you are looking at are real,
real photons emitted by real LEDs.

 
What you are seeing is controlled by real software
written by real people or machines.
The machines are built from real metals and minerals,

mined from real mines.

 

Your pizza and coke are real.
Your dehydration will also be real,
as will be your tiredness.
You will fall down on a real floor.

 

There is no such thing as Virtual Reality.
There is only Real Reality and Real Virtuality.