Sharks prospects start rookie tournament: What the brass is looking for (and how to watch)

first_imgSAN JOSE — For three games, starting Saturday, the Sharks prospects that are taking part in the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff Tournament will have the undivided attention of the organization’s scouts, managers and coaches in attendance.So, yes, it’s important for these players — ranging in age from 18 to 24 — to begin to stand out now before the Sharks’ main training camp begins next Friday.“You’re looking for the compete factor in guys,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said.“Basically, you …last_img

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Intelligence as a Cosmic Reality

first_imgThe “I” in SETI takes “Intelligence” seriously.  It requires that intelligence is a recognizable, quantifiable property of nature.  The origin of intelligence is a question that separates theists from materialists – whether it is a fundamental or emergent property.  Before engaging that question, it might be instructive to see how scientists who are not necessarily theists are regarding it.SETI protocol:  The Arecibo Message beamed to the stars in 1974 was a binary encoded stream of bits.  Subsequent messages have included graphical depictions of humans, and catalogs of human science and art.  PhysOrg recalled those attempts at communication with other intelligences and asked what would be the most likely protocol that aliens would recognize as intelligent on the receiving end.  This is the study of METI: messaging to extra-terrestrial intelligence.    METI includes considerations of how to maximize communication effectively at the lowest cost.  What good would an engraving of human forms be for aliens without eyes?  An international team, PhysOrg reported, considered factors like “signal encoding, message length, information content, anthropocentrism, transmission method, and transmission periodicity” for an upcoming report in Space Policy.  Their current recommendation is to concentrate on “short, simple messages with minimal anthropocentrism, and which rely on simple physical or mathematical language….”    “The scientists also emphasize that searching for and attempting to communicate with extraterrestrials is as much about understanding ourselves as it is about finding aliens,” the press release continued.  We need, in other words, to understand human intelligence.  The only way we have to calibrate a test message, though, is to try it on other human beings with other cultures and languages.  Whatever they decide to send for the next broadcast from Earth, they must assume intelligence is real at both the sending and receiving end.Universal intelligence:  Science Daily expanded the concept with an article, “On the hunt for universal intelligence.”  The question is, “How do you use a scientific method to measure the intelligence of a human being, an animal, a machine or an extra-terrestrial?”  To plumb that question, Spanish and Australian AI researchers (artificial intelligence) devised a new intelligence test to replace the historic Turing Test that Allan Turing developed in 1950 to demonstrate intelligence in machines.  Their new “Anytime Universal Intelligence” test that “can be applied to any subject – whether biological or not – at any point in its development (child or adult, for example), for any system now or in the future, and with any level of intelligence or speed.”  Their model measures Kolmogorov Complexity, “the number of computational resources needed to describe an object or a piece of information,” yet they admit this is a first step in an ongoing evaluation of intelligence.Language efficiency:  Philip Ball at Nature News reported on a new proposal in linguistics at MIT theorizing that longer words carry more information.  In contrast to a 1930-era model by George Kingsley Zipf that language speakers seek to minimize time and effort when speaking, Steven Piantadosi and colleagues propose that “to convey a given amount of information, it is more efficient to shorten the least informative – and therefore the most predictable – words, rather than the most frequent ones.”  While not speaking of intelligence directly, this article overlaps with the means of communication between intelligent agents.  The words informative and predictable presuppose intelligences able to discriminate those factors using abstract reasoning.Mind matters:  At the threshold of mind and matter, neuroscientists continue to probe how intelligence is mediated by the physical brain.  PhysOrg reported on experiments at the University of Sydney’s Centre for the Mind that seemed to indicate electrical stimulation of the anterior temporal lobe produced “flashes of insight” that might lead to an “electronic thinking cap” some day.  Neuroscientists at New York University found, according to Science Daily, that memory storage and reactivation is “more complex than thought.”  Experiments on lab rats showed that “different effects of specifically inhibiting the initiation of protein synthesis on memory consolidation and reconsolidation, making clear these two processes have greater variation than previously thought.”    Memory, however is a tool of mind, not mind itself – if the distinction is more than academic.  No SETI researcher, however, is expecting lab rats to attempt purposeful communication with alien civilizations.  If memory is more complex than thought, thought is also more complex than memory.Intelligence is a concept that overlaps the fringes of many sciences.  Researchers in neuroscience, artificial intelligence, linguistics, information theory, cryptography, SETI and communications all assume intelligence is real, but like life, have a difficult time defining it (01/16/2011).  While using the term as applied to birds, rats, machines or aliens, there is something about human intelligence that yearns to communicate – not just for food or sex, or as a response to a stimulus or program – but for understanding at a deep level.  Is that just more of the same as observed in animals?  And can such longings, while making use of atoms (as in brain memory centers), be reduced to atoms?These are deep questions that have not been exhausted by philosophers despite millennia of trying.  But when you use your intelligence to define intelligence, or think about thinking, who is acting?  While intelligence is somewhat quantifiable in birds or dolphins or apes, our self-consciousness as beings, as persons, able to communicate and desiring communication with others, is unheard of in the animal kingdom.  Unlike bird chirps and ape grunts, we speak with meaning (semantics) using complex syntax, referring to abstractions in the conceptual realm.  We use codes and references.  We write philosophy books and symphonies with no survival value.  We can communicate the same message through entirely different physical media.    Perhaps the better question is the search for extra-terrestrial personality.  Like the fire triangle (heat, oxygen, fuel), the triad of personality – intellect, emotions, and will – lights the fire of communication as only intelligent persons experience it.  It is doubtful today’s human SETI staff would be particularly thrilled if future intelligent robots made contact with alien robots, intelligent as they might be.  Even if emotions and will were programmed into the robots, we would recognize the robots to be just carrying out the program.  Similarly, if our self-conscious intelligence is to be accepted as real as we know it to be deep in our souls, it cannot be just executing a genetic program.    If intelligence were an epiphenomenon of matter in motion, no scientist could ever know that to be true.  Truth implies morality (honesty).  If morality is also an epiphenomenon of matter in motion, the materialist soon multiplies epiphenomena upon epiphenomena, reducing his explanation to ghost stories.  The only self-consistent explanation for intelligence, personality, and truth is that they derive from a Creator who is intelligent, personal, and true: I AM.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Upcoming Webinar: TRICARE Reforms in 2018

first_imgPresenter:Mark A. EllisSenior Health Program Policy AnalystTRICARE Health Plan, TRICARE Policy and Benefits OfficeDefense Health AgencyContinuing Education Credit Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration will apply for 1.0 continuing education (CE) credit from UT School of Social Work for credentialed and licensed professionals. Additionally, Certificates of completion will be available for participants interested in receiving training hours.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on TRICARE Reforms in 2018. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 16, 2018. Please join MFLN Military Caregiving Wednesday, March 28 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, for our free webinar entitled ‘TRICARE Reforms in 2018.’This webinar will summarize significant reforms to TRICARE, the Department of Defense health plan for military members and their family members, that have occurred as of January 1, 2018 and will occur during 2018.Learning Objectives:Identify what the Military Health System is and the mission and goals of the Defense Health Agency (DHA).Understand the new TRICARE Select health plan.Understand TRICARE enrollment reforms.Understand upcoming TRICARE benefit and coverage reforms.last_img read more

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Hyderabad to host start up conclave on August 26

first_imgHyderabad, Aug 22 (PTI) Entrepreneurship opportunities in sports, along with others, would be debated at a start up conclave to be held here on August 26 and 27.The fifth edition of August Fest would have two events — Scale Up festival and the Sports Carnival. Over 60 business leaders and sports personalities are expected to speak at the events and ten workshops will be held, Adi Vemuru, one of the organisers, told reporters here today.Seasoned shuttler Jwala Gutta said such events are needed to establish an eco-system for sports to take a major leap.Telangana IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan said the August Fest, into its fifth year, would provide guidance to start up enthusiasts.The state government would promote start ups, he said.There are opportunities for start ups in sports as well with competitive leagues coming up in different sports, he added. PTI SJR RS NSK RDSlast_img read more

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Former Kansas Football Player Found Dead

first_imgBrandon Bourbon cheers from the sideline.Former Kansas football player Brandon Bourbon, who had been missing since the night of April 2, was found dead Friday, according to 13 News WIBW.Former @KU_Football and @WU_Football player Brandon Bourbon found dead. https://t.co/cVfsNOFvVB pic.twitter.com/eIuyhlCRZW— WIBW (@wibw) April 9, 2016According to the Maries County Sheriff’s Office, Bourbon’s body was discovered on a secluded riverfront property, just north of Vienna, Missouri. The sheriff’s office revealed the cause of death to be suicide.Bourbon was a member of Kansas’ football team from 2010-2013 before missing his senior season with an injury. As a junior, Bourbon started all 12 games for the Jayhawks and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. His former Kansas teammate Ben Heeney posted this tribute to Twitter following the tragic news. Rest in peace to my best friend, my brother, my beard bro. U affected so many lives Brandon. I love u more than you know. @BeastmodeBourb— Ben Heeney (@henbeeney) April 9, 2016Our thoughts are with Bourbon’s friends and family during this difficult time. [13 News]last_img read more

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