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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Unintended Verbage/Lost in Translation

Recently, in an email I indirectly asked for someone to participate in resolving an issue with the words "please oblige".

The response was "As you know, English is not my mother tongue,  can you speak xxxxx?"

While reiterating in plainer English, it occurred to me that should I have encountered a similar unfamiliar phrase for the same reason, what would I have done?

At the end of the email I copied the text into Google Translate and translated the phrase from English to xxxxx. Then I inverted the translation for a return effect.

The result was clear enough for me, but as the originator of the phrase I couldn't be sure of the idiomatic effect in that language.

This I communicated in the tail of the email, screenshots and all... from English to xxxxx and from xxxxx to English. The language was in fact Japanese, so unfamiliar script and all, if I was able to do this, why couldn't he?

Illustration

Please oblige-->義務付けるしてください。--> Please to oblige. Seems clear enough to me, but as I wrote above...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Artificial Intelligence

It should come as no surprise that strides in the development of Artificial Intelligence is inadvertently under way already.

With the development of so-called machine learning i.e. microprocessors together with data storage and retrieval on mindboggling scales both in microscopic size and lightspeed handling using improbability theory to render life-like but far superior processing and execution.

Science is full of surprises on the basis of which no prior theory was proposed. The reality of AI popping into existence once a certain threshhold is reached and event comes to pass.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Learning: Deep Hole Drilling or Layer by Layer


In the first, you spend every waking moment learning deeply everything about a very specific subject.

In the second, you start with a very wide aspect and gradually by brute force increase a deeper understanding of areas of significance or special interest layer by layer; retaining a contextual overview of the subject at large, while simultaneously appreciating the deeper context and meaning.

I tend to be a proponent of the latter as a generalist, while the former tends to be that of a specialist, equally important to be sure.

For example, on www.Udacity.com, I have and still am spending time covering topics such as "How to Use Git and GitHub" to "Developing Android Apps" to "Design of Computer Programs", each of which is a multimonth endeavour in a matter of days. (Mental breaks are necessary from time to time.) When ready, industry recognition in the form of a Nanodegree is attainable at an affordable monthly price, 50% refundable if completed in less than 12 months.

Sort of 3D learning, pass by pass. Mind-bending to be sure, especially in the longer more intense courses. But, at first getting a speedy overview of a population of related subjects, then getting a more lucid memory retaining understanding of each subject at an increasingly deeper level. Pass by pass. One has to be selective, of course, so as not to be inundated by the plethora of subjects and aspects.

(PS I'm not a programmer, so this really is brute force, pushing something into my brain that I have no prior experience with in the deeper sense of the meaning. Also, I'm little old so I have to speed things up a bit to beat my expected expiry date.)

#learning   #udacity