Curiosity Drives Creativity & Innovation

Source: IdeaToValue website, Jun 2017

the world’s greatest innovators are passionately curious and even nosy or annoying.

They approach situations and problems from an open, childlike, mind unconfined by rigidity or preconceived notions.

Fueled by curiosity, they ask crazy questions.

Their expertise grows as they actualize their curiosity by developing a love of learning. Their curiosity impulse and prior knowledge alert them to invisible gaps or details others miss, fueling even more questioning. Their curiosity drives them to become persistent. Their wide interests and curiosity enable them to apply ideas across divergent fields, improving upon the ideas of others,

Their wide interests and curiosity enable them to apply ideas across divergent fields, improving upon the ideas of others, synthesizing ideas, and discovering patterns from disparate fields to generate new ideas. Curiosity reveals new options even at dead ends and inspires a sense of purpose and meaning. Continuously rewarded and renewed curiosity becomes a lifelong passion.

How to nurture the curious attitude?

  1. Find and remove what gets in the way of your curious mind
  2. Never be too shy to ask questions, and ask questions even when you think you know everything you need to know. 
  3. Become more a interesting person and live a more interesting life by reconnecting with your inner child, sense of wonder, and mindset 
  4. Turn away from the familiar, and open your mind to new ideas, interests,experiences, and adventures 
  5. Dig deeper and understand the context, origin, and history of things
  6. Forge deep and quality relationships by showing your sincere and genuine interests in people around you, across all levels
  7. Build your own lab with full of experimental tools as your sandbox to tinker or try out new things; enjoy mistakes and failures 
  8. Finally, work with inquisitive minds, rather than just qualified and experienced people


Growth Matters

Source: Luke Muelhauser website, Sep 2017

my first speculation from my brief expedition in “quantiative macrohistory” is this:

Human well-being was pretty awful by modern standards until the industrial revolution, after which most things we care about got vastlybetter in the span of a century or two.

But that is probably not a surprising claim to most readers of this blog, especially those who have studied economic history.

Mindfire Foundation: Mission-1 in Davos (May 12-20 2018)

Source: Mindfire website, 2017
<all expenses covered>

From May 12th through May 20th, 2018

We are starting our quest for true-AI with a new approach, “Artificial Organisms”, which will define our inaugural mission, and all our future missions. The 100 selected talents will form teams according to their skill sets and the given challenges.

Each team will be assigned a professional coach or a subject matter expert. No reporting and no hierarchies, just a shared sense of pursuit. Every day, the talents will have the opportunity to meet top AI researchers who will be there to support them, as mentors.


The imperative to progress true AI is now!

For that reason Mindfire is looking for the best talent out there. Your travel, accommodation and all planned recreational activities are fully funded by us. Mindfire Mission-1 will allow you to:

  • Work alongside 99 other bright minds and 15 eminent researchers.
  • Build a prototype to showcase your progress in helping to solve true-AI.
  • Secure further funding and sponsorship to continue the research for the best projects.
  • Become a member of the exclusive Mindfire community with access to expert know-how.
  • Be rewarded with Mindfire tokens and profit from the Intellectual Property proceeds.

Eligibility criteria

You can only apply as a private individual, i.e. not affiliated to any organization or enterprise. You are currently an undergraduate, masters or PhD student in science or engineering. You can also apply if you are an entrepreneur, using AI within your business.

Be part of the movement and join us from May 12th thru 20th, 2018 in Davos.

MIT Student Notes

Source: MIT, Sep 2017

Ignorance .NE. (Un)Intelligence

Source: Fast Company, Sep 2017




Sleep and Sex Helps Well Being

Source: The Telegraph (UK), Sep 2017

 A study has found that sex and sleep are the two things that have the strongest association with a person’s wellbeing.

The index, developed by researchers Oxford Economics, found that quadrupling your income causes very little increase to your happiness, while spending time in the bedroom is a lot more significant.

Polling carried out by the National Centre for Social Research, found that the most rested people score 15 points higher on the index than those who struggled with their sleep.

People who are deeply dissatisfied with their sex lives score seven points lower on average than those who say they were very satisfied.

Monstrous Moonshine’s Pariahs

Source: Quanta, Sep 2017

moonshine forges deep connections between groups of symmetries, models of string theory and objects from number theory called modular forms.

In 1978, John McKay of Concordia University in Montreal noticed that the same number — 196,884 — occurs in two widely different mathematical contexts. One is as a combination of two numbers from the monster group, and the other is as a coefficient of the “j-function,” one of the simplest examples of a modular form — a type of function with repeating patterns like those in Escher’s circular angels-and-devils tilings.

The monster group and the j-function are connected via string theory. In a particular 24-dimensional string theory world, the j-function’s coefficients capture how strings can oscillate, while the monster controls the underlying symmetry.

the monster group isn’t just some anomalous object forced into existence by abstract considerations. It is the symmetry group of a natural space, and it is closely connected to modular forms, which number theorists have been studying for centuries. The development gave rise to entirely new areas of mathematics and physics, and it earned Richard Borcherds, of the University of California, Berkeley, a Fields Medal in 1998.

Duncan happened to describe the new moonshine to Ono one evening, over dinner with their families. Ono had never heard of the O’Nan group, but he immediately recognized the modular forms involved. “These forms are like old friends to me,” he wrote by email.