These are just basic examples.

Mercury in the 1st house: you’re smart about a wide variety of things, which may result in much trivial or miscellaneous knowledge. You bare your intelligence for all to see; it’s something even strangers may notice.

Mercury in the 2nd house: you’re smart about self-preservation & making sure needs are provided for, whatever they may be. This makes you thrifty & a good negotiator. Your intelligence is seen by anyone you share things with.

Mercury in the 3rd house: you’re smart in the logical & active way, which helps you navigate through daily life in a productive, flowing manner. Your intelligence is seen mainly by the people who you see most regularly.

Mercury in the 4th house: you’re smart in an inward way, which helps you keep steady & operating properly on a psychological level. Your introspection is like machine maintenance. Your intelligence is seen by those closest to you.

Mercury in the 5th house: you’re smart in a creative way, which helps you express yourself through your pleasures in an innovative and clever manner. Your intelligence is seen by lovers, creative partners, and children.

Mercury in the 6th house: you’re smart in the most practical of ways. Your mental energy is devoted to productivity & punctuality which helps you maintain a very healthy lifestyle. Your intelligence is seen by people you work with.

Mercury in the 7th house: you’re smart in an interpersonal way. You easily pick up on social cues & you’re able to maintain colorful, engaging relationships. Your intelligence is seen by everyone you connect with.

Mercury in the 8th house: you’re smart in a penetrating way. You see right through lies & facades and you can understand the darkest, most nebulous topics. Your intelligence is hidden, seen only by those you’re very intimate with.

Mercury in the 9th house: you’re smart in a philosophical way. Your mind has traveled across the planet and back; your worldly perspective is boundless. Your intelligence is seen by teachers/mentors and diverse types of people.

Mercury in the 10th house: you’re smart in a mature way. You are able to mentally handle even the most frustrating & perplexing real-world problems. Your intelligence is seen by authority figures and your dominant parent.

Mercury in the 11th house: you’re smart in a future-oriented way. You see very far in advance and understand sociological patterns; your guidance & insight are priceless. Your intelligence is seen by your friends/communities.

Mercury in the 12th house: you’re smart about spiritual realms & the unknown. You have a special wisdom that is not bound to earth or humanity. Your intelligence is only seen / understood by you, when you’re alone.

don’t let a bad grade make you think any less of yourself.

Current AI programming techniques are incompatible for creation of human intelligence

        When artificial intelligence first came about in the first computing machines, computing was restricted by technology and computing power. The easiest way to get around giving intelligent functions to a machine was to give it basic sets of rules. These finite set of rules took up small amounts of memory, and could be used dependent on the input and goal. The rules could be combined to create more complex functions, exponentially increasing the amount of total functions available.

       The current computing grew from these beginnings, now using complex algorithmic and recursive functions using basic rules to further increase the amount of computing possibilities. The search for true artificial intelligence, one comparable to our amount of intelligence and conscious awareness, is in the works. A robotic creation using transistors and circuits and algorithmic programming whilst having the conscious and cognitive abilities that humans possess is the end goal. We know so far that even the most advanced artificial intelligence makes semantic and perceptual errors about the physical world.

       The problem with creating an artificial intelligence like our own is the rule-based computing which is the seed of modern computing intelligence. The seed planted was a rule-based one, and since we used these seeds to grow modern computing, we now have this type of computing available. I strongly believe this rule-based computing will never allow for true human-based artificial intelligence to be used. Human cognition and consciousness is not a rule-based system, and rule-based systems are not able to perform the amount and type of processing that the human mind does.

       The human mind processes information in bottom-up and top-down processes by integrating sensory info and semantic knowledge in integration centers of the brain. The mind can take this info and again reanalyze in in a seemingly subjective fashion, or by applying further conscious reason to perform a reaction to the input info. The mind has the ability to consciously engage ideas in the brain in a way that doesn’t seem to obey rules.

       Humans can be argued to be mostly a tabula rasa (blank slate) at birth, with arguably some innate abilities; perhaps there are some undefined “rules”. To create a “fully grown” and “mature” robot instantaneously, as well as endow it with all the knowledge of the world and processing an adult human would possess is a disastrous thought. We can’t program a mature robot, we need to grow it. Create a robot with the ability to learn, and to perform connections by repeated pairings of stimuli. A robot would be endowed with the learning abilities of which humans possess, so that it may learn connections in the world and be endowed with human-type knowledge and ability. The way we “program” robots now with artificially intelligent algorithms does not begin to scratch the surface of human knowledge ability.

       A robotic creation as a “newborn” with very few programmed rules besides rules for stimuli pairing, feature detection, whilst integrating the perceptual info similar in fashion to how the info bonds and integrates in the human brain is essential. No need for large highly complex algorithmic programs, we set a few basic algorithms, and allow the robot to “learn” the world on its own. While this is a long process, I believe it is the closest approximation to a human-like artificial intelligence. We bare the robot, and allow it to grow and mature in the human world by interaction with the world and gaining knowledge in the fashion that we do. This is the only way to create a robot which can be perceptually and semantically comparable to a human.

This post was inspired by this video on cognitive science:

Is US intelligence keeping secrets from Trump? New report finds US spies are holding back

  • United States intelligence officials have been withholding sensitive information from Trump out of fear it will fall prey to another one of the information breaches that have plagued his administration, officials familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal.
  • According to the report, the withheld intelligence includes the methods used to acquire certain information and the identities of the sources who provide it. 
  • Officials pinpointed Trump’s admiration of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his previous encouragement of Russian espionage as key motivators for the decision not to disclose the intel. Read more. (2/16/2017 9:35 AM)

Wolf vs dog intelligence test 

Wolf researcher Zsófia Virányi at the Wolf Science Center in Austria wants to test how domestication has effected dog’s intelligence. It’s wolf vs dog in the battle for a piece of cheese!

(Excerpt from BBC’s show Bang Goes the Theory - Series 6 Episode 8)