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Folha mostra penúria na PF-PR e esquece as mordomias

Marcelo Auler

Há quem diga que coincidências não existem. Pode ser. Mas a reportagem publicada no domingo (14/02) pela Folha de S. Paulo, coincidência ou não, ainda que dê voz a uma reclamação capenga de setores da Polícia Federal, serve para comprovar o que o blog e algumas entidades afirmam: mais do que verba, falta gestão na Superintendência Regional do Departamento de Polícia Federal do Paraná (SR/DPF/PR). Aliás, na verdade, a verba sobrou em 2015 e foi devolvida ao Tesouro Nacional: R$ 1,4 milhão

A confirmação desta tese está na comparação das ilustrações da reportagem da Folha “Carros sem gasolina e lanchas paradas retratam lado B da PF” com as aqui postadas na quinta-feira (11/2), Polícia Federal, sem verba para a luz, mas com mordomias. Já que o jornal não fez tal comparação, agradeço, faço aqui e lanço a pergunta:

Como é possível ter dinheiro para um ambiente moderno, que inclui bar, churrasqueia e ilha gourmet em uma delegacia e não conseguir consertar os instrumentos de trabalho? Por que faltou dinheiro para o fundamental e sobrou para o supérfluo?

ESBANJAMENTO E PENÚRIA: na foto à esquerda a mordomia da churrasqueira moderna no prédio que sedia o GISE e a DRE, em Curitiba; na da direita, as lanchas da Superintendência aguardando manutenção em Paranaguá, em uma reprodução da postagem da Folha: o dinheiro gasto com uma não poderia consertar as demais?

ESBANJAMENTO E PENÚRIA: na foto à esquerda a mordomia da churrasqueira moderna no prédio que sedia o GISE e a DRE, em Curitiba; na da direita, as lanchas da Superintendência aguardando manutenção em Paranaguá, em uma reprodução da postagem da Folha: o dinheiro gasto com uma não poderia ter tido melhor utilização?

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A QUE PONTO CHEGOU A PF.

Segundo muitos blogs a PF mentiu ao receber dinheiro de MORORINHO mistura de moro com marinhos e abrir para mídia que faltava dinheiro. Era tudo mentira, como nós comuns acreditaremos numa polícia que mente, logo a polícia que todos achavam que era a melhor, virou essa facção política assombrosa que não é capaz nem de falar a verdade, fingindo de mendigo para ganhar sanduíche.  

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era infame

preferem o superficial para

preferem o superficial para talvez arreglaro os interesses do conluio com alguns do mpf e com ju[zies para ali decidirem politicamente eesqueceram que caros e lanchjas precisam de combustível....

são uns jenios;

apenas um lamento.

quando fui ao blog do marcelo e abri, apareceu uma página praticamente ilegívl, dificultando a leitura...

para um  repórter tão importante para a democracia brasileira,

impossível que ele não tenha notado que é melhor ter um blog legível, mais simples, sem frescuras,,,

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Jos

Conhecí  tipos que para

Conhecí  tipos que para faturar um troco de propina, digo comissão, contratavam manutenção "preventiva" de cada um dos veículos de sua empresa ao custo por ano de quase o preço do equipamento novo.

Conhecí gerentes que não enxergavam ou enxergavam demai$, e ainda outros completamente  incompetentes todos postos em cargos para isso mesmo.

Conhecí jornalistas que só produziam notícias para agradar seus patrões, garantindo-lhes um salário razoável e atribuindo a sí próprios uma importância inexistente, real apenas em suas cabeças doentes de empregadinhos subalternos, como se os jagunços não fossem sob ordem dos capatazes, meros instrumentos dos "coronéis", pois não pesquisavam nem investigavam a realidade dos fatos, apenas arranjavam matérias, não importando se inventadas, manipuladas, ou reais, editadas apenas para puxar o saco, agradar e "se dar bem".

Não ter dinheiro para tapar um furo ou um rasgo num casco bóia de borracha ou trocar uma peça de um motorzinho de baixa cilindrada, faça-me o favor....

Deve ser muito menos que alguns empregados de certas empresas gastam em diárias de viagens para fazer cursinhos e seminários ("treinamento" contratado para, deixa para lá...) em pontos turísticos ou a verba de alguns almoços ou jantares de "representação"

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pelo tamanho da churrasqueira, logo se ve: só pros chegados!

aliás a que nós temos no serviço, é bem maior que essa.

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Brasil, há muito pra temer!

A vida é curta demais para se beber cerveja barata!!

A folha é contra a corrupção no pt, no psdb não!!!

 Frede69

Uma das poucas coisas

Uma das poucas coisas sensatas que já ouvi do José Serra foi a de que gastar dinheiro público dá trabalho.

Fazer a manutenção de uma lancha envolve uma enorme burocracia, não é só levar a lancha na oficina. É muito mais fácil devolver o dinheiro e reclamar do sucateamento.

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Não entendo...

IBAMA, Funasa e FUNAI tem lanchas e fazem a manitenção das mesmas tranquilamente. Basta trabalhar - fazer o pregão e botar servidores diligentes pra fiscalizar a execução dos contratos. As polícias ambientais dos estados usam lanchas e fazem a manutenção das mesmas.

Só com a PF que é tããããõooo difícil assim?

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No Brasil a única proposta política da oposição é o golpe.

Quando a Justiça só pune de um lado, os bandidos já sabem qual lado escolher.

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Manubhz

Desde quando advogado sabe

Desde quando advogado sabe administrar

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Nossa, quanta ignorância!

E desde quando policial federal é advogado, troll?

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No Brasil a única proposta política da oposição é o golpe.

Quando a Justiça só pune de um lado, os bandidos já sabem qual lado escolher.

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MARCOS F.L.

O que tem de sobra é termpo

O que tem de sobra é termpo ocioso para fazer politicagem.

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H66

Mossak

Na mossak tem uma fortuna. Está sobrando dinheiro. porue não vão lá? 

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querem Curitiba como novidade...

onde a troca da moldura de um quadro famoso, sai mais cara, ou fica mais valiosa, do que a própria obra de arte

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Elementar meu caro Watson, Inteligência Artificial corrigirá ist

Entre as proezas que sistemas inteligêntes irão fazer, será coordenar esta balburdia de muitos orgãos públicos, que têm enormes patrimônios, pessoal e atribuições, mas não conseguem se coordenar para ter economia e eficiência.

Where Artificial Intelligence Is Now and What’s Just Around the CornerThis post (the second of seven) is a look at artificial intelligence. Future posts will look at other tech areas.

An expert might be reasonably good at predicting the growth of a single exponential technology (e.g., the Internet of Things), but try to predict the future when A.I., robotics, VR, synthetic biology and computation are all doubling, morphing and recombining. You have a very exciting (read: unpredictable) future. ​ This year at my Abundance 360 Summit I decided to explore this concept in sessions I called "Convergence Catalyzers."

For each technology, I brought in an industry expert to identify their Top 5 Recent Breakthroughs (2012-2015) and their Top 5 Anticipated Breakthroughs (2016-2018). Then, we explored the patterns that emerged.

Artificial Intelligence — Context

At A360 this year, my expert on AI was Stephen Gold, the CMO and VP of Business Development and Partner Programs at IBM Watson. Here's some context before we dive in.

Artificial intelligence is the ability of a computer to understand what you're asking and then infer the best possible answer from all the available evidence.

You may think of AI as Siri or Google Now on your iPhone, Jarvis from Iron Man or IBM's Watson.

Progress of late is furious — an AI R&D arms race is underway among the world's top technology giants.

Soon AI will become the most important human collaboration tool ever created, amplifying our abilities and providing a simple user interface to all exponential technologies. Ultimately, it's helping us speed toward a world of abundance.

The implications of true AI are staggering, and I asked Stephen to share his top five breakthroughs from recent years to illustrate some of them.

Recent Top 5 Breakthroughs in AI: 2011 - 2015

"It's amazing," said Gold. "For 50 years, we've ideated about this idea of artificial intelligence. But it's only been in the last few years that we've seen a fundamental transformation in this technology."

Here are the breakthroughs Stephen identified in artificial intelligence research from 2011-2015:

1. IBM Watson wins Jeopardy demo's integration of natural language processing, machine learning (ML), and big data.

In 2011, IBM's AI system, dubbed "Watson," won a game of Jeopardy against the top two all-time champions.

This was a historic moment, the "Kitty Hawk moment" for artificial intelligence.

"It was really the first substantial, commercial demonstration of the power of this technology," explained Gold. "We wanted to prove a point that you could bring together some very unique technologies: natural language technologies, artificial intelligence, the context, the machine learning and deep learning, analytics and data and do something purposeful that ideally could be commercialized."

2. Siri/Google Now redefine human-data interaction.

In the past few years, systems like Siri and Google Now opened our minds to the idea that we don't have to be tethered to a laptop to have seamless interaction with information.

In this model, AIs will move from speech recognition to natural language interaction, to natural language generation, and eventually to an ability to write as well as receive information.

3. Deep learning demonstrates how machines learn on their own, advance and adapt.

"Machine learning is about man assisting computers. Deep learning is about systems beginning to progress and learn on their own," says Gold. "Historically, systems have always been trained. They've been programmed. And, over time, the programming languages changed. We certainly moved beyond FORTRAN and BASIC, but we've always been limited to this idea of conventional rules and logic and structured data."

As we move into the area of AI and cognitive computing, we're exploring the ability of computers to do more unaided/unassisted learning.

4. Image recognition and interpretation now rivals what humans can do — allowing for imagine interpretation and anomaly detection.

Image recognition has exploded over the last few years. Facebook and Google Photos, for example, each have tens of billions of images on their platform. With this dataset, they (and many others) are developing technologies that go beyond facial recognition providing algorithms that can tell you what is in the image: a boat, plane, car, cat, dog, and so on.

The crazy part is that the algorithms are better than humans at recognizing images. The implications are enormous. "Imagine," says Gold, "an AI able to examine an X-ray or CAT scan or MRI to report what looks abnormal."

5. AI Apps proliferate: universities scramble to adopt AI curriculum

As AI begins to impact every industry and every profession, there is a response where schools and universities are ramping up their AI and machine learning curriculum. IBM, for example, is working with over 150 partners to present both business and technology-oriented students with cognitive computing curricula.

So what's in store for the near future?

Anticipated Top AI Breakthroughs: 2016 – 2018

Here are Gold's predictions for the most exciting, disruptive developments coming in AI in thenext three years. As entrepreneurs and investors, these are the areas you should be focusing on, as the business opportunities are tremendous.

1. Next-gen A.I. systems will beat the Turing Test

Alan Turing created the Turing Test over half a century ago as a way to determine a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior indistinguishable from that of a human.

Loosely, if an artificial system passed the Turing Test, it could be considered "AI."

Gold believes, "that for all practical purposes, these systems will pass the Turing Test" in the next three-year period.

Perhaps more importantly, if it does, this event will accelerate the conversation about the proper use of these technologies and their applications.

2. All five human senses (yes, including taste, smell and touch) will become part of the normal computing experience.

AIs will begin to sense and use all five senses. "The sense of touch, smell, and hearing will become prominent in the use of AI," explained Gold. "It will begin to process all that additional incremental information."

When applied to our computing experience, we will engage in a much more intuitive and natural ecosystem that appeals to all of our senses.

3. Solving big problems: detect and deter terrorism, manage global climate change.

AI will help solve some of society's most daunting challenges.

Gold continues, "We've discussed AI's impact on healthcare. We're already seeing this technology being deployed in governments to assist in the understanding and preemptive discovery of terrorist activity."

We'll see revolutions in how we manage climate change, redesign and democratize education, make scientific discoveries, leverage energy resources, and develop solutions to difficult problems.

4. Leverage ALL health data (genomic, phenotypic, social) to redefine the practice of medicine.

"I think AI's effect on healthcare will be far more pervasive and far quicker than anyone anticipates," says Gold. "Even today, AI/machine learning is being used in oncology to identify optimal treatment patterns."

But it goes far beyond this. AI is being used to match clinical trials with patients, drive robotic surgeons, read radiological findings and analyze genomic sequences.

5. AI will be woven into the very fabric of our lives — physically and virtually.

Ultimately, during the AI revolution taking place in the next three years, AIs will be integrated into everything around us, combining sensors and networks and making all systems "smart."

AIs will push forward the ideas of transparency, of seamless interaction with devices and information, making everything personalized and easy to use. We'll be able to harness that sensor data and put it into an actionable form, at the moment when we need to make a decision.

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 Peter Diamandis Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.Best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight, the Foundation is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education.

Diamandis is also the co-Founder & Executive Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution teaching graduates and executives about exponentially growing technologies and their potential to address humanity’s grand challenges.

Diamandis recently co-Authored Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think.

Diamandis has founded or co-founded many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures. He also counsels the world’s top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives.

Dr. Diamandis attended MIT where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D..Discussion — 8 Responses 

  • PHILLIP V BITTLE SR· Yesterday

    Concerning evolving artificial intelligence and the capabilities it will surely possess: has any thought been given, or plans made on how to protect and safeguard the status of the ruling class?

    P BITTLE

  • DSM· Yesterday

    I’ve believed for some time now that the only true Turing test winner is one that can both deceive humans and distinguish them from all of the other AI contestants.

    I also believe that the energy budget required to accomplish the task must also be recorded for the win to be valid because ultimately it must be done for less energy than is consumed by the human brain. The energy required to cool a superconducting device down to the required levels does not need to be included as that is the equivalent of part of the energy required to make and prepare a human to participate in the competition. Only the energy required for the actual computations and to maintain the device during those computations is relevant.

  • rtryon· Yesterday

    The above report offers as a result of A/I one day in the next several years it will be true that A/I can outperform human response to what all of its senses bring to our individual minds abilities to make useful determinations! “Ultimately, it’s helping us speed toward a world of abundance.” says the writer(s)?

    Really, what pray tell is abundance? Does A/I expect to define this for all latitudes and longitudes in which individuals of each and every specie of plant and animal exist?Will it know how to have the right number of termites in each square meter of two three dimensional space?

    Will A/I manage the sun and the elliptical pathway of the Earth in its annual migrations around it? Co-ordinated,of course, with the exact impact of each and every forest fire, lighting strike, and effort to control or balance such events. Speaking of events, will A/I also manage all human activity in terms of who is allowed to procreate or do anything except whatever the plans designates each robot or human controller to do?

    Will the so called “Black Swan” events and changes in psychological preferences driven by the accidental ways in which a football bounces be included in the perfect plan that re-orders each of us… moment by moment? Will creation of human life and death be tolerated and managed?

    Once nothing is left to chance, what will A/I declare to be the meaning and purpose of life? Will it be acceptable voluntarily by atheists as well as believers in the evidence that can support faith?Or will A/I destroy all such evidence as a recent video shows Germans burning e-mails?

    Or will somebody pull the plug?


    • DSM rtryon · Yesterday

      Two things you should ponder, all the swans in my country are black, and there is no way for us to be sure that our reality isn’t already just a simulation being managed by an AI because if the AI can control your judgment it can always ensure that it is below the level that would allow you to detect that you are just part of a simulation.

  • Bhakta David Nollmeyer· 23 hours ago

    I believe the turing test is far too simple. You jave to learn to crawl to walk. Censorship and Sanitization via prisoner’s dilemma is a major threat. What is an Islamic. AI or a Christian AI going to be like. Collusion at hegemonic levels will be messy as in human diplomacy,


    • DSM Bhakta David Nollmeyer · 22 hours ago

      That is easily solved, we can model the AI after Mel Brooks, to ensure it has a sense of humour.

  • lfstevens· 18 hours ago

    The odds that humans will rule AIs are about the same as those of chimps ruling humans. The only happy ending is for humans to become AIs. What is the prospect for that?

  • Tom Riley· 13 hours ago

    Two points:

    1. Forget the Turing Test. The US Supreme Court has declared corporations to be people. An AI that incorporates itself (about $150 on LegalZoom) is a person, full stop. The current test for personhood is then presenting incorporation papers. You may think this a dumb idea, I certainly do, but it is the law of the land. YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elZ10nNbhFk

    2. We do not want to just detect terrorism, we need to disempower it. For example, they are venerable in key areas such as recruitment. We now know enough about the human brain to understand how recruitment works. If you know how recruitment works, then you know how to block it. I recently built an AI App for this for the IBM Watson Challenge but there was not enough time to build it properly.http://bigmoondig.com/Essays/BuyInEarth.html

    Enjoy.
    Tom Riley

 

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Metaverso - é no assunto

A Maker’s Guide to the Metaverse

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While the term “metaverse” was coined by Neal Stephenson in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, current usage has diverged significantly from its original meaning. In popular contemporary culture, the metaverse is often described as the VR-based successor to the web.

Its recent surge in popularity is fueled by the expectation that the availability of affordable VR equipment will invariably lead to the creation of a network of virtual worlds that is similar to the web of today—but with virtual “places” instead of pages.

From a societal perspective, the metaverse is also associated with anticipation that as soon as VR technology reaches a sufficiently high level of quality, we will spend a significant portion of our private and professional lives in shared virtual spaces. Those spaces will be inherently more accommodating than natural reality, and this contextual malleability is expected to have a profound impact on our interpersonal relationships and overall cultural velocity.

Given its potential, it is no surprise the metaverse is a persistent topic in discussions about the future of virtual reality. In fact, it is difficult to find VR practitioners who can speculate about a plausible future where technological progress is unhindered and yet a metaverse is never created.

Still, there is little consensus on what a real-world implementation of the metaverse would be like.

Our research group, Lucidscape, was created to accelerate the advent of the metaverse by addressing the most challenging aspects of its implementation [2]. Our mandate is to provide the open source foundations for a practical, real-world metaverse that embraces freedom, lacks centralized control, and ultimately belongs to everyone.

In this article, which is part opinion and part pledge, I will share the tenets for what we perceive as an “ideal” implementation of the metaverse.  My goal is not to promote our work but to provoke thought and spark a conversation with the greater VR community about what we should expect from a real-world metaverse.

Tenet #1 – Creative freedom is not negotiable

“The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.” – George Bernard Shaw

As the prerequisite technologies become available, the emergence of a proto-metaverse becomes all but inevitable. Nevertheless, it is too soon to know what kind of metaverse will arise—whether it will belong to everybody, embracing freedom, accessibility and personal expression without compromise, or be controlled and shaped by the will and whims of its creators.

To draw a relatable comparison, imagine a different world where the web functions akin to Apple’s iOS app store. In this world, all websites must be reviewed and approved for content before they are made available to users. In this impoverished version of the web, content perceived as disagreeable by its gatekeepers is suppressed, and users find themselves culturally stranded in a manicured walled garden.

While our (reasonably) free web has become a powerful driver of contemporary culture, I would argue that a content-controlled web would remain culturally impotent in comparison because censorship inevitably stifles creativity.

Some believe that censorship under the guise of curation is acceptable under a benevolent dictator. But let me again bring forth the common example of Apple, an adored company that has succumbed to the temptation of acting as a distorted moral compass for its customers by ruling that images of the human body are immoral while murder simulators are acceptable [3].

In contrast, the ideal metaverse allows everyone to add worlds to the network since there are no gatekeepers.

In it, human creativity is unshackled by the conventions and customs of our old world. Content creators are encouraged to explore the full spectrum of possible human experiences without the fear of censorship. Each world is a sovereign space that is entirely determined and controlled by its owner-creator.

Tenet #2 – Technological freedom is not negotiable either

“If the users do not control the program, the program controls the users” – Richard Stallman

The ideal metaverse is built atop a foundation of free software and open standards. This is of vital importance not only to enforce the right to creative freedom but to safeguard a nascent network from the risks of single-source solutions, attempts of control by litigation or even abuse by its own developers.

In the long term, a technologically free metaverse is also more likely to achieve a higher level of penetration and cultural relevance.

Tenet #3 – Dismantle the wall between creators and users

“Dismantle the wall between developers and users, to develop systems so easy to program that doing so would be a natural, simple aspect of use.” - The Xerox PARC Design Philosophy [4]

Most computer users have never written a program, and most web users have never created a website.

While creative and technological freedom are required, they are not sufficient to assure an inclusive metaverse if only a small portion of the user population can contribute to the network.

It is also necessary to break the wall that separates content creators from consumers by providing not only the means but also the incentives necessary to make each and every user a co-author in the metaverse network.

This empowerment begins with the outright rejection of the current “social contract” that delineates the submissive relationship between users and the computers they use. In the current model, user contributions are neither expected nor welcome which in turn greatly diminishes the value of becoming algorithmically literate unless you intend to become a professional in the field.

However, in a metaverse where virtual components are easily inspected and modified in real-time [5], everyone could become a tinkerer first, and a maker eventually.

Thus, every aspect of the user experience in the ideal metaverse is an invitation to learn, create or remix. Worlds can be quickly composed by linking to pre-existing parts made available by other authors. The source code and other building blocks for each shared part is readily available for study or tinkering. While each world remains sovereign, visitors are nonetheless encouraged to submit contributions that can be easily accepted and incorporated [6].

shutterstock_176196590To illustrate the benefits of embracing users as co-authors, imagine that you have published a virtual model of Paris in the ideal metaverse. Over time, your simulation gains popularity and becomes a popular destination for Paris lovers around the world. To your amazement, your visitors congeal into a passionate community that submits frequent improvements to your virtual Paris, effectively becoming your co-authors. [7]

Most importantly, the basic tools of creation [8] of the ideal metaverse are accessible to children and those who are not technologically inclined. By design, these tools allow users to learn by experimentation thus blurring the lines between purposeful effort and creative play. [9]

Tenet #4 – Support for worlds of unprecedented scale

Virtual worlds of today, with a single notable exception [10], can only handle smaller-scale simulations with no more than several dozen participants in the same virtual space. To overcome this limitation, world creators sacrifice the experience of scale by partitioning worlds into a multitude of smaller instances where only a limited number of participants may interact with each other.

In contrast, the simulation infrastructure of the ideal metaverse supports worlds of unprecedented scale (e.g., whole populated cities, planets, solar systems) while handling millions of simultaneous users within the same shared virtual space.

This is an incredibly difficult challenge because it requires maintaining a coherent state across a vast number of geographically separated machines in real-time. Even as networking technology advances, there are fundamental physical limits to possible improvements in total bandwidth and latency. [11]

Fulfilling this requiremenshutterstock_105784187t will require algorithmic breakthroughs and the creation of a computational fabric that allows an arbitrary number of machines to join forces to simulate large seamless worlds while at the same time gracefully compensating for unfavorable network circumstances.

Scalability of this magnitude is not something that can be easily bolted onto a pre-existing architecture. Instead, the creators of the ideal metaverse must take this requirement into consideration from the very beginning of development.

Tenet #5 – Support for nomadic computation

Of all tenets proposed in this essay, this is the one that is most easily contested because it is motivated not by strict necessity but by the desire to create a network that is more than the sum of its parts.

The same way that the web required a new way of thinking about information, the ideal metaverse requires a new way of thinking about computation. One of the ways this requirement manifests itself is by our proposal for the support of safe nomadic computation.

In the ideal metaverse, a nomadic program is a fully autonomous participant with the similar “rights” of a human user. Like any ordinary user, such programs can move from one server to the next on the network. To the underlying computational fabric, there is no meaningful distinction between human operators and nomadic programs other than the fact that programs carry along their source code and internal state as they migrate to a new server.

A powerful illustrative example of the potential for roaming programs is the approach taken by developer Hello Games in the development of “No Man’s Sky” [13].

By leveraging procedural content generation, a team of four artists have generated a virtual universe containing over 18 quintillion planets. Unable to visit and evaluate those worlds one by one, they resorted to the creation of a fleet of autonomous virtual robots to explore their many worlds. Each robot documents its journey and takes short videos of the most remarkable things they encounter to share with its developers.

While Hello Games’ robot explorers are not nomadic programs, the same idea could be implemented in the metaverse on a much grander scale. For example, more than merely visiting worlds in the network, nomadic programs can also interact with other users or programs, improve the worlds visited [14] or even act as the autonomous surrogate for a user who is currently offline.

Moreover, the infrastructure required for supporting nomadic computation can also be leveraged to offload work to the computers utilized by human visitors. This is beneficial because thousands of end-user machines running complex logic can create much richer experiences than what would be possible with server-side resources exclusively. [15]

The road ahead

The five tenets of the ideal metaverse shared in this article can be succinctly distilled to just two adjectives — free and distributed. Those are precisely the attributes that made the web widely successful, and the core values the metaverse must embrace to achieve a similar level of cultural relevance.

However, there are still many significant challenges ahead for the creation of a real-world metaverse.

From a hardware perspective, nothing short of a collapse of technological progress stands in the way of the required technologies being made available. Computing and networking performance continue to increase exponentially [16], and affordable head-mounted displays are just around the corner. [17]

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From the software standpoint, there are a few groups already mobilizing to fulfill the promise of the metaverse. I have previously introduced our team at Lucidscape, and I feel compelled to mention our amazing friends at High Fidelity since they are also hard at work building their own vision of the metaverse. Similarly noteworthy are the efforts of Improbable.io, even though they are developing proprietary technology, their work could be useful to the metaverse in the long run [18].

Overall, recent progress has been encouraging. Last year our team at Lucidscape ran the first large-scale test of a massively parallel simulation engine where over ten million entities were simulated on a cluster composed of 6,608 processor cores [19]. Meanwhile, High Fidelity has already released the alpha version of their open source platform for shared virtual reality, and as I write this, there are 44 domains in their network, which can be earnestly described as a proto-metaverse.

 

 

Where imagination becomes reality

Nothing is as uniquely human as the capacity to dream. Our ability to imagine a better world gives us both the desire and the resolve to reshape the reality around us.

Neuroscientist Gerald Edelman eloquently defined the human brain as the place “where matter becomes imagination” [20]. It is a wondrous concept which is about to be taken a step further as metaverse establishes itself as the place “where imagination becomes reality.”

While in natural reality our capacity to imagine greatly outstrips our power to realize, virtual reality closes that gap and mainstream availability of VR will release an unfathomable amount of pent-up creative energy.

Our urge to colonize virtual worlds is easily demonstrated by success stories of video games that give users easy-to-use tools to create on their own. Media Molecule’s “Little Big Planet” receives over 5,000 submissions of user-created levels every day. Meanwhile, the number of Microsoft’s “Minecraft” worlds is estimated at the hundreds of millions.

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While it is true that some of us may never find virtual reality to be as fulfilling as natural reality, ultimately we are not the ones who will realize the full potential of VR and the metaverse.

Today’s children will be the first “virtual natives.” Their malleable brains will adapt and evolve along with the virtual worlds they create and experience. Eventually they will learn to judge experiences exclusively on the amount of cognitive enrichment it offers and not based on the arbitrary labels of “real” or “virtual.”

In time, the metaverse will become humanity’s shared virtual canvas. In it, we will meet to create new worlds and new experiences that bypass the constraints of natural reality. Its arrival will set in motion a grand social experiment that will ultimately reveal the true nature of our species. [21]

How will our culture and morality evolve when reality itself becomes negotiable? Will we create worlds that elevate the human spirit to new heights? Or will we use virtual reality to satisfy our darkest desires?

To the disappointment of both the eternally optimistic and relentlessly pessimistic, the answer is likely to be a complex mixture of both.

The real world metaverse will be just as full of beauty and contain just as much darkness as the web we have today. It will be an honest mosaic portrait of experiences that is fully representative of our true cognitive identity as a species.

The problem you did not know you had

I would like to conclude by asking you to imagine a line representing your personal trajectory through life’s many possibilities. This line connects your birth to each of your most salient moments up to the current point in time, and it represents that totality of your life’s experience.

Each decision you made along the way pruned the tree of possibilities of the branches that were incompatible with the sum of your previous choices. For each door you opened, countless others were sealed shut because such is the nature of a finite human existence — causality mercilessly limits how much you can do with the time you have.

I, for example, decided to specialize in computer science so it is unlikely that I will ever become an astronaut. Since I am male and musically challenged, I will also never know what is like to be a female j-pop singer, or a person of a different race, or being born in a different century. No matter what I do, those experiences are inaccessible to me in natural reality.

The goal of this exercise is to bring to your attention that no matter how rich of a life you have lived, the breadth of your journey represents an insignificantly narrow path through the spectrum of possible human experiences.

This is how natural reality limits you. It denies you access to the full spectrum of experiences your mind requires to achieve higher levels of wisdom, empathy and cognitive well-being.

This is the problem you did not know you had — and virtual reality is precisely the solution you did not know you needed.

Notes:

[1] Namely: Oculus VR owned by Facebook, Google, Sony and HTC/Valve.

[2] Lucidscape is building a massively distributed computational fabric to power the metaverse (http://lucidscape.com)

[3] While I am not in any way opposed to violent video games, I want to make the point that by any reasonable moral scale, sex and nudity are inherently more acceptable than murder.

[4] Read more: http://dorophone.blogspot.ca/2011/07/duckspeak-vs-smalltalk.html

[5] This is conceptually similar to what was attempted by the developers of the Xerox Alto operating system because user changes are reflected immediately. See also [4]

[6] This mechanism would be conceptually similar to a "pull request": http://oss-watch.ac.uk/resources/pullrequest

[7] "Wikiworlds" would be a good cognitive shortcut for this co-authoring model: worlds that are like Wikipedia in the aspect that anyone can contribute.

[8] Emphasis is given to the fact that the basic tools must be accessible to non-technical users. Certainly, complex tools for power users are also of critical importance.

[9] This reflects my personal wish of seeing a whole generation of kids becoming algorithmically literate by "playing" on the metaverse.

[10] Eve Online (https://eveonline.com)

[11] Read more: http://royal.pingdom.com/2007/06/01/theoretical-vs-real-world-speed-limit-of-ping

[13] Read more: http://www.polygon.com/2015/3/3/8140343/no-mans-sky-space-probes-gdc-quintillion-worlds

[14] Imagine an autonomous builder program that travels around the metaverse and uses procedural content generation to suggest improvements to the visited worlds.

[15] Another important aspect of supporting nomadic computation is to minimize the cross-talk between servers as autonomous agents roam the metaverse. Since the execution of nomadic programs is local to the server it is currently visiting, a great deal of network bandwidth can be spared.

[16] Read more: http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-law-of-accelerating-returns

[17] Coming soon: Oculus CV, Sony Morpheus, Valve HTC Vive

[18] I would like to take this opportunity to invite the great minds at Improbable to consider building a free metaverse alongside Lucidscape and High Fidelity instead of limiting themselves to the scope of the video game industry.

[19] Read more: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3036256/infographic-of-the-day/see-the-big-bang-of-the-next-internet

[20] “How Matter Becomes Imagination” is the sub-title of “A Universe of Consciousness” by Nobel Prize winner Gerald Edelman and neuroscientist Giulio Tononi.

[21] It is this author’s opinion that technology does not change us, it merely enables us to act the way we wanted to all along.

Rod Furlan is an artificial intelligence researcher, Singularity University alumnus and the co-founder Lucidscape, a virtual reality research lab currently working on a new kind of massively-distributed 3D simulation engine to power a vast network of interconnected virtual worlds. Read more here and follow him @rfurlan.

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Ta faltando "gestao" nao.  Ta

Ta faltando "gestao" nao.  Ta faltando honestidade mesmo.

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...a sobra orçamentária no final do ano que foi devolvida à União pela Polícia Federal:

"Não faltou verba nenhuma. Tanto que a Superintendência do Paraná devolveu R$ 3 milhões no final do ano passado — afirmou Cardozo em entrevista ao GLOBO na terça-feira.

Um dia depois, ao jornal “Estado de S. Paulo”, Cardozo cobrou explicações à PF:

— Se devolveram R$ 3 milhões e pediram para usar uma outra sobra, não é porque estava faltando dinheiro. Ou então há um problema de gestão. Eu quero entender o que está acontecendo", disse Cardozo à reportagem — Agora, não me venham dizer que não havia dinheiro para pagar a conta de luz e nem que a Polícia Federal está sendo sucateada.”

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Pois é, um sujeito da folha

Pois é, um sujeito da folha ligou aqui pra saber minha opinião sobre o jornal, mas, em vez disso, passou o tempo todo contestando o que eu dizia. Bati o telefone na cara dele. Pegam uma molecada, treinam e colocam para tentar debater com quem tem opinião própria. Dá nisso. Pra chegar ao ponto de desligar na cara de alguém é porque o elemento abusou demais da minha paciência mesmo.

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Tá de s*** ? Casta social

Tá de s*** ? Casta social aderindo ao mimimi...
Essa turma adora "chorar as pitangas" e se fazer de vítima. Lágrimas de crocodilo. Faz sentido: campeões na crocodilagem.
Ô Marcelo, não falta gestão meu filho; escolhas. São escolhas. Onde se quer "investir" e onde se quer "choramingar" para ganhar mais para poder "investir" (errado de novo) para poder mãos uma vez "choramingar", etc etc etc.
Desfaçatez e oportunismo.

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