I need to remember who wrote this – it appeared in my email one day. It resonated.

Big data and machine learning (is) all oriented to one type of intelligence or a western view of intelligence. Mimic the brain, no heart. Instinct defined via algorithm. Maybe we struggle against this because deep inside we know its profoundly dysfunctional.

The more I read things like this, the more I keep coming back to Jim Woessner’s Box Poem.

Jim Woessner“It’s like you want to hide in a closet, just you, a few good books, and a close friend. You could manage fine with a flashlight, but your friend has a thousand watts in his heart, and you for the first time you begin to think … you might be better off blind and alone. The fear is that there will be nothing left, that you will be consumed and disappear … fear does that. It causes us to forget how simple it is to open a door …”

… more wise words from Jim Woessner and Story Boxes

… and when I read that – something made me also think of this.

little boxes

By the numbers there’s my driver’s license,
car registration, license plate, zip code,
various accounts, street address, birthdate
home, work, and cell phones, passport, credit cards
debit cards, PINs, social security
frequent fliers, internet passwords, stocks
checking, HMO, IRA, museums
library card, land and enneagram.
I know its a lot to remember, but
thank god i finally know who I am.

… not my words – but if you want to read them by the author (Jim Woesnner) – and a LOT more of spot on social commentary – look no further than here. Brilliant stuff.

He had me at

I’m doing research on alien life, so I thought I’d start in America.