Thursday, November 2, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/02/2017

Mina Fonda Ochtman The evening lamp.jpg
The Evening Lamp, Mina Fonda Ochtman, 1900

Daily Thoughts 11/02/2017

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I started reading Life 3.0 Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark.  The beginning posits the existence of a general AI which is smarter than us.   I find this interesting, but also troubling.

Specialized use of artificial intelligence is already making a tremendous impact.  Algorithmic trading for example can cause what is known as a "flash crash."    Also, elections can be won and lost based on analysis from computers focusing on big data and psychographics.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I also spent some time discussing Paypal and online donation systems.  We came up with a slogan for our Giving Tuesday campaign.  I also checked the ADP payroll system today.

We looked at a few different films for the holidays like White Christmas and the version of A Christmas Carol which stars Alistair Sims.  We are also looking at a variety of craft programs for the holidays including origami and papercrafts.

There is an Internet class tonight in the computer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Web Bits

The Important Emotional Labor of Librarians That Most People Never Think About

Obama Presidential Center Will Have Public, Not Presidential Library

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