Personal AI Manifesto

Every human should have equal opportunity to access and utilize their own personal AI system.

All data provided by an individual user to any Artificial Intelligence system is, and will remain, the property of the individual providing the data.  The data can be stored on the cloud or locally on the individual users computational device, however, it remains the property of, and only the property of, the individual providing the data.

All results in training the AI are, and will remain, the property of the individual providing the data.  The results can be stored on the cloud or locally on the individual users computational device, however, they remain the property of, and only the property of, the individual providing the data that generated the results.

March 1, 2019

Robert D. Elliott

Indianapolis, IN USA


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Wisdom from General James Mattis

Statement from Former Defense Secretary General James Mattis:

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”

4 more years of this immature leadership is unthinkable.

Full text of his statement can be found here.

James Mattis Speaks Out


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Truth from my friend Patrick

The Criminal in Chief Protecting Criminals

The Mueller investigation rooted out many of the criminals in the Trump campaign and administration. Many, like Manafort and Stone were convicted of crimes and are sitting in prison. Others, like Cohen and Papadopoulous, plead guilty to lesser prison terms. As a result of Trump’s swamp being continually drained by the justice department, Trump decided to act. He brought in the uber corrupt Bill Barr to corrupt and weaponize the Dept of Justice and turn things around. The latest attack on justice is the dropping of the case against Michael Flynn. He did serve our country honorably, which I note. But at a point in his career where he didn’t get his way, he got his feelings hurt, and he decided to leave service, turn in his honor, and seek to leverage his experience to earn a buck. Lots of dirty bucks. Let’s review his crimes: 1) Flynn engaged in some very shady deals with the wannabe dictator of Turkey, against US interests. 2) Flynn failed to register his foreign activities as required by law. 3) Flynn—running the transition team, while Obama was still our president, called up the Russian ambassador and coordinated a response to the Obama sanctions for their interfering with our elections. He offered them a relaxing of sanctions if they’d vote in the UN a certain way. All of this is a crime and begs, still, the question—why the continual paybacks to Putin? What does Trump owe him? 4) Of course, our intel monitors the Russian ambassador and they overheard Flynn’s corruption. They called him up and said they were coming over to interview him. They asked him if he’d had the communication, quoting Flynn’s words VERBATIM back to him. Flynn decided to not stay silent. Flynn decided not to tell the truth. Flynn decided to lie to the FBI about what they clearly had overheard him say. Yet another felony. Stupid or corrupt? Always the question with the Trump universe. Important to note that he lied about national security issues and criminal acts. Barr is claiming now that he lied about “immaterial” facts. Hmm. Stupid AND corrupt, I’d say… 5) Flynn then lied to VP Pence about this affair, which led to Trump firing him. Yes, funny and ironic—he got fired for the one non-crime.

In conclusion, Flynn is a criminal—having committed 4 crimes, and acting as the judge overseeing his case suggested his behavior was “treasonous”. Flynn then plead guilty to these crimes—TWICE, and further apologized in public for his behavior. But Flynn always sided with Trump and Trump values loyalty over all else. So, the criminal, like many criminals before him, was made a conservative cause célèbre, as a way to grease the skids of Trump/Barr dropping the case. Something career experts have NEVER seen before. But, with conservative masses cheering on the destruction of accountability and justice, Trump and Barr executed the plan. Trump wants to lock up his opponents and he uses the DOJ to free criminals he likes. Corruption of justice. Please consider this when voting in the fall. We need to drain the swamp from the most corrupt administration in our nation’s history.

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Poll – People or Embryo

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Hybrid Wind Solar on Grid

Hybrid Wind Solar on Grid

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Who is correct; Barr or the NY Times Op-Ed Writers?

NYtimes Op-Ed William Barr

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Interesting Read

An interesting read into the first-hand experience of FBI Attorney Lisa Page linked below.

The quote that jumps out at me:

“She was dragged into the spotlight, her text messages weaponized, and her life destroyed so that the Trump administration could have a brief distraction.”

Interview with Lisa Page

Just one more ugly episode from this vile human-being sadly residing in the White House.  Hopefully, with your help, for not much longer.

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Welcome Back Formula 1 Strategy

After more races than I can remember, we finally were treated to an strategic and intriguing Formula 1 race today in Bahrain (politics aside). At last we had the top teams utilizing various strategies among their cars, leading to an uncertain contest and an exciting battle for the win between winner Sebastian Vettel and Valteri Bottas.

Handicapped by his 9th place starting spot, Lewis Hamilton was able to savage a 3rd place finish but clearly he wanted more.  And judging by the provided in-car radio communications, clearly their selected strategy caused him & the team confusion and uncertainty throughout the race.  Radio problems didn’t help.  Imagine their problems if the Red Bulls hadn’t broken down and had remained in the fight.  Perhaps Lewis should actually leave the the Gulf Emirate happy with his 15 points based on the issues he faced throughout their troubled weekend.

Truly impressive was Vettel and Ferrari’s ability to stretch the Soft tire (tyre) for nearly 40 laps and still be able to hold off a charging Bottas on his fresher Medium tire over the last 5 laps.  And perhaps Bottas’ tires weren’t all that great after going over 30 laps themselves.

But it wasn’t all roses for Ferrari as Raikkonen’s race came to an early end due to an unacceptable and completely preventable accident during his pitstop, resulting in a severely injured crew member.  Hopefully, he’ll recover fully soon and they will never repeat such an absurd mistake.  It would have been super interesting had Raikkonen’s pitstop gone correctly and he would have joined in the final charge on the softest, freshest tires.  In a pure analysis, his strategy probably calculates to be the fastest to the finish.

There were interesting battles throughout the field and great surprises from Toro Rosso and Sauber.  Gasly’s 4th place is just insane and completely unexplainable.  Magnusson delivered a strong 5th to make up for the Aussie debacle.  Hulkenberg’s 6th, Alonso’s 7th and Vandoorne 8th’s are pretty much what expected, but how did Sauber and Ericsson pull a 9th out of their hat?  Not a great day for Force India with just Ocon’s 10th place points.  Somebody has to finish outside the top 10 and Sainz should have had to pace to stay in front of Vandoorne & Ericsson but he and Renault didn’t get the job done.  Perez, Grosjean and Hartley had penalties or issues from banging wheels with others.

LeClerc beat the Williams, which are truly lost so far this year.  Sad what has happened to the once proud championship team and it seems they only have themselves to blame.


1 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 57 1:32:01.940 25
2 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 57 +0.699s 18
3 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 57 +6.512s 15
4 10 Pierre Gasly SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 57 +62.234s 12
5 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 57 +75.046s 10
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 57 +99.024s 8
7 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN RENAULT 56 +1 lap 6
8 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN RENAULT 56 +1 lap 4
9 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 56 +1 lap 2
10 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 56 +1 lap 1
11 55 Carlos Sainz RENAULT 56 +1 lap 0
12 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 56 +1 lap 0
13 28 Brendon Hartley SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 56 +1 lap 0
14 16 Charles Leclerc SAUBER FERRARI 56 +1 lap 0
15 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 56 +1 lap 0
16 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 56 +1 lap 0
17 35 Sergey Sirotkin WILLIAMS MERCEDES 56 +1 lap 0
NC 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 35 DNF 0

* Provisional results

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Space Distance Widget

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STEM as the Goal. STEAM as a Pathway.

I couldn’t agree more that the “A” is important and serves an important role in STEM achievement. I’m sure early childhood research and approaches such as Montessori would enforce the value of art and some unstructured, open learning approaches. I’ve seen the value in my own daughter from the approach taken in her K-6 education. She’s had teachers who’ve done a great job of incorporating Art projects into STEM learning and it’s been successful in giving her a different “default” approach to her more rigorous STEM work in her later years. She uses more creative approaches to problem-solving than my generation ever did (in my early 50’s) and produces more interesting and impactful analysis and understanding than we did. The A is important.

Computing Education Research Blog

Dr. Gary May, Dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech, is one of my role models.  I’ve learned from him on how to broaden participation in computing, what academic leadership looks like, and how to make sure that education gets its due attention, even at a research-intensive university.

He wrote an essay (linked below) critical of the idea of “STEAM” (Science, Technology, the Arts, and Mathematics).  I just recently wrote a blog post saying that STEAM was a good idea (see link here).  I’m not convinced that I’m at odds with Gary’s point.  I suspect that the single acronym, “STEM” or “STEAM,” has too many assumptions built into it.  We probably agree on “STEM,” but may have different interpretations of “STEAM.”

The term “STEM” has come to represent an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in schools. A recent Washington Post article critiques exactly that focus: 

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