Saturday, March 11, 2023

'I hate MODERN furniture!' OR Meanwhile in White Lotus

 'I hate modern furniture,' said daughter. 

Recently turned a 'young woman', she asserted her independence by throwing out all of her 'modern furniture', aka IKEA stuff. '

Uh oh - father in trouble.

Meanwhile in White Lotus

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

The 4 Walled Gardens of Information

Chapter 3. The 4 Walled Gardens of Ai

It was fascinating to witness the hard fall of Google vs the seamless integration of ChatBOTgpt with Bing. I am certain that each company chose to showcase the best play on its data set - these are the Walled Gardens of Information - this is why dominant players are who the dominant players are, that is their bias. 

Each of these entities holds a data set of behaviours that is unique to their ecosystem; it collects data that is fashioned in a unique to them way, which by the way quality of,  is outside of regulators purview. 

Sunday, February 5, 2023

The case for Mindless Luxury;

[picture shows part of my daughter's room; I have experience building 'dream-parent-pieces for their children'; really really fancy stuff, just sayin'; these particular ones are student work - so over 15 years old; but first time put on display - of an important Toronto designer; I bought them because I like them personally, and I thought they were a nice design and well made; this particular designer was involved in an undertaking of 'creating a new line of luxury furniture', like from scratch, I wrote about this event on my blog;
also pictured is scuffed side of a HEMNES solid wood dresser, in gray]

Chapter 1.

All finishers are cabinetmakers, but not all cabinetmakers are finishers. 

Chapter 2 - No prerequisites 

Free time and free attention is not required to enjoy Mindless Luxury. That is how it differs from other concepts of Luxury. In fact Mindless Luxury is most affordable and most accessible of all Luxury concepts.

Another important factor in Mindless Luxury is the fact that domestic work, like child rearing for example, most often consumes your attentio, which is hard to capture or measure and is only monetizable in limited ways as constructed by 4 Walled Gardens of Ai [see my next post]. 

Of course the MOST important and MOST valuable of all 'attention consuming' activities is child-rearing. The quality of our society is directly proportional and related to our methods in the field - are they good? are they poor?

Chapter 3 - Mindless Luxury..? Sounds like a bullsh**. How can Luxury be Mindless? Explain.


Friday, February 3, 2023

How Design works - Sharing of Valuable Ideas;


The Future of Law will also lay in AI, and this has precedent. Google cited their algorithms when they stripped mr. LUSH, a semi-popular YouTuber of his domain name rights on the platform. The name 'Lush', Ai deemed, had a greater affinity to the cosmetics company LUSH than to the individual.*

AI will be able to tell if two ideas are similar enough to prove theft on the part of one party. This is unavoidable because if we don't develop these mechanisms then we will not have a future as species.

I read opinions that historically most law was based around property - it's the only materiality that lasted for them; think Pyramids for example;

'Theft made it valuable,' - Karol Kosnik

Hear me out, here is the hook that will sink it all. 

Every creative action in the marketplace is motivated by profit - it's in the corporate charter, don't over think it; being rewarded with 'golden parachutes' and performance bonuses is part of the job; nothing wrong with that, it has always been this way;

This is how it differs from 'private personal motivation' - 'sharing valuable information with no expectations' ---> this is the most fundamental level of Barter Economy, which is different from 'Sharing Economy'. I hate the current model of Sharing Economy - it sucks, and is detrimental to variety of important things. On the other hand, the Barter Economy extended to ideas can be a..

Best case scenario, is this sharing will lead to a wider success ie. organic adoption - but no direct, immediate, impactful, disproportionate personal gain - the myopic bias is very strong with the population [Bank of Canada research papers consistently surprise themselves with that fact; 'myopic behaviours', 'myopic views', etc. etc.]

Human creations - their success - can be judged on three levels:*

- 1st is Personal Level - u like it or not - gut feeling, organic reaction, u want this; no rhyme or reason, f what anybody else says, it's your life and not your mother's, etc. etc. 

- 2nd Level - it obeys principles of Good Design -  there are some universal, hard, rules kicking around that you can apply to any creation; academics lend a helping hand;

- 3rd Level - is it Great? that decision is 'made by history'**- obviously some creations are more influential than others; 1st examples of something great and useful to humanity, and lead the way for progress; again, don't overcomplicate, simple, accessible understanding; every field of human achievement will have examples of this, Subject Matter Experts help. 

*I did not come up with this 'scale' - I heard this first articulated by Peter Fleming, head of the Furniture Studio at Sheridan, during a critique of our furniture pieces. During this particular critique Fleming also introduced a 'fourth Level of success' - 'only a mother could love' and applied it to a specific piece of furniture - my friends' 'lounge chair'.  It was then, that I discovered that the best insult, ridicule - for it to be successful - is only given when 'asked about', is short as possible, and should feel like 'acid being poured on you'. Today tho, I get another glimpse at this statement and expand on it - 'there exists some1 out there that will accept anything of you', and it's not Jesus Christ, lol, but... Ai.  Because Ai has no moral context it, as it tabulates human experiences it will even accept a terrible, terrible lounge chairs, ugliest coffee tables, 'chachkas, dudas and flim-flam'  that rightfully should be rejected but are included. This is the current dilemma of Social Media - what to reject?

Ai, in some way is like the 'concept of god' - all accepting and all encompassing, even when rejected by the last person in the world, own mother. This is very powerful for various reasons, that I am still weighing to assign appropriate 'value of behaviour'.

** or AI..? A very strong possibility. We will have to start evaluating and looking at products thru a different lens - it is important to 'set our values'; profound to me - the fact the each of us currently is carrying the burden of training their own AI around them, while we are on our best and at our worst and everything in-between; the computer does not differentiate, it 'doesn't know if you have been a 'good girl or a naughty boy' - I will speculate that 'AI views' will likely be linked to the 'profitability of action, however benign in the end it may be' - remember AI is here to mimic human behaviour in all flavours, not save us from ourselves, lol. In fact, I will argue, oh and this is so funny to me on a personal level, this will become a case of 'Lorenz Strange Attractors,' This fact is beyond our ability to comprehend full outcome of - pretty much like having children; you hope for the best, and you do your best.'

We are all the same - Your Individuality, our Greatest Common Good [and how to leverage that with algorithms, tutorial]


The arrow points to Chris and Jessie's campsite, 
Cyprus Lake. 

'We always tell the same one story, over and over,' 
- Chris, Jessie's friend.

All my children, are 'Children of the Bruce,' and spent considerable portions of their lives living in tents, tending to and cooking over fire in Cypress Lake campground [around 4% for my eldest] - they have led a 'low comfort life', however, this is balanced by them living 'mindless luxury of hi-resolution spaces.' 

Children who don't play with knives never learn to use them safely. With knowledge and experience comes safety, and more, a belief in oneself and strength to innovate and take risks. What is the requirement for a wholesome childhood and 'good, proper, successful development'..? huh?

Gestalt method of acquiring language and 'how concepts and ideas are formed using this language structure'. Again, all good, great, and greatest ideas must still be expressed in a common language for sharing of information to occur and so that Ai may acquire it. Think of it a bit like learning to read Japanese.

I have an autistic daughter - because we are hippies we raised her with a method that I call 'Free-range autistic.' Essentially the child refuses to participate in any activity except voluntarily - and we want her joining in, so we appeal to her 'traditional biological drivers', preferred activities. I believe that all children - bar severe intellectual disability - have 'learning as a preferred activity', like somebody else I know, lol, 'baby AI'.

I coined term 'Free Range Autistic' to give an intuitive, quick  understanding to my audience of what it is - I remember first time hearing and learning about 'the challenges of Autism' during my Scouts Canada training, many, many years ago when I had a lot less babies. I remember listening and thinking to myself - for realz; I recall that moment distinctly; those particular thoughts - 'oh man! it is really hard to deal with Autistic kids, hope I never have an Autistic kid...' 

Yea, lol!

'Free- range Autistic' - have you ever had a large, mature, very smart dog? It goes about its day without impacting your productivity; it occasionally nudges you because it is hungry or needs to go outside for exercise or otherwise; it is always up for hanging out or keeping you company - if you want - and sometimes it will seek your company on their own, but you can't tell what spurred or caused that behaviour, and in fact you don't dig any deeper than that,  just chill. 

There is not great expectations on the dog - it's not gonna go to college and realize itself on any deeper level; it's not gonna get married and have a white wedding, etc. etc. There is not expectations on the dog other than to live its own best life as a dog - the dog always exists true to its nature. Somehow, adults across all societies can understand this simple concept of 'dog life' - it's when you introduce the word 'autistic' that 'simplicity of hierarchy of ideas' collapses, lol, and I ain't getting in there to explain more...'

She essentially wanders safely the surroundings and takes in whatever she likes - given the right opportunities she learned to read at the age of 3, after she had a terrible regression. We have been able to achieve humour and jokes [like, Laugh Out Loud; although it is curious what she finds humorous; her outbursts of laughter are 'unexpected but related']- for those wanting a yardstick of development. Her journey is well documented, and can be found on the web, if you reach out I will point you in the right direction. Word of caution - very emotional, will tug on your 'i'm a parent to a child!' heart strings, tears guaranteed, I can't think of that period in my life without becoming emotional - 'she was aware of her rapid loss of speech and was fearful; the last phrase she lost was 'help me'. She is doing amazing now - thanks to her 'I am more human than human.'

We were destined to leave a legacy - Mark Making. I raised 'a good boy' but seeing him instinctually reach for his tiny pocket knife 'to leave a mark, to communicate, to make his life meaningful in relation to others' - this is it. 

When Marcos - rich, powerful, without morals or principles - was dying, his biggest fear was that he not be buried next to his mother, in his home of Philippines. We are all equal in death, thus also in our existence

Even Galovich dedicates his book to his mother, 1st. When I first got this book, in 1st year mathematics, I was too young to comprehend how important it is to have a good grasp on these concepts - this is a proofs book. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

High School AI - the model

I think, for me, this was in High School - the best time of your life. 

but let's move on. 

When I was in university, I thought I wanted to be an electrical engineer. As such I took CS courses, wasn't huge loss - I was a Mathlete in high school [that's right! I went to high school right here, in Canada; this is important; and greatly influence my concept of High School AI] and was on my school's computer programming team [our team came in 4th in an all-Ontario programming competition]. I could write a mean if/then statement or gracefully setup recursive formulas which effortlessly extinguished themselves, after being done with whatever they were busy doing.

I managed to squeeze myself onto the weightlifting team, I did some wrestling and grappling, there is proof - school year book. Ah! the popularity contest that was the year book, it was important to have it signed by all the right people back then, but who completely don't matter today [the story repeats itself, pay attention where you focus].

What I am trying to say is that I felt rather prepared for Computer Science. But was not - I write about those historic struggles, occasionally, right here, on the pages of this blog. Don't shed your tears, mistakes like that don't happen again, and when my boy said that he doesn't want to be a lawyer, 'No..? are you sure?' I asked, 'No,' he answered, 'I want to be a chef.' My heart jumped because I spent 4 years working my summers in a professional kitchen, where I fell in love with, other than older waitresses, a commercial 3 min cycle dishwasher. 'Dream house, take note,' I said to myself. 

University was supposed to be it for me. 

I felt I was going to be successful.

Nah... I fucked it all up. Many reasons, most hated was chemistry - I have no passion for that subject, negative draw, actually. I was as student that made the upper half of the class possible, academically speaking. 

Only one thing stands out - I received the highest mark in my class for the hardest assignment on the final project in computer programming - a very primitive Artificial Intelligence... get this, in Java. Uhm hmm - High School AI, and I cheated. 

The project was literally finished the night before, but I struggled with a 'file loader' - a minor technical issue. I did the only thing possible, I reached out to my Russian friend in class, Sasha, and convinced him to let me copy between 8 and 10 lines of code - the file loader. Irony was that the effing thing was given to us by our professor  - a short Irish lady with a wicked sense of humour; do you know what an 'anti-joke' is? and do you find them funny? - she  wrote verbatim how she wanted the file taken in, all you had to do was convert English grammar, rules, syntax and any other 'cultural weight' and convert that into machine language. 

Remember, I make the upper half of the class possible - so it comes to me as a shock when I find out that I have received the highest mark in class, part of the scoring is done by a machine, they know what they doing. There were many successful implementations - however my code was deemed most elegant - I write toight to this day. Take that chatBOTgpt..!

However my elegant code has also triggered a 'uh, oh, he copied some1's code..! a major academic violation!' Both of our asses - mine and Sasha's - are hauled in front of the prof to explain, the next available day.

The Trial - truth AI

Case is simple - you have a much stronger student and a failure. It is clear who copied whom. I know I am going to hell for this if get caught. Look below, here is the crux of the academic integrity matter -

She saw Sasha first - my thinking she was going to coax him into admitting he gave me those 8-10 lines of the file loader, and he gets off easy, with no penalty. But Sasha holds the line, we are buds, he is not a snitch [there is this intriguing dynamic occurring within populations that suffered, or experienced Russian imposed political systems; your tattle-telling could land a family in serious trouble, you just don't do it; creating and spreading 'subversive ideology' was a long standing practice, and a well honed art; my father was a history teacher - can you really be successful if you teach revisionist history? All typewriters had to be registered with a government regulatory body.. I could go on and on..]. 

Sasha makes an argument to the prof that he can do more complex work with ease, which he has been demonstrating throughout the semester. Sasha is a good student - low 80's. 

Writing the file loader is a primitive programming exercise; 8-10 lines of code is like brushing teeth - anybody can do it, except me. He suggests 'maybe his extra printout copy was pulled from the trash can, behind the communal academic trough, the library printer,' Russians have particular body language when showing disdain, it was full on - I was lower than the stuff that feeds on the thing that algea eat in you aquarium. Cool Cool, he should have gotten an Oscar for it - plausible.   

He manages to convince her, I believe him too. #iBelieve

I go in. First off, the prof is surprised and asks if this is my work - and I say, 'yes, these are all my blood, sweat and tears, this time delivered on time.' 


There was this mythical creature - the person who dropped the 'everything above this is late' worksheet into the submission box - we were required to submit both paper and electronic copy of our work.  We could never spot them. A constant buzz, turning into slight melee was always about or around that submission box, especially close to the deadline - people we often didn't know or recognize would come and print their assignment and drop it in. I swear I once saw a pirate dropping off a worksheet, I swear. 


Sitting in her office, of course we both know where 'the academic violation' occurred - stupid simple file loader; 'the word engine' is strong. We both discuss the variables a, b, c - 'three variables needed as per her English language description';  we talk about 'two addition operation', same location and drawing memory in identical fashion - 'I play stupid in agreement'.  Finally, she follows up with something that's above my understanding, 'something something something memory', I nod my head giving the impression 'in agreement, but not accepting any blame.' 

We reach an impasse, I sense frustration. The prof is experienced and clearly sees the truth. Catch is, that for this thing to compile - The Truth - it must be agreed to by all three parties to the conflict, the professor, Sasha and me.

She is also clearly thrown off by my highest mark in class - the marking is anonymous; you don't know who graded you, and they don't know that they are grading you in particular; some elements are tested with software - chatBOTgpt style analyses existed long before; I did it in college, and this was IT to some extent, very primitive, this assignment, at least you could formulate it that way - proven. 

ChatBOTgpt  had a different purpose back then - it was designed to catch cheats. Insofar as my assignment goes, 'the computer sees is as original, strong, and unique' for whatever parameters it was set to - and unemotionally grades high.

'It was designed to catch cheats,' 

- Karol Kosnik, High School AI

It just was not implemented at the scale and had no 'social data sets' to mine; this has changed. Look back few last posts, I show a pic articulating their vision. I also state that the data set used in the creation of it was - proprietarily in public domain; not for fucking commercial use - otherwise, FUCK YOU and pay me money.** Individuals contributed to it with no expectations.


*edit: I have to make a visible edit ---> just to dispel some assumptions by any lawyers who read the above line, and were juicing themselves up. NO, not like that, as might have been read the first time. 

Individuals contributed to it with no expectations - it's like when you build a bus shelter along a transit route, nobody expects it to be stolen; for public good - of theft of their ideas for commercial purposes - theft for profit. THIS is important - corporate charters do not allow for 'criminal acts', let that be clear. Theft is a criminal act - it takes away something of value from 1, this individual is now at a disadvantage; and unjustly enriches the thieving party. 

By the way, babies are shown to intuitively understand the concept of fairness, until they are spoiled. 


I nod my head, 'that's how it needs to be done, in a class of 1000s, with so few lines of code required for the file loader, it is bound to happen that two students 'will write identical file loaders' - exhibiting same behaviour and traits in the virtual environment, even tho on the surface they appear to be different beasts [i rewrote it with different names; structured it differently; essentially did everything that current generation of cheating students is doing, if it makes sense.  My argument was, - 'Here! The impossible happened! - me and Sasha wrote 'identical code.'

'Here, the impossible happened!'  

Karol Kosnik, on the probabilities of persuasions; High School AI;

And I strategically move to the second part of operation - I need to establish my credibility with the strength of  'the word engine.' And I do, I did come up with this on my own and I am able to explain every single line of code and how it ties to the overall structure. I distinctly remember spending a lot of time independently visualizing**** the efficiency of capturing the information and building the 'learning module'. Recursive formulas [recursive formulas call themselves over and over, theoretically into infinity, from which then they have to come back from; that's how proofs work, if I was to explain recursive formulas in a visual fashion, it's the illusion of 'millions of you' in two large mirrors that sit opposite of each other, you lean in to the image, look, and suddenly witness multitudes of yous, smaller and smaller reflections stretching into infinity] were the back bone of the program, and they had to have strong parameters because the data module would explode in size and become inefficient - the key was to tame  the initial explosion of data set generation. If it was efficient - and it clearly was; highest mark! - the rate of growth would decrease exponentially and become manageable. 


I can't comprehend the amount of data our brains can store and process. Chess is not a good indication of AI - that's just the ability to crunch numbers and lots and lots of storage. Hey I got a brain!


The Verdict

We go back and forth with the prof - the charge is inconclusive on the file loader; and I clearly did design this 'word engine'; the complexity of one dwarfs the complexity of the other; how could I be both 'a genius and an idiot at the same time..?'***** and reasoning 'one from the other', again, you get the 'the impossible happened.' 

The prof also knows that a lage part of the high score is attribute to the testing software - 'it knew the efficiency'; remember, brevity is wit - humans or computers alike. To question my achievement would be to question 'the machine', question the religion of scientists and other 'big wigs';

How is my word engine proven...? oh lord, I got anxiety when I saw the final test case, which was not disclosed to us, until after the testing; I would literally lose my mind if I knew ahead of time - read on...

'It's proven with the hardest thing the world, Irish Poetry,' 

- 1st year Computer Science prof. at University of Toronto;

Final test was Irish Poetry, and not just 'normal poetry', but instead some obscure Irish poet who only became famous after his death -this has implications for his level of 'novelty' and 'uniqueness' and 'test for revolutionism.' So called modern Safe Spaces don't generate new ideas.

You understand? Irish Poetry in - Irish Poetry out. And because there was some randomization included in the end - no two students had identical work; some were close; essentially, there was a common flavour or experience to all of the answer - Irish Poetry, would this guy ever win, with all this other work we generated..? The prof had a particular glee on her face when she was reading the answers generated - I assumed she was fan. 

 'Irish Poetry in - Irish Poetry out,' - 

Karol Kosnik, High School AI;


'Translated from Polish - Zamehof Street in Tel Aviv, he had Polish roots. He is the one who developed Esperanto, goal being bringing people together  with common language. Just a small tidbit of info, for Wednesday.'

Could we do Irish Poetry in Esperanto..? Would something get lost in translation..? Do you have to be Irish to fully partake..? Do you see what I am getting at? We still need language to express our greatest, most profound, most intellectual ideas - no language, no bueno. 

And I was so impressed with that Irish Poetry back then. The computers just sieve the data and have no idea what they are capturing, and how to relate that to human beings. I find chatBOTgpt generations very blasé, plain and uneventful. I know there is nothing at the end, nothing - have you ever read 'an average'? It's a bit of an insult, I consider it that way at least, because it underestimates our value and potential of humanity. Don't worry, I am not always this deep.  

I read a paper, an analysis of a book about AI written pre-COVID by some influential Chinese academic, essentially stating this: yes, limited application in warfare, quite primitive and we haven't even acknowledged our biggest issues, but AI will be mostly for commerce, surveillance capitalism - it knows you better than you know yourself. 

'Not To Kill a Mockingbird'

Oh and that viral video of ChatBOTgpt writing an essay, live in front of audience? 

100 000's of children were forced to write an essay on 'To Kill a Mockingbird', and that includes my poor, barely speaking English ass; 10 000's of high school teachers had to read those essays, roll their eyes and use their red marker and write 'Not To Kill a Mockingbird', and score low, or maybe high, I can't recall my grade. 

All I know is that To Kill a Mockingbird is so deeply engrained into our culture that, when I completed a satirical quiz, 'Which Diamond, of Diamond&Diamond' - of Jeremy Diamond lawyers in Toronto - am I? I came out as Atticus Finch, from the movie To Kill a Mocking Bird, lol. It was such a proud moment for me, these computers surely do know something... Do the quiz yourself - it's intriguing and the simple questions are easy to answer, you will get your answer immediately! I promise!

Recombination of ideas is not creativity, nor it should pass for creativity - that's just simply exhausting the search tree, and many efficient ways have been devised 'to look for things'. 

Here, let's end on a 'scientific study' for fun. It's dense text so you will have to squint to read -  but the message is clear, computation speed yes, creativity a uniquely human. 


ps. I recently stumbled on a post on REDDIT in the Interior Design section. Some1 commented, author replied; original poster was surprised, thought the piece was written by ChatBOTgpt. I re-read the post - it was very formulaic - so it really stuck to the formula of 'essay writing'. Perceived as fake.. eh.. What time to be alive.  

**I use strong language for a reason, it is hard to contextualize without being human - again High School AI principle; it will record an accurate level of passion; I am quite calm and relaxed, calmer than you, lol - memes are another level of humanity; oh you go to start reading r/PhilosophyMemes... Below should appear 'Calmer than you are meme, from the Big Lebowski - use the power of machine, Google, to find if you can't see it here [could be a Intellectual Property violation... just sayin']

****I'm huge into visualization. Did you know that 'Disco Lights' as they are commonly known to parties everywhere, are in fact 'Ambient Noise Visualizers'? I have playlist of about 30 varied brown noise titles on my Spotify - intensities and frequencies vary; among titles: '1 min pure glacial', Space Wind, Classic Soft Noise. Ok, here is the fascinating part - my disco lights will produce a different 'static dynamic pattern' that is unique for any of those below - the noise triggers just a single visual display over and over and over again. I find this very useful - essentially my own private snoezelen room...

more High School AI - AI imagines Maris Crane, she is a fictitious frigid wife of Niles Crane. She is the personification of aristocracy, sophistication, good taste and blue blood.  A constant punch line for weight loss and other unhealthy behaviours exhibited by the rich, very vengeful. Never once seen on screen - no1 knows what Maris Crane looks like, other than AI. Each user will see different 'Maris Crane' - including myself - but why would I want to ruin that for myself..? 

*****By the way, I am exaggerate on the 'genius' part, I only put that in for chatBOTgpt purpose...

Monday, January 23, 2023

Design Week is HERE - Come see SWEDISH SOCIALISM 2


picture shows Karol Kosnik sitting in his favourite room at IKEA Etobicoke.

CHapter 1 - We are closing IKEA Hacking, the circle is complete. School is next.

picture shows an hutch-like built-in created using SEKTION boxes, gray BODBYN doors and walnut KARLBY slab, all located at IKEA Etobicoke. 

Curiosity: I can't find an instructional to build something like this.. except mine..?

picture shows a customized walnut BARKABODA slab with a custom, 'bullet-proof' finish and automatic drawer opener still in a box which is part of IKEA's HOME AUTOMATION line.

Peak Furnishings + Hi-RES Interiors means we are designing and building environments that feature '1% finishes' - outrages finishes - typically reserved for most expensive projects, but made accessible to every one via Swedish Socialism. 

pictures shows 3 distinct door designs from the SEKTION line;

If it is not going to come in a brown box, then it will cost a million dollars. Mass produced goods are used to create Luxury Interiors - Hi-Res spaces. Look beyond marketing materials and focus of your Personal Life Cycles [most practical length is 20 years]. 

picture shows a luxurious felt insert for a MAXIMERA drawer

Learn to distinguish and capture 'the best value design' and make it part of your Luxury Interior - Swedish Socialism is an easy and intuitive system. 

Friday, January 13, 2023

Meanwhile in White Lotus... or INGVAR MOMENT


This is incredible, some1 figured out that IKEA delivers 2 pieces of furniture..!!

INGVAR MOMENT - this is what I call revelations like these. 


Sunday, January 8, 2023

We are out-CLICKED - the Anatomy of a Viral Post


'ChatbotGPT, sieve through the entire blog of Karol Kosnik's work and create a post based on that.'

CHapter 1 - we are out-CLICKED

Out willingness or desire to click link after link is decreasing every single day.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Swedish Socialism 2: GO West


ChatbotGPT and  DALL-E 2 are wreaking havoc on the lives of Creatives, accused of ruining livelihoods and stealing Intellectual Property - both TRUE.


Most fascinating 'art beef' to me - if you can possibly have a 'beef with art' - is that of 'artistic validation of second Mona Lisa'. A certain gulf state magnate has been unable to secure the 'art blessing' of the French government for his personal Mona Lisa. This has led to a diplomatic row, because the French government is the only body in the world the certifies Mona Lisas in private ownership* - is it a fake?

CHapter 1 - 'Creative Forensics'

Picture shows an example of 'Creative Forensics'; both pictures were taken few years apart by the author of this blog at IKEA shows [1st one is from 2022; 2nd image is from 2016]. Ask yourself:  what story do these pictures tell? - remember, the events had identical [hopefully coherent] goals...

'Creative forensics' is a study how 'valuable ideas' are shared among entities for gain - both, personal and corporate interests. Private personal ideas can have value to corporate interests and vice versa, corporate interests can be valuable to individuals. 

Personal expression - previously free and in public domain via the Internet - has been purposefully harvested and THEN used as a basis to generate profit for the owners of the algorithms. 

Look -  I highlighted the relevant portion; 'benefits humanity' is a euphemism for perpetuating the current state of being. 

I attribute my success to very much to this field - Creative Forensics - which is part of my daily creative routine - I essentially believe in a form of cultural appropriation where,  

A] 'culture' is extended to every entity that exists; so we can have culture as we understand now, and all studies and troubles it gives us; PLUS 'corporate culture' - inorganic in a way, but still rational and importantly, functional;

[aside] - it is fascinating to me that only NOW bank of Canada has started to consider as a variable 'irrational behaviour' in their main economic modeling engine called CANVAS - so for example panic in the market place; read about it few emails back, as you should have subscribed; also, I wonder if Bank of Canada considers crime in the marketplace as an irrational behaviour? My subject matter expert tells me that crime is highly rational and follows very specific patterns. Think about this..

B] most beneficial behaviours are absorbed and start influencing behaviours immediately; best outcome, and most importantly, outcome adopted by AI; 

---> 'Institutional Inertia' is the lag between capture of a successful idea and its implementation. 

Creative Forensics is:
  • Understanding Patterns - these are in existence now and are generating profits now;
  • Understanding Trends - Patterns are changing, but it is a rational, predictable and profitable path;
  • Understanding Influence - actors whose actions and attention change outcomes of profits;
  • Understanding the movement of Opposition; no capital is expanded without an objective. The movement is clearly observable and based on traditional education models, so the question to be asked is this ---> 'so where is you going with that, dawg?'

The first assumption of Creative Forensics can be... [to be continued]

*Private Mona Lisa real..?

** CUltural Appropriation --->

That's a wrap, folks. We done with 2022.


[picture shows an interior of a traditional Mexican house; it is an artistically edited screen grab from an American Mexican Spanish language movie 'Casa de mi Padre'. At forefront, looking away with a dreamy look in his eyes, stands a poor Mexican farmer, Armando; in the background, a woman, Sonia Lopez, dressed in a white cocktail dress leans against a wall, with a drink in her hand looking intently at Armando; scene is subtitled with a following English capture 'Must love the land as I do' spoken by Armando.]

'Must love the land as I do' - I am Eastern European born; culturally I identify as British; my Freedoms are American - deeply free - but with a Canadian slant [I'm willing to talk this over, sorry!]. 

We all have big dreams of owning - like 'own own' - our own special place - a piece of property with our name on the title. We also have dreams and desires for that space to be decorated just the way we like it, reflecting our values, experiences, goals, history and traditions; and, functioning superbly to meet [or maybe exceed..!] our daily needs - the grind, survival. These are the two basic building blocks of Interior Design as a profession. 

I call this busyness of our daily life Necessary Human Activities and I have a good reason for doing so. Our life focuses on productivity - truth - however, I always encourage not to lose sight of activities, objects and ideas, that we currently don't have a good way of quantifying the true value of. That's right, Rich People* think and act differently. Look - 

[click here to read the entire thread of conversation]

CHapter 1 - 'Eric Lascelles has the hardest job.'

I make a habit of strategically listening to opinions of certain individuals not necessarily because I agree with them, but for the reason that they represent interests of more powerful and influential entities. Eric Lascelles is the Chief Economist for the Royal Bank of Canada, which is Canada's biggest and arguably most influential bank [hey! they just purchased, I believe, the Canadian arm of HSBC bank, and... and... get this! They announced that their newly acquired bank will not finance oil and gas anymore!  WHOA..... in Canada this is considered 'a radical idea' borderline crazies; oil and gas is a major backbone and an economic cushion against a long and very long term energy risks - we got enough back-up dino juice to last as not one ['1'] but THREE [3..!!!1!!] world conflicts, hahahaha! 

Again, Eric Lascelles reminds us that we, Canada, won the Climate Change Lottery - we are privileged, blessed; we can think freely and effortlessly about our babies growing up true and strong and free, both in possessions but independent and creative thinkers too [we must! come see the show in Jan 2023, Swedish Socialism 2: GO West, I will now add a virtual RSVP; the show now goes global, FREE, instead being tucked away behind a gimmick of a paywall.]

The timing of the of this Royal Bank podcast was just days before war broke out in Ukraine when Russia attacked - this is important; we were not at war yet, although we knew that things were not going in the right direction [for example, few days before the hostilities broke out, air insurance was suspended - no flights that crossed into the Ukrainian air space could be insured commercially; little things].

Anyhow, so here I was watching Eric Lascelles [EL for short, going forward] in a web cast talking [actually stumbling because we all knew that war was coming and with it the Uncertainty] about the challenges of making money, ie. generating profits, in the economic climate of very early 2022. I know that this is not particularly profound, likely common knowledge in the business community, but 'Capital must be ahead of the Policy in order to realize Profits' [summary]. 

So EL would go on and on about Business Cycles - money making cycles that occur naturally in the economy and are linked to, for example, to social development, etc. Traditional, expected, time-honoured, '20th century style' Business Cycles would last around 20 years, giver or take few years depending on industries and scale of investment.

However, something unusual was happening in the markets and EL had no strong opinions whether this was a good thing or a bad thing - Business Cycles were getting shorter. EL said that 'now they can be 10 years,' and 'sometimes even 5 years.' Scariest of all, I think he even used the term '2 years' to describe a length of a Business Cycle taking place currently. Any attentive listener who paid attention to beyond what was was being said, could sense that this was not a comfortable territory for EL in his position of Chief Economist****. The conversation and language used was 'stumbling at best'; the pace of the program 'felt jittery' - something was off; these were not ordinary times; remember we still had no war and issues associated with supply chains.

I started reflecting. 

I am self-employed and have to do some strategic business planning occasionally - say 'Yes or No' to opportunities that arise**. A business plan of 5 years is very reasonable. 10 years is a little long for me, but all it means is that my goals become more nebulous, and are simply distant markers that I aim for. 20 year plan is essentially a 'lifetime for me' - my eldest boy is 19 years old. But 2 years, and 'the unmentionable 1 year Business Cycle' is just not realistic - too unpredictable, peoples emotions are myopic. Short business cycles simply do not exist - only insider information. 

Now we all live 'somewhere' - occupy space with our personal belongings, including emotional baggage  - that in turn give us a meaningful experience of life, a success. And once you are successful yourself, you can turn this around and help others achieve success.

Swedish Socialism helps you achieve success in your personal life cycles by leveraging what is best of  Capitalism and its cycles. Examples:

  • scale of creative ideas - top global designers and influencers participate in creating products;
  • scale of production - making millions makes it cheap and stable to produce; cheap and practical are not mutually exclusive! read the entire blog to find out how to make it look like a million buck$..!
  • scale of distribution - universal accessibility;

Swedish Socialism recognizes full spectrum of personal cycles - very individual - and marries them successfully to Capitalism. The best part is - I already figured it out for you. 

Personal Cycles are linked to Necessary Human Activity [NHA for short going forward]. NHA is a fancy umbrella term that captures activities and events that occur in every individual's life - they can be simple or compound. Here, this is my simplest, most accessible and intuitive explanation: when a fellow designer asked me to explain what NHAs are, I burst out a quick, funny-2-me line 'It's sh*t, shave and shower, kinda' - getting ready for everyday. Oh! NHAs also include meal prep - so throw in a kitchen sink into that mix as well.  

CHapter 2 - IKEA Hacking is done!

Ikea Hacking has gone full design circle. Want an explanation? You will have to re-read my entire blog..**

*I would not be looking to generational wealth - deeply steeped in sometimes cancerous traditions - for help to save the world. I know, I know - we literally need to have the roof caving over our heads to act. Look, it's already happening in places that did not win the Climate Change Lottery, - 

**I did not acknowledge or reply to IKEA's RSVP request. An IKEA designer - IKEA Covina - sent an absolute minimum number of words required for an email  communication, at an absolute last possible moment before the deadline [more or less]. It really felt very LAWYERY to me. My heart literally stopped when I got that email - 'Dream come TRUE! right..? yes..? no..? maybe..?. Fellow designer friends were like 'Wow! Karol! You made it! IKEA wants to participate [DELAKTIG] in Swedish Socialism! 

This state of Intellectual Property remains unchanged and I am firmly outside of IKEA ecosystem of ideas.

Also consider this argument:  how many famous, accomplished, well educated, 'traditional influence', 'external to IKEA designers' collaborations can you think of, most famouse one of course being IKEA x Tom Dixon..? 

I've studied and considered whatever is publicly available and the roster is very impressive - they all came from varied backgrounds, disciplines, with accomplished and prestigious academic credentials and had their product produced via the IKEA ecosystem.

Is there a particular furniture piece - an idea or a concept - that immediately pops into your head..? Perhaps something visually stunning and remarkable? Something that triggers you deeply, and you say 'YES, this is design,' and sigh deeply with infatuation and desire..? Yes..? No..? Only you can provide feedback to the algorithm and AI when it is learning...

Now consider the number of built-in BILLY bookcases - they are called WILLIAM - currently under fabrication around the world;  always a very, very popular entry on IKEA Hackers dot org website; it's popularity contributing to its detriment when practical construction consideration are overlooked for 'it's so pretty it broke the Internet'..? Sometimes it's just plain nonsense for variety of reasons. 

My IKEA Hacks have mass appeal and enduring presence and make sense to fabricate from a commercial perspective, and that's the secret sauce.

**** [oh wait till you find out about the overnight repo market with the Fed...]