All Posts Tagged Tag: Ivan Obolensky’

Computer Games

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September 2015 Ivan Obolensky Not many understand what High-Frequency Trading (HFT) is, and how it evolved, simply because it has grown quietly behind the scenes, out of the public eye, at least until several computer glitches and flash-crashes put it in the public spotlight. High-Frequency Trades are initiated by computer programs that operate at speeds of a millionth of a …

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The Setup

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August 2015 Ivan Obolensky One of the most important concepts for anyone to master is called the Setup. It applies to both individuals and organizations. For a corporation, a group, or an individual to grow, it must be set up to do so. If not, it won’t. This might seem obvious, but it is a fundamental that can be overlooked, …

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The Choice

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July 2015 Ivan Obolensky Excellence is defined as a talent, or quality, that is unusually good and surpasses ordinary standards.1 It has a tendency to be overstated. Advertisers use the word with such abandon that excellence appears commonplace. It would appear easily obtainable and observable by anyone and everyone, yet ultimately, excellence is found in the results. They are either …

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Incompleteness and the Imagination

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June 2015 Ivan Obolensky Humans perceive the world through a small window of senses, and compared to what is available to be observed, it is a very small window indeed. Our vision, for example, is restricted to a microscopic portion of the broad spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, which extends up through the high-frequencies of gamma rays and down through the …

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Colombia revisited

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April 2015 Ivan Obolensky It has been a couple of years since I was last in Colombia and several since I have written about that country (see Thoughts on Medellin). I thought I should write an update on the changes I have observed since that time, having just returned. From a personal perspective, it is a country I have fallen …

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Stability in Instability

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March 2015 Ivan Obolensky   We all like to have stability in our lives. Stability is usually associated with longevity and predictability, yet it is this very stableness that sometimes prevents people, organizations, and systems from responding appropriately to a changing environment. Here are a few questions one could ask: How stable is my life, i.e., does it follow a …

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Artificial Intelligence and Language

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February 2015 Ivan Obolensky Artificial Intelligence (AI) has come into the news recently as a result of comments from such luminaries as Stephen Hawking, who warned that AI could spell the end of the human race.1 Nick Bostrom from Oxford University remarked about a hypothetical AI device whose goal is to make as many paperclips as possible. He thought it …

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On “The Curse of Knowledge”

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January 2015 Ivan Obolensky Many have heard the story of Newton and the apple. Isaac Newton (1642-1726) was sitting beneath a tree as an apple fell to the ground. In some versions of the tale, it hit him on the head. In others, it fell beside him. Regardless, the falling apple inspired him to come up with the idea of …

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Legitimacy vs. Success

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December 2014 Ivan Obolensky   In 331 BC, Alexander the Great, having conquered the Persians, moved down the coast of Palestine, and invaded Egypt. He then marched from the capital to the mouth of the Nile River and founded the most famous city that bears his name, Alexandria. Shortly thereafter, he journeyed 220 miles to the West into the Libyan …

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Lost and Found

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November 2014 Ivan Obolensky In 1818 London a book was published titled: Narrative of a Voyage to Senegal in 1816; Undertaken by Order of the French Government, Comprising an Account of the Shipwreck of the Medusa, the Suffering of the Crew, and the Various Occurrences on Board the Raft, in the Desert of Zaara at St. Louis, and at the …

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