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Can Evolutionary Computation help us to decrypt the Voynich Manuscript ?

An article describing a computational method which could potentially lead to decryption of one among the last cryptologic enigmas of medieval period, the so-called "Voynich Manuscript marks the foundation of the project sci.wizzion.com

An article written by wizzion.com's CEO Daniel D. Hromada presents an evolutionary algorithm which aims to find the most optimal mapping between voynichian glyphs and candidate phonemic values. Concrete PERL source code snippets are published in the text as well as "dictionaries" which allowed us to attribute reasonable "meanings" (i.e. feminine names) to few dozens of tokens contained in Manuscript's Zodiac section.

This being said, main contribution of the article is stated as follows:

As far as we can currently tell, results of our experiments indicate that the Calendar part of the manuscript contains names from baltoslavic, balkanic or semitic language strata. Two further indications are also given: primo, highest fitness values were obtained when the crib list contains names with specific infixes at token’s penultimate position as is the case, for example, for slavic feminine diminutives (i.e. names ending with -ka and not -a). In the most successful scenario, 240 characters contained in 35 distinct Voynichese tokens were successfully transcribed. Secundo, in case of crib stemming from Hebrew language, whole adaptation process converges to significantly better fitness values when transcribing voynichian tokens whose order of individual characters have been reversed, and when lists feminine and not masculine names are used as the crib.

Click here to read the fulltext describing the "primary mapping" hypothesis as well as the Voynich Manuscript decryption method

User-agent affluence of the Slovak EU Presidency dlog attains 1 million browserminutes

"The afflucence of the digital log sk16.eu had attained its first million browserminutes at approximately 46AE-09-28 09:50 AM" announces the CEO of Berlin-based new-media start-up wizzion.com Unternehmergesellschaft which administers the project.

To put things into perspective, such affluence is equivalent to:

  • ten thousand user-agents actively communicating with the dlog during 100 minutes (i.e. 1 hour 40 minutes) each
  • thousand user-agents actively communicating with the dlog during 16 hours and 40 minutes
  • hundred user-agents actively communicating with the dlog during 6 days, 22 hours and 40 minutes
  • et caetera, et caetera.

"Given the 23-euro budget of the project as well as the fact that our target audience seems to consistent, in non-negligeable part, from decision-makers and analyticians in Brussels, Paris, London, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Rome, Budapest, Prague, Talinn, Athens, The Hague, Warsaw, Helsinki, Bucharest, Schaerbeek, Luxembourg City, etc...given all this and some other factors as well, we consider the passing through this critical threshold of 1 000 000 bm affluence to be quite an encouraging result." summed-up the Prime Integrator of the sk16 project.

Publication of the article "Narrative fostering of morality in artificial agents"

The article "Narrative fostering of morality in artificial agents: Constructivism, machine learning and story-telling" has been printed in the book L'esprit au-dela du droit (ISBN : 978-2-84934-237-4) published by Mare & Martin in Paris. The article starts with following abstract:

This article proposes to consider moral development as a constructivist process occurring not only within particular communities of moral agents, but also within individual agents themselves. It further develops the theory of “moral induction” and postulates that moral competence of an artificial agent can be grounded by input of textual narratives into information-processing pipeline consisting of machine learning, evolutionary computation or multi-agent algorithms. In more concrete terms, it proposes that during the process of moral induction, primitive “morally relevant features” coalesce into “moral templates” which are subsequently coupled with relevant action rules. A concrete example is contained, illustrating how templates induced from one fairy-tale can help to solve the moral dilemma occurrent in a radically different context. Given the fact that the current proposal is principally based on computational processing of morally relevant “stories” written in natural language, it is potentially implementable with already existing natural language processing methods.

Fast and Frugal Detection of Chiastic Protofigures in English Subsection of CHILDES Corpus

A talk describing a simple, regex-based method detection of instances of rhetoric figures belonging to chiasm suite (e.g. chiasm, antimetabole, epanodos etc.) has been recently given at Computational Rhetoric Workshop Computing Figures / Figuring Computers organized by prof. Randy Harris and prof. Chrysanne diMarco of University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

The Waterloo talk addressed multilple challenges, including elucidation of:

  1. ontogeny of rhetoric schemata in human children (i.e. developmental rhetorics)
  2. detection of antimetabole-like patterns in the CHILDES corpus (or other Big Data corpora)
  3. certain neurocognitive aspects of members of chiasmatic suite (e.g. inclusion of a double cyclical referential closure between terms of the figurative sequence)

Presentation is available here. A more detailed article shall be submitted to A special issue of Argument and Computation on Rhetorical Figures in Computational Argument Studies.

Preliminary Version of Dissertation "Evolutionary Models of Ontogeny of Linguistic Categories" Presented

Preliminary Version of Dissertation "Evolutionary Models of Ontogeny of Linguistic Categories" has been recently presented to members of Institute of Robotics and Cybernetics of Electrotechnics and Informatics of Slovak University of Technology.

Asides presenting a so-called "Theory of Intramental Evolution", wizzion.com's CEO Daniel Hromada also introduced:

  1. simulation aiming to decode Voynich manuscript
  2. simulation addressing the problem of multi-class classification of texts according to their semantic content
  3. simulation addressing the problem of induction of morphosemantic categories
  4. simulation solving the problem of grammar induction by evolutionary meany

Slovak version of the presentation is accessible here.

A letter send to editor of the journal Nature

A letter to with the title "Practical implication of transitory nature of Nprime modulo 3 residual classes" has been send to editor of Nature by wizzion.com CEO.

The basic hypothesis of this short paper is expressed as follows: Approximately 25% carbon dioxide less could be potentially emitted if machines aiming to discover new prime PX+1 would explore:

  • sequences (PX + 2 + 3*n) if it is known that PX mod 3 == 1
  • sequences (PX + 4 + 3*n) if it is known that PX mod 3 == 2

Complete text of this letter is available here.

wizzion.com Unternehmenergesellschaft (haftungsbeschränkt) grounded

An ltd. capital company name "wizzion.com Unternehmenergesellschaft (haftungsbeschränkt)" has just been founded by signing a company founding agreement at notariate in Berlin - Pankow.

Topics of company's activity have been defined as follows:

  • Development and Administration of projects in domain of Informatics and New Media
  • Informatic Services

Complete text of this letter is available here.

wizzion.com Unternehmenergesellschaft (haftungsbeschränkt) grounded

An ltd. capital company name "wizzion.com Unternehmenergesellschaft (haftungsbeschränkt)" has just been founded by signing a company founding agreement at notariate in Berlin - Pankow.

Topics of company's activity have been defined as follows:

    Interview in SME

    Second most popular (and the first non-boulevard) newspaper SME.sk had just printed a full-page interview with me.

    Main topics covered by the interview were: kyberia.sk, habitus-forming and social media; facial expression detection, computational linguistics and the impact of information technologies on society. The online version of the interview is accessible here.

    The site of SK PRES 46AE NGO up & running

    Wizion's 1st bigger project sk16.eu slowly but steadily gains in prominence, attracting thousands new visitors. The aims to furnish the european public informations concerning the presidency of Council of European Union which shall be executed, between july and december 46AE, by Slovak Republic (SK PRES 46AE).

    In reality sk16 and its twin site 2016sk.eu is a sort of tactical medium deployed with an intention to explore the idea notion of detournement mediatique and with little bit of luck, it shall be presented as a longitudinal artistic performance during some upcoming hacker conference.

    Alpha version of Cloud Atlas project up & running!

    The first group of students of Berlin's University of the Arts (UdK) has been introduced to the peculiar project combining state of the art file syncing technologies with old school HTML and CSS. The platform is called Cloud Atlas and it is briefly presented here.

    As can be seen on the site here http://atlas.medienhaus.udk-berlin.de, many students have understood the principles behind it, started to use it and start disseminate beauty and knowledge by means of it!

    1st place in Applied Informatics section of Elitech 2015

    The paper GENETIC LOCALIZATION OF SEMANTIC PROTOTYPES FOR MULTICLASS RETRIEVAL OF DOCUMENTS won the award for the best paper in discipline "Applied Informatics" of the Elitech 2015 conference. Elitech is a conference of doctoral students of Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology which is a part of Slovak University of Technoloy (Slovak University with highest rankings in computer science).

    Kataleaks awarded 2nd place at Fair-play hackathon

    The proposal to leak the cadastral operate of Slovak Republic into the public domain had gained 2nd place at the hackathon organized by Fair-Play aliance, a Bratislava-based NGO renowned for its fight against corruption. The project is introduced here. Big thanks to Peter and Martin for being members of the CICA team.

    Some older NLP publications on-line on wizzion.com

    I have updated the wizzion.com publications section with some of my very first academic publications, including:

    Stay tuned for more...

    1st Somic expedition presented twice on traveller's festival

    Once again have I presented my trip from Eleusina in Greece through Anatolia, Iran to (Turkmen|Uzbek|Afghani)stan, this time under the title Pribeh o tom ako sa Macko Polo vydal na Hodvabnu Cestu Somu hladat. I presented twice, both in Bratislavaas well as in small but nice town of Kremnica, as a part of the traveller's festival Cestou Necestou.

    In Bratislava, I had rather presented the Slovak version of the Somahuasca Hypothesis presentation, which I had already presented at Boom festival last year. Presentation in Kremnica was more based on photos from the journey: You can find majority of these high-Teddy-bear-occurence images in the photo-section of my Google+ profile.

    Teaching Artificial Life

    Cellular automata, phase transitions, turing machines, universal turing machines, roboethics...and little bit of termodynamics: I have been teaching all that (and some other things as well) at Batiment de France. Dear students, You were great, thank You!

    Publication of the Somahuasca Hypothesis

    The 1st academic paper more closely describing the conjecture that (S|Ha)oma plant, drink & divinity of ancient indo-iranians was biochemically analogous to amazonian yage/ayahuasca mixture of DMT and MAO-i, has been submitted to 0th anthology of Boom festival's Liminal Village. Its original version should be, from now on, considered as published in the public domain under licence Creative Commons CC BY NC.

    Asides some somewhat "extreme" yet falsifiable hypotheses concerning the reasons for importance of cows in Vedic and Avestic religions, the paper also contains some previously unpublished empiric data related to co-habitation of Peganum Harmala and Phalaris grass in Central Asia.

    Presentation about C. G. Jung

    I presented, on ground of Volkshochschule Pankow my first presentation in German language. Its topic was life and work of Carl Gustav Jung whom I consider to be, asides Adler, to be one the most important psychologues of 20th century.

    The PDF containing the presentation is downloadable here. It is my first contribution to the section "Wer war?" in which I shall try to regroup, in years which shall follow, all presentations dedicated to praise of certain ancient spirits of the past.

    Teaching Epistemology, Law and New Technologies

    First time in my life had I been, during 23 intensive hours, "charge de cours" of a group of Master students affiliated to Paris 8 University and/or Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. After having discussed tripartite evolution (phylogeny, ethnogeny and ontogeny) in relation to morality and ethics and after discussing the juridic system of 5th Republic had we, finally, converged to first draft of deontology for cognitive scientists (i.e. Codex Cogniticum v01).

    And given the fact that the courses took place in beautiful new building which unites again two oldest branches of ancient Ecole des Hautes Etudes it was for me an experience I shall never forget. And my students neither, I hope!

    (I have decided to start building a new students section where those who will could publish some of their works)

    Accepted for post of IT admin at Universite der Kunste

    Dream of introducing Game with Glass Pearls is to Academia is slowly becoming reality! The jury has decided to propose me a half-time post at Institute of Contemporary Media affiliated to Germany's biggest art University!

    Participation at 2014 edition of La Nuit des Chercheurs

    I had a pleasure to be invited to / participated at the Paris edition of the European event "Night of researchers 2014". During 75 minutes of a so-called "planetary speed searching", I had been presenting my research en personne to multiple interested visitors (mostly ladies ;). Topics of artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, roboethics and robomythology were introduced more closely and it seems that they interest people, for I never sat alone at my presentation desk!

    And all that in the very building of École supérieure de physique et chimie where Maria Sklodowska-Curie had written here Thesis under the guidance of her mentor (and husband) Pierre!

    NLP workshop at CTJB 31337 symposium

    During this wonderful symposium uniting Prague hackerspace Brmlab, Bratislava hackerspace progressbar and Brno hackerspace base48, I had a huge pleasure to lead a small 3-hour workshop "Text+Perl Data Language=Semantic Spaces" whose objective was to explain to participants how to exploit the LSB algorithm in order to transfer the corpus of first 1234567 public nodes of kyberia.sk into binary vector space.

    I am happy to state that the objective of the workshop was attained and we had succeeded to create first proto-projection of kyberia's data upon space having only 64 dimensions. Stay tuned for more info.

    Two articles presented at Text, Speech, Dialogue conference

    Reviewers of TSD2014 have accepted 2 of my computational linguistics/natural language processing articles to be presented at the conference taking place in this wonderful city of Jakobson, Godel and Mendel.

    The title of the first paper is "Comparative study concerning the role of surface morphological features in the induction of part-of-speech categories" and its basic finding can be briefly summarized as follows:

    Obtained data indicate that information contained in suffix features can furnish c(l)ues strong enough to outperform some much more complex probabilist or HMM-based POS induction models , and that this can especially be the case for Western Slavic languages.

    You can download the article here and the presentation here.

    The title of the other paper is "Empiric Introduction to Light Stochastic Binarization". Its abstract starts as follows:

    We introduce a novel method for transformation of texts into short binary vectors which can be subsequently compared by means of Hamming distance measurement. Similary to other semantic hashing approaches, the objective is to perform radical dimensionality reduction by putting texts with similar meaning into same or similar buckets while putting the texts with dissimilar meaning into different and distant buckets.

    You can download the article here and the presentation here.

    Both papers are published in TSD2014 conference proceedings published by Springer. These proceedings are currently disponible for free at this website.

    Presentation of Kyberia at the festival SELF2014

    Organisers of design&new-media festival SELF2014 have invited me to close the festival with presentation dedicated to social network Kyberia. The result is the presentation Kyberia - my problem child.

    In short, the presentation recapitulated the history of Kyberia since 2002 (when I had founded it) through last decade all the way to attribution of Honorary Mention in Digital Communities category of Prix Ars Electronica in 2013. In the end some time was devoted to future prospects and visions, most notably the extension of Parallel Democracy Model and deployment of 5-guild framework.

    Article presented at Robo-philosophy conference

    I have presented the paper Introduction to Moral Induction Model and its Deployment in Artificial Agents at wonderful robo-philosophy conference. The paper was co-authored by my colleague Ilaria Gaudielo.


    Basic idea of the paper is that humans can transfer to machines their moral values by means of telling stories. Moral Induction Model is thus constructivist, developmental and based on narration. The abstract of our proposal is as follows:

    Inidividual specificity and autonomy of a morally reasoning system is principally attained by means of a constructionist inductive process . Input into such process aremoral dilemmata or their story­like representations, its output are general patterns allowing to classify as moral or immoral even the dilemmas which were not represented in the initial training corpus. Moral inference process can be simulated by machine learning algorithms and can be based upon detection and extraction of morally relevant features. Supervised or semi­supervised approaches should be used by those aiming o simulate parent->child or teacher->student morality transfer processes in artifici agents. Pre­existng models of inference ­ e.g. the grammar inference models in th domain of computational linguistics ­ can offer certain inspiration for anyone aiming todeploy a moral induction model. Historical data, mythology or folklore could serve as a basis of the training corpus which could be subsequently significantly extended by a crowdsourcing method exploiting the web-based Completely Automated Moral Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart». Such a CAMTCHA approach could be also useful for evaluation of agent's moral faculties.

    You can access the fulltext PDF version of the article here.

    The Somahuasca hypothesis presented at Boom festival

    It was a huge pleasure and honor to present a so-called Somahuasca Hypothesis in the Liminal Village tent of the Boom festival.

    The Somahuasca hypothesis states that the plant/drink/divinity Soma/Haoma of ancient indo-iranian people was biochemically analogous to Ayahuasca/Yage brew of amazonian shamans. Its more concrete version postulates that its potency was due to combination of harmaline extracted from Peganum Harmala interacting with DMT potentially occurent in collostrum of cows which consumed a lot of Phalaris grasses.

    You can browse through the presentation by clicking here. To move through the slides You can use either clicking, blankspace or arrow keys (right arrow moves presentation forwards, left moves it backwards). The video recording of my talk is launched by clicking on the title ("Boom") of the last slide.