Moved to a new home

It has certainly been a while since I last updated my blog (luckily I can secretly add some backdated posts to get back on track), but it has been quite a hectic period recently.

Among other things, I have been moving to a different apartment, which is taxing enough. Coincidentally, the apartment came available during a period I had already planned a vacation to Morocco. In the end, I was able to combine the two, but it certainly was a stressful period.

Of course moving always requires a lot of work to be done on the new home, which was the reason I had less time for writing and coding in my free time.

Now I am happy to report that I am all settled and ready to get back to work on my hobbies. I am already hard at work on writing a new article for Mind Dough and am also working on a new version for strategic RPS. Stay tuned!

Training: Successful Presentation

The past two days I have been attending a presentation training.

Presenting is not a weakness of mine, and especially when I am into the subject and had sufficient time to prepare, I like to think I am already quite good at it!

The reason for registering for a training like this is two-fold: Firstly, I believe it is always a good idea to test your theories, especially if they are about yourself. But secondly, and maybe more importantly, I registered for this training because I had become inspired by what I saw during my PIT-Stop training.

The trainers over there were able to tell a story so naturally and so inspiring. Something that made me realize there is still a ton to learn!

The training itself was quite nice. The setting was relatively intimate (understandably, as many people also take this training in order to get over a fear of presenting) which made that there was plenty of time for feedback and practice.

Even though I did not have a concrete goal of what to improve during my training, I did leave with some quite useful tips I will continue to practice on.

Publication: The Consequences of a Conscious Deterministic Simulation

With the recent progress in computing, and more specifically artificial intelligence (mainly neural networks), it is not strange that we see more and more sources say that it is only a question of time before such a computer program will eventually surpass the capabilities and intelligence of the human brain. A scary thought for one, an interesting thought for another. But if this is indeed a possibility, what will this mean for (human) consciousness and our understanding of it?

This article will explore the consequences for the existence of consciousness in a very specific type of computer simulation: a deterministic simulation.

Enjoy!

(Also published on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/consequences-conscious-deterministic-simulation-jasper-lammers)

Cultural Awareness

Recently I have been asked whether or not I would be prepared to visit other countries for work. As this sounds very interesting to me, I said yes, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to do so.

As part of preparation, I also signed up for the training about cultural awareness that Vanderlande provides.

At first, I was going there to learn more about countries like China and India. Countries with an obvious and very large culture difference with the Netherlands. I was surprised to learn however, that the culture differences between countries like the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Great Britain is also very large!

This was one of those trainings where you think you are going to learn one thing, but you learn another. It was very interesting, and it really helped me understand on how to work together with people from other countries. Not only will I be using this for working in other continents, but also when working with my colleagues from Germany.