Humans have a vast number of biases and heuristics we use to make decisions (often systemically WRONG decisions).

AI-driven algorithms are used to demonstrate system noise, i.e., unwanted variability. This NOISE is associated with errors and can be intra-personal and inter-personal.

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We all hear about the use of AI from existential risk (a world of paperclips or a deity controlling all our actions) to a Turning-tested personal guide (Her).

If you’d like a brief overview of where this technology stands now and the state of developing an ethical framework to deploy AI-powered algorithms, I recommend you watch the AI event hosted by TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities: Algorithms Eliminate Noise (and That Is Very Good) hosted on October 15, 2020 (it only has twelve-hundred views).

Ethics in AI

Professor Cass Sunstein (Harvard Law School) has worked on…


How I Prepared for My Pending Incarceration

How Our Family Spent My Last Weekend Before San Quentin

The urge to return grew as my doom approached. Visions of fog-shrouded trails, tidepools, and craggy coves filled my restless sleeping.

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Like a salmon thrashing and plowing back up its origin stream to spawn and die, I struggled to face my doom. I realize that I must return to Caspar with my children, for my children. My very existence demands it.

Home? I guess that is the right word. My childhood was a nomadic one — never staying anywhere long enough to make a home.

I had always seen myself a Valley boy, having lost my innocence under LA’s smog…


“Then came an unsettling encounter with the apparent source of that demand: a Capitol police officer who she said looked at her with “a tremendous amount of anger and hostility.” she recalled, thinking “that I was going to die.”

I can hold in my mind an acknowledgment that this fear is perfectly understandable even though it is not factually justified. My hope is that AOC may move beyond her victimhood to become a survivor (as many of the crime-impacted — victims and perpetrators).

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“I haven’t told many people that in my life,” the Democratic congresswoman said of the revelation (regarding her prior sexual assault), which came during a harrowing recounting of her experiences amid the Capitol riot, reported The New York Times in Ocasio-Cortez Says She Is a Sexual Assault Survivor on February 1, 2021.

“Then came an unsettling encounter with the apparent source of that demand: a Capitol police officer who she said looked at her with “a tremendous amount of anger and hostility.” she recalled, thinking “that I was going to die.”

https://youtu.be/fWNWoNaImQA

The first question that comes to mind when…


The most underreported story in our Capitol’s ‘day of infamy,’ is the actions of DC’s Mayor Bowser that allowed the mayhem to occur.

As both a political conservative and a conscientious person, I am horrified by the take-over of the capitol building for four hours on January 6, 2021.

The most underreported story in our Capitol’s ‘day of infamy,’ is the actions of DC’s Mayor Bowser that allowed the mayhem to occur.

“To be clear, the District of Columbia is not requesting other federal law enforcement personnel and discourages any additional deployment without immediate notification to, and consultation with, MPD if such plans are underway,” Bowser wrote in a letter to acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, and Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING IN TWO MINUTES, WATCH THIS VIDEO (or read the…


To create in any form takes courage, I have found mine through the chrysalis of prison.

I refuse to know for certain what others take for granted.

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By Omid Mokri, 2019 (charcoal on cloth)

Curiosity brought you to this post, welcome. Before I share the scope and timbre of my writings, let me share a few adventures I’ve experienced as these may pique your interest to read on and sample my writings….

I have:


The evil twin of MULTICULTURALISM known as IDENTITY POLITICS has taken over. Division and discord rule our discourse.

Prison life has brought into focus many of the mysteries I see in modern society as it enters this post-Rationalist/Humanist Age with all the anxiety that accompanies such momentous upheaval.

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This essay constitutes my response to a request for a thought piece on our society’s need for people who are equipped to civilly debate opposing views by The Friends of the San Quentin News.

Upon my return from a six-year stint at San Quentin State Prison, I look at the world with new eyes. What I learned in prison was civil discourse is needed to bridge the dialog gap found in our politics.

We are about to enter a new phase of post-election discord. I understand and deploy tools to help weave our community of citizens together, in dialog.

I…


“It is therefore reasonable to institute as a standard of care to give at least one single dose of 50,000 of vitamin D to all Covid-19 patients as soon as possible after being hospitalized.”

There’s emerging and growing evidence that vitamin D status is relevant to the risk of developing Covid-19 infection and to the severity of the disease.

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There’s emerging and growing evidence that vitamin D status is relevant to the risk of developing Covid-19 infection and to the severity of the disease.

One medical journal recommends: “It is therefore reasonable to institute as a standard of care to give at least one single dose of 50,000 of vitamin D to all Covid-19 patients as soon as possible after being hospitalized.”

The recommended daily allowance of vitamin D is 15–20 micrograms (600–800 units) for everyone in the general population aged 4 years and older, according to the National Institute of Health.

In the United States, 42% of all…


“Big data” and the intelligence revolution has advanced society’s understanding of crime risk but is often ignored by law enforcement agencies.

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We Americans are terrible at estimating our risk of crime.

Will you get robbed this year? How would you rate your chances?

“Big data” and the intelligence revolution has advanced society’s understanding of crime risk but is often ignored by law enforcement agencies. Take violent crime as an example.

First, of course, crime rates do fluctuate from year to year. In 2020, for example, murder has been up but other crimes are in decline so that the crime rate, overall, is down.

“In large cities across America, murders are up sharply, while other violent crimes have decreased,” according to The…


Kentucky town hires social workers instead of more officers — and the results are surprising

With the goal to provide expertise and immediately connect people in crisis to needed services, a Kentucky town hired a police social worker to spectacular results reports Wave 3 News.

The City of Alexandria in Campbell County tried something different. Instead of hiring an additional officer, the police chief hired a social worker to respond in tandem with officers.

“Every day is different. We have no idea what’s going to come our way,” said police social worker Kelly Pompilio. “The main calls are domestic violence, mental health, and substance abuse.”

“I try to assist the family in whatever services they…


Over the first seven months of 2020, Prop 57 has reduced the prison population by an average of 648 per month.

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The average monthly prison population impact of Proposition 57 during the first seven months of 2020 is 751 from both credit-earning and new parole considerations (648+96+7=751).

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) continues to struggle to meet its targets estimated under Prop 57.

In a recently released JULY 2020 UPDATE TO THE THREE-JUDGE COURT the CDCR claimed “As of July 8, 2020, the State’s prison population is 123.1% of design capacity.” July 2020 Update

On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 57 — The Public Safety and

Rehabilitation Act of 2016. According to the Public Policy Institute…

Wayne Boatwright

Father, attorney, essayist, thinker, and active manager who found the courage to create through the chrysalis of San Quentin prison.

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