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Hedge Funder Jeffrey Epstein Rewards Harvard’s Legendary Hasty Pudding Institute
Over the past year, the well-known science and Harvard philanthropist, Jeffrey Epstein, has put his substantial support behind Harvard’s famous and oldest theatrical troupe, the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770. Up to now, the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation has put its funds behind strictly science endeavors at Harvard, notably the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics with a $35 million dollar gift. But the foundation has been a growing admirer of the Hasty Pudding’s active role in supporting public education and the arts in the Cambridge and Boston communities.
Founded in 1770, by an erudite group of Harvard students as a secret society, ”to uphold friendship and patriotism”, The Hasty Pudding Institute evolved into a theatrical troupe and Harvard’s oldest. Much is written about Hasty’s theatrical performances, its a cappella singers, the Harvard Krokodiloes, its wit, roast dinners, illustrious guests from Grace Kelly to Elizabeth Taylor and the fun and glamorous awards given to various actors of the year such as Dame Helen Mirren in January 2014. But less is known about the critical role the Hasty Pudding Institute plays in supporting public education and the arts in the inner city communities of Cambridge and Boston.
For example, the Hasty Pudding gives thousands of dollars and support each year to the West End House Boys and Girls Club, which supports low income families with programs in leadership, life skills, academia, sports, nutrition, the arts and free hot meals. Page to Stage, another Hasty Institute program, supports low income children through the playmaking process from conception to performance. In addition to funds for sets, costumes and production, the Hasty Pudding also mentors young students through each aspect from dramatic coaching to light direction.
“The Hasty Pudding Institute had typical beginnings as a secret society in a dorm room,” Jeffrey Epstein remarked. “But they have evolved into a theatrical company that uplifts the young community of Cambridge and Boston.” Cont...SOURCE:
New innovative Artificial Intelligence software is rapidly emerging from Germany, where virtual and robotic versions of the human brain are moving away from traditional algorithms with deterministic pathways, towards a realm of emotional, less predictable behaviors. Thanks to funding from prominent science investor, Jeffrey Epstein, the MicroPsi2 Project is closer then ever to mirroring the human mind.
The engineer behind these advances is Joscha Bach, a cognitive scientist specializing in AI. Bach's impressive resume includes author of Principles of Synthetic Intelligence (Oxford University Press), professor and researcher of cognitive science at Humboldt University in Berlin, and software entrepreneur. The goal of Bach's latest humanoid venture, MicroPsi 2, is to identify what Artificial Intelligence can reveal about human cognition, not duplicate the human brain. The MicroPsi 2 Program is a software program that creates goal and sensory driven agents in a virtual computer platform. Specifically, three characters roam around a tropical island; each character has a series of 'node nets' where information is received and processed. As they drift through their landscape, information collected influences the character's behavior.
"The use of a virtual platform to explore the workings of the human brain provides optimal flexibility,” remarked Jeffrey Epstein, a supporter of many prominent scientists including Stephen Hawkings and Nobel Laureate Physicists Gerard't Hooft, David Gross, and Frank Wilczek. The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation has become one of the largest funders of independent scientists. According to New York Magazine, Epstein has donated up to $200 million a year to scientists worldwide. A former board member of Rockefeller University and the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Committee at Harvard University, Epstein plays an active role in modern brain institutes.
Bach does not see the MicroPsi 2 Project as a valid cognitive model but rather an evolving platform to provide a unified theory of cognition. "Scientists need to focus on the concepts and not get bogged down with the mechanics of a robot" is the belief of Jeffrey Epstein. As more variables are integrated MicroPsi will definitely reveal new findings into the expansiveness and limitless nature of the human brain.
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