The Presidential speech Filipinos need

Philippine flag. From Official Gazette.


By Joe America

We are going about this all the wrong way. We are dealing with issues. We need to deal with some fundamentals. THEN deal with issues. We’ll handle them better.

Rather than analyze our condition, I will let some fictional President do the talking. He can get the ideas across better.

* * * * * * *

“Good evening my friends. Today I’m going to redesign the Philippines. What we have is not working. We’re too poor, and we argue too much. We aren’t nice to one another.

Now you may have the idea that I’m going to announce something dramatic. But I’m not going to do that. I’m going to give you three numbers instead. Just three numbers.

They will remake the Philippines.

They are goals. The ones we really need to focus on.

The first number is the progress we make in automating our governmental agencies. We want 100% computer competence in our agencies. Boring, huh? But think about it. We provide bad service today and then sneer at citizens as if THEY were the problem. No. No. We are going to treat our citizens as if they DESERVE good service. As if they are WORTH IT. As if we OWE IT TO THEM to care for them.

To do that, we’ve got to get rid of the paper and the lines and the photocopies and the sneers. We are about 15% on the chart, aiming for 100%. We’ll report monthly on our progress. Our in-office behaviors will improve as well as we build competence.

When we build competence, we’ll build kindness. It will stretch across the nation like a blanket.

That’s the first number.

The second number is one that might excite you more. Jobs. How many jobs are we providing? We want more. We want lots more. We can make more. We will make more. Jobs building and planting and cleaning and serving citizens. Navy jobs, police jobs, computer jobs. BPO jobs. Manufacturing jobs. We’ll report monthly on how many jobs we have in the Philippines. And I can promise you one thing, that number is going up, and it is going up fast.

You need to feel it. See it. The Philippines on the move.

The third number is the average size paycheck each worker brings home. Because that’s going up, too. That’s our goal, a very important target. We want prosperity for our people. We want prosperity to replace poverty.

It won’t happen next week. But in a year, we should see clear steps forward. In five, we should see dramatic change.

These goals are more important than health right now. More important than defense. Education is a part of it, but our education has to be smarter and push people into the jobs that will pay them the best. Roads are important, but our highest priority is roads to prosperity, not across Manila.

The roads across Manila will be built, too. They have to be. They provide jobs and access to them. But we need new concepts on how to unify our labor and transportation. Vice President Robredo gave us an idea about that. Dorms. For workers. Near work. To take them off the road during the work week. Large companies should provide them. We need that kind of innovation, and we’ll look for those kinds of solutions.

Work at home. We need that more than a subway. But we’ll build the subway, too.

When we can do the three things those numbers track: provide service that is first class, provide jobs, provide GOOD PAYING jobs, the whole character of the nation will change. We’ll stop being resilient, and we’ll get excited about achievement.

We’ll stop complaining about what we have to do and start looking forward to what we . . . you and me together . . . are going to do.

That’s where we need to get to. We need 40 million workers on the path to competence and prosperity. And excited about it.

That’s what my administration will be about.

Competence. Prosperity. And excitement about the Philippines.

Thank you.

God bless the Philippines. God bless Filipino workers and their families.

Good evening.”


55 Responses to “The Presidential speech Filipinos need”
  1. karlgarcia says:

    Since there is always someone out there not pleased.
    Here is one group- The government employees who time and again outdo the luddites.
    We can not escape AI rather than emulate Bato and say look for other jobs, people must be trained to adapt.

    • There are always solutions to problems. Philippine bureacracy tends to think complicated.

      The most recent example I see of a solution is the German Corona Warn App – delayed because of (valid) privacy concerns but done in such a way that it works AND preserves privacy. There are also here those who do nothing but complain, especially about the expense of that app, but tapping the two strongest players over here – SAP and Telekom – was the right thing to do. SAP knows how to solve problems, Telekom knows how to get big infrastructures going and keep them going. For the engineers here especially NHerrera, sonny and giancarlo, it uses Bluetooth to anonymously exchange data with neighboring mobile phones that also have the app. If someone with the app enters that he/she has tested positive, all mobile phones that were in close contact (15 minutes within 2 meters) over 14 days are notified. Nobody is forced but millions have it, 15% at least of all people. BTW Google and Apple made an API to support it. All of that done within a few months.

      The Philippine software industry could get a huge boost by digitalizing the government. Graduate like the Indian software industry already has from mere outsourcers to independent software manufacturers and service providers. The issue of course is that the Philippines often has a culture of “No we can’t” and hates on those who can – like with ABS-CBN for creating new digital offerings without waiting for the Congress to pass laws on it. Sereno was also disliked for computerizing SC operations without waiting for anyone.

      • sonny says:

        Touche, Irineo!!

        There is a significant gap between prospective end-user (operations) and the practitioners (systems analyst/programmer) of the technology. The basic problem to be addressed is to identify the nature and location of that gap. To be in this level of communication is a critical fork in the direction of a solution, viz who are the real clients

        • Ireneo me and sonny were just talking about the island of Madagascar the Malagasies and the Malagasy language as austronesian linguistically (i’m still trying to find compare and contrast grammar-wise studies, sonny, nothing usable yet really).

          And this news of the Psyche 16 asteroid, made of precious metal, made me think on this article from Popular Mechanics,

          The 1967 Outer Space Treaty prevents nations from making territorial claims beyond Earth: “Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means,” it states. But what is “national appropriation”? And what is a “celestial body”?


          We see a similar distinction on Earth between “real” and “personal” property. Real estate is land. One of its chief characteristics is that it stays put. Personal property can be huge—a supertanker or a 747—but it’s movable. The rules relating to real property are different, and usually more stringent, than the rules relating to personal property.Land is accounted for by deeds and registries; for personal property, possession is enough to establish a presumption of ownership.

          from :

          And if you guys remember the Oposa doctrine from my:

          I would posit also that aside from good engineers, Filipinos have very creative lawyers also.

          I don’t know about astronomers though. <<<

          Now my personal take on wealth and poverty is that the poor isn't the problem really, its the rich, or poor who want more mimick the rich. Fresh air, clean water, nutritious food and comfortable shelter is more than enough for many I think. So its the folks

          mining, polluting, making crap food, screwing up land use, the wealthy really that are the problem.

          So in line with that thought, and thoughts on Madagascar, and this Psyche 16 in the news lately, and of Ireneo's get engineers to solve problems over there, I think mining rights out in space is a big new industry that the Philippines can solve.

          We'll just need Filipino astronomers, or the use of internet hobbiest astronomers to identify which asteroids contain precious metals and/or water, and then have Filipino lawyers (and engineers) work towards this enterprise.

          That should solve poverty in the Philippines.

          also from the same article above:

          There’s also a question about what it takes to claim an asteroid. Would a company that sent a robot to a likely rock, assayed it, and then left a transponder or a radar reflector to mark it for easy retrieval establish a property right to that asteroid? The answer to this question is probably yes—similar claims involving robots have been upheld in underwater-salvage cases—but at this point it’s not entirely clear.

          sonny’s worked for NASA, how easy is it to lay down the above items out in space???

          • Karl Garcia says:

            I do not recall Sonny working for NASA based on what I read from him.
            But I might have missed that part.
            Another reason to be amazed of Uncle Sonny.

            • sonny says:

              Disclaimer: I did not work at NASA. Two items I mentioned in the past, 1) JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) advertised for programmers to correct Voyager space probe trajectory program written in earlier computer languages; 2) I worked for UNIVAC, computer manufacturer contracted to build on board computers of US Navy S3A aircraft and USAF ICBMs.

              Sorry for the confusion, LC. 😦

              • 3) How NASA culled Filipino engineers back in the 60s for the Moon race— i just assumed you were talking about yourself.

                I just put all those together, and concluded NASA. That was my bad, sonny. Sorry.

              • sonny says:

                No cadence skipped, LC. 🙂

                On subject race to the moon, aka Cold War: in my opinion one of 4 events that sealed American socio-economic-cultural hegemony over the Philippines: 1) the Islands as a new market for American consumer goods, late ’40s, ’50s, ’60s; 2) manpower, plantations, San Joaquin Valley, Northwest canneries, US Navy Filipino sailors; 3) medical professional manpower, ’60s; 4) 1965 Immigration & Nationality Act, Philippine quota pegged at 35,000/per annum; major migration impeller, medical professionals, viz Filipino nurses:


      • sonny says:

        “… If someone with the app enters that he/she has tested positive, all mobile phones that were in close contact (15 minutes within 2 meters) over 14 days are notified. Nobody is forced but millions have it, 15% at least of all people….”

        Sounds like the “pinging technology” how smartphones whereabouts can be located.

        • I think that is based on the actual signal and the “IMSI” while the proximity technology is based on Bluetooth, with a new API jointly developed by Apple and Google to support it. It does mean that those with older Android or iOS versions are left out.

      • karlgarcia says:

        Speaking of privacy concerns.
        Something terrible happened to me recently that I have to terminate an email account and deactivate fb.

        To fellow readers and contributors, let us avoid nonchalantly give sensitive info and government id numbers to just anyone online.
        That makes me rethink my stand on the national id

    • kasambahay says:

      karlg’s, ‘We can not escape AI rather than emulate Bato and say look for other jobs, people must be trained to adapt.’

      senator bato must be happy if not happier. the people whom he told to look for other jobs have indeed found jobs on the interim! and their new found job is to take to the streets and make all the noise they can, all wanting for abs-cbn to be given the people’s forum. congress’ killing act on the rebound.

      bato will be hearing more noise barrage, sounds of marching feet getting louder, shouts and laments of jobs once loved, now mourned. whenever they see bato, they’ll shout.

  2. chemrock says:

    If they have a public service lobby, on the dot of opening hour, all government employees will line up facing the public, and take a bow the way the Japanese do. This is to inculcate humility and underlies who is serving who.

    • As a toxic colonial legacy, the Philippines oftentimes hates those who serve.

      PNoy said the Filipinos were his boss. Many took it as permission to slap him around.

      • kasambahay says:

        there was a time when I hated ex president noy for playing the game only one way. he could have come around quickly and rerouted. but, that’s him. me? I would not have given my other cheek to be slapped. and those that speak for him were not that aggressive, incessant and assertive and leave so many . . . I dont know the word . . . for people to interpret, to comprehend, understand and concoct.

        despite all, I am awfully glad we have gotten president noy.

        • Something is indeed missing: the correct, moral, educated voice of opinion leaders and media. A weird vacuum shows up: no defense of President Aquino (failure to respect decisions different than we wanted) and no criticism of President Duterte (failure to condemn decisions we knew were wrong). Moral absurdity.

    • kasambahay says:

      I notice lately duterte has taken to bowing, instead of his usual fist pump. does not mean though he is humble. he probly just want to show us his hair dyed jet black, lol!

  3. Arthur Fleck says:

    Poverty is one of the greatest problems of every country, just by imagining how long we’ve been battling to it makes me feel, “does our government care for those poor people? Because until now it was still an issue.”

  4. Sen says:

    That’s the biggest problem: THEY DON’T CARE 💔

  5. Excellent ideas – possibly something for a new group of leaders after these darkest hours.

    A. Digitalization and service in the government. I already noted to Karl that this could be used to jump start the Philippine BPO industry (which probably has had a lot of layoffs recently) into a real software industry. In fact the best strategy is not to play catch up but to leapfrog, to island-hop like McArthur did in the Pacific, bypassing islands he could not take to overtake the enemy. The man was obnoxious and narcissistic but had his moments of brillance. If others already lead in one technology, don’t try to imitate them – focus on the next big thing. There might be potential in creating computer architectures that are resilient, meaning networks that continue to work even if typhoons or earthquakes break down the connection to central servers. Of course the colonial ethic of dealing with disdained “natives” must be replaced by a VP Leni kind of service ethic.

    B. Jobs. Jeepney modernization, improving transport, social housing are all opportunities to create local industries. Leaders should read up on the late Dr. Habibie of Indonesia and his approach to creating modern industries by a kind of bootstrapping process. A lot of the issues of the MRT3 could have been avoided by thinking first of how to create local suppliers – even as subcontractors – for the parts needed to keep wagons and railway system running, instead of relying on spare parts that take longer to procure abroad. Health and jobs does not have to be a contradiction. Unfortunately DOH snubbed the UP test kits instead of calling on some – (iiiih, I will use that word) oligarchs like Ayala to help build a local industry to churn them out. Revitalize local carpentry – the best of the old carpenters have a craft similar to the globally recognized Balinese woodwork – to build emergency shelters that last longer and withstand storms better than anything else. Just like the Cordillerans have harnessed their weaving capabilities to built really cool face masks.

    C. Salaries. Raises for teachers and nurses should be raised first. Duterte only raised salaries for “his police” and “his soldiers”. The amazing dedication of many a provincial teacher should be rewarded more. The payoff will be a generation later.

    The Philippines will have to do all of this in a difficult environment – OFWs returning and BPO most probably receding as richer countries have their own problems. But self-reliance can strengthen.

    Modern Africa is an example. Like the Philippines, it has the demographic advantage of many young people. It is strange to see how formerly helpless places are turning innovative. In fact Japanese companies are now seeding African startups. It is the Philippine’s choice now whether to rise up to the challenge or give in to the blues. And for its leadership to either think of themselves as so often, or think of the whole. These times are an inflection point, a make-it or break-it time.

  6. NHerrera says:


    At the top is the Overall Goal. Next is the Main Supporting Goals and weighing of these. Then the Objectives and Supporting Details. Though Joe and Irineo may not be exhaustive in their inputs I believe they have captured quite a good chunk of the needed pieces as a starting point.


    • NHerrera says:


      Particularly in the US and Western Countries — compared to the Philippines where knowledgeable relatives and “maids” from da Province can be persuaded to stay with the kids and help out in the schooling — school reopening is so tied up with workers to revive the economy that it is no easy task to solve the conundrum. Mind mapping the problem with the top country officials and leaders in sync with the companies, businessmen, parents, teachers, etc. is the only safe way forward.

      The latest news coming from W.H.O conceding to the probability of the coronavirus being airborne indoors after studies of some 240 scientists is a complicating factor.

      • Bavaria reopened the graduating classes first, spreading the students across rooms.

        Second priority was given to classes with a year to go before graduation. Those who can’t catch up next school year go back a year.

        Berlin city-state alternates presence days and online days within the week while Bavaria alternates weeks but only for non-graduating classes – to manage the limited classrooms one has when doing social distancing.

        Many office workers are in home office but for families where both parents have to go to work day care centers had to be reopened. Day care center workers and teachers are constantly tested for Covid and are advised to be judicious with contacts, so I heard.

        Most German offices and schools advise frequent window opening – a German custom anyhow to get fresh air. The German preference for Frische Luft and hate of aircons and high rises means there are fewer closed offices with aircon only. There are indeed many American style open plan offices now with cubicles but the old German way of having offices for 2-8 people with own DOORS and WINDOWS plus home office does help.

        Canteens matter also. Those that are open again give you wooden cutlery in a paper bag. Not many hands touching cutlery like before. No salt and pepper shakers as the salt shaker was a vector in the spread of Covid at Webasto end of January – first cases ever. Even paper napkins are handed in a paper bag together with cutlery to avoid “touching-touching”. Restos similar. All canteens and restos get your contact data. McDo even has an app with a QR code. Some have paper forms but used pens are disinfected regularly. etc. etc. etc.

    • sonny says:

      Agree, NH: 2 great Filipino resources, one is boots on-the-ground, the other is in the diaspora. 🙂

  7. Vicara says:

    Nic Gabunada, who led the Duterte social media campaign in 2016 (at least the publicly-known social media campaign) spoke soon after their election win at a how-we-did-it-forum. He said that candidate Duterte had only one rule regarding messaging: Don’t ever try to make me say something that I would not normally say.

    And so the presidential speech we need to hear will never be heard.

    • kasambahay says:

      duterte was candidate then, now he is president. he was mayor then and now topmost official of the land. and he has so many enablers now, all highly paid, given and occupying top positions all over the country, loyal to him and protective of their once in a lifetime job that offered so many benefits, the mind boggles.

      and they all clapped and cheered him on regardless of how late he is at meetings, his speech prepared for him often talks of patriotism and love of country, heard one such at graduation of pma cadets. even chided china too. oh, yeah, he is a good reader, is all.

      now, we have got to tell his army of speech writers to write the speech we all want to hear and it will be done, methink, lol! whether he means what he read, watch his face, not a tic.

      • kasambahay says:

        joeam, if you got a chance, send your resume to roque or medialdea. you’ll make a fine speech writer.

        • Karl Garcia says:

          Speech writers get frustrated mich because he adlibs, rambles, inserts snide comments on top of the side comments.

          • kasambahay says:

            speech writers and a number of editors and sub editors, all converging on main character. it’s no wonder the main character feels irrelevant and adlib when possible; not allowed to own his speech and always corrected after the fact. so belittling.

            once in a while, it would do good for main character to show fang and snarl with leave my speech alone! it’s pretty as it is.

            big boys denied the little boy freedom of speech, lol!

            • Karl Garcia says:

              Pressing the wow emoticon

              No wonder LCX thought you were MRP.
              You are also beginning to remind me of MRP.
              Basta no need to ask who he is.

              • kasambahay says:

                I’m used to being mistaken for others. sound like someone, talk like someone, and it gets worse at undas. apparently, I have the face of someone’s dead relative. spooky.

    • Not from President Duterte, correct.

  8. Especially for the numbers people here, the June 25 study from UP Harry Roque “won against”:

    Terms like R are common in the German press but this study barely was cited in the Philippine press, though Prof. Ranjit Rye, one of the authors, was mentioned. An Area 2 “kid” (we were Area 1, so was Raissa Robles) son of Prof. Ajit Rye and his Filipina wife. His sister Indira was my classmate in elementary school. The study is solid and makes the most of the sketchy numbers known. There is even an analysis of ICU capacities in NCR and Cebu. Thorough stuff.

    • ..In rethinking the current strategy, the government could look at the following three issues.

      a) From ‘Command and Control’ to ‘Empowered Execution,’ government has chosen a command and control approach to the public health emergency. In Command and Control, the government specifies everything that should be done, directs activities from the top, demands obedience to rules and procedures and gives very little leeway to lower units to decide things for themselves. Critics point to three weaknesses of the approach: 1) it does not encourage innovation; 2) it is rigid and not flexible; and, 3) it accommodates political loopholes.

      An alternative to Command and Control is “Empowered Execution,” where “individuals and teams closest to the problem, armed with unprecedented levels of insights from across the network, offer the best ability to decide and act decisively”. Here the government does not control each and every move of the organization but adopts an enabling rather than directing stance. Applied to the present situation, the role of lead national agencies (like the IATF, NTF) is to empower communities by providing support for the development of anti-COVID action plans that are based on “credible, legitimate and salient (e.g. scale relevant) science and deliberative-analytic processes.”

      b) Citizens are part of the Solution NOT part of the Problem. Not only is the government’s approach too top-down, but it also blames citizens (who are “pasaway”) for the failure to contain the virus. But there is evidence (like Google’s mobility study) that people do follow government directives. Rather than treat citizens as part of the problem, it might be more useful to see them as part of the solution. A public campaign on social distancing and hygienic practices would gain more support if the people see themselves as partners in the fight against the pandemic. Treating citizens as partners may even open a new source for innovative and creative solutions.

      c) Evidence-based Policy and Decision Making. Policies and decisions should be grounded in the best available scientific evidence generated from data from the field. While experience is valued, it should not be the sole basis for policy or decisions. This approach has two implications. First, medical professionals and scientists should be taking the lead in health emergencies. Second, the government must prioritize the production of quality data. The seven characteristics of quality data are: Accuracy and Precision; Legitimacy and Validity; Reliability and Consistency; Timeliness and Relevance; Completeness and Comprehensiveness; Availability and Accessibility; and, Granularity and Uniqueness. We have commented on this in the past and others have also pointed out that we cannot have evidenced-based decision making if we do not have quality data.

      The difference between the old approach and the proposed new one can be illustrated in how to deploy contact tracing..

      • karlgarcia says:

        Then what is this Roque announced that the authorities(but nit medical authorities)will go ane pickup those positive with no own bathroom, living with a senior, pregnant and other high risk persons and bring them to the isolation facilities and he even promised free air conditioning and free wifi.

        The intentions may sound good but we know how things are implemented and that is very faroff from the sugar coated speeches of spokesmen like Roque.

        With people like him, Panelo and Andanar even. if the president delivers his speeches well everytime, it will be all for naught.

        • kasambahay says:

          hwag manlaban sa kapolisan, just go, or end up dead, lol! parang battery chickens ang labas nila. taken to isolation facilities – where exactly? camp bagong diwa? pabor ako sa house to house testing.

          taking and transferring positive people to isolation facilities, all expenses sagot ng gobyerno. coa (audit) kasi threaten to look into how govt is spending billions of covid fund, kaya gumawa ang govt ng layer. pataas ng pataas na kasi ang bilang ng new cases at medyo may community to community transmission na, kaya meron suggestion ngayon na active cases na lang ang bibilangin, meaning those sick and currently receiving treatment sa hospital ang bibilangin. this way, less scary ang data at hindi gaanong kataas. but one thing is certain to me, doh is getting out of its wits and running out of option, lol!

        • Karl Garcia says:

          Inform on your neighbors?
          Drug war reinvented?

          What if you here your neighbor sneeze and cough would you rat on them.
          Ok to house to house testing too, no to any unconstitutional means.

          • kasambahay says:

            I’d like to think neighbors are not that heartless and rat on others, maliban lang kung terrorists are around and hiding.

            I think, hospitals are near full to capacity with covid patients. kaya parang pre-empting itong ngayon, all covid positives taken away to isolation sites na lang. in case lumala sila, site managers will decide who gets to be treated and if site managers choose not to send any to hospitals, families have no say. my opinion lang po.

            • Karl Garcia says:

              There are still many good people around.(good neighbors and community)

              It is true that there are not enough health care workers around and those from other areas or assigned to the barrios do not want to be reassigned.
              But having kapolisan knock on your door the first thing you would look for is a warrant.
              Warrant for what?
              Search or arrest?
              Then that is making yourself willing to be suspected of a crime.
              This is another recipe for chaos.

              Just my thoughts.

              • Karl Garcia says:

                Ok they now have an explanation that the health workers will lead the way.
                Citizen’s arrest is aloud.
                Videoing is allowed.

                Aaak still chaotic.

              • Karl Garcia says:

                In valenzuela you can’t even joke about Covid.
                Good as long as no abuse.
                On isolation centers in Valenzuela.
                Even if your house is big you will be isolated and they have been doing this for months.

    • NHerrera says:

      Thanks for the information on the Bavaria school opening details and the link on the UP study on the PH coronavirus. On the latter, a lot of numbers and details/ nuances there. The study, a result of a lot of multi-discipline credentialed-minds putting their brains to work.

      • NHerrera says:

        Talk of school reopening, here is a nytimes item on coronavirus in Florida:

        Florida on Sunday reported the highest single-day total of new coronavirus cases by any state since the start of the pandemic, with more than 15,000 new infections, eclipsing the previous high of 12,274 recorded in New York on April 4 amid the worst of its outbreak.

        The increase of 15,300 cases has come as Disney World has let tourists back onto its rides, the Republican National Convention is set to begin in Jacksonville in August, and Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered that public schools reopen for five days a week when classes resume next month. “If you can do Home Depot, if you can do Walmart, if you can do these things,” the governor said, “we absolutely can do the schools.”

        I wanted to be charitable and say, good luck to the Governor; but stopped my self and say instead: crazy.

        • Karl Garcia says:

          Heard a CNN reporter the kids don”t want to killl their grand parents

        • NH,

          we’ve been in agreement awhile back that schools make students dumb. I think because most teachers are dumb, non-intelligent, non-creative, just getting paid to do the minimum, etc.

          Or maybe its just the whole notion of learning so much different things that s designed to be forgotten instead of focusing on one or a few things and drawing several many lessons from so few a subject (that to me is superior approach to learning, work backwards, reverse engineer, etc.). some schools are doing that, but not enough (and most of those schools are near Silicon valley, hmmmmm i wonder why)

          Teachers should be the ones clamoring to open back up here, they are over valuing their position i think. instead , as unions, they are demanding not to open. Well guess what, they are easily replaced. And Bill Gates is ready to make AI learning that very replacement, AI as teacher.

          Whether public schools open or close, COVID19 has already helped the cause of AI school learning, if school stay closed nails to coffin!

          Google (and AI) taught subjects will go direct to students, soon students will say “What’s a teacher?”, to which Google and AI will say “A unionized obsolete human who makes you dumber, who weirdly was also against opening up schools, helping their own extinction! “.



          The Symbolists. They focus on the premise of inverse deduction: they don’t start with a premise to work towards conclusions, but rather use a set of premises and conclusions and work backward to fill in the gaps.

          The Connectionists. They mostly try to digitally re-engineer the brain and all of its connections in a neural network. The most famous example of the connectionist approach is what is commonly known as ‘Deep Learning’. Their techniques have proved very efficient in e.g. image recognition and machine translation.

          The Evolutionaries. Their focus lies on applying the idea of genomes and DNA in the evolutionary process to data processing: their algorithms will constantly evolve and adapt to unknown conditions and processes.

          The Bayesians: Bayesian models will take a hypothesis and apply a type of “a priori” thinking, believing that there will be some outcomes that are more likely. They then update their hypothesis as they see more data.

          The Analogizers: This machine learning discipline focuses on techniques to match bits of data to each other. Probably the most famous example of this type of machine learning, is the Amazon or Netflix recommendations: “If you have watched/bought this, you will; probably like…” 

          Five different tribes, five different schools of thought, is this a danger for the future of machine learning? Fortunately not: even though their approaches may differ, in practice their algorithms are often combined into one machine learning platform to achieve the best possible result. The power of the different tribes leading to an even better final result? Sounds like the best of all worlds!

          • Karl Garcia says:

            Are you sure that it was NH you were in agreement with?
            Maybe it was me LOL.

            But no, I was not even so high on home schooling before until ODL gave me no choice.

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