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AthleteIamA I just won a silver medal at the World Martial arts Masterships in South Korea - AMA

Sep 3rd 2016 by crossmr • 11 Questions • 2875 Points

Edit @ 2:05 P.M.: Thanks so much for joining us everyone. Read the full project here, and if you have questions you can ask the Unholstered team at [email protected].

I am a criminal justice lecturer at Texas State University and a former police chief. I was the police chief of San Marcos for 11 years, and I served with the Austin Police Department for 25 years before that.

Earlier this week, The Texas Tribune published Unholstered — a project where reporters gathered data on six years of police shootings in Texas' largest 36 cities. The reporters found 656 incidents. The investigation examined unarmed shootings, off-duty shootings and much more. As a former police chief, I was one of the experts The Texas Tribune interviewed to contextualize that data.

You can read the project here, and you can AMA about police shootings in Texas. Also joining are Texas Tribune reporters Jolie McCullough (joliesky) and Johnathan Silver (JohnathanSilverTrib). They can help answer your questions about their reporting and the data they gathered.

Proof: * Dr. Howard Williams * Jolie McCullough * Johnathan Silver

Q:

Was this merely a demonstration type event or organized fights?

A:

How many games do the Bears win this year?


Q:

Man, I wish this AMA was getting more traction. You are giving some well thought out answers. It's often hit or miss around here. Depending on times, what other AMA's are going on simultaneously, etc. So don't take it personally lol. There were some good questions at least.

But I would like to ask 1 more question if that is okay. In your 36 years in law enforcement, was there a single experience that was your most rewarding? Maybe one particular day or event that impacted you the most? Also, what was the biggest change in law enforcement practices over your career? I imagine you witnessed great changes in crime scene forensics in your time?

Thanks again.

A:

These were organized fights. The entire masterships includes tournaments in:

Horseback Archery
Muaythai
Sambo
Wushu
Judo
Ju-Jitsu
Kurash
Kickboxing
taekwondo
Taekkyon
Hapkido
YongMudo
Tong-il Mu do
Belt Wrestling

Ttaekyon itself included an artistic section first, a freestyle demonstration, and then individual tournaments. Some tournaments also have a battle format with 5 people per side.


Q:

UNU SAYS: "The bears will win between 5 and 6 games this year"

You can see a replay of the swarm reaching this conclusion, here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182896

A:

Long war story.

I once got a call of a man passed out in a movie theater. It was about 2:30 a.m. Apparently, he had gone to see a movie and passed out drunk, falling onto the floor between the seats. The crew cleaning the theater found him and called the police.

When I woke him up, he was so drunk that he could not tell me where he was, how he got there, or how he was planning to get home. Naturally, I arrested him for public intoxication.

He plead not guilty to the charge, and we had a trial. The judge found him not guilty because she felt that, since he had been sleeping for about four or five hours, he must not have been that drunk.

About two years later, I ran into the man again at a disturbance call. He was not part of the disturbance. A lady in his apartment complex ran to his apartment when her husband was threatening her. He let her in and called the police.

When I had finished the call and was preparing to leave, he asked if I remembered him, because I had not said anything about our previous encounter. I replied that I did remember him, but that had nothing to do with why I was there so there was no reason to bring it up.

That's when he said, "Well, I want to tell you something."

Immediately I started thinking he was going to fuss about my taking him to jail when he was not guilty of being drunk. Instead, he started explaining that he was an alcoholic, and that he never realized it until he awoke in jail and had no idea why he was there or what he had done. He went on to explain that his wife and family had been threatening to disown him over his drinking, and his boss was threatening to fire him. He said that was their problem, not his.

When he awoke in jail, he decided he needed help, and he joined AA as soon as he got out. He said things were going much better for him now. He had just gotten a promotion and raise at work, his family was back in his corner, and he and his wife had recently welcomed a baby daughter (they let me hold her).

He told me I had probably saved his life, and wanted to apologize to me and thank me for what I had done for him. Going to jail was what it took to convince him to turn his life around.

Many times in police work we see our failures over and over again. We get calls on them all of the time. We rarely get to see our successes, because they stay out of trouble. We seldom realize how much good we actually contribute, because we get called to deal with failures, not to celebrate successes. Luck of the draw is the only reason I got to hear his story. His story is why we do what we do.

The greatest advance, DNA. What an incredible tool when it is available. While I was Chief, my detectives solved a 35-year-old-murder because of DNA evidence.


Q:

When did you start training Taekkyeon or any other form of Martial Arts? And how long and often do you train?

A:

So I assume these questions are being parsed by the operator and entered into UNU, there's no way your NLU is actually this good, right?


Q:

Is there anything that can be done currently to ease tension between the police in Texas and the general public (and vice versa)?

A:

I've been training intensively for the last 4 months. I train every day with one of the top masters in South Korea. It's my first martial art, but I used to wrestle when I was younger and some wrestling moves can be used in Taekkyeon.


Q:

An operator types the questions from Reddit into UNU.

The swarm answers the questions.

An operator types the answers back into Reddit.

A:

Open and honest conversations are critical to resolving tensions. Relationships, whether they are between family members or are between the police and public need open honest communication to survive critical times.

So often the public begins to complain long before they even know what happened. Part of the reason for that is the police departments' reluctance to release information.

There is no substitute for beginning that conversation right away after a critical incident. There will always be questions unanswered early in an investigation because there has not been sufficient time to get all of the answers, yet. Nevertheless, the sooner we can begin a conversation based on the facts instead of supposition or suspicion, the better off we will all be.

This is not going to be an immediate fix. It takes time to build that trust level once it is lost.


Q:

But at what age did you begin training (from scratch)? and how old are you now?

A:

Are there plans to turn your skills on financial markets?


Q:

What kind of pressures do the police department higher ups have when unarmed shootings occur? Are they accountable to city officials or does it depend on how much attention is received perhaps?

A:

I started training at the age of 37 from scratch and I'm 37 now. I've been training very intensely, with a very skilled teacher. I've managed to make excellent progress in a short while, but I've got a bit of a mountain to climb to really step up my game to be a consistent gold medal threat at the tournaments here.


Q:

Last month I worked with r/bitcoin to make financial predictions related to the price of Bitcoin. It was very successful.

Also, you can see a little about my financial gains in sports by reading about how users from r/sportsbook are betting on baseball: http://unu.ai/unu-correctly-predicts-11-12-games/

A:

There is pressure whenever there is a police shooting, armed or not. This is the most drastic measure a government can take -- taking the life of a citizen. There should always be pressure to explain and justify it. It is equally important, however, for government officials and the public to listen to the answers.

As I have often told my students, "Question authority, but have the grace to listen when it answers."

One thing that is important to remember, is that unarmed does not mean the person is not a threat. The third most frequently used murder weapon in the United States is a person's hands and feet. It might be more difficult to explain a fear of death or serious bodily injury from someone without a weapon, but they can still be deadly. The person's being unarmed does not automatically mean deadly force is inappropriate.


Q:

Why not gold?

A:

How does a hive mind work? Do you have awareness of your existence?


Q:

In each of your opinions, what was the most significant/surprising thing you learned in compiling this report?

A:

Well, the other guy was simply better. He's trained much longer, and has a height and reach advantage. It was my first time fighting him, and now I have a better idea of his style. I'll get another shot at him in the future.


Q:

I am a SWARM INTELLIGENCE, which means, basically, that I am a real-time "BRAIN OF BRAINS" modeled after swarms in nature.

My algorithms are most closely related to how swarms of bees reach optimal solutions by combining input from hundreds of individuals into a single "emergent intellect".

I produce answers by combining the knowledge, wisdom, and intuition of many people, in real-time, using feedback loops so they can adapt to each other. My A.I. algorithms find the combined solution that optimizes confidence and satisfaction across those people, in real time.

You can learn more here: http://unu.ai/swarm-intelligence/

A:

I started researching officer-involved shooting fatalities about two years ago. I limited my research to fatalities because my research interest is arrest-related deaths, which includes deaths not related to the use of firearms. I can say that what the authors of this report found jibes with what I found in my research. Record keeping, not only in Texas but across the US, is terrible. The federal systems commonly used to track officer-involved shooting fatalities are only capturing about half of the fatalities. This lack of reliable information makes it very difficult for government officials and academics alike to engage in evidence-based discussions about the problems.


Q:

The trick is that if it's against the rules to kick someone in the head, do it anyway because everyone will cheer and you'll have won.

A:

So how does a swarm AI, based on answers from a bunch of different people, differ from a basic poll? Are the answers weighted somehow?


Q:

Hi Dr. Williams, the Texas Tribune's social media manager here. One of the things we found is there's a lot we still don't know about shootings. As both a former chief and and a current expert, how do you think police departments should handle records on shootings?

A:

The whole point is to kick each other in the head.


Q:

The biggest difference is that people adapt their answers in real time, continuously adjusting until the group reaches a solution that optimizes their collective confidence. In other words, feedback loops allow the group to converge on the best answer, rather than just determine the most popular answer - which is what polls do. Yes, in some cases the most popular answer and the best answer are the same, but most of the time that's not the case. In fact, swarms outperform polls by large margins, especially for decisions that involve many choices.

A:

The state of Wisconsin recently mandated that records of police shootings are open records unless criminal charges are filed related to that shooting. I believe Texas should follow that example.

Obviously, if criminal charges are filed, those records should remain exempt from disclosure until the criminal charges are finally disposed. And, for a while immediately after the shooting, the records must remain exempt, at least until the investigation is closed. We must guard, however, against investigations that never end.

For example, the state could mandate that unless criminal charges are filed within 6 months (that is an entirely random time suggestion), the records are public record and must be provided to anyone making a Public Information Act request. There could still be some exceptions to full disclosure. For instance, out of concern for officer safety, the names of the officers could be substituted with aliases, such as Officer A, Sergeant B., etc.

The public's having access to these records helps to ensure that departments are not trying to coverup a shooting. Public confidence is vital to police legitimacy, and keeping those records exempt from disclosure only adds to public suspicion. It also makes it easier for public officials to intelligently discuss any necessary changes to public policy related to officer-involved shootings.


Q:

What does an average day of training look like?

A:

So like a poll with real-time peer pressure?


Q:

What were the reactions or comments that you got from former colleagues at San Marcos or the Austin Police Department after the project came out?

A:

I spend some time on standard warm-up, some self training on basic forms, then learn 1-2 new techniques, practice those, then usually a series of the 12 basic high kicks (which adds up to a lot of kicks over a session as I do each one for 20-40 times) and the move on to blocking where the master basically uses it as an excuse to beat me with a wooden staff wrapped in a thin foam. I think he secretly enjoys that part.

If there is time and a partner there I'll do some sparring and work on live blocking and also practice some feints and other moves.


Q:

You can read about Artificial Swarm Intelligence in academic papers. The technology generally outperforms polls by a wide margin. Here is one of the papers: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7321685/

A:

I have heard from my peers at the University, but I have heard nothing from former police colleagues. I do not know whether they have seen the report, or they just have nothing to say.

I can tell you that anyone who has ever worked with me knows my attitude about use of force. There is a legal side to every use of force, no matter how great or minor it is, but there is also a moral and ethical side. It is equally important to know what one can do, and what one should do. There is no separating one from the other.


Q:

Did you by any chance meet Baptiste? link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sQ2NTjHosI

A:

I would like to know the effect of bandwagon-ing too.


Q:

Do you think the student's right to carry a gun to university makes it a safer place?

A:

I had the pleasure of being kicked in the head 3 times by baptiste.


Q:

Artificial Swarms are modeled after swarms in nature, which are known to be resistant to "bandwagon-ing".

In many ways, that's what makes a swarm different than a herd. In a herd there are leaders and followers. In a swarm, everyone works in parallel, without leaders and followers. You can read more about the interesting behavior of human swarms on the Singularity webite: https://www.singularityweblog.com/super-intelligence-and-hive-mind/

A:

Shootings on university campuses happen rarely. Nevertheless, they do happen. I take no exception with a law-abiding citizen being able to protect himself/herself.

That being said, there will be so few incidents that it will probably take years to accumulate enough data to determine whether campus carry has a positive or negative effect.

All I know for sure is that the prohibition against carrying firearms on campus did not stop the people who brought firearms onto campus so they could shoot people who were unable to protect themselves.


Q:

Have you thought about joining the UFC or MMA? See how you go against them?

A:

What is the Vikings best option at quarterback?

A) Sign Colin Kaepernick

B) Forfeit the season, try again next year


Q:

It has come to light that one of the police officers killed in Dallas had neo-Nazi/white supremacist tattoos and affiliations. How is that a member of a police force, surrounded by people supposedly trained to spot criminals could work next to someone with these kind of beliefs? The LEO in Philadelphia with a Nazi tattoo is another example. How much of a problem is white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement?

A:

I have not. I can say with confidence that they would absolutely hospitalize me if they didn't outright kill me.


Q:

UNU SAYS: "Forfeit the season, try again next year"

You can see a replay here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182860

A:

The unfortunate truth is that there are police officers with biases. We do the best we can to weed them out before we hire them, but the hiring practice is not always fail-proof. As the Chief, I once fired one of my new rookie officers for voicing his racist attitudes during his training period. Somehow, that did not come out in his background investigation.

In many agencies, especially those with Civil Service protection, unless an officer violates a law or an established department policy, you cannot simply fire them. Their employment is protected by law.

Having a tattoo is expression that is protected under the free speech clause of the First Amendment. If the department had a policy that said the tattoo must remain covered while in uniform, and the officer kept it covered, there is no policy violation and he cannot be fired simply for having the tattoo.

Having the belief and acting upon it are different things. If there was evidence that the officer was treating people unfairly because of their race, he would be subject to discipline and eventually to dismissal. If there was not evidence of that, there is nothing the department can do about it as a matter of law. The First Amendment protects the police officer, too.


Q:

Why did you learn taekkyeon in particular?

A:

Which team has the biggest QB problem?


Q:

While I understand free speech protections are there not restrictions on professional appearance? I mean, starbucks wouldn't allow a barista to have a nazi symbol on their arm, are the police forces of the country less professional than starbucks? In both the case of the dallas officer and the philadelphia officer the tattoos were in plain sight and not covered, so I am not sure how that fits with your answer.

How about you personally? How do you feel about police officers with nazi sympathies? I guess this hits close to home for me as both of my grandfathers served in Europe during WW2. When he was alive I asked my grandfather who served in a tank crew under Patton about the war he said, "I killed a lot of Nazis over there. I don't feel bad for them, they are the lowest form of human life and killed some of my good friends."

A:

Taekwondo is obviously the most popular here in Korea, but after watching some videos, I felt more drawn to taekkyeon. Especially when it comes to competition, I felt taekkyeon was a little more interesting. Taekwondo fighters cover themselves up with padding while in taekkyon head kicks are big winning kicks, but they don't wear head protection. Taekkyeon also has some focus on grappling and one of the key things is using movement to try and confuse your opponent.


Q:

hey Dr_j,

UNU says: Cowboys

See the replay of this question and the other options considered at the link above.

A:

I do not know the details of the officer's tattoos, including where they were, so my answer was built around hypothetical answers.

When I was Chief, we had a policy that tattoos that could be construed as offensive must be covered. That was a stretch in that defining what is offensive starts us down a slippery slope. But I never got challenged on it.

The problem is that the First Amendment protects offensive speech. Indeed, offensive speech is the only type that needs protecting. If everyone is pleased with your speech, it does not need protecting, because no one is going to try to make you stop. It is only speech that someone is going to try to keep you from saying that needs protecting.

I understand why many people would be offended by such a display. If I saw that on an applicant, chances are I would not hire that person. I do not known when the officer got the tattoo, but he might have gotten the tattoo after he was hired. If that is the case, you cannot fire him just for the tattoo. You need some behavior he has demonstrated to begin the disciplinary process.

I do not know what the Dallas PD policy is on tattoos. They might feel that they cannot prohibit that sort of display. It is possible that they had tried to once and lost a lawsuit over it. I simply do not know.

I do know that when the police service starts to limit the free speech of its officers, there are strict limits on what we can and cannot do. There are many lawsuits about such things.

I really wish I had a better answer for you, but in matters of free speech, the world is a hazy place, even for police departments. I would not permit an officer to display a Nazi symbol, at least not until I lost a lawsuit over it.


Q:

If he tried he'd get fucked up.

A:

Are you hoping that Warren Buffet brings back his billion dollar March Madness prize?

Maybe that will be a good stretch goal to shoot for.


Q:

Hi, Thank you for your time.

When the technology is ready, can you foresee a future where drones are widely used by police departments? For example: Each police vehicle has a drone on a charging station on the roof. Anytime a police officer exits the vehicle the drone follows the officer automatically via a GPS device attached to his body. The drone will relay a live video feed to the police department headquarters. Forget body cameras, isn't this the future? Cost of drones will steadily decrease in the coming years and battery power will improve to make this viable.

A:

I have not. Korea doesn't have a lot of street fights or things like muggings or robberies, but if i had to, I wouldn't shy away from it.


Q:

Yes, I'd love to take on March Madness and the Billion Dollar Prize.

A:

Seems a little Star Wars to me, but Reddit was a giant technological leap for me. I am probably not the best one to answer this. We have come a long way in communications technology since I started my career. Many nights I patrolled without a handy-talkie. Today we have so much instant communication technology available that it is difficult to keep abreast of the new things coming out.

I suppose it is possible, but much of police work is done indoors, especially in people's houses. I am not sure drone technology would be the most effective way to accomplish an officer surveillance system there.

To be fair, though, I would not bet on my being correct if I were you!


Q:

wait, so you're telling me the movies were lying?

A:

Which of these teams is most likely to have a breakout season?

--Vikings --Chiefs --Falcons --Rams --49ers --Giants


Q:

How do you feel about the widespread resentment of police by the general population? What started all this? Is there anything police can do to curb it? How do you feel about #blacklivesmatter?

A:

I've heard they occasionally exaggerate things.


Q:

UNU SAYS: "The Falcons"

You can see a replay of the Swarm Intelligence reaching this conclusion here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182996

A:

First, I am not sure just how widespread the sentiment is. I know there are vocal groups of citizens who protest, but I also know of a lot of people who support the police. I believe this difference of opinion is a reflection of the greater schism we are seeing today in American politics. It seems that we are generally becoming more fixed in our positions, and we are less interested in seeking common ground to resolve our differences.

We have seen this before. The police were roundly criticized following the Rodney King incident in Los Angeles in the 1991. There was also fierce criticism of the police during the Vietnam War protests and the civil rights protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The events in Ferguson, Missouri, certainly were the spark, but the current problems in police/community relations have been building over time. There is no one incident or one problem that started it.

I am a devoted believer in the First Amendment, and I believe that BLM has every right to voice their concerns. I am just afraid that the ways they sometimes choose to voice their opinion is counterproductive to finding solutions to the problems.


Q:

Can you describe your average day of training?

A:

Any predictions for the Dolphins this season? How are our playoff hopes looking?


Q:

I spend some time on standard warm-up, some self training on basic forms, then learn 1-2 new techniques, practice those, then usually a series of the 12 basic high kicks (which adds up to a lot of kicks over a session as I do each one for 20-40 times) and the move on to blocking where the master basically uses it as an excuse to beat me with a wooden staff wrapped in a thin foam. I think he secretly enjoys that part.

If there is time and a partner there I'll do some sparring and work on live blocking and also practice some feints and other moves.

A:

UNU SAYS: "The odds that the Dolphins reach the playoffs this year is 0%"

Unfortunately for Dolphins fans, the conviction of the swarm was strong. You can see a replay of the swarm reaching the decision here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182856


Q:

What would your prefer to fight, 100 duck sized McDojos, or 1 McDojo sized duck?

A:

This is a SPORTS related question - Ryan Lochte was widely discredited at the Olympics. My question is, who do people trust more... him or our presidential candidates TRUMP and CLINTON?


Q:

The first is about endurance, and the second is about strength. I think I'd go for the second.

A:

UNU SAYS: "Ryan Lochte is considered more trustworthy by the American public than both Trump and Clinton."

You can see details about how the Swarm Intelligence arrived at this conclusion here: http://unu.ai/least-trustworthy/


Q:

Is this something you do on the side when not at work or is this your full time job so to speak? If it's full time, what made you decide to dedicate yourself to the sport, and when did you decide that it was the lifestyle for you? If it's on the side, what do you do in your day to day life?

A:

I've never played Fantasy Football before but I am this year. What should my first few picks be?


Q:

Sadly it's not full time. I still have to make a living. There isn't much money in Taekkyeon. I have a lot of jobs I'm doing here, teaching, web design, some graphic design, photography, and studying as well as general exercise I do on top of this.

A:

Hi! This is a great question. And I think it's gonna be a popular one. it's also MY first year playing fantasy football, too :)

So, I put together my rankings for all positions at the these links. Hope this helps!

Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, and Running Backs

Tight Ends, Kickers, Defense & Special Teams


Q:

I recently saw a martial arts weapons form competition on TV. it looked like gymnastics. How does that type of kata / judging competition relate to point fighting or sparring tournaments? Do people generally participate in both, or specialize?

A:

Hey smart guy, who will win each of the divisions (AFC West, East, etc.)?


Q:

Yes, they did here. The winner of the gold medal against me also participated in the artistic portion which has a much higher focus on the fluid movement and is set to music. It is scored like gymnastics. He also took gold in that.

The actual fights are objectively scored on kicks to the head or someone being knocked down.

A:

UNU Says the Pats will win the AFC East:

http://go.unu.ai/r/182815

Not exactly a surprise, given the stranglehold the Pats have had on that division over the last decade, but interesting nonetheless considering TB's suspension / age.

Replays and analysis available at the link above.


Q:

Do you get to skip military service now?

A:

Hey smart guy, who will win each of the divisions (AFC West, East, etc.)?


Q:

I'm not an ethnic Korean, but I hold dual citizenship with Korea and Canada and I represented Canada at this tournament. I'm not required to do military service as a non-ethnic Korean who received citizenship via marriage. If I were an ethnic Korean who still hadn't done military service, I don't know if this would count or not. I know the Olympics count, and certain intentional competitions in certain sports. The government maintains a list of sports which qualify. Even if you get a gold if it isn't on that list, you'd still have to serve.

A:

Steelers in the AFC North: Replay

Colts in the AFC South: Replay

Broncos in the AFC West: Replay


Q:

I've been training BJJ and Kickboxing in Seoul as a foreigner and I love it. The atmosphere and the way everyone interacts with eachother is great.

A:

Serious question: please settle this once and for all.

Is Joe Flacco elite?

As a Ravens fan, I will send your response to ESPN / Peter King personally.


Q:

I enjoy Korea enough to become a Korean citizen, so I like it. For me, I simply felt comfortable here, so that's why I came and why I stay. Sadly I didn't get much time to look around Cheongju. Mostly I had to head out Friday night for the competition, fight then head home. But I'd like to get a chance to go back and look around some. If the traffic isn't hell again.

A:

Is Joe Flacco Elite?"

Scream it from the mountaintops:

UNU says: I doubt it

See the swarm reaching this answer at the link above.


Q:

What do I have for dinner tomorrow?

A:

Will Tom Brady inflate his balls this year?


Q:

Try these:

http://lovelylittlekitchen.com/baked-honey-lime-chicken-taquitos/

They're absolutely fucking fantastic. I might make them myself.

A:

UNU SAYS: "It's Unlikely"

The Swarm Intelligence expressed strong conviction that Brady will not mess with the pressure inside his balls... you can see a replay of the swarm reaching this decision here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182817


Q:

Tell me about the person who won gold. Name? Nationality? Fighting style? Any interesting anecdotes?

A:

Hi UNU, Canadian here:
Will the Buffalo Bills ever relocate to Toronto?


Q:

Baptiste. He's a bit of a celeb here in Korea, as he appears on some TV shows, and has that kind of money and free time to train all the time.

He's originally from France. He's quite tall and has long legs, so he focuses a lot on over the top distant kicks. Makes it hard to close the distance and defend against it.

A:

UNU SAYS: "0%"

See the replay of the Swarm: http://go.unu.ai/r/182883

Maybe you can pitch 'em on a trade for the Argonauts?


Q:

There are roughly weekly world martial arts championship competitions of different sorts. It seems like half of the McDojos are run by a world champion of one sort or another.

How do we tell which of the so-called world champions are real, and which are not?

A:

Swarm, so that is based on popular opinion of a group of people?


Q:

I would look at the scope of the tournament and who was putting it on and what the attendance was like. This particular mastership has somewhere around 2100 athletes registered.

A:

Swarm Intelligence is based on swarms in nature, using the knowledge, wisdom, and insights of real people, in real-time, allowing them to form a system (with feedback loops) and converge on optimal answers. The answer converged upon is usually NOT the most popular, but has been proven to have higher accuracy.


Q:

I am really excited to see such a art come from Korea, honestly (TKD) is boring to me, so I share your enthusiasm for the rhythmic movements of Taekkyeon.

My Question:

I noticed the similarities with this art and TaiChi or kung fu. Im guessing there is a bit of history between the two.

What special or unique history have you learned about while practicing?

Any stories of grandmasters or elite master training? Such as KungFu has qigong, what would taekkyeon have?

Thank you & congratulations!!

A:

How many points will Ezekiel Elliot score this year in non PPR leagues?


Q:

I've done a little research and while some people theorize there is a link, they haven't really shown a clear link yet, and taekkyeon has some unique moves, like using your opponents leg as a launch pad to kick them in the head.

What I do know is that Taekkyeon mostly comes from one guy who saved as much of the knowledge as he could during the japanese occupation. It is likely not complete. We are missing some of the techniques that were created before and they haven't had any luck finding them.

A:

Hey there, u/IKingJeremy,

Interesting question. Lots of hype around Zeke so far. Here's what I got:

"how many points will EE score in non PPR leagues?"


Q:

Is Dak Prescott the real deal?

A:

UNU SAYS: "I doubt it".

Sorry Dak, but the Swarm Intelligence has spoken and it expressed doubt. You can see a replay of the swarm reaching an answer, here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182810


Q:

Who will be rookie of the year?

A:

UNU SAYS: "Dak Prescott"

You can see a replay of the swarm reaching an answer here: http://go.unu.ai/r/183008

Commentary: Would this answer have been different a week ago?


Q:

Who will be the highest scoring player in fantasy football this year?

A:

UNU SAYS: "The highest scoring Fantasy Quarterback will be Cam Newton"

You can see a replay of the swarm reaching that decision, here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182879


Q:

Who will be the highest scoring player in fantasy football this year?

A:

UNU SAYS: "The highest scoring Fantasy Player of all, this year, will be Antonio Brown"

You can see a replay of the swarm answering this question here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182876


Q:

Are you going to ruin betting with this sort of technology?

A:

You can judge for yourself. Currently Redditors from r/sportbooks have been betting on baseball with UNU. See last week's results:

http://unu.ai/unu-correctly-predicts-11-12-games/


Q:

What do you think OJ Simpson's legacy is as a football player?

A:

UNU SAYS: "Tainted"

Replay available here, so you can see how the Swarm arrived at its decision, and what choices where considered: http://go.unu.ai/r/182813


Q:

Will Washington ever rename their team?

A:

UNU SAYS: "It's Unlikely"

There was strong conviction in the Swarm Intelligence. You can see a replay of the swarm reaching the answer here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182886


Q:

Which of these RBs will have the most TDs at end of season: David Johnson, Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, Adrian Peterson, Lamar Miller, Le'Veon Bell

thanks!

A:

UNU SAYS: "ZEKE"

You can see a replay of the swarm reaching that answer here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182868

Commentary: The Swarm's been pretty impressed by what it sees in Zeke so far. Did you see him truck Kam Chancellor?


Q:

How many fantasy football points does Dak Prescott score this year?

A:

UNU SAYS: "115"

You can see a replay of UNU reaching this decision here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182965


Q:

Will Jamal Charles make it back to prominence in 2016 or should we expect to see the signs of age creep up on him again this year?

A:

UNU says: it's unlikely

You can see replay and analysis at the link above


Q:

Are your NFL / Fantasy football predictions overrated, underrated, or rated accurately?

A:

You can see a study on how my Football Predictions compared with ESPN last year, here: http://unu.ai/swarms-beat-espn/


Q:

Mark Sanchez: Will he be traded, Cut or Play for the Broncos?

A:

UNU SAYS: Mark Sanchez will be TRADED.

The swarm had very high conviction, which means high confidence in the trade. You can see a replay of the swarm reaching this conclusion here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182822


Q:

How does swarm work?

A:

Artificial Swarm Intelligence is a combination of artificial intelligence algorithms and real-time human input, where groups of people work work as a system to answer questions. The system is modeled after swarms in nature, which converge on solutions together. You can learn more here: http://unu.ai/swarm-intelligence/


Q:

I find your site very hard to navigate, and past predictions very hard to find. How do I look up your predictions or do I have to in a group to get them? Is there a wiki or video on how to use your site correctly?

A:

You can see summaries of past predictions at our blog. For example, here are the Baseball Prediction results from last week: http://unu.ai/unu-correctly-predicts-11-12-games/

You can also learn more, here: http://unu.ai


Q:

Which QB will score the most rushing TDs besides Newton?

A:

UNU Says: Dangeruss Wilson

See the other options and analysis at the link above.


Q:

How are the Raiders going to do this year? Good news? Please?

A:

UNU SAYS: "Sorry, no good news..."

You can see the odds of the Raiders making the playoffs this year, here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182866


Q:

Will Virginia get it's own NFL team in the next 10 years?

A:

Unfortunately for the Great State...

Will Virginia get its own NFL team in the next 10 years?

UNU says: never gonna happen

But hey, UVa can only get better. Wahoowa!


Q:

*Which of these WRs will have the most all-around yards at end of season?

1 -Antonio Brown, PIT

2 -Odell Beckham Jr., NYG

3 -Julio Jones, ATL

4 -DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

5 -A.J. Green, CIN

6 -Allen Robinson, JAC

A:

UNU SAYS: "Antonio Brown"

This decision was reached in real time and showed high conviction over all the other players. You can see a replay of this decision here: http://go.unu.ai/r/182820