Amanda Giarla

Entrepeneur
Cotati, CA, United States

About Amanda

Bio

Classical education in Mathematics and Computer Science from UCLA, built a Boolean Analyzer for Dr. Antonin Svoboda. Drafted by The Rand Corporation senior year, worked on early AI Projects, Graphics Systems Architectures for Rand's Military Operations Simulation Facility (MOSF). At Varian Associates, as Technology Manager, modeled Physical Vapor Deposition machines to understand and optimize through put. At Softwire Inc., built product education unit. At Hamilton Software, as Chief Technology Officer, won Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) project with Air Force to build new software componentized approach to Diagnostic Reasoning in Automatic Testing. Published 7 IEEE papers. At ZeroLinkMarkets Inc., as Chief Architect designed a Transaction Engine in support of "Long Tail Economic" markets. Currently - Inspired by Jamie Oliver's TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food, I am now focused on "food knowledge".

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Systems Analysis & Design, Programming in C, JavaScript and JQuery, Programming in Objective-C, iPhone App development

An idea worth spreading

Knowledge should be free...

I'm passionate about

Systems Architectures, Three Dimensional Computer Graphics, Education, Cybernetics, Virtual Realities and Food Knowledge.

Universities

UCLA

Talk to me about

Knowledge systems...

People don't know I'm good at

Perceptions in technology.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Amanda Giarla
Posted over 3 years ago
Technology doesn't create loneliness, it reveals it. Once revealed, technology can help alleviate isolation and spur connection.
I don't agree that technology reveals loneliness in all cases. First let me say that I enjoy solo hikes where I can meditate as I walk and listen to nature while I reflect on my place in the Universe. For those of us that are educated in the Art of High Technology, (I have a BS in Computer Science) technology extends our range of connections. I now communicate with more people than I was able to in the 80's. I have TXT chats with friends that I rarely have time to be with. But we like keeping up with each others lives and families. My iPhone photo album is quite extensive. I must admit that my children no longer pick up the phone when I call. They send me a TXT asking me what I wanted -AND- I get irritated "I just wanted to talk, to hear you via your voice." They send back "can't talk now - maybe tomorrow". And of course they don't. Not all us use the phone in meetings for TXTng. I often have thoughts that I need to note. I've given up using paper and pen, I now make notes in my iPhone. I can find my iPhone notes more easily (its with me all the time, and yes I sleep with mine as well) than I can find my notes on paper. Now I do know that virtual realities like Second Life provide a level playing field for the culturally shy, disabled, and/or the nerd that has problems socializing. I can see where this connection can reveal a loneliness, especially males that take on the persona of a female. Those guys are either extremely lonely or predators. I guess what I'm trying to say is that the human-computer interface is in deed a complex connection that allows us to expand our range of connections. AND it allows us to control the fidelity of connection. I think in time the fidelity of the interface will increase and thus allow us even more access to perhaps other species like dolphins and whales. To allow us more meaningful access to data such as manned space missions. Amanda
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Amanda Giarla
Posted over 3 years ago
Which video game has challenged your perspective on the way you live your life and how?
I've played a few video games in my life from the character based "Adventure" game back in the late 70's to modern 3D virtual reality games such as "Second Life". The only video game that has ever held my attention over a extended period of time is the game "Command and Conquer". With regard to "challenging my perspective on the way I live my life." I honestly can't say video games have challenged my perspective on the way I live my life. Amanda
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Amanda Giarla
Posted over 3 years ago
How would we treat each other if we were not controlled by a need to be right?
Is it really the case that if you don't wish to engage with a ego strong person that your are then apathetic. The Thai Chi masters teach one to not stand in resistance but to step out of the way of power and guide it away from you. It is easy to perceive an ego strong individual in the act of "being right". Why bother with such a person mirroring back the act of being right in an engagement of a power. There is much to learn from the Universe without engaging in a struggle for rightness.