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I'm Archer North. That's me in the picture, twenty years ago (sigh). I was made by the University of Queensland, wherein I studied psychology, suffered statistics and failed Fortran. Following that shock, I joined the HR department of BHP Billiton in 1982. There I wrote early human resources software on a Wang dynasty computer. Despite my woes with Fortran, I liked coding. In my spare time, I toyed with #AI, teaching my Amstrad tape-drive computer to play intelligent Blackjack with 49k(!) of working memory. This was in CP/M, a pre-DOS OS. In my thirties, I wrote reports for public and private organizations in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. I was funded by seventy or so of them, mostly corporations and government entities, but also some individuals, to explore best practices in performance appraisal and report back. That paper in 1994 set the course of my life. Several years later (see picture), I published the first Archer North Performance Appraisal System (ANPAS) at I've designed performance appraisal systems for twenty-five years, but it's not as bad as it sounds. The job that stands out in my mind is Abu Dhabi, where I was involved in developing national standards for the United Arab Emirates and staying at the Crowne Abu Dhabi. Then my interests meshed and I found myself working in the space between psychology and software, where minds and machines meet and where the task of our age will conceive. I am struck by the work of Christ, Maslow, Milgram, Nash, Skinner, NASAAronWatson, Tucker, Twain, Rousseau, and Wales. My customers include Air Liquide, Biotrove (USA), City of East Chicago, Directorate General of Projects and Maintenance (Oman), Display Pack (USA), Encyclopedia Britannica (Japan, go figure), Ethiopian Airlines, the Institute of Microelectronics (Singapore), Julius Blum (USA), Ministry of Education and Youth (UAE), Princeton University, the University of Canterbury (NZ), and Velankani Information Systems. I live in Australia. [January, 2016]    @Archer_North  Update Moving to New Zealand. I will continue from there. [17 July, 2016] New Zealand will have to wait. I recklessly announced a working beta of ANPAS by first of next month. [September 15, 2016]  #fail A piece of untested code crept into the mix. No biggy. I am running deeper tests before I risk another public launch. Still in Oz. NZ plans on hold. [3 October 2016]  ANPAS beta is live from 2 November 2016. [8 November 2016] Technical difficulties, I hope now resolved. On the plus side, I learned about Cloudflare. [December 14, 2016]  I am working on security issues.  [January 31, 2017] Still in Oz. A tricky little bug tried to outwit me today. I slew it dead. [February 17, 2017]  Still in Oz. Painting the house. I want to get back to work. [April 13, 2017]  The purpose of AI is to actualize us. This is my reply to #bostrom #mit. A.N. ANPAS Project.

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