Fuzzy Hot Spot and Lotfi Zadeh

I just signed up for T-Mobile's hot-spot at SFO, $6 / hour.

Not bad for a quick read of e-mail and download of PDF files, and of course a quick weblog.

As I was doing all this and thinking what I should write about, Lotfi-Zadeh walked past me, and I got to have a short conversation with him at this airport lounge. He was curious to know what I had been doing after leaving the Logic and Methodology of Science Group at Berkeley.

Lotfi-Zadeh, originally an Iranian immigrant from Baku, Azerbaijan, was an amazing student in his young years and attended the same high school as I in Tehran. (My father was also born in Baku and later immigrated back to Iran in the early 1930s at the age of 5.) That high-school is still there. At Lotfi-Zadeh's time, I believe it was called "The American College of Tehran," or simply ACT, under the directorship of a Mr. Jordan. Later, when I attended it in the 1970s, it was called the Alborz High School. Lotfi ended up majoring in electrical engineering, coming to the U.S., and writing one of the first papers on machine thinking, very close to the time that Turing wrote his famous paper on the same topic. For the computer scientists and logicians among you, I do not need to say more about what else Zadeh has done. Just a few words should suffice: Fuzzy Sets and Fuzzy Logic.

Comments:

$6/Hr? That's pretty steep. Wayport @ SJC is $6 for 24 hours. Not that you want to be in the airport that long, but you never know flying in and out of the Bay Area.

Posted by ThinGuy on January 25, 2005 at 06:14 AM PST #

Hi Mr.Mortazavi: There is no relation between my comment and your blog(I`m sorry) As an iranian that work in Sun Microsystem.Have you heard anything about these topic in Sun and what do you think,I hope you write one blog about it and criticize it http://www.itiran.com/?type=news&id=3011 http://weblog.techopedia.net/archives/000742.php Good Luuck

Posted by Hossein Kiaie on January 26, 2005 at 02:32 AM PST #

Wayport was not available in the area of SFO where I was. The only WiFi network available there was that from T-Mobile.

Posted by M. Mortazavi on January 26, 2005 at 08:46 PM PST #

Responding to Hossein:

I just read the references you pointed in your message.

Various U.S. companies, depending on the status of their products and their interpretation of U.S. laws that have regulated and boycotted trade with Iran, have decided that they are not allowed, given the law of the land, to provide any access to their products and services to Iran.

The reasoning varies for each case, and I'm not in a position to explain or criticize these decisions. In general, I do not believe such policies, as exercised and interpreted today, make any sense at all.

It does indeed puzzle me as to what's gained by baring Iranians from buying books on Amazon or closing transactions with e-commerce sites using Paypal, or from baring Iranians from having their wares advertized when, for example, someone is searching for Persian calligraphy on Google.

Posted by guest on January 26, 2005 at 09:10 PM PST #

Everything that you said is absolutely right. Anyway we`ll do our job and I hope you`ll be succeed in your job and we are proud of you and any other iranian that works in these big company as an Iranian. Gooog Luck

Posted by Hossein on January 26, 2005 at 11:10 PM PST #

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