A: “Too much freedom prevents an information processing agent from being able to make a decision because that information processing agent would have infinite options to consider and, hence, not be able to finish analyzing each of them before using an algorithmic process of elimination to incrementally disregard the worst options until exactly one option (i.e. the best option) is selected as the inevitable outcome to that information processing agent’s decision.”
A: “Likewise, too little freedom prevents an information processing agent from being able to make a decision because there would be zero options at minimum and one option at maximum. Having zero options means that the information processing agent would have nothing to do but observe the elapsing of time. Having exactly one option means that the information processing agent would be forced to execute the only option it knows.”
B: “What would be the optimum number of options for an information processing agent to have?”
A: “That depends on the type of information processing agent. The more complex of information an information processing agent can process and render, the more options that information processing agent would need in order to optimize its intelligence. Any less than some maximum natural number of options would make the information processing agent feel too limited. I would say that the minimum number of options an information processing agent should have in order for that information processing agent to have agency (i.e. decision-making power) and to not just be an object is two.”
Earlier today I got an email from Amazon asking for more information about some crimes which were listed on my background check report. Below is the text from the email from Amazon followed by my reply (not including the image which was attached to that email reply of a paper I got from the court house showing the details of a past court date). Today I also got a phone call from the Smart & Final store in Pleasanton (which is close to the Dublin BART station) offering me a merchandise handling job and the notice that I would later be receiving an email inviting me to accept or decline the offer. I accepted the offer and have a urine drug test scheduled for Wednesday in Fremont. I am going to try to get the urine drug test in Pleasanton tomorrow before noon even though there was no schedule spaces available to do so. (I was told today by the receptionist at the Pleasanton Quest Diagnostics that employment related drug tests were only performed in the morning hours and that I would probably have to make an appointment in order to ensure that I would get to complete the test when I come in).
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Email from Amazon
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Personal & Confidential
Hello Karlina Beringer,
While conducting your background check, our vendor Accurate discovered the below case(s). In order for Amazon to evaluate your eligibility , we are reaching out to request additional information from you as outlined below. Please note, Amazon follows all applicable federal, state, and local laws when reviewing background check reports and views the candidate’s voice and narrative in relation to this process as equally significant.
1) Please carefully review the case details and information requested below.
2) Reply directly to this email to acknowledge receipt as soon as possible, but no later than 10/5/2022.
3) Gather all the information requested below, and provide your full response. If you are unable to complete the below within of the date of this email, please provide an explanation for the delay and an expected completion date. If you do not have all the information requested, please provide what you have, and then let us know if and when you can provide the rest of the information. Your timely response will help us in our review process.
If we do not receive a response on or before the due date, we will evaluate your eligibility based upon the information available.
-Location: ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA / Case Number: 21-CR-007690 / Offense Description: Petty Theft / Filing date: 06/30/2021
-Location: ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA / Case Number: 21-CR-013870 / Offense Description: Petty Theft / Filing date: 11/22/2021
1. Describe the facts surrounding each case (things to include: what happened, who was involved, how did the police or courts get involved).
2. Do you have any court documentation or a police report regarding the offense?
a. If yes, .
b. If no, please state whether you are able to obtain court documentation or a police report explaining the circumstances of the offense or conduct within . If yes, please obtain this documentation, and . If no, please simply note that in your reply.
3. Outline your employment history (including any self-employment) before and after each offense. Please include:
a. Name of employer
b. Employer phone number
c. Duration with employer
d. Describe the type/nature of work performed
e. Reason for leaving
4. If applicable, provide documentation of rehabilitation efforts after the offense (examples: education, training, community involvement, recovery from substance abuse, etc.).
5. Provide employment or character reference letters and any other information that show your ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the role.
6. Provide any additional information you would like us to consider when evaluating your eligibility.
To be respectful, your response will be maintained in a confidential file that will be made available only to those on a need-to-know basis. If hired, your response will not be maintained in your regular personnel file.
Background Check Support | Amazon
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My Reply to the Email from Amazon
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– Location: ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA / Case Number: 21-CR-007690 / Offense Description: Petty Theft / Filing date: 06/30/2021
While in a Safeway near West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station, I stole approximately $30 worth of groceries by putting them in a plastic bag I was carrying with me while I walked into the store. After I put the food items in the bag, I walked out the door of the store without going through the checkout. Store employees saw me walk out without paying for the merchandise and called the police. The police quickly found me walking away from the store and, about a block later, they detained me and put me in Santa Rita County Jail for a day.
– Location: ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA / Case Number: 21-CR-013870 / Offense Description: Petty Theft / Filing date: 11/22/2021
While in a Whole Foods Market near Dublin BART station, I stole approximately $40 worth of groceries by using the self checkout to buy one of the items (a $2 drink) and then I put all the other items in the store bag without paying for them and walked out. The store staff saw me steal those groceries and called the police. As I Was walking away from the store on the same block, the police showed up, detained me, and put me in Santa Rita County Jail for a day.
For each of the misdemeanors above, I went to court several times over the past two years to redress those crimes.
My next court date is at East County Hall of Justice (5151 Gleason Drive, Dublin, California 94568) on 09_NOVEMBER_2022 at 2PM.
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Company: Tesla Motors (Fremont, CA)
Title: Production Associate (1 October 2020 – 31 October 2020)
Phone: (510) 249-3500
Duties: Quality Assurance inspection and manual tasks of Model Y assembly lines.
Reason For Leaving: I voluntarily left because I thought the work was boring.
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Company: Gotta Eatta Pita (Pleasanton, CA)
Title: Team Member (11 November 2019 – 13 February 2020)
Phone: (925) 401-7512
Duties: Preparing catering orders and individual orders, receiving cargo shipments, preparing
ingredients, dishwashing, janitorial tasks, customer service.
Reason For Leaving: I was fired for saying rude things to customers who I thought were being rude to me.
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Company: Amazon Fulfilment Center (Newark, CA)
Title: Warehouse Associate (1 February 2017 – 31 February 2017)
Duties: Delivering boxes to packing stations, picking from an assembly line, packing items into
boxes, moving freight with pallet jacks, sweeping and cleaning up workstations.
Reason For Leaving: I voluntarily left because I was not able to sleep during the day and had night shifts.
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Company: 85C Bakery Cafe (Berkeley, CA)
Title: Bakery Associate (16 May 2016 – 06 October 2016)
Duties: Baking Hokkaido Cheese Tarts and Portugese Egg Tarts, stocking pastry display
cabinets, dishwashing, receiving cargo shipments, janitorial tasks, customer service.
Reason For Leaving: the store went out of business
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Company: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA)
Title: Information Technology Collaborative Services Intern (01 June 2012 – 30 September
Phone: (510) 486-4000
Duties: Writing and testing Google Apps Script web applications for automating batch email and
Google Drive content transfers, editing and writing technical documentation for the IT Help Desk
website, troubleshooting videoconference hardware and software.
Reason For Leaving: my contract ended
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