One of the driving forces shaping our lives is artificial intelligence or more accurately “smart computers”.
A smart computer does one thing really well. Smart financial trading software trades stocks and makes a profit. Smart traffic light software adjusts the lengths of the lights depending on traffic flow so traffic moves faster. [Read more…] about Stephen Hawking Predicts How Long Humanity Has Left
I joined Asgardia fairly quickly as soon as I heard about it (I believe I was in the first 250,000 to join). It’s all the rage in the scifi/tech world (or it was at the time of putting these notes to print) A few minutes hanging out in the Facebook group, led me to quickly decide I wasn’t going to participate. Not because it won’t succeed (I have my doubts about this) but because it was an exercise in trying to organize 250,000 people into working teams. Oh yeah. That much anarchy is beyond even my tolerance level. While the tech folks were trying to assemble teams the socially conscious were doing their best to engage in “debates” about the who/when/where/what/why of the entire project to ensure it was socially responsible. The closest thing I can give you is to suggest you read Seveneves by Neal Stephenson and you’ll understand when you get about half way through the book.
Asgardia: A Group For Space The Non-Government Way.
This week, I thought I’d see what’s out there on the evolution of cars. It’s not just the tech that’s important here, it’s the revolution it’s bringing along with it.
For starters, if you have self-driving cars:
- If you live in the city, why own a car with all that expense, simply rent one when you need it. (that’s true now btw)
- Traffic will move faster and safer than it does now. Commutes become tolerable again. Note this is what the self-driving car industry says – research points out that any new road or technology with transportation will quickly expand to fill the available resources. So any gain may be short-lived.
- Bus drivers, taxi drivers, truck drivers, (any kind of driver) becomes obsolete.
- If you’re physically challenged in any way, you’re now mobile.
- If you’re a long-distance traveller, you can snooze while the machine drives
- We need fewer cars because each one can be used 24/7.
- What does that do to the manufacturing industry?
- Computers building the cars to be driven by computers (reduced labor inputs across the board)
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Certainly one of the main concerns of the Boomer generation is the idea they’re all going to die. Seriously – we’re going to die? We have to do something about this seems to be the common theme in research circles.
In my worldview, I may not live forever but there’s something more important than living forever. It’s living well. The question isn’t what age am I going to live to. The question is what age can I live to with a really good enjoyment factor. With engagement in the things around me at a level I’d consider acceptable. Lifestyle versus longevity. Burn the candle bright m’boys and rage against the dying of the night. (to mix a few other voices.) Living a good life is more important to me than living a long life. But then again, I’m healthy and not facing imminent death. I may – and probably would – change my mind when faced with that long night. I note that attitude doesn’t stop me from researching longevity factors or ensuring I’m doing what I can to prolong my life.
As an author, I’m bombarded with all manner of experts telling me how to attract readers, how to create content for them, how to … There are simply too many “experts” and how-to articles on the Net to even begin to make sense of creating an author platform. As you might imagine, it’s confusing. I even read an ebook two weeks ago telling me to forget the time and effort of having an author platform and simply spend that time writing instead. (Tempting, very tempting) 🙂
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Growing up, I read a lot of books.
When I was in grade 5, my teacher wrote a note on my report card saying, “He would do much better work if he slowed down and took his time rather than rushing through the work so he could go back to reading.” We could read if we’d finished our work so given the choice of “taking my time” or the book of the day I chose the latter.
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