Artificial Intelligent Assistant Devices – And Future Big Government Surveillance

Today, people are debating who has the best artificial intelligent assistant. Is it Apple with Siri, Amazon with Alexa, or Google with Google Assistant (keep it simple, I guess)? Tomorrow however, the debate will not be who has the best artificial intelligent assistant, but rather which one spies on our privacy the least. Which ones are listening to our conversations in the background all the time, which ones use that information to better serve us, and which ones keep a record of all that was said? Yes, spooky isn’t it. Of course, in the future there will mostly likely be no false belief that privacy exists – something that makes us baby boomers cringe.

These AI assistants do need to learn from customer input how to answer all the questions and which types of questions they will be most likely asked – through this artificial intelligence learning, they get better, thus, more valuable to us and our endeavors – at some point they will be so valuable we won’t care that we are giving up our privacy – or will we? Ah ha, now I got you thinking. How soon will all this take place? Well, I’d say it is slowing happening right now, and if you are paying attention, I bet you’d be a little more alarmed at just how fast it is happening. In other words here is what I have to say: Tomorrow is becoming today and once it is here, it’s here to stay.

There was a rather telling article in CNET titled; “Police Request Echo Recordings,” written by Alfred Ng and published on December 27, 2016. This article stated:

“You have the right to remain silent — but your smart devices might not. Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot are in millions of homes now, with holiday sales more than quadrupling from 2015. Always listening for its wake word, the breakthrough smart speakers boast seven microphones waiting to take and record your commands.”

Interestingly enough, a technology that can prove guilt, can also prove innocents, which is a fact I was reminded recently as I sat on Jury Duty. If we ever do get to Vannevar Bush’s concept of “recording a life” from cradle to grave; every song you heard, ever movie you watched, every sport you played, ever book you read, every place you went, every word you spoke – all recorded from the time you are born until the time you die – again a little spooky, but you can see we are almost there.

Just like Santa Claus, these devices will; Know when you’ve been good or bad, so be good for goodness sake!” What about the other verse of note: You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Pout, I Am Telling You Why! Okay so, think on that, and remember Be Great, Don’t Hesitate!

The Future Of Human Cloning Cometh – Should We Prevent It?

Humans are making big progress in the bio-sciences and that’s all well and good, however we’ve also opened Pandora’s Box in a number of BioTech subsectors. Not long ago, our Think Tank was discussing the future of cloning, large cloned families, super families, cloned armies, human-like organisms for long-term spaceflight, and how that might affect the rest of the world – so much for diversity right? Well, there you go.

In our continued Think Tank dialogues on this topic, well, as far as cloning and those possible futures, I was merely taking current technology and throwing it into the future. We don’t know what will happen. I am not comfortable with outlawing cloning 100%, as there are many positives to it also.

Although, humans may in fact be ending their evolutionary process and taking it over for themselves. Can humans do a better job? Hard to say, wisdom would say NO, and if humans are in-charge of their evolution from here on out, they will make serious mistakes along the way, that I have no doubt, why just look at all the mistakes and dead ends of our evolutionary tree and those of other species – some of their predecessors with us today, most lines long extinct.

Cloning and controlling life in this way for humans will allow us to travel to the stars, live longer, and opens up a whole new set of possibilities, opportunities, problems and crisis – yes, all of that it seems. Re-cloning and cloning on cloning may lead to more problems – as a copy of a copy of a copy gets fuzzy, hard to say, clones may want to delete their mistakes and make a clone one-better, in their minds, choices.

Yes, religions will want to preserve the natural order of things and prevent progression into the future of cloning, but religion will not be able to stop it, not even science will stop it, so it will happen and if we don’t help brave into this future, others with ill-intentions will and that will be to mankind’s detriment.

It would be hard to keep cloning within a “Desired Framework” as we have no knowledge of where it is going. In the US they tried to prevent “Stem Cell” research and that may have caused decades delays in science to cure diseases. Harvard recently had a ‘closed meeting’ on some issues of Synthetic DNA: “After secret Harvard meeting, scientists announce plans for synthetic human genomes,” Washington Post Article, June 6, 2016. Not sure I trust a secret group to meet and make decisions for all humankind, but it’s probably better than a bunch of corrupt politicians and global socialist elitists – problem is most all of these people are of similar mindset – pretend I didn’t say that – but you know I am right – after all this meeting was at Harvard. Doesn’t take an MIT or Cal Tech rocket scientist to see the problem there.

Can Solar Energy Power Up Our Future – Maybe Someday, But Not Yet

It is considered noble to dream of an alternative energy future, I myself enjoy thinking here, but I also realize that the law of unintended consequences is as real as Murphy and that too must be taken into consideration. Far too often dreamers throw away reality and the laws of physics without considering the road ahead, and for this reason I’ve recommended the book; “Physics for Future Presidents” by Robert Muller to more than a few people at our think tank.

Let’s take this conversation to a higher level, and talk about the Sun and solar energy potentials using our current technology. You see, there was an interesting article published in Physorg (dot) com on August 6, 2013 titled; “Report firms up land-use requirements of solar: 1,000 homes would require 32 acres,” and it would appear to me, that if this is so, then solar energy can’t work for our needs currently. Now then, recently it was debated that in essence it is feasible, here is the debate issue:

“The article indicates, 1000 homes require 32 acres, so that’s 0.032 acres per home. 1 acre = 4047 m^2, so that’s 130 m^2 per home, much less than the roof area of a typical home. So don’t we have enough space for solar? I don’t see the need to allocate more space than we’ve already covered with houses, office buildings, and parking lots. And transmission lines already reach these sorts of places.”

Yes, but the current technology isn’t sufficient for that level of efficiency. Indeed, much of the realities to roof top solar might look good on paper, but it doesn’t pan out, roof tops require special alignment to match Sun’s path, plus shading of vegetation, etc., it’s not as stellar as formulated. And, I must ask; what about LA, I don’t see 32 acres per 1000 homes worth of space anywhere, and for solar to work you need it for large cities, where a high percentage of homes are to be efficient.

Now then, someday when solar technology is more efficient, let’s say 40% and you can coat playgrounds, roads, buildings and spray it on like paint, which may be possible at those efficiency levels, then it will work in the city. But if you put the panels in solar farms in the desert it could costs billions to build transmission lines and land use issues are everywhere, they can’t even make solar farms work with all the regulations, environmental restrictions, costs and bureaucracy – and look, I am not a naysayer, I am just saying. Please consider all this and think on it.

Who Invented the Internet – What Is the Future?

Before the Internet was actually the Internet, it was called ARPAnet. ARPA-Who? Yes, it’s a funny sounding name for sure. Especially considering what the Internet is today, literally encompassing every aspect of our lives. ARPAnet is an acronym for Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. In the late 1960s, The Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Department of Defense set out on a mission. They were trying to find a way to simplify communication and share data, but not using the old telephone method of ‘circuit switching’ to transfer voice and data communications. That method was only able to send from one to another in a linear fashion – from end to end.

The ARPAnet once set up, as rudimentary as it was in the beginning (late 70’s, early 80’s) used packet switching which enabled the sending and receiving of communication and data to multiple locations. Thus, TCP/IP communication protocols were born. You can probably thank Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf, often referred to as the Father of the Internet, for that. What started out as a defense project quickly expanded to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and academia – which allowed the sharing of information in real time. In 1989 ARPAnet was shut down, replaced by NSFnet.

First Commercial Use of the Internet

The first public and commercial use of the Internet came when in mid-1989 when Compuserve and MCImail added email service for anyone who wanted it. Next, PSInet setup a commercial section to the Internet backbone. Then by the end of 1990 Tim Berners-Lee came up with HyperText Transfer Protocols, and that should sound very familiar to everyone; HTTP. Next came; HTML, UseNet, and FTP (File Transfer Protocol). The Internet was up and running, and only in their wildest dreams would they have imagined that today just over 4 Billion people are now connected online across the globe – soon everyone will be connected and their lives affected in some way.

The Internet Has Changed the Way We Do Business Forever

Before the Internet, businesses were using fax machines, Federal Express package delivery and Zap Mail, Snail Mail (USPS), and very limited data transfer with Alpha Pagers (very brief text messages for which you could answer Y or N for yes or no). At that time people were upset with Junk Fax advertising, little did they know the future of SPAM was going to take a big bite out of that nonsense – albeit, only to make it a 1,000 times worse. Before SPAM blockers, users wore the letters off the “delete” key within a month after buying a new computer.

The Internet sped up the flow of information and the speed of business to the point that in 1999 Bill Gates wrote a book; Business @ The Speed of Thought. Of course, by the mid-1990s nearly every legitimate business, big and small, either had or was building a website. Why not have an online brochure available 24/7 without having to print and mail out information to potential customers? Yes, the printing industry suffered, print shops across the nation were going out of business, almost as fast as the film-developing sector disappeared with the advent of digital cameras.

The Major Evolutionary Shifts of Commercial Internet Use

Yes, the Internet has changed everything in our world, but nowhere is the shift as dramatic as it is in the business world. From 1990 to 2000, within 10-years everything had changed. It was a chaotic time, yet a time for significant opportunity. There is always opportunity in change. The more rapid the change the more chaos, crisis, and yes, opportunity. Below is a quick list of some of the paradigm shifts the Internet has brought to business;

  1. Commercial E-mail became the preferred method of written communication
  2. Companies, regardless of size, built websites – competing on a level playing field
  3. Interactive websites allowed customers and businesses to conduct business online
  4. Industry Portal Websites sprung up with information in every sector of the economy
  5. Search Engine competition rapidly evolved to serve the instant information needs of consumers
  6. Bulletin Boards then Blogs, brought 2-way open transparent information for business communication
  7. Social Networks and Social Business Networks began to grow
  8. The whole world went mobile with smartphones – the Internet followed – the rest is history

Today, the world’s information is at your finger-tips wherever you are and whenever you want it. Soon, the SpaceX LEO (Low Earth Orbit) Satellite Network System, Starlink will deliver Internet Service to anywhere on the planet, and anyone with a mobile device will be able to access the Internet. Well, that just changes everything, and here we go again. Are you ready for the next wave of opportunity/chaos, aboard the next satellite rocket launch? It’s already here, and deployed. It will come online in 2020. Once again, the Internet does not disappoint – change is the Internet’s only constant. Your business should be constantly exploiting these new technologies

What’s Comes Next? What’s the Next Big Evolution for Business Computing?

This turns out to be an easy one to predict, as industry and the world’s largest corporations are already preparing. Consider if you will The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and AI (Artificial Intelligence) all connected in real time to the cloud, and all that secure data and information ready for anyone anywhere on any mobile device?

Imagine running a factory, supply chain, construction project, hospital, university, financial institution or multiple retail locations and having the exact pertinent information you need instantaneously? Imagine all those systems integrated, systematized, and optimally configured for maximum efficiency – on any job site, location, and the ‘need to know’ information for each team member in real-time.

From a business perspective, the Internet just got a 100-times more useful, but only if you take advantage of these changes and opportunities.