LOHAS, or Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability

One day, we are going to run out of non-renewable natural resources that we’ve been taking for granted for many centuries.  And this day might be closer than most of us think.

Let me first start with this iconography, which demonstrates how soon we will run out of such important things as oil (2050) and gas (2075).  Or, things like gold (2030). Or, Antimony (2025).  Or, Lead (2030).

We now face the following questions:

What are we going to do when all of these materials are not available to us anymore?  Are we going to continue to move forward or will technological progress slow down, or stop altogether?

Some may say, what is the big deal?  We will switch from fossil fuels to solar energy or something else “clean and renewable,” and the world will become a cleaner and better place.

This might be the case.  However, let’s not forget that oil, for example, is used not just to generate our energy, but to also make many other things we cannot live without.  This infographic says it all:

Can we easily adjust to not having these things?  Or quickly find a replacement technology to continue making similar things without oil?

While on my  trip to Japan this summer, I spent time with a now-retired professor Koji Kato, who was my host professor when I was a postdoc at Tohoku University in Japan back in 1993-96.

Professor Kato is a well-known figure in his field, the winner of multiple international awards and medals as well as the rare and prestigious Japanese Order of The Sacred Treasure for his long and meritorious contribution to Japanese society.  In the last years, Professor Kato’s interest shifted towards sustainable ways of life, and how to continue to advance technologically while running out of the Earth’s resources.  His biggest contribution to this field, so far, is a series of small, yet fully self-sufficient, homes built on the Hihon University’s campus – homes that are using solar, Geo-thermal, and wind energy, relying on rain water, and using a few other techniques to reduce their ecological footprint to, basically, zero.  This is one of them:

I might spend some time later on talking more about these houses.  But Professor Kato was the first person who brought to my attention the fact that we are going to run out of more than just oil or gas….  we are going to run out of almost everything important to us.  Except for silicon or iron, maybe.  And this is going to happen pretty soon−within the next few generations.  And we might be forced to switch to wood not just for fun, but out of necessity.

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The Roman Holiday

Recently, I posted this short story about a train in Japan leaving its station 20 seconds earlier and all of the embarrassment that transpired.

Since then, I have spent 10 days in Italy and can report a very different treatment of time in the country of many tourists, great wine, historical monuments, and relaxed vibes.  In summary, time seems to be much less important there.

For example, two images below show that the subway train is expected to arrive in two minutes (Image 1), but actually arrives in one minute (if you check the time stamp on the Image 2).

Image 1: The announcement: the train will arrive in two minutes:

Image 2: The reality – it is about 1 minute early (you can see that only 1:03 minute passed since the first image was taken)

Maybe, in Japan, it would be a terrible tragedy to be one minute early. But in Italy, this doesn’t feel like a tragedy at all.  In fact, this and many other things simply suggest you to slow things down, enjoy your life, enjoy the gorgeous views, and contemplate your past and future.  In these moments, time seems to become less relevant…

I suppose this is understandable…  what are few minutes for a city that is close to 3,000 years old?

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How Machine Learning is Disrupting the Accounting Industry

“The potential applications of ML in the accounting and financial world is practically infinite. ” Good summary of how ML can change the way our finances and accounting are being done. One day, ML will even do your taxes…

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The second edition of 2ML: Madrid Machine Learning is fast approaching. In less than a month, on May 8-9, in Madrid, Spain, 2ML will bring together hundreds of decision makers, technology professionals, and other industry practitioners that aim to stay current with the latest in Machine Learning. During the two-day program, attendees will get a full understanding of how ML has evolved to where it is today and where the industry is headed, both from a technical and business perspective. To demonstrate the importance and benefits of adopting Machine Learning, distinguished international experts will present how Machine Learning is currently applied in different business areas, such as: cinema, sports, legal services, marketing, human resources, finance, and investments, among others.

To learn the key insights directly from each of these experts, we invite you to attend2ML Madrid Machine Learning. In the coming days, we will post a series…

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Investing in AR and VR

AR and VR are a couple of related fascinating fast-growing areas of technology and business.  These areas are now attracting lots of attention from the leading tech companies and investors.

According to CBInsights:

Recently, Facebook and Apple have reportedly been allocating more than 1000 workers each to their respective AR/VR efforts

And, the investments in these two areas keep growing every year:

So, who is investing in these areas?  Again, according to CBInsights

  • Rothenberg Ventures with its focus on seed-stage VR and AR startups was the most active investor in the space in the last 5 years.
  • BoostVC, an accelerator focused on blockchain tech and virtual reality and Vive X, an accelerator established by VR headset maker HTC were the second and third most active investors:

Lots of startups will benefit from this funding opportunity if they have good ideas and move swiftly.

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The state of self-driving cars in 2018

Watch this short video to get updated on the current status and capabilities of self-driving cars. The main conclusion for the video is that while technology is evolving fast, the day we will actually ride inside these cars is farther than we think. Plus, when they become available to us, they will be very expensive. And it will all start with the high-end market.

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2ML Madrid Machine Learning: Keep your Business Ahead of the Competition

I am considering attending this event.

The Official Blog of BigML.com

This week we saw the power of Machine Learning in action when BigML deepnets accurately predicted the winners of the major award categories of the Oscars 2018. The movie industry is simply one visible example where Machine Learning can be applied, but there are many more business-oriented real-world use cases that will be shown at the second edition of 2ML Madrid Machine Learning, to be heldin Madrid, Spain, on May 8-9.

Barrabés.biz and BigML are bringing to Madrid the second edition of the annual series of 2ML events where hundreds of decision makers, technology professionals, and other industry practitioners will gather to learn and discuss the latest developments in the fast-changing world of Machine Learning. 2ML is a game-changer event that helps you keep your business competitive, raises awareness about the best ways to integrate Machine Learning capabilities into your business processes, analyzes the current analytics…

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The BigML Dashboard Released in Chinese

BigML expands to China by allowing over 1 billion people to use the BigML platform in their native language.

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新年快乐!Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s only fitting that we release the BigML Dashboard in Chinese at this time of the year.

Since its very beginning, BigML has strived to make Machine Learning Beautifully Simple for Everyone (机器学习美观简单人人用). Today our journey reached another milestone by allowing over 1 billion people to use the BigML platform in their native language.

Top 20 LanguagesYou can change the website language on BigML by using the selector highlighted in the image below. While the web interface will appear different, all the BigML functionalities remain the same.

When you sign up, your BigML username will still have to be alphanumeric, but you can use Chinese in your “Full Name”. After logging on, all Dashboard features are identical to the English version. You can create and manage all resources and workflows the same way.

Dataset ViewYou can watch this video to check out the BigML Dashboard in…

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