New Developments in Bionic Technology

This is a nice overview of a recent development…  However, a story I find really interesting starts at 4:40.  The video talks about Rebekah Marine, a model who was born without a forearm and is using a high-tech prosthetic hand now.

Despite being born without a right forearm, she overcame all barriers present within the fashion industry, and has become a successful model and humanitarian.

You can read more about Rebekah here.

From the technological point of view, this is a demonstration of how far the field of bionic prosthetics had advanced:

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Oil Price Evolution

Below is the plot depicting the oil price evolution over the last 57 years.  I definitely recall the days of >$100/barrel prices. This was the time when books like this were published that predicted the $200 oil price and the oncoming economic collapse.

What I cannot remember is the time when prices were below $3/barrel of oil, which was before 1973.  I believe that the high oil prices are still to come, but the cheap ones are gone forever.   The real future question for us is what are we going to do without oil?

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Happy New Year!

Wising You Happy Holidays And New Year Filled With Prosperity & Success!

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The New Christmas Song…

Folks, to better reflect the latest tech trends… this is a new Christmas song!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you!

Algorithms are comin’ to town!

By Andrei Khurshudov (sort of)

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You better watch out

You better not cry

You cannot escape 

Pervasive AI

Algorithms are comin’ to town!

 

They are making a list

And searching it twice

They’re gonna compute 

Who’s naughty or nice

Algorithms are comin’ to town!

 

     They track you when you’re sleeping

     They sense when you’re awake

     They know what you will buy and eat

     So HIDE for goodness’ sake!

 

You better watch out

You better not cry

Turn off your laptop

I’m telling you why

Algorithms are comin’ to town!

 

     They log your shopping habits

     Predict where you will go

     They read emails that you receive

     And know what you don’t know

 

You better watch out

You better not cry

You better not pout

I’m telling you why

Algorithms are comin’ to town!

You better watch out

You better not cry

You cannot escape 

Pervasive AI

Algorithms are comin’ to town

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On the Evolution of Computer Power and Computer Intelligence

The picture below is an interesting summary of the general trend in computing over the last 100 years or so (MIPS = Million Instructions Per Second).

There is, however, some gap in logic here, and it frequently occurs when projections are made: an expectation that the quality will follow the quantity.  But, this is not necessarily the case.

Just look at the picture above, for example:  it clearly suggests that the computing power of 2015-2020 systems is greater than that of, say, a spider.  But, does it mean that a modern computer can be as intelligent as a simple spider?  I really doubt it.

Can we build an autonomous device today that will simulate the very basic things that a spider can do with its tiny brain and its total lack of knowledge in math, algorithms, language, gravity, genetics, etc?

Can we build a device that will know that it needs to run around and search for food, recognize its predators and hide from them, use those tiny cracks and holes to actually hide from the danger, from bright light (at night), from moving shadows, from moving water streams?  Can it be also programmed to build those beautiful spider webs and wait quietly in the corner for the unsuspecting butterfly?  And then wrap it in the web and put aside for later?  And, ultimately, look for a mate and procreate?

And, while doing all of the above, learn new things, new dangers, new traps, new tricks, find new sources of food and water, and new places to sleep and hide?

I doubt this is possible today even if the most powerful computer is used and the latest AI/ML algorithms are applied.  That’s because power doesn’t equal smarts.  Power is just power.

I think that one day we will be able to do all of the above at ease.  But we should stop measuring our abilities to be smart by using our abilities to be strong.  This is why even the best chess program today is as dumb in the real world as the worst chess program from 1990…

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