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THE SHOCKING FUTURE OF INFORMATION

I am NOT a scientist. In fact- I am a big dummy. HOWEVER- I have been able to read and comprehend information about technology and data, and i have interpreted it in the following way.

I can’t help but conclude that there are 3 MAJOR DATA PATHS that are converging RIGHT NOW right in front of us.

Those 3 paths are:

QUANTUM COMPUTING

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

BIG DATA

The THREE MAJOR DATA PATHS

QUANTUM COMPUTING

There are a ton of companies and universities working on quantum computers. There is a definite split in how they are going about it. THIS ARTICLE from FORTUNE MAGAZINE talks about how Google and IBM are working on superconducting quantum computers, Intel and the University of South Wales are working on silicon quantum computers, Microsoft is working on a topological quantum computer, and others, such as IonQ, are working on trapped ion quantum computers.

In fact- Realistically, you may be able to BUY a consumer quantum computer in the next 10 years. 

What’s so special about quantum computers? 

You cannot even fathom the data-crunching POWER these things have! As the article from FORTUNE says:


Future iterations of these quantum computers will be able to solve mathematical problems ordinary computers have no hope of computing. They will vastly speed up classical calculations, accurately model complex natural phenomena like chemical reactions, and open as yet unexplored frontiers for scientific inquiry. 

Fortune 12/15/18

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

HAVE YOU SEEN these ‘people’ that have been created completely from the ‘imagination’ of Artificial Intelligence? 

These ‘photographs’ of ‘people’ are just what AI thinks ‘celebrities’ look like! Do these people NOT look like you should know them? 

This photo comes from TECH URDU.

You should read the TECHURDU article as it describes how AI is able to do some amazing ‘tricks’. The basics, from what i understand, are: You have one computer who tries to come up with a human face. A second computer looks at it and says “Nah. Look at the eyes. The eyes are all wrong! And look at those teeth! Those don’t look human!.. and the first computer says “OK. I’ll go back and try again”. This happens over and over until computer number 2 can’t distinguish the rendered fake person from a real one!

Also- Keep in mind: These computers can LEARN. As an example: One AI computer named AlphaZero taught itself how to play chess in FOUR HOURS before completely trouncing the world champion chess algorithm!… AND- It did it without any human teaching it. Basically- It read the chess rule book and figured out everything else itself! 

BIG DATA

You can read about BIG DATA here… but just think for a moment about all the information that is ‘out there’ about you.

You use a shopper discount card at at the grocery or Target. They know what you buy. Maybe you have an arrest record? Ever been in a court of law? Got a traffic ticket? Written a letter to a representative? Commented about politics on social media? Just the info you put out there on social media is a TON of data! Pictures! Where are they stored? Ever use ‘the cloud‘ for storage? You DO know that there is data attached to those pictures, right? Exact time and location? Even the kind of camera you are using? There are birth certificates, death certificates, gun ownership, credit card statements correlated to a database of what you bought with your credit card. While we are at it, let’s cross-reference YOUR location with everyone else’s so we can see who you associate with. 

Then there is your email history. You don’t control that! You don’t even OWN that! Ever bought a house? Bought a car? What about your credit report? Doesn’t that have every place you have ever lived? The IRS database has every penny you reported since you started working. The DMV has info including how much you weigh.. but your FitBit or Apple Watch probably has WAY more health info. But what about your insurance company? Or go straight to the source, your doctor’s files

Traffic light cameras, security cameras, your own personal computer’s camera, your smartphone camera. You DO know that it has been PROVEN that your smart phone is ALWAYS listening, right? What about your ‘smart home’ devices like Alexa or Google Home? Those HAVE to listen to everything you do to be ready to go! JUST like SIRI and the ANDROID ASSISTANT. Even when you SPEAK to the assistant… What do you think happens? They keep a record of what words you said? NO!!! They keep a record of the words you said AND the ACTUAL RECORDING! So- If there is someone talking in the background, that is included in your record.

Imagine dictating a text message that says “Hey honey. I am stuck at work. I will call when I am free” and in the recording, in background you can strip club music and giggling? How much would THAT information be worth to your prospective father-in-law? 

AND- The BIG deep/dark secret that people STILL don’t seem to know about:

Have you ever checked your GOOGLE HISTORY? 

If not- You MUST stop what you are doing and go HERE:

YOUR GOOGLE HISTORY


…and THIS one [below] will tell you EXACTLY where you were and WHAT you were doing on ANY DAY of ANY YEAR!

 YOUR GOOGLE LOCATIONS

So there are the THREE MAJOR DATA PATHS that I see converging.

The CRUNCHING POWER of quantum computing… the learning and REASONING POWER of artificial intelligence.. and ALL THAT DATA.

What does THAT equal? Soon- Everyone will be able to know more about you… than you currently know about yourself.

WAY more…

Pendarvis wrote this!

If I were God

"CHURCH" by Will Pendarvis

If I were God…

…the Universe would be 2-dimensional and drawn in crayon. That is because I am a big dummy and can’t even BEGIN to fathom things like infinity, free-will vs omniscience, string theory.. or even simple division if I have to be honest.

But perhaps, if a great scientist could explain to me the Big Bang as if I were a two-year old.. then I could get it!

Nope. Astrophysicists talk in a language that I can barely wrap my head around. And when I DO wrap my head around it, it makes me physically dizzy.

I was just reading this article from CNET: March 2018 [Stephen Hawking explains what happened before Big Bang ]

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the article:

  • “Ordinary real time is replaced by imaginary time”
  • “Imaginary time behaves like a fourth direction of space”
  • “Imaginary time is a four-dimensional curved surface like the surface of the Earth, but with two more dimensions.”
  • “We should steer clear of aliens entirely”

It all sounds like lyrics from a Pink Floyd song or something. In fact:

Here is Roger Waters with a few final words on the subject. Regardless of your politics or theology or understanding of the nature of the astronomical objects… I’m sure you are capable of appreciating an AMAZING PERFORMANCE!

 

Star Trek “Set for Stun” is Finally Here!

Did is EARF

We’ve got our flying cars, robots, digital assistants, on-screen telephones, Artificial Intelligence, homes run by computers… but where is our Star Trek “Set for Stun” guns?

Well- the STUN LAZERS are RIGHT HERE!

Check out this from Popular Mechanics:

The Secret History of Plasma Weapons

…and since the movie is ALWAYS better than the book (or perhaps you are too lazy to THINK or READ) you can watch “the US Navy’s laser weapon in action”!

 

WHY does your LOCAL RADIO STATION SUCK?

When I was bit younger, during Reagan’s deregulation of media ownership/killing of the Fairness Doctrine… I took a fishing trip with a local guy who had taken an interest in politics. His name: Jeff Sessions.

I tried to slip into casual conversation how deregulation would mean lower quality radio and loss of countless jobs.. and REALLY the loss of an artform.

Deaf ears. 

Check out THIS ARTICLE from Dick Taylor to find out why your local radio station sucks. The short story: ENORMOUS corporations bought everything and squeezed every penny out of it until it was dead.

“I’ve always believed that what happened in the halls of my radio stations were transmitted out, over-the-air, to the listener. We transmitted so much more than just the music we played, the news we delivered, and the entertainment we provided. We transmitted an intangible spirit that was contagious and attracted loyal listeners.”

Dick Tayor

via Automation Killed the Radio Star