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There are no second acts in social disruption

September 27, 2014 - 00:25 -- Admin

 "there are no second acts in American lives. "  F. Scott Fitzgerald

This pithy quote from Fitzgerald holds some great insight for disruptive thinkers.

Fitzgerald doesn't mean that there are no second chances in American lives.  He meant there literally wasn't any second act between the first (first) and the third (end) of our lives.  We never had a chance to rest or enjoy because we were always in motion.

BOT Update

September 26, 2014 - 03:08 -- Admin

Your ability to disrupt the system isn't based on your budget or skill.  It's based on your imagination...

600 kph kinetic kill weapon.  

Drone with micro-jet engine.  You can fly this in first person mode.  Frankly, I don't think there is a person in the world you couldn't "access" with this thing.  It moves too fast to defend against coming it at low level.  Video.

Bots Everywhere

September 23, 2014 - 03:31 -- Admin

Last night I watched "Transcendence."  It's a movie about an AI (artificial intelligence) that becomes a threat to humanity.  The movie is a redux of the classic rogue AI we saw in "Colossus: The Forbin Project" (worth watching on DVD).

Unfortunately, it's not as good a movie, despite the addition of some ideas from Vinge's Singularity and a much bigger budget.

Milestone Q4 2011: The bot crossing point

September 17, 2014 - 06:08 -- Admin

In the last quarter of 2011, more iphones were sold than babies were born.  

That's interesting because that is also the quarter that Siri shipped.  

FYI:  Apple's Siri is the first mass market bot.  

In hindsight, this apparently minor observation may be considered something more important: a tombstone milestone for humanity.

It's the quarter when our future replacements on this planet began to outpace us.

This leads me to something else. 

The IRS Bot Scam from Pakistan

August 12, 2014 - 00:32 -- Admin

I just got a call from the IRS bot today.  It threatened me in a computerized voice with an audit and prompted me to call it back to take with an agent.  

Of course, the call I got wasn't the IRS.  The IRS doesn't initiate an audit that way (it mails you).  

It was from scam bot from Pakistan.

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