Hello, World (6 Jan 02016)

6 January 2016

My last posting to this blog was titled The Future is Rapidly Approaching and it was posted on 10 March 02014 (i.e. 667 days ago [1 year, 9 months, 27 days]). Note: This blog was started on 2 November 02009 with a blog posting titled Hello world!

I’ve been learning about the future. I’ve been using  Gerald Thurman on Google+ and the fictional character named nanofoo yottagoo on Facebook as my Learning About the Future blogs.

Here on day 6 of 02016 I’m thinking about bringing this blog back to life, so Hello, World.

The Future is Rapidly Approaching

10 March 2014

This morning (02014.03.10) I’ve read postings having the following titles.

  • Sniffing out cancer with electronic noses — BBC.com
  • It’s time to build a bionic brain for smarter research — TheConversation.com
  • Bioprinting: Building living tissue with a 3D printer is becoming a new business, but making whole organs for transplant remains elusive — Economist.com
  • The rechargeable revolution: A better battery — Nature.com
  • Folding@home simulates activation of key cancer protein, could lead to novel drug design — Phys.org
  • SXSW Cognitive Cooking: Belgian Bacon Pudding — IBM on YouTube.com

The future is rapidly approaching, yet from a sociopolitical perspective it seems as though we can’t escape the 20th century.

Truman Fed Me Math Fodder

16 June 2013

Truman went to R Place for his skillet. Stopped at grain elevator to get a bucket of corn for the squirrels.

Water elevators are hurt by the boxcar. The per bushel price for corn and beans took him by surprise.

Truman fed me math fodder on Father Day’s 02013.

Bullish on Biotechnology and Bioscience

23 February 2013

22 February 02013: Headline seen on page A1 of the Arizona Republic: “Seniors failed by flu shots this year.” This headline implies there lots of future ahead of us when it comes to biotechnology and bioscience advances. [Hashtags: #PersonalizedMedicine #SmartDrugs #IntelligentDrugs #Genetics #Genomics #DNA

The Morning Afters (Feb. 20-22)…

22 February 2013

Learning About the Future in 50 Minutes is a talk that I gave for the first time on 24 February 02012. I give it for a fourth time on 19 February 02013. It took 50 minutes for me to go through the introduction and review “the future” that happened between the the 1st and 4th talks.

The day after I gave the talk for the 4th time on Feb. 19th, I updated a webpage on Feb. 20th with a section “The Morning After…” and the next day (Feb. 21st) I added a “The Morning After the Morning After…” and the next day (Feb. 22nd) I added a “The Morning After the Morning After the Morning After…”. Obviously this had to stop and that means I’m going to continue this “Morning After” postings as postings to this blog.

FM-2030 Interview with Larry King via SingularityWeblog.com

24 November 2012

Are You A Transhuman: Larry King Interviews Futurist FM-2030

The FM-2030 interview with Larry King was conducted in 01989.

“If you are around the year 2010 then there is a very good chance that you would be around in the year 2030. If you are around in the year 2030 then there is an excellent chance that you can coast to immortality.”

FM-2030 didn’t make it into the 21st century alive; he died on 8 July 02000 (three months shy of turning 70).

Larry King asked FM-2030 what he didn’t like about what he saw in the future: “It’s not happening fast enough.”

The future wasn’t happening fast enough of FM-2030 in 01989 and he died from pancreatic cancer eleven years later in 02000.

My parents were alive in 02010 (they’re still alive on the day that I’m writing this… 24 November 02012).

With respect to living to 02030, it’s possible the future is happening fast enough for me, but my parents may be too old. My mom and dad are 85 and 83 years of age, respectively, in 02012; they will be 103 and 101, respectively, in 02030. I’ll be 73 in 02030.

Are You A Transhuman: Larry King Interviews Futurist FM-2030

Smartphones Remind Me of External Tape Drives

15 September 2012

Smartphones are external devices, but what’s external today might become internal someday.

Apple (AAPL) stock is nearing $700 per share and at one point on 14 September 02012 Apple Inc.’s market value exceeded $650 billion. Tweets about Apple’s iPhone 5 has flooded my tiny neighborhood of the Twitterverse and that has been frustrating because I am not a consumer of iWhatever products.

A couple months ago I quoted myself saying, “I’ll call my phone a smartphone when it starts paying the bills.” A couple of days ago I quoted myself saying, “If only smartphones made us smart.”

These days I believe the following is true: Smartphones are to humans as external tape drives are to computers. [And I am thinking of those old clunky external tape drives.]

External tape drives, once purchased and drivers installed, are often permanently attached to computers. Smartphones, once purchased and activated, are often permanently within reach of humans. I find it interesting that there are so many humans willing to be permanently tethered to a device when they are free not to be.

Over time many external drives got smaller and were able to became internal drives; in other words, they were installed in the computers.

It’s possible that smartphones will morph into supercomputers and get small enough so that they can be installed in humans. If this happens, then it makes for some interesting stuff to ponder. Some examples: Will the Digital Divide get wider? Will humans still be able to function (think) if their computer is down? Will humans still be able to function if their computers get disconnected from the Internet? What can happen to humans when their computer gets cracked? What happens to a human when they encounter another human who has a more powerful computer? Will humans have zero privacy? Will criminals hurt/kill humans in order to steal their computers? What happens to a person’s computer when they die? Etc.