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.


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


Quote: “The Future is Our Tomorrow”

3 July 2012

The following was my Facebook update on 2 July 02012.

I watched the movie “The X From Outer Space” to solve for X. I could have used Google to solve for X, but then I would have missed the following “duh” quote from the movie: “The future is our tomorrow.”

[comment] Speaking of “tomorrow” (i.e. our future)… Today’s [02012.07.02] Facebook posting by The Wisdom of John Wooden: “The door to the past has been shut and the key thrown away. You can do nothing about tomorrow. It is yet to come. However, tomorrow is in large part determined by what you do today. So make today a masterpiece. You have control over that.” — Coach Wooden

[comment] Speaking of “tomorrow”… The Future is Ours (video)


The Uncanny Valley by Masahiro Mori

12 June 2012

I find visits to the “Uncanny Valley” bothersome. I quickly recover, but I suspect the visits to the uncanny valley are going to become more frequent and increasingly bothersome.

The Uncanny Valley by Masahiro Mori in 01970.

Spectrum.IEEE.org Editor’s note:
More than 40 years ago, Masahiro Mori, then a robotics professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, wrote an essay on how he envisioned people’s reactions to robots that looked and acted almost human.


Learning About the Future From 24 February To 20 April

22 April 2012

On 20 April 02012 I gave my “Learning About the Future in 50 Minutes” for a second time. I thought it went well, but only ten people were in attendance. I gave this talk for the first time 56 days earlier on 24 February 02012. I created a web page to capture what I’ve been learning over the span of the last 56 days.

56 Days Since My First “Learning About the Future in 50 Minutes” Talk


What If I Live To 93?

8 April 2012

I’ve enjoyed “60 Minutes” for more than half of my life and today (8 April 02012) I learned that Mike Wallace had died at age 93. I categorize 93 as “old”, and it’s nice that Mike Wallace lived a long life.

I was 54 on 8 April 02012. Hmm… Reverse the digits of Mike Wallace’s death age (digits of 93 reversed is 39) and add that number to my age (54) and you get Mike Wallace’s death age (93 = 39 + 54).

39 years is a long time. I’ll turn 93 in the year 02050. I think it’s possible that if I’m alive in 02050, then I could end up being alive in the years 02150, 02250, 02350, and so on.

39 years of SCREAM (Science, Computing, Robotics, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) enabled by Infinite Computing. I don’t have enough imagination to image what the info-, bio-, nano-, robo- advances are going to be over the span of the next 39 years.

These days I consider 93 an “old” age, but 39 years from now it’s possible I’ll consider 93 a “young” age.


Brian David Johnson Chats With will.i.am

25 March 2012

The following are notes from chapter 9 (“The Future of Education: Are We Ready?”) by will.i.am and Brian David Johnson in the The Tomorrow Project Anthology.

will.i.am says he is a “wannabe geek in the geek.” I’m sort of like this, too. Here is something that I posted to Facebook last month… I like being around geeks even though I’m just a pseudo-geek. Sometimes I experience geek envy.

Brian David Johnson (DBJ; an Intel Futurist) wrote that in 02011 “will made a big investment in education. […] Dean Kamen and will teamed up to make an hour-long documentary called i.am FIRST–Science is Rock and Roll.

I added the following quote to GDT::Quotes (my quote collection)…

The planet is full of people who aren’t thinking about the future. Shouldn’t we all prepare? I think we should.

And I think Mr. am is spot on.

I liked the following exchange between BDJ and will.i.am…

will.i.am to BDJ: “You’re a futurist. […] Where are we going?”

BDJ: “For me the question is: Where do we want to go?”

will.i.am: “[…] there are two we’s. There’s the we that are all moving forward and passionate about the future. Then there’s the second we that is staying back and lagging behind.”

will.i.am speaking on the topic of education…

“My cousin is 12 years old now. When she’s 22 is she going to be intelligent because schools are going to change in the near future?”

I think it’s possible the answer to will’s question is no. The education system in the United States needs to be blown up and I don’t see that happening in the near future (i.e. by the end of this decade).

will.i.am continued…

“Someone is going to have to think how to redefine education and mental stimulation to keep kids like her motivated and give her an idea of what she might be competing with.”

Of course “someone” is plural and i.am.hopeful that one of those someones will be will.i.am.


Is It Possible To Halt the Exponential Advancement of Technology?

9 March 2012

“It’s impracticable to halt the exponential advancement of technology.” — Ben Goertzel (01966-) {Director of Research for the Singularity Institute for AI}

Goertzel says that “it’s impractical to halt the exponential advancement of technology” and it’s possible he’s right. But let’s observe Goertzel’s use of the word impracticable instead of the word impossible because it’s possible that the power of sociopolitical factors will deem Goertzel’s impracticable as practical. Pondering the future is fun, but it is complicated by the fact that we’re a planet of seven billion people. It’s possible that this morph of Goertzel’s quote is false: “It’s impossible to halt the exponential advancement of technology.” [Ponder the Luddite riot of 01811-01812.]

Hmm… I have learned that learning about the future is easier if I ignore sociopolitical factors.


Brian David Johnson Wants to Know: How can we change the future?

7 March 2012

Everybody who attended ASU’s Emerge Mashup on 3 March 02012 received a copy Intel’s book The Tomorrow Project Anthology: Conversations About the Future. Chapter One was written by Intel’s Futurist Brian David Johnson and is titled How to Change the Future.

Hmm… Johnson has come up with a great question: How can we change the future?

I liked how Brian David Johnson ended the first paragraph of chapter one.

I have always believed that everyone should be an active participant in the future. If we are all making it and we are all going live in it then why not do something about it individually.

I want to be an active participant in the future. The following was my Facebook status update on Sunday, 4 March 02012…

“I ain’t no ____” has become one of my frequently used phrases. Yesterday, I started a blog posting with “I ain’t no futurist,” but I deleted it because we’re all futurists.


From 01900 to 01968 to 02012 to 02036

5 March 2012

[rough draft]

I had a chance to hear Neal Stephenson speak on 3 March 02012 at ASU’s Emerge Mashup. He took a person from 01900 and transported them to 01968. The changes were beyond belief. He then took a person from 01968 and transported them to 02012. About the only notable change was the proliferation of computers (in both power and number) and the Internet.

I liked Stephenson’s story, but I noted that the difference between 01900 and 01968 was 68 years, while the difference between 01968 and 02012 was only 44 years. How about putting that person from 01968 into the year 02036?

First, here’s my take on a person who is transported 44 years from 01968 to 02012. It looks like everybody is knitting, but they’re communicating by typing with their thumbs and swiping tiny screens with their pointer fingers. People spend a lot of time walking around talking to themselves. Computers are vastly more powerful and vastly cheaper to the point where they’re ubiquitous. They like being sensed, so sensors are becoming ubiquitous. People spend a lot of time using something called the Internet. Planes, trains and automobiles are better, but nothing to write home about. There lots of baseball fields around but you rarely see people playing baseball. And, they still really like our rock’n roll.

Now a person is transported 68 years from 01968 to 02036. What do they “see”?

I only know the following: In 02036, IBM’s Watson is 25 years old (i.e. a young adult). “Big Data” is beyond yotta-bytes and STEMers (Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Mathematicians) have had approximately 17 years of exascale computing (“infinite computing”) to do their work. It’s seven years after the expiration of Long Bet #1 and it’s possible Ray Kurzweil won (if not, then maybe he would have won if the bet ended five years later in 02034). The Unix clock is still working, but the Y2.038K problem is near (less than two years away).