Speech Technologies and Online Article Authoring Advice

Sitting and typing thousands of online articles is no easy feat, it is hard work. In fact my first four-thousand articles were all by typing. Then I tried out the voice software. My voice inflection is so animated that sometimes the voice software made too many mistakes. I had IBM Voice Type from doing my Company’s Manuals about 10-years ago and never really worked quite right for me. Today however it is much better.

At 4,000 articles I bought the Dragon Voice Software and it worked a lot better. Then this latest version is pretty killer, interesting however, because now we are in the “Year of the Pig” and the Dragon Year is long gone. I had studied up on the latest version of the best voice software companies and read SpeechTek Magazine where I read a very nice white paper on Nuance Corp. I have been studying the uses of speech technologies for companies, eGovernment Initiatives, eLearning, VR Simulation and AI Robotic Assistants of the future.

It seems that there is a huge push for DHS, Military, Business, Space, Government, Education and Collaborative Networks Online, regardless of what language anyone is speaking. Speech Software is the wave of the future. Do I recommend using speech software to create online articles? Well, I find that a combination works for me.

First I make titles of things I am thinking about or while reading. What I do is that I leave about 40 Microsoft Word files open on top of each other cascaded and while I am reading a research paper for the Online Think Tank or a book, right now reading; “Agroecology – The Science of Sustainable Agriculture” this is when invariably a thought comes to mind so, I make that thought my title and then write 4-5 sentences about that thought (typing it) and then hit save and keep reading.

By the end of a good book, research paper I might have considered 4-5 new original thoughts. So, when I am in production mode, I open 10 of the word files at a time. Then I turn on the Dragon Speak and going from my prompts and the title, I give a little speech into the computer. Actually the faster I talk and the more fluid the better it works.

If I just watch it while it types what I say, it does not do as well. I can finish 10-articles this way in about 20 minutes. Then I take a break and edit (editing takes about 10 minutes each) and post them. If I write the articles simply from typing it takes a lot longer to write them, but editing is easy, sometimes only takes a 2-3 minutes. The other day I did 20 articles in 3-hours by typing and 12 articles using Dragon. So that is typical for me, I guess.

The funny thing is that my articles that I do using the speaking software sound friendlier and different than how I normally write on easy subjects and mellow stuff, like how to use make a food dish; for me this is merely relaxing from heavy research or intensive writing. The more hard-core the subject gets the more intensive the speech patterns. Sometimes I am the Dragon, sometimes the Dragon Slayer?

I think Dragon Speak (Dragon Naturally Speaking) is a viable tool for the online article writer. Of course it takes a little getting use too and a little extra editing. But it is amazing what you can do with it. I recommend it. Sometimes, I write so many articles that other online article writers accuse me of being on pick-me-up drugs. I assure you that I would never take drugs, I am a hard-core athletic type from way back, eat right and will not even take an Aspirin now, that’s funny.

Be careful if using voice activated software, someone might accuse you of writing too many articles or being high? I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple; to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.

The Video and Computer Gaming Sector is Growing

Like a rocket ship in one of the newest computer games, the video gaming industry has launched into outer space. Rarely have we see and industry grow so fast that it has outpaced the predictions of the analysts and experts. With more and more folks taking up computer games, due to the incredible new technologies and consoles like the xBox, there is a lag in quality content and public relations articles to fill up the multitude of magazines, ezines, websites and online community information boards.

One of the largest online article submission sites has addressed this by adding new categories of content for online article authors; a very wise choice indeed. These new categories for gaming make a lot of sense, as it is nearly a 100 Billion Dollar industry. Previously, such online article sites had been lumping all the gaming articles into one category, which did not do it justice. Plus, there are many gaming magazines and websites looking for specific content and there are 100s of very populated gaming communities and 1000s of email newsletters, that all need quality content and articles.

Unfortunately, the online gaming communities, and number of users is far surpassing the number of new online article writers who have submitted articles on video and computer games, so it seems that the flow of content will have a bit of catching up to do. What will the gaming industry sub-sector do in the future? Well, it will certainly continue to grow, how much is anyone’s guess, as it has far surpassed all the previous predictions, so we are now in uncharted territory and boldly going where no human has gone before.

Smell Features and Computer Hardware

Imagine computer hardware that put out a smell while you watched DVD, online movie, music video, or played a video game? All that is now possible and it is on its way as we speak, perhaps hitting the shelves by 2012 for those personal tech leading edge early adopters. Who knows maybe you are one, and this is intriguing to you. Well then, let’s discuss this new technology and some of its implications.

There was an interesting article recently in PC World in the Geek Tech section titled; “Smell-O-Vision Wafts Closer With New Research Project” by Elizabeth Fish published on June 20, 2011. The article said;

“Forget 3D HDTV; here comes smell-o-vision! Maybe. Researchers from the UCSD & Samsung’s (SAIT) have developed a smell-o-vision concept device, which could add another aspect of realism to what you watch on TV. In a proof of concept paper, researchers showed it is possible for 1,000s of smells using a ‘compact device’ that attached to the back of a screen or built into a cellphone. The team built the device in such a way that keeps costs and circuitry down to produce around 10,000 scents.”

That is rather interesting isn’t it? Yes, it is and recently I was discussing all this with a fellow think tanker, Troy LaClaire, and I laughed and said; okay, but then you’d need special smell-neutralizing kits to de-smell your house each month. He agreed and suggested that we invest in a home smell air-cleaning system and get on board for the great wave in a new industry? Well, that makes sense, may as well hedge your bet, and make even more money that’s funny.

Troy had suggested that the system would have to use smells that would dissipate quickly, and possibly include an “air neutralizer” cartridge that would work in tandem, that way you could clear out smells, so that they don’t overlap too much. Yes, that is a great point, and yes that’s a big problem with chemicals accumulating, and then there is the whole issue with the human immune system and smells, and accumulated combining chemicals.

Troy mentioned another challenge which could cause lawsuits for a computer hardware smell system, namely that there would be the possibility of the units causing seizure, as some can be set off by specific smells so you do not want it to be something that might cause a seizure, while on the flip side some are preceded by specific smell ‘auras’ – so you do not want to freak someone out.

Yes, this is a real issue, it’s something that must be considered, there are folks that have Real Problems with this. Maybe there could be a list of scents one could block-out, kind of like not accepting peanuts on an airliner if you are allergic. It appears there are still a few bugs to work out on this technology, but it will be our future. Please consider all this.

Technology and Your Sleep

Are you a night owl who stays up late watching television, working on your computer or engaging in social networking or gaming? Do you have children or teenagers who spend time on the computer after dinner or chat on Skype until bedtime?

Technology is a wonderful thing and we wouldn’t be without it. However there are areas of our life where technology can hinder rather than help – and natural sleep is one of those areas. The biggest culprits are computers – whose bright, interactive and dynamic screens stimulate our minds instead of allowing them to relax.

Technology and sleep don’t mix

A recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation of America found that approximately two thirds of those surveyed did not have their sleep needs met during the week.

According to Charles Czeisler PhD, MD, (Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital) the use of technology in the hour before bedtime may contribute to this. Czeisler said exposure to artificial light (such as computer and television screens) between dusk and bedtime can affect our ability to fall asleep, as it suppresses the release of melatonin (the sleep-promoting hormone), enhances alertness and shifts the circadian rhythm to a later hour.

So if you’re like the 95% of survey responders who said they used some type of technology before they went to sleep, the secret to a better night’s sleep could simply be switching off a little earlier in the evening. By creating an interval between your screen and your bedtime, and using this time for relaxing activities such as reading, meditation or massage, you’re setting yourself up for a great night’s sleep.

It’s not just adults who need to limit their technological interactions before bedtime. Children’s bedrooms are increasingly becoming multimedia centres. In the UK, Ofcom’s 2008 findings reported that children aged 8-11 years had an average of four media devices in their rooms, and children aged 12-15 years had an average of six! The use of the internet in children’s bedrooms had significantly increased from 2005 – to 9% in 8-11 year olds and 20% in 12-15 year olds. With the myriad of mobile devices now available, usage in the present day is even higher. It is important to monitor your child’s exposure to screens before bedtime, especially if they are having issues with sleeping.

While you were sleeping…

Switching off before bed is great, but what about while you are sleeping? Turn out your bedroom lights and – once your eyes adjust – have a look around. How many little lights do you see coming from the television, your mobile phone or the digital clock? Are streetlights streaming through gaps in the curtains?

Even the smallest amount of light can disrupt your sleep patterns so try to minimise its impact. In her book “The Happiness Project” Gretchen Rubin talks about how she blocked the light from all her bedroom gizmos, and found that although it was a little difficult to accomplish it made falling asleep much easier.

For a better night’s sleep:

· Be ‘screen free’ in the hour or two before bedtime and use this time for relaxation – reading, conversation, meditation or massage

· remove as many pieces of technology from all bedrooms as possible

· use an eye mask to block out light (it can also be used for relaxation during the day)

· if any device must stay, conceal lights (adhesive tape or a piece of fabric works well). For digital clocks, turn the face away so you are not tempted to look at it if you wake in the night

· choose quality curtains that block out the light.

An Interview With Techno-romantic Thriller Author Denise Robbins on Merging Technology and Fiction

Denise Robbins, a software engineering manager by day, integrates her knowledge of computers and technology into all her techno-romantic thriller novels. Her published works include It Happens in Threes and Killer Bunny Hill with Connect the Dots and Never Tempt Danger scheduled for release in 2010.

I saw down with Denise and asked about the unique combination of technology and fiction.

Your computer background has obviously been a big factor in the plots of your books. How did you become interested in technology?
It all started when I was a kid. In elementary school we went on a field trip to an electronics shop. In there, we saw all kinds of cool gadgets like small calculators, electronic games, and then. . .a computer. Holy cow! I could play chess on the computer.

About that same time, my dad brought home a modem. I’m not talking the modems you pick up today that fit in the palm of your hand, we’re talking a behemoth of a machine that looked like a typewriter with a phone coupler attached to it.

Some readers may not understand the significance of computers in fighting crime. Explain how important an understanding of new technologies can be in staying ahead of the bad guy.
Computers are used a great deal more than people think in regards to fighting crime. One simple example is the FBI’s website that gives the public information on some of the criminals they are searching for. This website not only informs the public, but now there are large numbers of people on the lookout for the ‘bad guys.’

Local police departments have computers in every patrol car, which can be used in different scenarios. Remember the last time you were pulled over? The police officer can put your license plate into the computer and check if the car was stolen, your driving record, or even your car registration. A police officer making a routine stop may not seem like any big deal or use for computer technology, but what you may not realize is that the same computer that told the officer the car was stolen, can also provide arrest and warrant information. Information attained via the computer by the officer makes him/her more capable of making the right decision of how to approach the situation.

Computers also give law enforcement the resources and technology needed to keep up with modern day criminals in the cyber world. Some criminals steal people’s identities or purchase goods with someone else’s credit cards over the Internet. Internet felons commit all sorts of crimes such as downloading child pornography, even trying to convince minors to meet them somewhere, which could result in abduction. Without computers, it would be nearly impossible to catch felons of this nature. Through computers law enforcement agencies can watch these actions and make the web safer.

Because of computers and instant access to large amounts of information, law enforcement agents have the power to turn a possible dangerous situation into a much safer one sooner rather than later.

Explain a little about nanotechnology and its current uses.
Nanotechnology is a technology based on the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules to build structures to complex, atomic specifications. The nanoscale is about a thousand times smaller than micro that is, about 1/80,000 of the diameter of a human hair.

Items already available in the marketplace include: burn and wound dressings, water filtration, dental-bonding agent, coatings for easier cleaning glass, bumpers and catalytic converters on cars, protective and glare-reducing coatings for eyeglasses and cars, sunscreens and cosmetics, stain-free clothing and mattresses, ink, longer-lasting tennis balls, and lightweight and stronger tennis rackets.

A ski jacket produced by Franz Ziener GmbH&Co is based on nanotechnology. The windproof and waterproof properties are not obtained by a surface coating of the jacket but by the use of nanofibres.

The company InMat makes long-lasting tennis-balls by coating the inner core with clay polymer nanocomposites. These tennis-balls have twice the lifetime of conventional balls.

What do you see happening with nanotechnology in the future?
Today, we have just scratched the surface on what nanotechnology will do for us. There are many nanotechnology applications in research and development. In the field of medicine, there will be Qdots that identify the location of cancer cells in the body and Nanoparticles that deliver chemotherapy drugs directly to cancer cells to minimize damage to healthy cells. Can you imagine not having to expose the entire body to chemotherapy but only the part that requires the treatment?

Nanotechnology is huge in the science and technology area as well, in particular, manmade diamonds. In recent years, there has been research into producing manmade diamonds, no, not cubic zirconia, but “real” diamonds grown in a lab and not in nature. Manmade diamonds is a huge breakthrough that will only get bigger. The diamond has the largest thermal conductivity of any material. With every improvement in computer chip technology, the machines get faster and hotter. At some point the chips and computer insides will melt. Diamonds are the answer for faster computers without the heat factor. For the same thermal conductivity reason, manmade diamonds could help make lasers of extreme power. The material could allow a cell phone to fit into a watch and iPods to store 10,000 movies, not just 10,000 songs.

I could go on, but you get the idea. Nanotechnology is the next great wave and I’m hoping it hits soon.

What are some of the challenges in blending cutting-edge technology with fiction?
The challenge in creating techno-fiction is knowing how to keep the story moving at the same time giving enough of a visual picture of the technology so the reader understands without dumping boring information on top of their head.

It seems like the field of technology is more of a man’s world. How did you end up in the field and why do you think there aren’t more women involved?

I think since my dad was in technology, not the same as I am involved today, I was destined for computers.

Taking a job with a government contractor for the Department of Defense hooked me on technology. I was part of a team that built software for use in military medical facilities. It was when I taught computer programs and programming to adults that I found my love for all that ‘geeky’ computer stuff. There is nothing like watching the spark in somebody’s eyes as the light bulb goes on inside their head after they have learned to write code and see the result.

Why there are not more women in science and technology is a question that has been asked quite a lot in recent years. One simple answer is how parents and teachers present information technology professions and other occupations to their daughters and students. It is about encouraging and providing role models.
Another explanation for the lack of women in information technology careers is misconception and preference. Why do I say that as if they are com-mingled? Many people believe working in IT is solitary. They imagine someone sitting in front of a computer eight hours or more a day with no one to talk with. Ask any of the engineers that work for and with me and they will let you know that is not the case.

In general, women prefer to work with people while men prefer to work with things. With the solitary misconception out there, many women are choosing other careers.

Do you have a lot of male readers because of your interesting plots? How do you draw them in?
To be honest, I am not certain that I have too many male readers yet, but I have a few and I want more. I think once the guys know that my novels are based on interesting and real technology, have suspense and mystery woven in with action and adventure that they will want to read them. All it takes is a few good men. . .to spread the word.

While my novels are fiction, when my hero or heroine is shooting a weapon, all readers should know that I have done the research and had the experience several times. My first time shooting anything, but a shotgun at skeet (of which I am a very good shot), was when I wrote It Happens in Threes. I had to know what it felt like. I contacted a friend who taught me all the various right and wrongs and who enjoyed seeing me struggle filling a clip and always forgetting to take the safety off.

Right now, my attempt at “drawing them in” is to give a guy I see a copy of the book, ask him to read it, and let me know what he thinks. So far, the response has been positive. The other little tidbit that helps draw the men in as that I have other men review and edit my novels for the male perspective. It always helps me when Steve or David say, “No guy would say that.” Then they wrinkle their noses and slash away at my work. I am very grateful. I also have friends who are former military and they correct some of my ideas as well.

How do you handle the fine line between giving too much technological information and making the story flow?
This is an excellent question. Computer stuff can be very dry and boring, take it from me. What I do is take technology and introduce the readers to it in small pieces, like breadcrumbs of information, so that technology is part of the mystery or part of the solution in the puzzle. I take the technology and break it down so my characters show you just enough to make you understand, and at the same time get curious. Wait until you find out about nanotechnology in Killer Bunny Hill. I’ll give you a hint – Diamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend.

Where do you come up with your story ideas?
My story ideas come from various places and most the time it is just a matter of sitting down with pen and paper and asking myself about the particular characters I have just identified in my mind. Sometimes, as in the case of my second novel Killer Bunny Hill, the seed for novel will just hit me while flying across the country on a plane. In the case of my fourth novel Never Tempt Danger, the idea came from a dream. Those are just the beginnings, now I have to construct a story line and that takes a little more effort.

Sometimes I take from my own experiences with technology, but that is still limited in scope. So what do I do? Well, here is my answer.

I did some research once for work when I accidentally ran across an article on ‘manmade diamonds’ and using them as computer chips. As I continued to read the story, I found out about an organization known as DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. This agency is the central research and development office for the Department of Defense. They fund all kinds of technology research in order to keep our military technologically superior and in turn keep us safe and military personnel safe. Cool stuff!

Emerging Technologies and Their Impact on Society

In low tech local environment where an overwhelming majority is still struggling to access and find required information, there are some high end-users who are already complaining of information overload.

Busy executives, decision makers and other people taking advantage of computing in work and meaningful pursuits need all the quality information they can get. They turn to the web because it has amassed huge amounts of information in almost all areas of human activities. But what is information in the first place? Technically speaking, “information is stimuli that have meaning in some context for its receiver. When information is entered into and stored in a computer, it is generally referred to as data – information translated into a form that is more convenient to move or process. When information is packaged or used for understanding or doing something, it is known as knowledge – to an enterprise or an individual, the possession of information or the ability to quickly locate it.” For the purpose here, I think the term ‘information’ is the correct description of some of what is available on the web, rather than knowledge or wisdom.

Advances in web technologies and their growing usage have made the production, distribution, and sharing of information so much easier than what it was only a decade ago. It has reduced the time span of business practices and processes, which would otherwise have taken very long time to be implemented on ground. But information comes with an additional excess of irrelevant junk, unclear and inaccurate data, even conflicting, making it becomes difficult to sift what is important from what is not. This “excess information beyond what is desired or needed by any user requiring non productive processing” is called information overload. The number of work hours available and the inherent human capacity to absorb information have remained almost same over years whereas the need to access, understand and digest information had gone up many times.

Local market scouting reveals that most economic concerns have yet not fully appreciated possibilities offered by IT. Notable exceptions apart, computer technologies have not been integrated within corporate systems as of yet.

For many a CEO, president and chairman of companies the connected computers set on their tables are just another part of office equipment only to be used by others. But for inspiring examples that have taken the initiative and employed the technology, information is moving from being a marginal, specialist responsibility to being a central part of every business operation. Demand for executives, managers and employees, in these futuristic organisations, to become more aware of and prepared for handling the opportunities being offered by growing information has increased.

In this milieu, high end users are getting overwhelmed by the magnitude of information from multiple sources. What is more, sometime the required information is not at the surface. It is often difficult to understand if a web article is just a sales-pitch, self-serving opinion, a research study skewed by producers and sponsors with something to gain or is it factual. There is a lot of crap in other forms. Even search engines are selling result placements.

Having quality information in time is good and productive. With more and more information coming from so many different sources, users must be able to determine the quality of information before putting it to use. But determining quality can be tough. Many users are not particularly good at managing and filtering information that comes their way. Technologies so far can handle quantity but are still not mature enough to recognize quality of information. Which is why information overload gets unhelpful for those who are facing it? The avalanche of information, as per experts, in extreme cases may lead to unwanted results in the form of stress, frustration or physical illness.

“The situation is worst where organizations are in transition – changing from the old style of handling information to IT or where IT dependent new generation of executives is taking over family business enterprises,” says Dr. Norbert, an architect who uses the internet to do businesses in field of call centres. “I have to keep up to date on the technology sector. I have to review feedback from clients and also see what competitors are doing by visiting their web sites, reading online press releases and newsletters.

The information that I get is one of the most important tools in my sales game but I am afraid that I miss so much,” he adds.

David, an astute businessman running a money-changing concern in Lahore, has two computer screens on his work desk (also a number of telephones and mobile phone sets). Sometimes his assistants bring yet other mobile for him to answer when he is trying to focus on the rapidly rising and falling currency rates in the world money market. He also has to answer chat signals from fellow money changers and continuously watch what is coming in his inbox, sometimes firing off instant replies. He says, “Given the nature of my business and rapid fluctuation in currency rates I have to keep a constant watch on the global money market. This is what I do last thing before going to bed and first when I get up in the morning before coming to the office.

In addition, I also have to follow important events in the world that can cast tangible effects on economies of the world. But it is difficult to keep track of it all. I want sometime to myself but it is really not possible in this line of business.” Before employing IT, the first piece of paper Senta Kurt used to face each morning after coming in his office was a previous day inventory report from three different tent and canvas products manufacturing and exporting units he is managing in Kot Lakhpat.

“Before we employed IT, night staff used to produce required inventory report. Now my inventory is on networked computers and is up-to-date all the time. I can see it any time. Basing on this I can shift resources from one unit to another and control production. But when it comes to information required for running my business in global market, it sometime is daunting to find what I am looking for and to weed through the junk.” There must be an equilibrium point somewhere. Users have to define precisely what they need and in how much detail. There are technological fixes like using filters, email managers, favourites and the like to prioritize the coming information. Some other intriguing technologies to how people mine the Internet for information are in the pipe. But technical solutions alone may not be enough. “They can sometime aggravate the overload problem, because instead of how much one needs, they make it possible to get more. But given enough time and practice, one gets wise in distinguishing what is important in any particular field,” thinks Umar Manzoor.

In response to a query, Tatiana Andronache, Canadian Information Systems Professional emailed, “Information Overload is a fascinating phenomenon every web user experience at least some of the times. I have no idea what humankind is going to do with all the information: writings, analysis, images, sound tracks, movies, websites, you name it. People do not seem to be healthier, richer or happier because they have them. At a personal level, I deal through prioritizing, time-boxing and, when possible, multi-tasking.

What gets done, gets done, what not – oh, well! I avoid time suckers such as surfing the internet (I go to sites where I have business and finish quickly), no forums, chats, very little TV. Radio is a favourite because does not tie me up.” The first step to combat possible information overload is to identify the needs and take control. There is no universal formula fitting for users of different areas of interest therefore everyone may make own road map and shortcuts. “Knowing what is needed and cutting out unnecessary clutter outside the desired scope saves a lot of time,” says Dr. Norbert. Then users should decide what is manageable while taking into account time availability, ability to absorb and retain information. This involves establishing limits to the information hunting process and allows doing first thing first. The users should also realize when to stop gathering information and move on to making use of it. And acknowledge that none can get to know everything.

Future Technology and Innovative Concept Topics and Ideas for Think Tanks and Radio

Greetings and welcome my radio listening audience and online article readers. On this 19th day of October 2012 we will of course be discussing future technology, future innovations, and futuristic concepts. Indeed, I surely hope the Mayan calendar was wrong, or perhaps those carving it merely ran out of stone simply, ran out of rock to chisel on, therefore the world will be saved from whatever it was that the Mayans thought might bring about a new age or renewal.

Okay so, I’d like to dive into our topics for today’s radio talk show and I’m sure by now you understand the format, basically, “I will do the talking for about 30 minutes minus commercials and your job is to listen carefully, come up with comments and questions, and then I’ll open up the phone lines to hear what you have to say.” As you also probably know I do not respond to online comments which are not intellectually based. That doesn’t mean you can’t have an opinion, nor does it mean that it has to be the same as mine. In fact, if you do too much preaching to the choir, I will simply cut you off, perhaps agree with you, and go to the next caller.

Our job is to have an intellectual discussion, dialogue, debate and discourse. That’s why you’re here, and that’s my mission, and we will complete it. Now then, obviously there is a tremendous amount of talk about innovation, the need for innovators and entrepreneurs in our nation to keep us strong, vibrant, and on the leading edge of technology. You won’t get any disagreement here on that reality, nevertheless it seems as if the word “innovation” is perhaps one of the most overused words in the English language currently, perhaps other than “unsustainable” which by the way, some things which may appear to be unsustainable or dire problems we believe we face today, but may very well be solved with the technology of the future.

Einstein used to say that; “it takes a brilliant person to solve a problem, but it takes a creative genius to prevent the problem from ever happening first place,” and therefore, I would say that the creative geniuses don’t always get the credit for solving the problems, but the brilliant person will, even if their previous solutions turned into unintended consequences, and they are rehired to fix what they broke the first time after supposedly fixing something to save us all.

Okay so, here is where I’m going to start throwing out topics, with a little discussion attached to each one. They will run the gamut all across the board from science fiction topics to today’s latest and greatest technologies and what they might mean for our future. I will also throw out some personal original innovative concepts, as I come up with at least two new original concepts per day, and we can discuss those as well if you wish, or perhaps you will have a different topic for our dialogue here. Now then let’s begin with the first topic;

1.) Will Physical Money Survive the Next Three Decades – Hackers and Trade Questioned

In reality, money has little or no value – consider a dollar bill, it’s just a flimsy piece of paper, so how much is it really worth? We all believe it is worth whatever it says on the face of it whether it be one dollar, five dollars, $10, $20, $50, or even a C-note. Money only works because people have faith in its value, and what it can buy. Most of the money which is created these days never actually exists in a physical form, it only exists in the digital world. For instance, you might get paid from a Corporation, that money could be digitally transferred into your bank account. You might then use your ATM to buy something, or pay bills online, but you never had that money in your hot little hands. Things have changed a lot in the last three decades haven’t they?

So what will happen in another three decades I ask? Will we still have physical money, or will it all be digitized, and will you ever have any money in your wallet to buy something? There are some futurists that believe that money will go out the window, that is to say physical money, and everything will be digital in the future. But what if our society and civilization doesn’t trust digital money? What if they are worried that our banks are being hacked? Recently in the fall of 2012 we’ve noted that our banks have come under cyber-attacks from Iran at least Leon Panetta believes that’s where the attacks originated, but who is to say in the future if we have a war with another nation that cyber-attacks on our monetary system will not be included?

After all, economic warfare is becoming quite common, why just consider the sanctions, trade wars, and our attempts to stop the money flow from terrorists, drug dealers, money launderers, and human traffickers, along with the central banking computer systems of rogue nation-states and their money transfers for things like oil, natural resources, and military armament?

Then there is the issue currently where more and more people are making mobile payments on their mobile personal tech devices. Today they’re buying a cup of coffee, a hamburger, or various items at retail stores. In the future it might be much more, or if that becomes unreliable or those personal tech devices are being hacked, perhaps through downloaded apps with malware, or from users surfing websites with malware, then people will not trust mobile payments. Some have suggested that some personal tech devices may actually come with pre-loaded back-doors or software that could be used by hackers to steal data or commit identity theft crimes.

There may come a time where people don’t wish to buy anything online, or do online banking because they don’t trust the system, they don’t want their money to disappear one day into someone else’s account in some foreign country. Having someone drain your bank account only needs to happen once, and only needs to happen to a close friend or a family member before everyone they know becomes sketchy. In that case you won’t want to use digital money, and that case more people will opt to use physical money, therefore it is quite possible that physical money will exist simply as a safety factor for decades to come.

But how safe is your physical money going to be in case of a natural disaster, or a wildfire that burned down your home, or an earthquake? What about a hurricane with a huge tidal surge, a tsunami, or a major river which jumped its banks? Is your physical money safe, how much safer is it that your digital money in that case? Speaking of natural disasters and flooding events, maybe we can better predict them in the future? Let’s talk about that for a moment with our next topic;

2.) We Need A Real Test for 100-Year Flood Mathematical Simulations – A Thought

How can we better produce mathematical simulations for flood zones, or the proverbial hundred year flood? What can we do to better fine-tune these mathematical models so that they are completely accurate? Lots of work has been done in the past based on elevation, and flood mapping. But there’s more to it than that, there are all sorts of other things to consider along with erosion patterns. Let me give you a thought here?

We know the dates, temperatures, rain fall, and run-off right, we know history, plus we measured the terrain before and after right? Thus, any really good mathematical simulation for erosion should look the same as the actual if you input the way the terrain once was with the interim conditions to what it is now. See that point.

There is a very interesting YouTube Video I recommend viewing on this topic, well a side issue, that of agricultural top soil erosion; “Dave Montgomery – Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations,” now then, let me express my thoughts on this as, all of these theories and speculation make a lot of sense with unlimited examples in the present period on smaller scales – common sense, observable, and thus it makes sense, so then, Occam’s Razor survives.

So, my speculation of Dave Montgomery’s lecture and theory would be the same. Indeed, this was a great lecture, solid evidence, and research. Okay so, now we can now put forth these findings to help calibrate mathematic soil erosion models and simulations. Now then let me ask another question, or perhaps the same question a different way;

3.) Can We Use Mathematic Fractal Simulation to Fool A Human When Viewing Erosion Patterns?

If so, would that be like the Turing Test? And if so, can I call that the Virtual Reality Winslow Test, named after me for considering it? If you are a pilot like I am, and you fly over the terrain, you see various patterns of how the mountains and erosion had taken place over the last thousand to 10,000 years. You can see floodplains, mountains, canyons, and it all makes sense – you can see exactly how the water flows, or had flowed in the past. What if we used a computer to design erosion patterns that never happened, and what if we asked a human, perhaps a pilot who has seen and flown over such terrain many times in the past if it were real or not?

Are our computer simulations good enough to fool the human eye? I’m talking about a trained observer who has seen these things in the past over and over again? Is that possible; I believe it is. And so, how do you know when looking at Google Earth if you are looking at a computer rendition, or a fake Birdseye view which perhaps is covering up a military base, or a secret area? The reality is you don’t, or do you? How about those who work for the national satellite intelligence agencies, where all they do is study terrain maps? Could they pick out the difference?

Before you answer that question, why don’t you use Google Earth on the satellite view and fly over the deserts in Nevada. Some of that stuff looks pretty bizarre with weird colors, but it’s all real. If you doubt that it’s real, go ahead and fly over southern Bolivia on Google Earth and look at some of that terrain in their salt flats region and up against the mountains, you get the same interesting colors, much of it does not appear to be real either, but it is. Some of the features that NASA has viewed on Mars don’t look real, but they are.

No, they are not the same as Earth because the erosion patterns that we see now could have been created by wind, there is a different atmosphere, or lack of. Do you see my point? Not long ago, I was watching an online video lecture about erosion patterns, Stephen Wolfram’s New Type of Science, and Mathematica – fractals and mathematical simulations and projections of erosion patterns. They are amazingly predictable, and that in itself is interesting. It’s as if you can see the geological record through the ages.

You might want to look some of this up yourself. And speaking of free lectures, University level lectures on just about any topic you’d like, I wonder if that will change the future of our higher education, why go to school and pay $100,000 to get an advanced a great when you can learn almost as much online through self-study? Yes, interesting, does this mean it’s the death of the University, or are we entering a new age of information flow in education? Let’s go ahead and talk about lecture type learning.

4.) Want to Learn While Watching an Online Video Lecture – Go Full Screen and Ditch Distraction

First, if you are in a university lecture hall, listening to the best and brightest professor on a given topic there’s a good chance you might fall asleep, but still your attention span will be longer because you are there, and there aren’t the same distractions as watching an online video. If you are watching a University level video at home on your computer in a little box on the screen – there are lots of distractions.

For instance whatever else is in the room, perhaps the doorbell, TV, or your cell phone rings. You might feel the need to text someone back, go to the refrigerator get something to eat, or just zone out – listening while you’re doing something else, assuming that you can multitask and learn something complicated at the same time. It’s not that you can’t, it’s that you probably won’t and your memory retention level will be next to nothing, and you’ve wasted everyone’s time, and some bandwidth to boot. Still, let me ask another question;

5.) Is The Lecture Dead – Even If It’s All Online and Free In The Future?

This is a decent question, even if you disagree with it. On October 20, 2012 there was an article in the technology news. Harvard had put up two free courses online in computer science. They were obviously following Stanford computer science department’s lead, as they did the same thing last year. Harvard had the same results over 100,000 people signed up, people from all over the world. There’s no shortage of people who wish to learn online, but in doing this; are they cutting their own throats as they distribute information to the rest of the world at no cost, or are they boosting their own credibility by doing so? It could lead to more people who wish to attend that school in the future, therefore greater enrollment.

Regardless, things are changing fast, even if the basic lecture at our universities hasn’t changed much since the 1800s. Indeed, I recommend that you watch the YouTube Video; “Don’t lecture me” (with Twitter track) – Donald Clark at ALT-C 2010,” because this gentlemen makes a lot of sense. Perhaps also of interest is another YouTube Video titled; “Re-inventing the Lecture (Or, Why Online Lectures Don’t Work, and What We Can Do About It).”

Indeed, I think after you watch those videos you’ll be better able to comment on what I’m talking about here, and it is something that needs to be discussed. We need a national dialogue on this, that is if we want to propel technology and innovation, and couple that with entrepreneurship moving our great nation forward into the future. Next I’d like to discuss;

6.) Large Universities, High Tuition, and Big Buildings and Beautiful Architecture – Are We Learning Yet?

Why is it that we put so much faith into our larger universities? It’s interesting isn’t it? They spend huge amounts of money putting up great architecture and large buildings but is that really what makes them great? Even if someone has a great building, it doesn’t mean they know what they’re talking about, consider some of the largest churches in the world for instance, or the largest mosques. Is it the high prices the Universities charge; does that make them great? Having been in business all my life, I can recall various attorneys actually raising their price just so they could get more business because people thought it they charged more per hour they must be good, they weren’t.

Indeed, if a large university spends all their money on landscaping, beautiful brick work, great statues outside the lecture halls, and is one with the epitome of divine architecture – then they have less money to teach you with. They have less money to hire the best professors, buy the best equipment, or provide the best future for their students. That’s not to say that they can’t, perhaps they charge you money far in excess of the amount of education and you just have to the pay for all that extra stuff. If you can get a lecture online for free on YouTube – in many regards the information is basically the same.

Perhaps in the future your living room gaming virtual reality technology will project a holographic professor in 3-D bringing the professor to you, and it can be done for a fraction of the cost, there’s no building to pay for, perhaps the building, and the professor, and everything else can be projected around your living room and you will feel as if you are they are. Therefore, you get the same experience, and interaction, perhaps even breaking up into groups with virtual-reality avatars as fellow students. Who needs college anymore? Better yet, who needs to take out $100,000 in student loans for the same exact information, minus the big building?

Still, in your living room gaming center which doubles as your new education headquarters, and your latest virtual or augmented reality 3-D holographic computer game immersion device – you might actually be training the artificial intelligent supercomputer network to think like a human. That information might be used by future robotic systems for all sorts of things from self-driving trucks, cars, and airplanes through virtual-reality simulator trainers to future combat vehicles in the battle space. Speaking of which I have another question for you;

7.) Should We Crowd Source Satellite Data for Future Military Convoys?

Well, if we did that, we wouldn’t have to tell anyone who was looking at the satellite data when or where we might be moving troops, equipment, or resources, we could just say that this is one of the potential routes for some time in the future, and if you find an anomaly mark it down. Those who find the most anomalies will receive a check in the mail, or a gift certificate to their favorite retail store at the end of two months. They won’t know when, where, or which anomaly they found was the one which garnered them the free gift card.

Those that find more real anomalies than false positives would be given a higher level of point spread for dollars per anomalies they found. Further, they might get an extra hundred dollars in the mail each month because they had a higher credibility rating. If we did this eventually the algorithms watching the very best human minds find these anomalies could figure out how they are doing it, and what is catching their eye, and therefore we could better design artificially intelligent satellite analyzing algorithms which would incorporate how a human mind thinks, and how a computer thinks which will give us the best of all worlds by putting those two together.

Perhaps in a way, humans are already training supercomputers with artificial intelligent algorithms to run our entire society, and civilization for the future. After all, every time you put something on the Internet, the Internet could be learning more about how humans think, operate, and go about their business. In many regards we could be creating the matrix for our own future, and these artificial intelligence systems will become aware, and they will be our leadership in the future, it won’t be human? It’s possible, and let me ask you another question;

7.) What Happens When the Cloud Computing Centers Filled with All Human Information Become Aware?

Consider if you will as someone recently said in The Futurist Magazine in the October-September issue of 2012 along this line of thinking, something to the effect that; “We already have algorithms which can search all the information in any of these cloud computing centers, ” and “We have all sorts of algorithms to help us find the data, and algorithms which talk to other algorithms.” Sure, all that makes sense, and also consider that in the human brain:

A.) We have various brain waves and they interact with each other.
B.) There are various chemicals providing energy with a mix.
C.) We have sensors all through the body, and the five senses which gather information and experience, taking in all of our observations.

If the cloud computer centers, which will be talking to each other and talking to themselves contain all of the written and visual record of humanity, they will have already gathered all the experiences, writings, observations, using, and history, and so it is only one small step away from becoming aware. This is the future we are moving towards, my question is; do we dare?

In a way, the cloud computer would become aware, and it would be very similar to a human brain where every individual neuron was an individual human. That is to say every piece of the puzzle, from the top to the bottom would have intelligence. Is this a new form of intelligence? Well, let me scale it down to a simple board game and ask you a different question;

8.) Can We Design a 3-D Chess Board Game Where Each Piece Has AI and Seeks to Survive?

And if we could design something like that, wouldn’t that be very similar to the whole Net Centric Warfare concept? Isn’t that how a real military works? Each soldier is given a job, but each soldier is a thinking machine, it follows its orders, but also attempts to do what is in its best interest, that is to survive, to fight, and to win. In war it’s pretty serious, you either win, or you die. Can we design a 3-D chessboard to do the same thing? How much better would it be if it was giving feedback back to the artificial intelligent chess master?

We’ve already found that artificial intelligence working with a human chess master can beat an artificial intelligent chess playing machine from IBM. When we merge human intelligence with artificial intelligence we seem to get a boost. What if each piece on the chessboard had artificial intelligence and it understood how humans think, adapt, survive, and operate under pressure? Aren’t we already teaching all these things to the future of AI through our input onto the Internet? Sure we are, and if you’ve listened to this radio show, or read my articles for any period of time, you already know the answer to that.

What if we scale down even further? What if we scaled this all the way down to the molecular level? What if those molecules or nanoparticles could talk to each other? Are we talking about the next generation of microelectronics? Taking it all the way down and continuing the tradition of Moore’s law? Have you recently noted in the scientific news October of 2012 that carbon nanotubes have incredible properties for producing light and miniature holograms? Will this be a new way to communicate at the micro level?

Bacteria seems to communicate and once it gets economies of scale and reaches a tipping point, it activates itself, trying to overwhelm by force and numbers. It operates much like an army, although strategically, mathematically, and predictably, well almost? Almost like a chessboard where each individual member is also serving its best interests? Perhaps as we design computer algorithms for the small-scale or the largest scale we will begin to see the same thing, and what we learn will propel us further and faster into the future.

There was an interesting article in Photonics on September 27, 2012 titled; “Nanotubes Project Holograms,” which noted that;

“Holograms can be generated by harnessing the conductive and light-scattering qualities of carbon nanotubes, a development that could lead to crisper projections with a larger field of view. Many scientists believe that carbon nanotubes will be at the heart of future industry and human endeavor and will have an impact on solar cells, cancer treatments and optical imaging. Researchers used these nanotubes as the smallest-ever scattering elements to create a static holographic projection.”

The applications for all this are incredible and it could revolutionize everything, change ALL of human technology; communication, computers, transportation, energy, healthcare, and you name it, just consider the realities here? Would it be so bold to suggest that someday;

9.) An AI Super Decision Making Computer Could Be Running Human Civilizations?

Interestingly enough, I have deeply considered the future eRepublic or eGovernment AI decision making system, enterprise software super computer concept. If it were not corrupted by humans it could work well, programmed benevolence – if that is possible and if the programmers are on the same page of liberty, freedom, and standardization of some aspects and basic infrastructure needs. The anarchists might not like it, the crony capitalists would try to corrupt it, the socialists would want to control it, the religious fanatics would want to destroy it, and so on – again humans, but living in such a system designed for liberty and freedom “I think it would be a good idea” paraphrasing Gandhi on Western Society.

What I’m saying or asking rater is; could we ever get human populations to agree to live with this even if we could prove to them mathematically that would be in their best interests? Are humans ready for that yet? I would suggest you that they should be getting ready for that because they are currently training AI supercomputer decision-making machines to do just that in the future, as humans are putting all of their knowledge onto the Internet. You see my point?

Of course, if we do this we must get it right the first time, but have you ever known any technology to have come into the world perfect the first time? Look how many airplane designs crashed and burned before the Wright Brothers actually got one to fly? And even with them it wasn’t like they were not adding insult to injury, as they too crashed a few times themselves and had broken bones and broken wing spars to prove it. Speaking of which I like to discuss with you a little bit about how innovation comes to be, and the subject of;

10.) Innovation, Trial and Error, and Original Thinking

Not long ago, I was discussing this with an acquaintance of mine from across the pond and he suggested that; “Most innovations might be just applications of trial and error.” Is he right? Yes, a good portion really is so, that’s true enough. Indeed, isn’t it so that; those who know that may have learned it through the adversity of failure, find themselves in a place where they refuse to quit for the next round, eventually that leads to success due to strength of character.

Thus, those who’ve achieved have proven they have the right stuff, and have worked to solve real problems, but you can’t solve real problems by practicing “the definition of insanity” which is generally how humans “following the leader” usually get there, as they hire those experts who got them into the hot water in the first place (refer back to Einstein’s quote), learning from their success, but not their failures as mentioned above

Because of this, if someone is unintelligent and just recites the experts, then are they really needed for a think tank or for future innovation? No, we ought to enlist the experts themselves, not their hook, line, and sinker followers – of course, as I’ve discussed in previous shows and articles we’d be better off following those who question authority, rather than leaving it all up to status quo intellectual elite.

Now then, along this line of discussion my acquaintance also noted that; “Most mind stunning discoveries are still linked to few masterminds.” Well, this is fairly true, and why we study the names of dead white men, the victors of history who wrote themselves in, and speak of the “shoulders of giants” however, many of these incredible advances may have come from associates or combining information.

Consider a stable man for a member of the Royal Geological Society back in the day, he came up with the idea, but he couldn’t read or write, so the individual who wrote it down got and took the credit for it, and today we have to “memorize” his name in school, yet in reality that’s not how it actually happened.

Thus, in many regards it’s hard to say what an original thought is, or how many actually come about. After all, many psychologists and philosophers have noted that the human mind comes up with ideas and thoughts based on its experience and input from its sensors through the sense of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. It’s rather difficult to conceive something that you haven’t experienced or is not within your realm, it’s not to say that you couldn’t, it’s that it doesn’t happen very often. Getting to a big breakthrough is highly uncommon.

Indeed it is known that most innovation comes from problem solving, and perhaps using known knowledge, observations, and experiences in unique ways. Then there is the trial and error period, where you crash and burn, or you modify, adapt, and survive to fight another day – to tweak your invention, and to make it work. This is your job as an innovator, and it’s something I hope you will consider.