Friday, January 19, 2018

What makes them successful?

App developers find themselves asking, what makes those people successful? So they look at the characteristics of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Bill Joy, Larry Ellison and the rest. But in his book OutliersMalcolm Gladwell found that where they came from was more important. He found something fascinating. The people he studied had at least 10,000 hours writing code. The leaders in the tech industry were first programmers or engineers. His book makes you ask the question. Do you have your 10,000 hours of training in your field?

In his book The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil has some facinating advice. Kurzweil has been trying to teach entrepreneurs how to Leverage exponential technologies through his efforts with Singularity University, a school for entrepreneurs he co-founded with Peter Diamandis. The name technological singularity, is a term coined by sci-fi author Vernor Vinge whereby a super intelligence will arise that exceeds what humans can do in terms of thinking and even logic. 

In Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, The book captures the complexity of a man who could be a tyrant, an emotional wreck and a brilliant visionary. It was his technical background that made him clever. Wozniak admired Jobs's work.  "He did the creative stuff.  He realized how he could build the same thing a lot simple and better.  It was engineering."

It seems that when you look close at the super successful, they each have a technical background. A young App developer of today could easily become the next super star. With a little luck, and surrounded by the right people anything is possible for those with a technical background. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Self Replicating Solar Panels

Now this would be smart energy. 
Instead of rocketing solar panels into orbit, we could program them to make copies of themselves. The panels could grow exponentially, covering the an area the size of California within a year. Orbiting panels have sunlight 24/7. They could gather their materials from the Moon.

We need energy. That would be a fun project to program. What fun that would be!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Original Right to Invent

One of the most valuable individual rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution is the right of "inventors" to own "the exclusive right" to their "discoveries" for "limited times." This right was set forth in Article I, Section 8, years before the rights to freedom of speech and religion were added.

But in 2011, that right was decimated with the American Inventions Act for the benefit of large corporations. 

Here’s a good article

Saturday, January 13, 2018

End of the World

The end of the world as we know it is approaching. But unlike doomsday proponents like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, I'm in the group of Ray Kurzweil and Steve Jobs. Artificial Intelligence is just another tool. 
The technological singularity is where our tools become smarter than we are. But that has already happened in many ways. Humans are not able to compute as fast as a basic computer. We cannot memorize the worlds entire knowledge. We are not able to  communicate across the world by yelling. Our machines and communication technologies are already smarter than we are at many things. Our cell phones make us smarter and safer.
So the next step is what has been called the technological singularity,  that point where machines are smarter than humans at reasoning. 
This idea of smart machines is not new. In the 1960s British mathematician I.J. Goode wrote the following,  “Let an ultra-intelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultra-intelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an ‘intelligence explosion,’ and the intelligence of man would be left far behind.”
But intelligence is not inherently evil. It is the opposite. Creativity and knowledge have moved man forward. But with he the singularity it will be the end of the world, for the better. It could be mans only hope of survival.
Can you imagine Mobile Apps connected to real artificial intelligence? We will finally learn to fly and explore beyond our wildest imaginations. But imagination is what is making this possible. 

The Dawn of Singularity

Friday, January 12, 2018

Words for writing

I was wondering about how to improve my writing when I had an idea. How can I make what I write more absorbing. I want posts that are brilliant and honest. But also gripping, funny and fluid.  A magic labryrinth that resonates and educates.

Well I stumbled onto this site with words to use in your writing. It’s ... insightful.

Don’t just write in black and white, try to add some color. So I’ll try show and not just tell.

Click here for brilliant words for writing

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Emergency SOS from iPhone

This is a good idea from Apple! It's free. 

In the event of an emergency, you are able to quickly summon help to your location. Follow this link for instruction on use from your phone. 

When you make an emergency SOS,  your iPhone automatically calls the local emergency number. 
After an emergency call ends, your iPhone alerts your emergency contacts with a text message that includes your current location. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

IPRs on trial

Hoping for a win for developers, inventors and artists. Patents were built into the fabric of the Constitution.

                                                                     Supreme Court & IPRs