The Way Forward in Technology

It’s a New Golden Age for Technology
The way forward in technology is building a vertically integrated company with a diverse team.
Your phone’s battery life could always be better, but it could have been much worse. Decades after John Hennessy and David Patterson invented the technology that made high-performance, low-power gadgets possible, they have received the ultimate honor—the $1 million ACM A.M. Turing Award, billed as the “Nobel Prize of Computing.” You can thank them quietly whenever you pull your phone out.
In the 1980s, the two professors (Hennessy from Stanford, Patterson from Berkeley) developed technology called RISC—the reduced instruction set computer. The gist: A CPU runs more efficiently if software feeds it a lot of simple instructions instead of fewer, but more complicated ones. Early programmers and chip designers took the latter route, since they could write shorter code, and leave the CPU to unpack it. But as programming languages got more sophisticated in the 1970s and 1980s, they took over the grunt work, translating high-level code written by humans into the litany of instructions the CPU needs. That made Hennessy and Patterson’s RISC concept make sense without inconveniencing software engineers.
99% of Processors today are RISC!


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Will China Control the Future of AI?

Chinese flag AI

China Mobile Payment

Chinese AI companies have leaped ahead, so that today the most valuable companies in computer vision, speech recognition, speech synthesis, machine translation, and drones are all Chinese companies.
~ Kai-Fu Lee
According to Gartner, the global enterprise value derived from AI will total $1.2 trillion this year, a 70 percent increase from 2017. AI-derived business value is projected to reach up to $3.9 trillion by 2022.
Who Will Control the Future of AI?
Will it be Chinese companies, or will it be American big tech companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, or Facebook, who will use AI to increase their power or wealth; or will the benefits be more evenly and democratically available?

Terrance Jackson 2020

Our faith in the promise of America will move mountains and unleash unsuspected human potential where nothing will be impossible for us.
If we don’t want poverty in our nation, our businesses must pay living wages with decent benefits. And if we don’t want polluted air, water, and land, our businesses must behave in environmentally sustainable ways.

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Next-level AI Community Health App

No suicide, no alcoholism, no drug addiction, and very little crime.

CHHE

For my talk on Applying AI to Local Retail, I will demo CHHE, a next-level AI community health mobile app.
The Community Health & Holistic Eating mobile app is based on the fact that community and autonomy are very important elements in determining health and also on the idea that the production, marketing, and consumption of food is key to nearly everything.

Otliers

Malcolm Gladwell wrote in Outliers which The New York Times printed the first chapter:
The results were astonishing. In Roseto, virtually no one under 55 died of a heart attack, or showed any signs of heart disease. For men over 65, the death rate from heart disease in Roseto was roughly half that of the United States as a whole. The death rate from all causes in Roseto, in fact, was something like thirty or thirty-five percent lower than it should have been.
This had happened more than fifty years ago but Bruhn still had a sense of amazement in his voice as he remembered what they found. “There was no suicide, no alcoholism, no drug addiction, and very little crime. They didn’t have anyone on welfare. Then we looked at peptic ulcers. They didn’t have any of those either. These people were dying of old age. That’s it.”
[Y]ou couldn’t understand why someone was healthy if all you did was think about their individual choices or actions in isolation. You had to look beyond the individual. You had to understand what culture they were a part of, and who their friends and families were, and what town in Italy their family came from. You had to appreciate the idea that community — the values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with — has a profound effect on who we are. The value of an outlier was that it forced you to look a little harder and dig little deeper than you normally would to make sense of the world. And if you did, you could learn something from the outlier that could use to help everyone else.
In Outliers, I want to do for our understanding of success what Stewart Wolf did for our understanding of health.
Community — the values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with — has a profound effect on who we are.

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Where Does Creativity Come From?

In the beginning was the Word (Logos),
and the Word (Logos) was with God,
and the Word (Logos) was God.
~ John 1:1
In our age of overwhelming information, how do we find truth?
The characteristic common to God and man is apparently the desire and the ability to make things
Dorothy Sayers pointed out, “It is observable that in the passage leading up to the statement … [that man is made in the image of God], he has given no detailed information about God. Looking at man, he sees in him something essentially divine, but when we turn back to see what he says about the original upon which the ‘image’ of God was modelled, we find only the single assertion, ‘God created’. The characteristic common to God and man is apparently that: the desire and the ability to make things.”
“And all things you ask in prayer, believing [pisteuó from the root pistis], you will receive.”
~ Matthew 21:22

The Holy One spoke all of creation into existence through sound [the Word]
In Jesus’s time there was the practice of sacred sounds and sacred words, which means the actual words that Jesus spoke are a very important part of his teachings. Jesus was Jewish and according to the old Jewish mysticism, sound was considered to be creative. It’s said that The Holy One spoke all of creation into existence through sound….
Sound [the Word] has the power to create a new reality in our lives….
The way to peace for Christians and Muslims is to question theology and embrace the actual teachings of the prophets.
“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”
~ Sir Ken Robinson

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Reversing Violence, Diabetes, Unemployment & Climate Change

Gladiators

At least 72 people were shot, including 12 fatally, over the weekend in Chicago, another eruption of violence in a city that has struggled with murders and shootings in recent years even as the national homicide rate hovers near historic lows.

California’s biggest wildfire on record was expected to burn for the rest of August, as hot and windy conditions challenged thousands of fire crews battling eight major blazes burning out of control across the state.

According to the CDC’s Diabetes Report Card, about 30.3 million people, or 9.4% of the US population, had diabetes in 2015. This total included 30.2 million adults aged 18 or older, or 12.2% of all US adults. About 7.2 million of these adults had diabetes but were not aware that they had the disease or did not report that they had it.
Members of some racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to have diagnosed diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.

Diabetes chart

Kansas City is addressing these problems with urban farming

We are bringing these ideas to New York starting with a smart aquaponics system

Smart Aquaponics
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Whitey Goin’ to Mars But Hold On to Your Dreams…

Hold On to Your Dreams Because Soldier We Love You

On 27 September 2016, the SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced, via web video, the details of how SpaceX will get people from our rapidly deteriorating blue orb up to the dusty, seemingly inhospitable planet known as Mars. “What I’m really trying to do is to make Mars seem possible,” said Musk, sounding buoyant and optimistic. Then he dropped the heavy stuff:
There will be some extinction event. I don’t have some doomsday prophecy. The alternative is to become a space-going species.
[dead silence]
Which, I hope you would agree is the right way to go.
[clapping, followed by dead silence]

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Berry Gordy, Herny Ford, Larry Page, and the Funk Brothers

All of history’s greatest figures achieved success by having pistis, “trust; commitment; loyalty; engagement.”
Motown is an American record company founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records on January 12, 1959, and was incorporated as Motown Record Corporation on April 14, 1960, in Detroit, Michigan. Gordy started Motown with an $800 loan from his family and royalties earned writing for Jackie Wilson.

The Funk Brothers

The Funk Brothers are the Detroit-based session musicians who performed the backing to most Motown recordings from 1959 until the company moved to Los Angeles in 1972.
According to the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown, the Funk Brothers have “played on more number-one hits than the Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys combined.

People would ask, what is the Motown sound? It was the musicians. Without them, there really wouldn’t be a Motown.
~Paul Riser
Motown music arranger

[The Funk Brother] created billions of dollars worth of music, a lot of it they created themselves.
~ Cornelius Grant
Temptations music director
In 1973, BLACK ENTERPRISE started its annual ranking of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses, and Motown debuted at the No. 1 spot, grossing $40 million in revenues and holding that position on every list until 1983 when the company grossed $91.7 million in revenues. Motown lost the title of list leader in 1984 when Johnson Publishing Co., publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines and producer of Fashion Fair Cosmetics, took the top spot.

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