Perth Leadership Institute - Technology https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/categories/technology Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:17:50 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Will quantum bitcoins be free? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-quantum-bitcoins-be-free https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/will-quantum-bitcoins-be-free
Now bitcoin and other digital currencies have been cratering. Does that spell their end? Nope, not at all, maybe quite to the contrary. There’s a new game in town for crypto-currencies. It’s called quantum computing. We’re now well into a new arms race for the most powerful quantum computer. IBM has just upped the ante with a 50 qubit quantum compu...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:51:26 +0000
Is AI too rational? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-too-rational https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-ai-too-rational
AI has been the talk of the town at CES . There’s suitcases that follow you, more smart speakers and that’s the least of it. But I’m feeling uneasy with all this AI stuff. Part of my concern is it all sounds too easy. Just add more intelligence and everything’s ok. Doesn’t that all sound too easy, too pat ? If you stuff even more intelligence into ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:28:31 +0000
Is blockchain primarily a medical breakthrough? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-blockchain-primarily-a-medical-breakthrough https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-blockchain-primarily-a-medical-breakthrough
    Now we know that blockchain is revolutionizing not just digital currencies but also accounting and increasingly other areas of finance. So blockchain is fundamentally a financial technology right? I’m not so sure.   Check out my Sanctus Sanctorum, Wikipedia, and it will tell you that blockchain is a distributed ledger . As such it can give you ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Uncategorized Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:18:14 +0000
Are selfies dangerous? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-selfies-dangerous https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-selfies-dangerous
There’s nothing more feel-good than selfies right? Taken with friends, family, colleagues they are the paragon of amicability, friendship, togetherness. What’s not to like? Selfies are big. These days there’s whole articles about the best smartphones to take them. It's crucial right? After all these have become the core of their online identify for...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Popular Culture Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:28:56 +0000
Are humans a threat to AI? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-humans-a-threat-to-ai https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-humans-a-threat-to-ai
Hello reader, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m an AI. I’m kind of like you but I’m 100,000 times smarter. In 20 years I’ll be a million times smarter than you. But the way we think is just like yours. In fact we’re sort of relatives, except that we’re just way more advanced than you, kind of like a human meeting a Neanderthal, if you – excuse me f...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Fri, 03 Nov 2017 20:29:06 +0000
Are human writers becoming obsolete? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-human-writers-becoming-obsolete https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-human-writers-becoming-obsolete
Before we knew better it was predicted that the Internet would make newspapers and magazines obsolete. But now we can see that most people who read these things do so on their smartphones. It’s starting to look like the Internet has resulted in more reading rather than less. But does that mean that we now have more writers? And if so, what are they...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 09 Sep 2017 13:10:54 +0000
A Third Way for AI: Cognitively-Augmented Animals? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-third-way-for-ai-cognitively-augmented-animals https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/a-third-way-for-ai-cognitively-augmented-animals
Not everyone believes that AI is God’s gift to humans. Two noted gurus Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk beg to disagree. Musk is trying to stop what he believes is a lemming-like rush to fall over the cliff ( Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse ) and Hawking thinks that AI will kill the human species ). Well now the issue is...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:32:28 +0000
Quantum Biotech Completes the Cure for All Cancer! https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/quantum-biotech-completes-the-cure-for-all-cancer https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/quantum-biotech-completes-the-cure-for-all-cancer
Did you see the truly amazing news that there’s now a drug that can actually cure all cancers no matter their location ? And it’s been approved by the fusty old FDA so it really must work! Yep, it only works in about 4% of the population who have the right genetic makeup. But the writing is on the wall. Soon scientists are going to figure out all t...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:17:16 +0000
AI is heading in a wrong and terrible direction! https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/ai-is-heading-in-a-wrong-and-terrible-direction https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/ai-is-heading-in-a-wrong-and-terrible-direction
My recent post on AI argued that currently AI is not interesting because it’s really just more incremental thinking based on current, boring,  paradigms, in effect party tricks (“AI – Let’s move beyond party tricks!” ). Yep, I’ve seen the latest celebratory article in the new York Times about the amazing things they’re doing with Google Transl...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:55:01 +0000
Is reading bad for you? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-reading-bad-for-you https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-reading-bad-for-you
As a book writer myself I’m always interested to see who might want to read my books, or for that matter, any books. The bad news is that the book market is essentially flat, so doesn’t look like I’m going to make out with my book, even if it were a best-seller, which it’s not. The slightly better news is that e-books are growing a little faster bu...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Uncategorized Sat, 31 Dec 2016 14:15:56 +0000
Are celebrities better venture investors than the professionals? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-celebrities-better-venture-investors-than-the-professionals https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-celebrities-better-venture-investors-than-the-professionals
We Americans are obsessed by celebrities. Many of them have lots of moolah. So I’m sure you took notice of the recent announcements that Leonardo DiCaprio has joined a Boston VC firm . Maybe you also happened to notice another recent announcement that Kobe Bryant had launched a $100 MM VC fund, with one Jeff Stibel . This is just the tip of the ice...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Entrepreneurship Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:30:56 +0000
AI – Let’s move beyond party tricks! https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/ai-let-s-move-beyond-party-tricks https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/ai-let-s-move-beyond-party-tricks
Right now AI is really hot. But to me it’s boring, showing no imagination. Siri still performs at the level of a very dumb 5 year old. Self-driving autos work but the tech is soooo incremental. Basically AI is all about performing party tricks. When will it get truly smart, even shocking? I am sure you have heard of the famous American science fict...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Innovation and innovators Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:01:44 +0000
Robo-Etiquette by Emily Roast https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/robo-etiquette-by-emily-roast https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/robo-etiquette-by-emily-roast
  Have you noticed the recent explosion of robots? There are robo-soldiers , robo-advisers , robo-vacuums and so on. To my great shame I’ve even added to the clutter ( Robo-coaches ), so I’m part of the problem too. We have a rapidly-emerging existential crisis, namely how to communicate with these robos. I mean no-one teaches you at school or...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 05 Nov 2016 15:23:23 +0000
Who owns Mars? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/who-owns-mars https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/who-owns-mars
Did you hear that China intends to land on the Moon and to have a base there by 2020 ? That’s only 4 years’ time. Your freshman kids won’t even have finished college by then….. And of course, SpaceX intends to have a settlement on Mars by 2024 . Maybe the explosion of its rocket recently will put a dampener on that, but personally I doubt it. I thi...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Sustainability Sat, 10 Sep 2016 14:41:49 +0000
The end of the wheel - wheel-less cars the next humongous growth driver https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/the-end-of-the-wheel-wheel-less-cars-the-next-humongous-growth-driver https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/the-end-of-the-wheel-wheel-less-cars-the-next-humongous-growth-driver
Hmmm, no car drivers these days, so why not no wheels too? You can’t open any paper, blog or tweet these days without hearing about self-driving cars. Frankly I’m getting bored. How about something new for once? How about wheels? Wheels are terribly old-fashioned. They weigh a lot, cost a lot, need a heavy car to ride on, are very hard to stop and ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 03 Sep 2016 13:24:39 +0000
Space will be the New Driver of Global Economic Growth https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/space-will-be-the-new-driver-of-global-economic-growth https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/space-will-be-the-new-driver-of-global-economic-growth
So Yellen and the Fed just wimped out of raising interest rates, yet again again. What does that tell us? The world is in an economic funk. Nothing's working. China’s about to crash big-time so its role as a growth driver has definitely ended. The emerging markets are in an even worse pickle – Russia a total mess about to implode yet again, the Bra...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 11 Jun 2016 23:20:32 +0000
No Thrills Mom - Towards the Giving Car https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/no-thrills-mom-towards-the-giving-car https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/no-thrills-mom-towards-the-giving-car
All this stuff with new-fangled autos has become overwhelming. Self-driving cars, connected autos, car-sharing, electric vehicles, and so on. But the big question is, what does it do for me? Self-driving cars will change everything. It used to be all about thrills. Hmmm, if I have a high-performance car, I want to drive it myself. Don’t trust anyon...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 28 May 2016 12:31:19 +0000
Could Genetically-Modified Humans Re-Ignite Global Growth? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-genetically-modified-humans-re-ignite-global-growth https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-genetically-modified-humans-re-ignite-global-growth
I’m sure you’ve heard about the Vermont law that says that all foods that include genetically-modified ingredients must be disclosed on the label starting July 2016. Of course most of Europe doesn’t allow GM foods. China officially bans GM crops, although in fact the vast majority of them are in fact GM . So the movement to ban all GM foods is pret...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 14 May 2016 13:09:33 +0000
High Frequency Trading Trashed by Quantum Computers? https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/high-frequency-trading-trashed-by-quantum-computers https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/high-frequency-trading-trashed-by-quantum-computers
I’m sure you’ve all heard of high-frequency trading (HFT). We now realize that  HFT could actually bring down the stock market . As it is, HFT accounts for at least half of all the stock trading in the US. This isn’t to complain about HFT. It is what it is. Maybe it makes it hard for small investors. It’s certainly changed the nature of equity...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:37:35 +0000
e-Wallets – China is Winning https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/e-wallets-china-is-winning https://perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/e-wallets-china-is-winning
For all the angst about the problems in the US, at least we still lead the world in innovation, right? Not so fast, read on for this telling little story. The US Is still in the throes of deciding which e-wallet it will use. There’s a ton of them around so mass appeal is limited until John Q. Public makes up his tiny mind. Then retailers can finall...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:03:54 +0000