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Owners Are Now Training Their Cars to Drive Autonomously

November 1, 2015 - 07:51 -- Admin

Tesla's autopilot went live a couple of weeks ago (it's one of the first car brands to do this).

Unlike the autopilots and cruise controls of the past, it's an autonomous system.  This means it isn't limited to the capabilities you get when you pop it out of the box.  It gets better as you train it and provide it with experience.  

DeepFace

October 30, 2015 - 03:18 -- Admin

Facebook has an autonomous facial recognition system called "DeepFace" 

It currently "knows" 800 million people.  

DeepFace is autonomous, it makes decisions based on cognitive capabilities it built on its own.

If I take a picture of you, and you are one of the people DeepFace already knows, it can identify you in five seconds.

It can do this at a level of accuracy as good as human beings ~97%.

DeepFace can run on the processor in a cell phone.

Beyond Automation

October 20, 2015 - 05:49 -- Admin

There's been a big change in the wind for a decade.  Many of us have heard and felt it rumbling in the background, shaking the foundations of an already decrepit global socioeconomic system.  

Depending on how you view the world, you see it differently.  I see it as as technological transformation.  A technological transformation that will upend everything. 

The Snowden Effect

August 20, 2015 - 00:24 -- Admin

Since Snowden fled the US in May of 2013, the US has experienced an increasingly brazen series of massive cyber attacks by criminal groups and nation-states.  These include (there are many more not listed):

  • Target.
  • Sony.
  • The Internal Revenue Service.
  • The Office of Personnel Management
  • The Joint Chiefs of Staff

The reason for this is simple.  The US has lost its ability to deter cyber attacks.

Why?   

Leaving the Global Grid And Being Arrested For It

February 28, 2015 - 09:35 -- Admin

Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, controls about $4.3 trillion in assets (and has influence on how $10 trillion more is allocated).  As a point of reference, that is about the size of the entire US economy.  

Larry sees the world as a tightly interconnected "financial grid." Larry believes that a big part of his job is to know which parts of this global grid represent opportunities and which parts are dangerous.

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