So, I’d just finished reading “How many humans would it take to keep our species alive? One scientist’s surprising answer” article and I was amazed that his answer is just only 98 healthy people. Afterward, I scratched my head in doubts. Obviously, these 98 people would band together to produce more offsprings so the population could grow larger. Also, we could imagine that these 98 healthy people are the sole survivors of the planet earth since an apocalyptic event had wiped everyone else off the planet earth. So, is it true that it would take only 98 healthy people to start the new seed of a lost civilization for generations to come?
I don’t think it is possible for 98 healthy people to redevelop a lost population/civilization! In my opinion, if an event that could wipe out 99.999 percent of earth’s healthy population, how could we be so sure that the other 98 healthy people would last? Furthermore, a much smaller group of people is going to be more susceptible to extinction since any number of unfortunate circumstances could reduce this small group into an even smaller group. Of course, you can argue that these 98 healthy people are special since they survived the apocalypse and got a very good protective shelter such as they’re escaping the planet in a very capable spaceship. Then again, the universe is so huge which harbors all sorts of danger — how could one know that these people would survive through one generation?
Of course, you could argue that space is very safe for a generation of people who travel in a very capable spaceship to begin a repopulation program which could last for generations to come. Here I begin to doubt even more! How could anyone know how long a spaceship would last? Unless you have a crystal ball, I don’t think you could really know how long a spaceship would last. I imagine a spaceship got some moving parts and all sorts of things that could go wrong at any moment. I also imagine that space is a very lonely place, and so these 98 healthy people could suffer all sorts of depression. It takes only one crazy depressive person to dwindle this group into a smaller group. Thus, extinction is very near and dear!
I don’t like how one would think it takes only 98 healthy people to repopulate earth or sustain human species because this would encourage the crazies to believe that the other 99.999 percent of earth’s population is dispensable. My argument is very real for the reasons I stated above. Basically, I don’t think 98 healthy people could sustain a human species for there are too many variables that could dwindle this small group. From human emotions to outside variables, any one of these variables that turn negative could greatly reduce this small group. My answer is that I don’t believe 98 healthy people could actually sustain a human species!
Streaming is proliferating nowadays, and so people are slowly switching from watching traditional TV contents to streaming contents. In fact, whatever that is streaming can also be duplicated on TV and vice versa. The big difference is that TV is scheduled and streaming is an on-demand kind of things.
For advertisers, streaming is something radically different than traditional TV because streamers may not accept forced advertising contents. TV viewers may not care how long or how many advertisements get push through during a viewing experience. The big words here are may not since TV viewing experience is about potato couching. On the other hand, the streamers want contents quickly and sometimes prefer the shorter the content the better. When advertisers push through advertisements in streaming contents, the streamers often get turned off.
The puzzle here is all about how to get viewers who stream to watch advertisements! We’ve seen clever advertisements been done in movies such as marrying a brand into the content of the movie itself. For an example, let’s create a fictitious brand of soft drink known as Blahboulous and we marry this Blahboulous can of soft drink with a character in the movie who often loves to carry the can of Blahboulous soft drink around. This tactic could also make a brand viral since a famous actor or actress is being associated with such a brand!
The question is how to marry multiple brands into streaming contents! Doing this too obvious would also be a turnoff. Perhaps, there would be a better method? I think forced advertising contents can still be done in streaming contents, but this gotta be super concise and short and the fewer the better! Meanwhile, advertisers should marry their sponsors’ brands into the streaming contents more often. The combination of both could elevate the advertising streams while irritating the streamers less.
I don’t usually think in a mathematical sense but I rather think in a philosophical sense… I think! Anyhow, I love to wonder about the realm of randomness and probability from time to time. It’s intriguing to me when I think about how large is the universe; it seems to go on endlessly without a border in sight like how earth got its own boundary. Thus, I would think — could we ever calculate the possibilities and the probabilities of each possibility and the possibilities of each probability within our own universe?
The universe is so large and so we may not know where it would end so there could be a beginning of something else. Multiple universes? We don’t know really! But I guess scientists out there got their own mathematical formulas and scientific theories to provide them some basics of a foundation to provide many inputs into a computer model so we humans can simulate a known universe. Nonetheless, what we don’t know may not allow us to calculate what we want and wish to know — that is the beyond!
Quantum computing is gaining innovative developments each day. This could allow us to have a much more powerful mean to calculate whatever. I guess we could simulate a known universe in a quantum computer with more ease than how we’re doing with the traditional computer technology. The question is, can a quantum computer help us sprinkle the probabilities and the possibilities of what is known and what is only a guesswork into our computer models so we could arrive at a point where we may discover more about our own universe?
I even question on the rigidity of theories and known facts because I think to go beyond one must take a risk in traveling the unknown seas — in a time when we have no idea and not a clue of what would lie ahead. Could the rigidity of theories and facts prevent us from developing more knowledge? Nonetheless, we cannot just simply enter a magical element into a well-developed computer model to simulate what we truly want to know about the universe, right?
But to think a fish cannot fly could be right on earth, it could be wrong on another planet when everything could fly! Of course, I truly do not know if there is such a planet. This is the magical element I’m talking about! Thus, entering the probabilities and the possibilities of what if as if how we explored the unknown seas back in time. Right now, our new unknown seas are the new boundaries and borders and stuff within our universe.
I also think if such magical element could help us discover more about the universe, could it allow us to calculate the probabilities and possibilities of a possible future — giving that we’re knowing some known facts and theories that would be married to a magical element or elements? I guess the quantum computer technology could really help us here. I skim some texts on probability through the web and they describe probability as events with yes and no such as 1 and 0. Nonetheless, I question this as I ponder a fish could fly. Why? Sometimes, could yes also mean no?
Although Groupon is trying to help online shoppers saving a few bucks here and there through collective discounts, I have to wonder isn’t there a better way to do this? I think Amazon Prime is onto something great, but could it be better? I imagine that someone is probably out there and thinking about forming a company that would bundle almost anything they could into one subscription-based program which is similar to Amazon Prime but better.
So, imagine when you go to the movie theater or eating out or shopping in a mall or go online or whatever, you just have to be authenticated as you who is a member of this omni-membership and you automatically got a discount. Wouldn’t this be way easier than having to pick out a discount yourself on Groupon? Obviously, this would save you time. If this could also save you a ton of money, this is definitely a way to go then.
Here is how I imagine a scenario of a huge war between two powerful countries or two united opposing forces in the near future. In my scenario, a near future will be almost unthinkable if essential something isn’t automated and fully capable of self-regulating through Artificial Intelligence. If two opposing forces are all automated and regulated by AI capabilities — how much collateral damage would there be on human civilians? Is it just too dumb to allow a human soldier to be fighting against a more capable AI mechanized counterpart?
I imagine that two opposing forces would launch an all-out war with all the weapons they have in their arsenals. Such weapons could be fully mechanized automated machines to fully automated electronic spy drones and such. I also imagine that these two opposing forces would prefer not to use human soldiers for the most parts of the war. Human soldiers would probably be on standby to evacuate the human civilians if there won’t be enough mechanized units that are still available in doing such a job.
As the war intensifies, each force would pray that their technology and AI automated weapons could outdo the other until either the enemy’s units and weapons run low or their own units got annihilated. Once such an intense process runs through its course, the victor would aim their robotic units onto the enemy’s human civilian and non-civilian forces. The losing side got almost no option at this point! Either be a hero to fight to the death or surrender unconditionally.
Of course, I leave out the possibility that a nuclear war could be provoked. How come? I imagine that if such a war between two opposing forces could break out — it means nuclear weapons would probably be canceled out of the equation or rendered less capable somehow. Perhaps, if such a war occurs between such two forces, it means either both sides have already somehow disabled each other nuclear weapons or one of these two forces is suicidal.
In conclusion, human soldiers may not be very useful in the future unless they’re going to be used as human spies to infiltrate the enemy’s human networks. For the most parts of a futuristic war, fully automated AI mechanized units would be used to subdue the enemy or enemies. A futuristic war could break out between two most powerful forces means nuclear weapons are no longer in the strategic calculation because these weapons either got disabled somehow or someone is on a suicidal mission.
So, Artificial Intelligence is being promoted as a technology which could help automate many things such as cars, airplanes, boats, bus, businesses, and so on. Nonetheless, I’m hoping to see someone develops an AI app for personal uses such as helping one learns a second language! Imagine how awesome it could be if an app is an AI which could teach you how to speak Chinese, German, or whatever language you wish to learn. I imagine that this AI app could talk to you, correct you, and communicate with you until you become fluent in a foreign language!
Why stop there! Imagine that someone could also develop an AI app to teach children math, physics, history and so much more. I think AI could excel at promoting education. With AI I think children could learn more efficiently and the schools may be able to free up school resources for other important agenda. Of course, you never know that AI could eventually transform the role of a school into either something else entirely or the school could cease to exist altogether. If your children and adult friends could learn just about anything through the AI interaction — why bother wasting resources in funding a school?