A Chinese news agency Xinhua had just unleashed a world first news anchor AI presenter which based on a real human’s facial expressions. You could easily tell the speech is spoken by AI since the voice is quite digitized. Anyhow, I think they could as well make the voice seems more human-like if they choose.
I wonder if someone else out there is watching this video and has an idea that what if we could also get rid of real actors by using this technology, right? I think it’s possible in the future that we could use AI to replace real human actors! Nonetheless, I could also foresee the possibility of using this technology to fabricate and frame a good person in a scandal!
In the video right after the break, the video suggests China is planning a mission for Mars in 2020. I assume they’re planning to send taikonauts to Mars in 2020 since the video is about how they had built a Mars simulation base for taikonauts on earth. I think this is amazing! Sending humans to Mars would be a new next biggest achievement for humans outside of earth! I can’t wait to see this happens in 2020!
What I’m about to write could be controversial for the time we’re living in now. As we all know president Trump’s tariffs on China are the means to push China to negotiate a fairer trade — at least this is how the president promotes to the public. So far China isn’t willing to be a pushover and so they decide to retaliate pound for pound. This means whoever blinks first would lose a lot more in the long run, but in the end, both the United States and China would lose in short-term — well, at least this is how the news programs promote this.
I’m thinking that could tariff be a blessing in disguise for China? How come? China has been known as the factory for the world since they opened up their market and joined the World Trade Organization. This means China can ramp up production of almost anything! As Trump’s tariffs hit China, companies that want to avoid tariffs from the United States and still want to export to the United States would move their operations out of China. Nonetheless, there are Chinese and foreign companies in China that produce the same stuff but have yet to export their products to the United States would find the vacuum suddenly is a lot more pleasant to navigate and do business.
The Chinese government could also be more lenient toward companies that decide to keep their operation within China, thus allowing these companies to prosper while China’s internal consumer market ought to grow bigger in time. Remember Google? Google left the Chinese market a long time ago but now Google has shown signs that it wants to grab a chunk of the Chinese’s huge consumer market. Unfortunately, Google isn’t making much progress in this front and allowing similar Chinese homegrown companies to grow unchallenged within China.
Since Chinese companies that are going to stay in China could ramp up their production unchallenged as the trade war between the United States and China heats up, these companies ought to grow bigger in a more empty but lucrative Chinese consumer market. Perhaps some European companies may want to open up their operations in China to give the Chinese companies some competitions. Anyway, I think Chinese companies could grow unchallenged in their home market and mass produce even cheaper products to saturate the world market even more. In the end, I think trade war could only harm a weaker foe who got no means to fight back and could not ramp up production. In the case of China, I think trade war could be a blessing in disguise for the reasons I surmised thus far.
I’m just wondering! Lately, the headlines are screaming that China is devaluing the Yuan to help cushion the blow of Trump’s tariff on China’s exports to the United States. Although this is a legitimate concern that the headlines raise, I’m wondering if there is another hidden motive for the Yuan to slide.
Could it be that the Chinese government is letting the Yuan slides so the treasury bonds that the Chinese own which Americans are in debt to China could stay valuable? This way China can begin to sell the treasury bonds while the treasury bonds are still valuable. Once China unloads enough of the treasury bonds onto the market, whatever value China receives from such transaction could then be converted to other favorable assets, investments, and currencies.
Of course, China could always convert the selling of treasury bonds into Yuan and then raise the Yuan’s buying power back up to stave inflation — but then it could begin a deflation. How? Well, if too many Yuans that are chasing the same thing could raise the price of whatever, but when the buying power of Yuans get push up the Chinese government then could lend out these Yuans to other countries and International projects such as Belt and Road Initiative projects to stave inflation. A more powerful Yuan could also allow the Chinese to get more bang for the buck whenever they use the Yuans to acquire whatever. Thus they also have to be careful about the deflation.
I’m no economist and so I could be wrong on what I’m suggesting. Nonetheless, I would love to hear other people’s opinions on the suggestion that I’m suggesting. Am I wrong? Am I even close?
I remembered how stressful buying a car was for me. Ten years ago, a car salesman even insulted me for not accepting his deal, and he told me why even bothered to try to buy the car I want in the first place. He said I properly fit better with cheaper cars, but I told him I wanted a better deal for the car I was trying to buy. Anyway, the moral of the story was whether you’re right or wrong on wanting to buy a car you want, dealing with a car salesman can sometimes be very stressful for a car buyer.
That car salesman even suggested I should trade in my old car for the newer one, and when I was done with the calculation according to his deal I noticed that the dealership was trying to swallow my old car without crediting much back into the newer car I wanted to buy. Basically, I sold the old car by placing an online classified car ad and bought the new car through the dealership without doing a trade-in deal. The moral of the story continues, it’s rare for you to be lucky to not have to deal with a dealership and car salesmen that would not want to eat you up alive when you’re trying to buy a car.
Anyway, I like any idea of buying a car without the insults and stress, and so I think I wouldn’t mind buying a car through a giant vending machine like the one that is being suggested in the video right after the break.
Although Alibaba’s giant car vending machine idea seems to be futuristic, but I think it’s just a smarter way of repackaging readily available ideas into a smoother car buying operation. If I understand the video correctly, after you collect your car from the giant vending machine you get to test drive it for couple days. Once you commit to buying the car you could just then pop online and finish up the payment process. This way, you cut out the middlemen like some sleazy car salesmen, and your whole car purchasing process might be smoother and more enjoyable.
A few days ago, a taxi man engaged me in a conversation. He asked if I was ubering someone because he saw me was waiting near his spot. I told him I was not and was only waiting for a friend. The conversation carried on to the point in which he confessed Uber has taken away too many customers from him. He told me once he was making something like thousands of dollars in a week, but now this is pretty much gone.
I didn’t want to make him feel worse, and so I kept my mouth shut about automation. Basically, China is heading this way. More self-driving buses are now out and about in Shenzhen, China. Check out the video on this right after the break.
I think even whoever relies on Uber for driving customers around will eventually lose out to self-driving Uber cars. In fact, I can even imagine up some self-driving car services such as self-driving taxi cabs will be able to mimic a human touch by installing smart, sexy robots that can pretend to drive but could carry on a real conversation with the human customers.
I think the future is all about automation. I think this trend will speed up fast. I think people will lose jobs to automation for sure.