I like the idea, but I won’t know how awesome it is unless I have one on my hand.
I like the idea, but I won’t know how awesome it is unless I have one on my hand.
Hot off the press, hackers were able to gain unauthorized access to Equifax’s consumer data, potentially affecting almost half the United States population, roughly around 143 million consumers. Equifax promises to allow affected consumers free credit protection. I don’t know the extent of such protection. Will such protection help consumers fight bad credits due to nefarious activities through this hack? Equifax is also cooperating with the authorities to figure out the mastermind behinds this hack. Also, Equifax has hired professionals to help them tighten up the security and clean up whatever might be left behind in their system by the hackers. Anyhow, Equifax’s CEO is explaining and assuring his customers in the video right after the break.
Globalism seems to be getting a bad rap lately, because locally people are suffering from global competition. Jobs from a global market either had already been moved to another part of the world in the name of efficiency in cost and whatnot or will be replaced by market elsewhere that is more competitive. So, locally, people are not feeling good at all about global aspects.
We’re seeing many people try to promote local brand, local ideas, local culture, and local anything over anything global. Of course, it’s not a bad thing to promote local culture, ideas and whatnot, because these things are essential for a local life-force. Nonetheless, when we become too extreme in promoting local over global agenda, we may create an atmosphere that would lead to a road of violences and not of solutions.
Imagine how the Nazi or similar groups came about or will be created because of such extremism. Basically, I believe that the Nazis were not only Hitler’s henchmen, but many of them were believing in a movement of a pure race mentality which believes in purity and superiority over other identities. So, in Hitler’s time, if you’re a Jew, you would be considered the lowest scum of all scums on earth, thus Hitler did try to wipe out the entire Jewish identity from the planet earth.
The Nazi mentality would seem making sense for the Nazis, but on the outside most people would not agree, because such a movement promotes senseless killing and senseless violence. Thus I think anything that is taking too extreme may do more harm than good. So, in these days, many people are promoting local brands over global brands, and it’s not really a bad thing. Nonetheless, I think we should do this on a scale that makes sense — by not overdoing it. If not, we may promote a form of extremism that will only incite a bigger conflict eventually.
Imagine a scenario in which we would close off our border, stop trading with everyone else globally, and try to create a self-sustain nation in which we believe that would stop global competition and bring better economic prosperity for people within our nation — this looks a lot like North Korea now. But we all know that North Korea isn’t doing very well economically for a very long time. Actually, North Korea had been poor since the conception of its whole political body.
Just right next door, China, once was as poor as North Korea, but now this neighbor known as China has become the largest economy on earth in term of Purchasing Power Parity measure and many people suggest that China will become the largest economy on earth in nominal GDP term sooner than later. The neighbors cannot be any differ in term of size and economic prowess, because the gap between the North Koreans and the Chinese seems to be the size of a galaxy — an exaggeration of course but relevant nonetheless.
China achieved all of their success not by closing down borders, stop trading, and try to be self-sustained like North Korea, but China opened and continues to open up just the right amount of space for foreign trades, investments, cooperations, and whatnot. So, I think China did think about how to face the challenge of global competition before they opened up their economy just right which had allowed them to be where they are today.
For countries like the United States, we’re facing a challenge of cost efficiency, and so our products are more expensive to export. Perhaps we should think about closing our door with just a right amount of space but leave the door open just wide enough to stem the outflow of jobs — creating enough breathing space for people within the country to survive and thrive and compete.
Nonetheless, such a solution is only for short term treatment, because in the future our technologies may be so disruptive that the technologies we will employ will take away all of our jobs. When such thing occurs, no matter how many borders you close down, how many trades you stop from occurring will not be able to keep jobs at home. So, the solution won’t be available in the basket of creating jobs for the people, but the solution would be in the basket of how to support a society in which people will no longer work for a living, on a global scale.
What is the solution? At the moment, I don’t think any single solution would be satisfactory in answering the AI taking away jobs question, because we’re not actually suffering from a total domination from a machine overlord just yet. Instead, we’re seeing machines slowly take away jobs from various people in various sectors. Eventually though, the Artificial Intelligence would get so smart that it would take away most jobs from the people.
If AI is inevitably going to take away most of our jobs, we should steer the course of such a trend to benefit the humanity. After all, we’re the humanity! So, I suggest that we should employ smart machines to create the abundances that we need to free us all from basic necessaries, and this would allow us to focus on living better. We then would probably question ourselves what would we do if the smart machines do all the jobs.
Will we become so bored and mindless that we rather die young than live too long? Nonetheless, in the future we may have technologies that would extend our lifespan. But there is a possibility in which we as the humanity as a whole would try to explore the next frontier which is the universe itself. Maybe the smart machines would get us to be so free that we would venture out into the farthest space within the universe to explore and question not only our origin, but the universe itself — and have a better chance at doing this than ever before.
Anyway, after watching “Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide | Yuval Noah Harari” TED Talks video on YouTube, my brain starts to question a lot more about our future. This brief essay is the result of my watching of this video. The video is right after the break. Enjoy!
It took thousands of years for humankind to develop metal wings so we could fly like a bird which is so free in the sky, but it took humankind only few more years to fire all grocery helpers, bus drivers, taxicab drivers, truck drivers, pilots, restaurant helpers, some firemen, some nurses and doctors, some cooks, and whatnot. Why and how? Automation baby! Here is a clue, check out the video right after the break to see new unmanned grocery stores that are going to be popping out all over the place in China.
These stores are still in testing phrase, but they’re ready as real grocery stores since real people are actually buying stuffs there. These stores don’t need any helper, because everything is automated. The key is your smartphone! Customers can sign up with the store by scanning the QR code through their smartphone, and then they can proceed to shop within the store. Once they see something they like, they can scan quickly scan the items at the scanner and pay through smartphone’s QR code scanning. This bypasses the cashier process altogether. This also bypasses the need to hire a grocery helper, security guard, and whatnot.
In the video I see some people are holding doors for others to come into the store. I can imagine a scenario when a person who has not yet signed up with the store but got inside it and try to walk out the store with whatever items they want to steal. One problem though, the store won’t open the door for a shoplifter, and thus security is sound. If the person has already signed up with the store, it doesn’t matter if he or she has to be scanned from the door to get inside, because the cameras would scan all customers once they’re inside and when they’re trying to get out of the store. Anyhow, I wonder will someone be able to hack the system and get away with stuffs like an uncaught shoplifter.
China’s marvelous high-speed rail just rolls out a pilot program for delivering foods from nearby local areas to the passengers’ train seats. Basically, let’s say a passenger on China’s high-speed train doesn’t like the choices of foods that are being prepared by the rail network, he or she can just whip out a smart phone that got the official rail network app to order foods from a nearby city or town.
Once she ordered her foods from the app on her smart phone and when the train made the stop, the train attendances will make their way out of the train to retrieve the foods and deliver the foods to the correct passenger seats. Of course, this has to be done in 2 hour advance or so, because once the train made the stop the food deliver guy has to be there with the foods or else the train will leave. Usually, the train attendances have only 3 minute time frame to grab the foods for the passengers before the train would leave.
Now, the passengers could have a hot bowl of noodle, a hamburger, and whatnot that are available in the app’s menu. So, besides having the ability to order foods from the train itself, the passengers got another choice of ordering foods that are not being prepared by the train attendances. Since this is only a pilot program, and so the food menu is still limited with choices.
On-demand food delivery to a passenger on China’s high-speed rail is just a pilot program. The pilot program had just been rolled out for couple days so far. Since the program is only a pilot, and so many problems may need to be ironed out. For an example, what if a bowl of soup noodle got spilled, how the train attendances help the passenger clean up her seat? I bet since it’s only a pilot program, and so they could shut down the program if abuses could not be controlled. I think it’s an amazing idea. I wonder can they do the same for the airline passengers.
Although Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are too different animals at the moment, I think they should be combined in the future. As of now, VR is already ahead of AR, because many VR devices are being sold in the market. AR is still a concept pretty much, but luckily this concept actually got working devices in the work. So, AR isn’t a concept on paper, but it could be released to the market when it’s done being just a concept but a true working technology.
Both VR and AR require people to flap their hands as if they’re doing exercise or Tai Chi. Some people think this is tiring. Maybe using VR and AR won’t get you into shape, but it does require you to make your blood flows more than just typing quietly.
AR got the capability of visualizing real objects with enhanced fictional objects to create better understanding of a situation, event, and whatnot. I think surgeons could use AR to operate on patients better, because AR can employ AI to navigate the surgeon through a patient’s body and organs with smart information and visualization without having the surgeon to be cutoff from reality.
I would like to see a possibility of one small, slim device that could combine VR and AR together, and by doing so I think VR could serve as a platform for entertainment and AR for work. After all, VR could take you to a whole new place and block you off from the whole reality altogether. Anyhow, check out the video right after the break to see how people from a company known as Meta talk about their AR project. Enjoy!