I Like It, But I Want Better Amazon Key Kit

I like the Amazon key idea, but the kit is kind of expensive for me at the moment.  Why?  Just only for one front door and it’s $249.99.  Although I understand why it’s cost so much because the installation is going to be free and you get a camera with the package.  The camera would allow the recording sessions to be automated whenever a delivery is made by Amazon’s delivery guys.  I’m not sure if the camera recording session would also activate whenever someone opens the door when you’re not home because this would also be cool.  I think Amazon needs to up the ante by allowing the Amazon key kit to cover both back and front doors before I think it’s a good deal.  Also, I hope that Amazon key kit could be connected to home alarm system if you already got one.  That would be really convenient because you can then deactivate your alarm system from afar (i.e., remotely done).

Oh, by the way, the Amazon Key cameras should also allow you to shut them down for good unless you need them to be turned on.  This way you won’t have to worry about Amazon is monitoring you at home.  I think many people are paranoid when it comes to being monitored by a corporation, business, government, and whatnot through a remote camera.  So, Amazon, you need to provide a way for people to control the cameras from monitoring them.  Furthermore, what will happen if a hacker is able to take over Amazon key cameras?  The answer should be obviously bad!

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Nationalism Vs. Globalism, Where Does This Lead? Probably to a Nowhere!

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!

Replacing Office With AR… Be Nice To See Combination of AR and VR in One Device

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!

China’s New Bullet Trains Just Launched For Beijing to Shanghai and Vice Versa

If I understand correctly of what is going on in the video, then the new China’s bullet trains (launched from Beijing to Shanghai and vice versa) operate at 350 km/h.  The new Beijing-Shanghai bullet trains could also reach the speed of 400 km/h.  According to the speakers in the video, China first built high-speed rail system in 2004, but after 13 years China’s high-speed rail system is considered to be the longest in the world.  According to Wikipedia, annual ridership for China’s high-speed rail is around or over 1.44 billion headcount.  Unlike China’s earliest bullet train models, newer ones like Beijing-Shanghai bullet trains that just got launched are totally indigenously built and patented.

New Technology: Train On Normal Roads Unveiled In Central China

It’s hard for me to see the advantages of train over truck, but I’m going to try to see if I can convince myself and you why train is better than truck.  I guess, when cargoes and humans use train, the road gets free up, and so there will be less traffic for general road usages.  Furthermore, train can be more efficient in energy usage since the destination is usually on strict schedule, but trucks can be stopped in heavy traffic and whatnot.  Also, each truck would use a lot of gasoline or whatever energy it would use, but one train can string a very long line of train’s cargo and whatnot.  With that in mind a train can be a lot more energy efficient.  A train can free up road traffic and cut cost, thus by transporting goods through train the train operators can help companies cut cost.  When a company got less costs to cover, their products could be cheaper too since the saving could be passed down to their customers.

Two interesting advantages train got over other vehicles for transporting goods and humans are schedule and traffic free.  Can this train’s concept be implemented with regular vehicles on roads?  Well, I’m not sure how well this concept will translate into reality, but China just unveiled a world’s first virtual train track and vehicles that would be using this technology in central China.  Check the video out for more information right after the break.  Enjoy!

Asia’s First, If Not The World’s First, Fully Automated Container Terminal In Port Of Qingdao, China

As of late, people all over the world are taking notice how China has become a leader in the port industry.  For an example, in 2016, August 10th, if I got the date right, Chinese shipping group, China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco), completed the majority purchase of Greece’s Piraeus port.  Since then, Cosco has turned Piraeus into one of the leading ports in the world.  Just now, China is taking its port business into the next level by turning a terminal at Port of Qingdao into a fully automated container terminal.  This means no human involvement is needed on most of the port container activities at this terminal.  Well, you get a better idea if you watch the video right after the break.

As China is continuing to automate its industries, I wonder how will they cope with more unemployment.  On business level though, things will be a lot more efficient in productivities and costs, but at what costs to the traditional social values such as full employment?  Of course, certain traditional social values can always be updated or let go, but employment is one of the things that help put foods on the table for a modern fellow.  Without employment, one would go hungry pretty fast or whatever a bad case that would be.

With roughly 1.4 billion plus population, if I’m not off on the number, China would be in big trouble if so many people won’t be able to find jobs.  Automation will definitely create unemployment problem to be even more acute than ever before.  Right now though, opportunities seem to be abundant in China still, because even some foreigners are leaving their home countries to travel to China for job opportunities.  Nonetheless, once automation becomes evermore prevalent in China, I wonder how the opportunity picture in China would form.  I can see the applications of automation will make China be evermore competitive in many global industries.  In this case it would be all about the port/shipping industry.