Monday, February 13, 2017

Universal Basic Income

The buzz lately has been about where we will get money when the jobs dry up. The biggest candidate now is a universal basic income. but what scares them at the same time is where exactly will THAT money come from? I was half asleep one night when this struck me, and i typed it on my phone in OneNote. I present it here as written with a bit of editing:

Funds for basic income can be generated on a percentage basis according to how much personal data is used by a company, and paid to that individual. Example: John Q. Public turns his phone on X number of times. The phone manufacturer wants that data to be able to determine how to design the next power switch. That data is worth X amount. And since it comes from John, realized initial profit gets paid to John as part of his basic income.

Granted, this is a simple example, but hey, its another idea that can be implemented

Thursday, January 26, 2017

I am hereby serving notice!:

When did having an RSS feed suddenly become anti-productive? I used to be able to read any of my news feeds in an RSS tab in my web browser. I just realized today that I'm spending WAY TOO MUCH TIME in my e-mail for news stories, which then open an "app". EVERYTHING that an app does used to be done in a browser window. I am sick to death of being manipulated by my tech.

I am hereby serving notice!:

I refuse to deal with apps. Apps are walled gardens that specifically want to control your content. I'm tired of it! Unless you can give me a significant reason to use your stinking app, it's being uninstalled by me. If you cannot give me your content in an RSS feed, you are not worth my time, nor are you a company worth dealing with. You have become "persona non grata" to me.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

And Something ELSE Completely Different!...

Okay, I must be ill. nothing from me in years, and I suddenly have to post twice in one day? But I have to be fair in my jaw drops. And Microsoft holds kudos for this one:

The Microsoft Surface Studio

I just finished watching Wednesday's presentation. Lots more goodies from Microsoft. But the killer hardware is going to be this item. I was ho-hum until I saw that baby tilt. And I had my "ah-ha!" moment. Again, too much to go into personally, so I'll just recommend that you visit the site to judge for yourselves.

As a quick aside, my personal favorite in the presentation is going to be Paint 3D. I'm looking forward to giving that software a spin!

Okay, I think I'll go to sleep for a bit again. I'll see you folks in passing. LOL!

And Now For Something Completely Different

I've been very lax in my blogging, as I haven't had much to truly say. But I just saw something that I just HAD to dust off the blog for:

The new Mac Book Pro.

No, I haven't become some drooling fanboy lusting after Apple. As a matter of fact, I am trying my damndest to divorce myself from Apple and its ilks. Sadly, I drank their cool aid some years ago, and I'm paying the price today, as I'm sure many of you can attest.
I tried their laptops once years ago, and never cared for them. But there is one thing on this new machine that totally left me jaw-dropped. And that is the "touch bar". Want to talk about a game changer?

I'm at a loss as to how to name it. So for now I'll refer to it as a device. The device, which is built into the laptop, is above the keyboard. It's a single touch screen in it's own right. But the things that it can do are mind blowing. It is meant to replace the classic row of function keys above the "qwerty" keys on the keyboard. I don't have the time to list in detail all the things it can do for the different programs you have installed. But it is a tool that is entirely indispensable. And for those that still need function keys, it will pull them up for you and display them there.

Apple has once again thrown down the gauntlet. And the world will be better for this challenge, trust me. I just hope it happens sooner rather than later. Retooling shouldn't be that difficult. and licencing 'hopefully' shouldn't be that expensive.

I hate you Apple. But in a nice way.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Robots as Appliances

I've been thinking about robots again.  And the more I think, the more I believe that they should use a common operating system.  If they need to have a specialized routine for an arm movement, they should be able to go to a central site to get that routine.  But what's more, eventually they will all be part of a centralized mindset.  while they will be individual machines, they will all be part of the same network.  Possibly the same being.  This is actually an old idea, perpetrated by science fiction.  I offer the following quite as evidence.  The italics are mine:

Quote from "The Age of the Pussyfoot" by Frederik Pohl

     A girl with hair like transparent cellophane greeted him.  "I have your reservation, Man Forrester.  Will you follow me, please?"
     He did, walking behind her across a quartz-pebbled court and into the hall that was the tea room, admiring the swing of her hips and wondering just what it was that she did to her hair to make it stand out like a sculptured puffball and rob it of opacity.
     She seated him beside a reflecting pool, with silvery fish swimming slowly about.  Even with the peculiar hairdo, she was a pretty girl.  She had dimples and dark, amused eyes.
     He said, "I don't know what I want, actually.  Anyway, who do I order from?"
     "We are all the same, Man Forrester,"  she said.  "May I choose for you?  Some tea and cakes?"
     Numbly, he nodded and, as she turned and left, watched the sway of her hips with an entirely different kind of interest.
     He sighed.  This was a confusing world!

     The self-programming, shared-time girl with the dark, grave eyes brought Forrester his tea and cakes.  "Thank you," he said, staring at her.  He was still not quite sure of his deductions about her.  He tried an experiment.  "Can you give me my messages?" he asked.
     "Certainly, Man Forrester, if you wish," she said promptly.  "Alfred Guysman wishes to see you on political business.  Adne Benson asks you to return her message of this morning.  The Nineteenth Chromatic Trust informs you that arrangements have been made for you to establish banking facilities with them---"
     "That's enough," he said, marveling at how nicely a shared-time transponder could be packaged.  "I'll take the rest later."

Eventually, if we forget our phones at home, we can simply go to any machine that is connected to the net, and interact with it in a casual conversation, asking it for email, or what have you. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wynright Robotic Truck Unloader (RTU)

I originally found this story in Modern Materials Handling, published by Peerless Media LLC.  It's in the November issue, under News & Trends.  It originally appears in Robotics Business Review.  I find it amusing that not only does it put another job that was the exclusive domain of humans on the endangered list, but it also puts a job on the endangered list of robotic palletizers.  That's right.  Robots stealing jobs from other robots.  The cycle is complete.  This means that we aren't going to go extinct.  Most of us are still working.  So now everything just needs to equalize, so we all can get on with our lives.  All the kill robots/kill humans arguments just got shot full of holes. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Uncanny Valley? What Uncanny Valley?

I have to tell you, I'm at the point where physics rendering engines are getting ridiculously scary good.  In the YouTube video below, the room is unbelievably real.  But more importantly, it's not the Miku model that looks so real, but the shadows she's casting! 

Wow.  Just.... wow.