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Hate carrying luggage? This hands-free suitcase will follow you around – But will it be banned?

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The robotic suitcases come in a variety of sizes and colors. Image source: Travelmate Robotics.

Interesting, a “fully autonomous suitcase”. I wonder if they’ll be banned in airports. I can see people tripping over them. I think we identify the location of someones suitcase, at least partially, by their body position, e.g. your arm reaching out to pull it and/or push it. I’m also always weary of advertised battery life as well, if they say 4 hours, given my experience, you’re probably likely to see 60% of that. All that being said, my wife would love not toting a suitcase around. 😉

Source: Hate carrying luggage? This hands-free suitcase will follow you around and respond to your commands – Electronic Products

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Jobs, Robots, Taxes and Artificial Intelligence – Ai vs Humans

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Here’s an early IRB Robot

An article published on Forbes.com in late June reminded me of a plastic model my father brought home in the 1980’s. The model was an IRB industrial robot by the now ABB company. He was overseeing the implementation of the these robots into Benteler Corporations assembly line.

The article on Forbes talks about how AI may augment the role of tutor; or perhaps like the industrial robot, replace the tutors role all together.

Anand Rao – PwC Head of AI, and Data & Analytics is quoted saying; “the human is still in the loop. Both humans and AI are learning, teaching each other. We will see more combination of man and machine in every sector.”

When, I read things like this I’m reminded of the blue-collar worker, of whom I knew many back in the day, who weren’t educated to “team up” with the robots, they knew how to do the robots job, not design and/or repair the robot…

I think the following quote for Rao says it clearly ““AI can shift human tasks from menial to strategic, freeing up time for innovation and the broader, bigger-picture thinking that can lead to transformation.”

The problem is, those workers only the know that once “skilled” labor which is now being called a “menial” human task…

Here’s an interesting chart that shows “Among 2,500 respondents, 58% saw tutoring by AI bots displacing real people in five years, even more likely than that of human tax preparers (54%), health coaches (46%), or doctors (22%).”

Notice even Federal governments are threatened by AI as their tax revenue could be severely diminished. How do you tax a robot’s income?

AI vs real humans survey

How likely AI will take over real human roles – From Bot.me: A Revolutionary Partnership

P.S. You can buy one those now “vintage” industrial robots for about $1500 on ebay.

 

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The Latest News in Artificial Intelligence – Excellent Resource

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singularity-now-cover-ebook-artificial-intelligenceI recently stumbled on the Singularity Now! monthly eBook on Amazon.com . I have no idea who the author is, it says only “Singularity Now!”. Whomever you are, thank you! These are an excellent resource for discovering the latest news and developments in Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, and the AI development landscape etc. The summaries are well put together with references to every original article. It’s a perfect for anyone exploring the artificial intelligence space. Below is a link to the July edition, for $0.99 you can’t go wrong.

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Hidden Citizens – Shadowed Authority – Epic Cover Songs

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Hidden Citizens logo

Lately, I’ve been spending time writing a business requirement document, during which I often listen to music to keep the flow going.

My soundtrack lately has been the catalog by Hidden Citizens, a ” shadowed authority specializing in impactful music”. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few of the “shadow” figures behind the music through my company Lauten Audio; they use our Eden LT-386, multi-voicing, microphone for many of the vocals.

They have some of the most epic covers you’ll ever come across. Songs like Hungry Like the Wolf, by Duran Duran, It’s a Sin, by Pet Shop Boys, and one of my absolute favorites, Another One Bites the Dust, by Queen; that cover, holy smokes that Jaxson Gamble can sing!!!

Check out the Hidden Citizens catalog on Tidal or Spotify.

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Startup Opportunities – A Relevant Pre-Startup Book You Should Read

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Sometimes a book comes along just at the right time. I’v been exploring an idea for some time now that hopefully leads to a new startup for me, it’s exciting. Each time I’ve done this, I start binge-reading.

A book by Brad Feld and Sean Wise entitled “Startup Opportunities – Know When to Quit Your Day Job” came into view. I actually got roped into helping support the prelaunch campaign and became part of their private Facebook group (which is now public). To be honest, I have no idea how I ended up on their radar, and I didn’t really do much. I did buy the book and share a couple social posts. It was interesting to watch Jesse Tevelow, Founder of LaunchTeam, and author of The Connection Algorithm rally the troops.

The book is an extremely relevant and excellent “pre-startup” read with useful short examples. It’s an overview of all the current trends in startup methodologies. The book covers subjects like Lean Canvas, Business Model Generation, Nail it then Scale it, Crowdfunding strategy etc. It was the perfect refresher as well as introduction to some concepts I haven’t used, most specifically Growth Hacking, which is a variant on earlier Guerrilla Marketing methods, which I have used.

Whether you’re a veteran business owner, or looking to explore a new idea, this book will no doubt be of value. It will slide you into those methodologies with far greater focus and more efficient concept absorption and execution. I think it will inspire you.

Here’s an Amazon kindle preview for you.

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An Independence Day Story – Events Leading Up to The Gettysburg Address

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Something about Independence Day strikes a cord and inspires me to watch and/or read about that day in history. This year I put my feet up and took a break from prepping for our arriving guests. I discovered  a visually interesting documentary, “The Gettysburg Story“. Quoting the Amazon.com video description “Stunning aerial drone and time-lapse cinematography with dynamic 3D maps dramatically show the exact ground that changed history.” All though there is no blood and gore, battle photos etc. it was quite unique to see the aerial footage and where the various battles took place.

“Armistead at Gettysburg” by Keith Rocco

Also interesting was a subplot on the relationship between Lewis Armistead (Confederate) and Winfield Scott Hancock (Union Army). They were good friends who ended up on opposite sides of the battle and facing off with each other. If this subject interests you at all, I recommend reading “The Tragedy of Friends at War; Lewis Armistead and Winfield Scott Hancock on Cemetery Ridge” on Padre Steve’s blog for detail on their story.

And finally, I close with President Abraham Lincolns Gettysburg address.

 

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.”

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow, this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

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