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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/8/2017 12:38:18 PM
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Re: community
Humans have to feel engaged, part of life and useful--As we become more digitized, we have to continue to make sure that the essence of humanity is never ever lost with a sense of balance.     

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
1/8/2017 12:34:31 PM
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> "What does that leave us humans with?" Philosophy? Art? Leisure?

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/8/2017 9:05:19 AM
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Re: community
The question, then, is this:  What will that leave us humans with?   

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
1/8/2017 3:04:06 AM
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Given that an updated version of AlphaGo has just been revealed to have beaten the best human Go players without losing or even showing any apparent weaknesses-- it stands to reason that AI is poised to outwit humans in complex decision making tasks. We might trust AI to run the Federal Reserve...

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/7/2017 10:28:57 PM
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Re: community
..and to add to my thoughts, some further "food 4 thought" as I wish all a restful rest fo the w-end:

World's Largest Hedge Fund to Replace Managers With Artificial Intelligence


hedge fund artificial intelligence

What it is: Using a system called the Systematized Intelligence Lab, headed up by IBM Watson's lead developer David Ferrucci, Bridgewater Associates plans to automate over 75% of its management decisions within five years. With over $160 billion in management, founder Ray Dalio said the firm wants to remove the emotional volatility from decisions like finding the right staff for a job, or ensuring the company continues to operate according to his principles in his absence.

Why it's important: Many, including the popular press, have assumed that AI would initially replace activities like manufacturing and trading. When we can create a comfortable human interface for a managerial AI, look for truly exponential organizations to emerge, as entrepreneurs will be empowered to accomplish much more with much less. Join the Discussion

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/7/2017 9:50:04 PM
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Well, I would humbly suggest with Alexa making the inroads as it has, the tide has clearly turned.   Some of the "vibrancy" we expect is yet to be in accordance with what might be our expectations--however that age is already here whether we like it or not.

 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
1/7/2017 4:16:10 AM
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Voice interfaces have been predicted to take over computing for decades now -- and it hasn't happened yet. And for good reason. The tech is simply very far from being as accurate as anyone would like. Siri was arguably the first voice interface to hit mainstream, but it's frustratingly dumb. Alexa isn't much better -- and in some ways it's worse. Siri isn't going to use your credit card and mistakenly order stuff to be shipped to your home. Sure, Amazon has the potential to get its foot into the door with Alexa, but Amazon needs to have a few more pieces to the puzzle. Amazon doesn't control Android. Maybe Fire OS will get much better, but so far there is no indication that developers are taking Fire OS seriously at all. Some major app developers who could easily port their apps to Amazon's App Store simply haven't bothered. That's not a good sign. And it signals that Alexa's potential is severely limited as the next IoT interface.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/7/2017 2:20:44 AM
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Re: old smartphones as IoT security cameras.
Very Gracious of you--I will most certainly check it out as I figure out how to "leverage" old stuff and breath new life into it!!!



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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/7/2017 2:18:49 AM
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...Maybe we have truly entered the Post-Hardware phase as underscored by this as I was on the "prowl":

 
Recode (@Recode)
Why Amazon's Alexa is the future of computing. via @voxdotcom
vox.com/new-money/2017...


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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/6/2017 10:04:59 AM
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Glad you feel this way..but look at this and I hope you all realize the future is already here as we look 4 the ultimate--what blew me away was how some of the tech for "ioT" we took for granted is actually "not there" :)

Have a great w-end folks:

 
  
       
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JANUARY 6, 2017

There are only so many 4K TVs, connected cars, and VR headsets one can look at. CES, the annual gadget show in Las Vegas, is well under way. No breakout hit is apparent, but expected themes have emerged. Artificial intelligence will be more and more crucial. Every industry is in the tech industry now: If digital isn't transforming your business, just wait. It will. Oh, and nobody seems to want to talk politics in Las Vegas, which is refreshing.

Some quick observations to end the week:

Amazon's voice-activated speaker, Echo, already was a breakaway hit last year. Now it is becoming apparent that Amazon is winning in a second way, as other companies integrate its AI-driven Alexa assistant into their wares. Fortune's Barb Darrow has a nice overview of the ramifications of Amazon's progress. One key takeaway is that vendors that incorporate Alexa, like LG in a "smart" refrigerator, use Amazon's industry-leading web hosting service, a growth engine for the company.

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Gartner says about 30% of people in the U.S., Australia, and the U.K. who've worn fitness trackers don't wear them anymore. That's a tough business model, sort of like selling diet programs to uncommitted dieters or health-club memberships to January-only athletes. In fact, it's the ultimate uphill climb, and it explains why Jawbone is receding, Fitbit's stock is ailing (it's now prioritizing "engagement" with existing users), and the Apple Watch is something less than the Next New Thing.

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Three cheers for diversification: Samsung says its fourth-quarter profits will grow by nearly 50% from the year-earlier period to nearly $8 billion. The reason: Its chip business never faltered even as its smartphone business cratered. Apple isn't nearly as diversified as Samsung; a major hit to its iPhone business would be far more calamitous.

Have a great weekend.
  Adam Lashinsky
  @adamlashinsky
  adam_lashinsky@fortune.com


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