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About lewbornmann

Lewis J. Bornmann has his doctorate in Computer Science. He became a volunteer for the American Red Cross following his retirement from teaching Computer Science, Mathematics, and Information Systems, at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. He previously was on the staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Stanford University, and several other universities. Dr. Bornmann has provided emergency assistance in areas devastated by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. He has responded to emergencies on local Disaster Action Teams (DAT), assisted with Services to Armed Forces (SAF), and taught Disaster Services classes and Health & Safety classes. He and his wife, Barb, are certified operators of the American Red Cross Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV), a self-contained unit capable of providing satellite-based communications and technology-related assistance at disaster sites. He served on the governing board of a large international professional organization (ACM), was chair of a committee overseeing several hundred worldwide volunteer chapters, helped organize large international conferences, served on numerous technical committees, and presented technical papers at numerous symposiums and conferences. He has numerous Who’s Who citations for his technical and professional contributions and many years of management experience with major corporations including General Electric, Boeing, and as an independent contractor. He was a principal contributor on numerous large technology-related development projects, including having written the Systems Concepts for NASA’s largest supercomputing system at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. With over 40 years of experience in scientific and commercial computer systems management and development, he worked on a wide variety of computer-related systems from small single embedded microprocessor based applications to some of the largest distributed heterogeneous supercomputing systems ever planned.

The Middle-East Conundrum

It seems to me…. “If we’ve learned anything from 15 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that local people and nations have to secure their own communities. We can help them, and we should, but we cannot substitute … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda, Aleppo, Arab, Assad, Bagdad, Bahrain, Bashar al-Assad, Bekaa Valley, Bush, Change, Climate, Climate Change, Crops, Daesh, Donald Trump, Drought, Drought, Education, Egypt, Egypt, Europe, Farming, Farms, François Georges-Picot, George W. Bush, Iran, Iraq, ISIS, Islam, Israel, Jihad, Kurds, Lebanon, Levant, Middle-East, Migration, Military, Muslim, Obama, Ottoman Empire, Palestine, Protest, Raqqa, Refugee, Sadam Hussein, Saudi Arabia, Shi’ite, Sir Mark Sykes, Sisi, Suez Canal, Sunni, Sykes, Syria, Taliban, Trump, Wahhabi, Wahhabi Salafism, Weather | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Productivity Growth

It seems to me…. “Productivity and the growth of productivity must be the first economic consideration at all times, not the last. That is the source of technological innovation, jobs, and wealth.” ~ William E. Simon[1]. Productivity growth, which is … Continue reading

Posted in 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, AI, AI, Artificial, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Automation, Compensation, Economy, Education, Energy, Globalization, Income, Income, Industrial Revolution, Inequality, Inequality, Inequality, Intelligence, Internet, Internet of Things, Internet of Things, Internet of Things, IoT, IoT, IoT, Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Off-Shoring, Off-Shoring, Postindustrial, Productivity, Productivity, Robotics, Robotics, Steam Engine, Technology, Wages, Wages, Wages | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Survival Limitations

It seems to me… “This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.” ~ T. S. Eliot (The Hollow Men). Everyone … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, AI, AI, Aira Caldera, Andromeda, Apis Mellifera, Artificial, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Cacogenics, Catastrophic, Chicxulub, Civilization, Climate, Climate Change, Communications, Crisis, Crops, Disaster, Disease, Drake Equation, Dysgenics, Economy, Employment, employment, Environment, Environment, Extinction, Extinction, Extinctions, Extraterrestrial, Farm Land, Farming, Farms, Finance, Frank Drake, Gini Coefficient, Gini Coefficient, Global Warming, Global Warming, Honeybees, Hypercane, Inequality, Inequality, Inequality, Jobs, Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyūshū, Lake Toba, Long Valley, Megacaldera, Nanotechnology, North Island, North Sumatra, Pandemic, Permian-Triassic, Plague, Siberian Traps, Society, Space, Stephen Hawking, Supervolcanoes, Taupo Volcano, Telomere, Termination Event, Threats, Unemployment, University of California – Santa Cruz, Valles Calderas, Volcanoes, War, Weather, Weather, Yellowstone | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2017 – It Was A Year

It seems to me…. “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke[1]. Another year – 2017 – has now passed. When young, New Year’s was an excuse to party but … Continue reading

Posted in AI, AI, Alexa, Amazon, Apple, Apple, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous, autonomous vehicles, Bush, Canada, Cassini-Huygens, Change, Clean, Climate, Climate Change, Cortana, Cortana, Crime, Donald Trump, Driverless, Education, Egypt, Energy, England, Environment, Fossil Fuel, France, France, Google, Healthcare, Home, Huygens, Immigration, Inequality, Infrastructure, Iran, ISIS, Istanbul, Las Vegas, Manchester, Mexico, Mexico, Microsoft, Microsoft, Mogadishu, Myanmar, Nevada, North Korea, Opioids, Photovoltaic, Power, Renewable, Rohingya, Russia, Saturn, Sinai, Siri, Siri, Solar, Solar, Somalia, Speech Recognition, Syria, Technology, Terrorism, The Onion, TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trump, Turkey, UNESCO, Vehicle, War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Science Skepticism

It seems to me…. “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.” ~ Isaac Asimov[1]. … Continue reading

Posted in Beliefs, Climate Change, Denial, Environment, Facts, Gödel, Incompleteness Theorem, Intellectualism, Kurt Gödel, Lamar Smith, Office of Technology Assessment, OTA, Personal, Religious, Science, Septicism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Effects of Economic Inequality

It seems to me…. “Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith[1]. Every previous civilization has been destroyed by the unequal distribution of wealth and power. The more advanced the … Continue reading

Posted in AI, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Automation, Caucasian, Demagogue, Economics, Economist, Economy, Education, Elections, Employment, Employment, employment, Gini Coefficient, Income, Income, Industrial Revolution, Inequality, Jobs, Jobs, middleclass, Non-Hispanic, Populism, Poverty, Robotics, Technology, Trump, Unemployment, Unemployment, Wages, Wealth | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S.-Iranian Relations

It seems to me…. “Iran rejects weapons of mass destruction based on its belief system, its religious belief system, as well as well as its ethical standpoint.” ~ Hassan Rouhani[1]. The nuclear agreement signed with Iran on 14 July 2015, … Continue reading

Posted in Ambassador, Assembly of Experts, Baha’i, Bloomberg News, Bonyad, China, Christian, CIA, Energy, Envoy, Global Terrorism Database, Iran, Iran, Iraq, Iraq, Islam, Israel, JCPOA, Jewish, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Kenya, Middle-East, Mirza Abolhasan Shirazi, Mohammad Mosaddegh, Nassereddin Shah Qajar, Nuclear Agreement, Parliament, Persia, Petroleum, Prime Minister, Recession, Rial, Rouhani, Russia, Samuel G. W. Benjamin, Sanctions, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia, Shah, Shi’ite, Sunni, Tanzania, Tehran, Tehran Stock Exchange, Turkey, USS Cole, Wahhabi, Wahhabi Salafism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment