Category Archives: Environment

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

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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

Trump Just Doesn’t Get It

It seems to me…. “We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.” ~ Donald Trump[1]. I have avoided directly commenting on Trump’s performance as U.S. President for quite some time. While believing his actions … Continue reading

Posted in AI, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Asia, Automation, Barack Hussein Obama II, Bernie Sanders, Budget, Carmen Reinhart, China, China, Climate, Clinton, Deficit, Deficit, Donald Trump, Economy, Elections, Employment, Environment, Federal Reserve, Global Warming, Globalization, Globalization, Harassment, Harvard, Hillary Clinton, Homosexual, Honesty, Howard Stern, Immigrant, Immigration, Inequality, Intelligence Agencies, John Maynard Keynes, Kenneth Rogoff, Keynes, Less-Educated, Lies, Lies, Manchurian candidate, Marco Rubio, Mental Health, Minorities, Muslim, News, Obama, Paranoia, Populism, President Vladimir Putin, Putin, Recession, Refugee, Russia, Russia, Schizophrenia, Sex, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, Taxes, Technology, Ted Cruz, trade, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trump, Virgil, Voters, World Trade Organization, World Trade Organization, World Trade Organization, WTO | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Smart Cities

It seems to me…. “Smart cities are those who manage their resources efficiently. Traffic, public services and disaster response should be operated intelligently in order to minimize costs, reduce carbon emissions, and increase performance.” ~ Eduardo Paes[1]. Many cities are … Continue reading

Posted in Analytics, Barack Hussein Obama II, Carbon Dioxide, Cities, CO2, Communications, Data, Economy, Environment, Illness, Information, Infrastructure, Internet of Things, Internet of Things, IoT, IoT, Obama, Population, Privacy, Security, Sensors, Smart City, Urban, Urbanization | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Automation and Human Labor

It seems to me…. “I see robotic technology getting rid of the dangerous, the dirty, and the just plain boring jobs. Some people say, ‘You can’t. People won’t have anything to do.’ But we found things that were a lot … Continue reading

Posted in Automation, Automation, Automation, Automation, Certifications, College, College, Community, Community College, Computerization, ECON-101, Economic, economics, Economy, Education, Education, Employment, Employment, employment, Engineering, H-1B, H1-B, Immigration, Income, Income, Inequality, Inequality, Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Innovation, Innovation, Investment, Investment, Jobs, Jobs, Labor, Labor, National Infrastructure Bank, Post-Industrial, Post-Manufacturing, Research, Robotics, Robots, Science, Social Security, Technology, Technology, Training, Visa, Vocational, Wages, Wages, Wages | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment