A few years back, we got a plastic wand at a checkout counter in a convenience store. It had a small stalk, about six inches, and the top formed into a star shape. Serena, my (then) two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, instantly took to it. Running around our apartment, she’d aim it at various objects and transform them into magical items only a child’s eye can see. Sometimes even my wife Marzi or I would be transformed.
“Poof! Now you’re a dragon!” she beamed.
“Roarrrrr!” I’d say, doing by best dad-dragon imitation.
Then she’d zap Marzi.
“Zap!, Look, mommy! …
Many years ago I was buying a new printer. I went to the local tech store and found the printer aisle. So many choices. Which one to choose? Better color? longer ink? cheaper? How to choose? I decided this needed some research — after all, a good printer was a critical tool in my business, and my old printer had lasted 8 years! I went home to do a little more research and that’s when it really hit me.
Most decisions in life can actually be undone.
Suddenly whole mindset changed. Bad printer choice? Return it. The train of thought…
I love a good science fiction story. Yet I was often puzzled about what pulled me into some stories or turned me away from others. That’s when I saw a pattern — there are three types of Science Fiction. This essay is a journey on how I came to that conclusion, why it matters, and an appreciation for the craft’s writers.
Since I was a kid, electronics and science awed me. I read magazines and loved to go to stores to see what the latest gadgetry was. Yet, for all the glamour of new tech, a large part of my…
The United States has just finished another Federal election cycle. Yet the tension around it shows we need a more uniform, transparent, and modern voting process.
It may be comforting to think that our election process is robust. The legal challenges played out and the system ‘prevailed’ - just with a little delay. I would submit the opposite is true. Our system worked only because the 2020 election wasn’t actually that close. If a single state decided the 2020 election, such as in 2000, chaos would have ensued.
Perhaps the most critical issue is this: How do we retain faith…
Computer scientists are quickly writing the next generation automatic content writing engines using the latest artificial intelligence (AI). What do I mean by content? Well they can generate short stories, love letters, poems, music, and even write some code. Are they as good as human? No, but let’s set old ideas about “robotic” text and bad grammar aside. These new AI bots write like humans. Really. This is just the beginning.
What can these do and how do they work? Let us take a look.
In order to generate high quality content a machine needs to have some knowledge. To…
Note: This is a satire about $GME, Short selling, and Wall Street (Jan 2021)
Standing outside the WallStreet Roadhouse, the Redbit Gang was ready if a little green. As Gilly had instructed, they quickly swarmed to the large table where Robin was the dealer. Grabbing their seats, they edge up on each side of Big Mel, who paid little notice as he primped his suit. Robin gave them each a gentle nod and they plopped down their chips.
The time for action had come.
Big Mel leaned high in his seat and laid his parlays out as he always had…
President Trump’s Twitter account was something to behold. With over 80 million followers, not only could he communicate directly with the world, he’d actually announce policy and firing decisions with it. Trump also played fast and loose with the truth. For months, Trump wrote numerous falsehoods about how the election was stolen from him. This forced Twitter to make tough choices about how to label such posts, or to whether they should be left publicly viewable.
In this year of The Pandemic, there is much angst over “Science”. But Science isn’t the term or even the concept we’re looking for, it is Solutions. Science is just a piece of that and the difference is critical when making public policy.
The pandemic has wreaked havoc in 2020. Worldwide, 10s of millions have been infected, and over a million are dead. Science to the rescue, right? Not exactly. Science is a process for discovering new knowledge through creativity and testing. The Scientific method reveals bits and pieces of truths about an unknown subject. What we need are solutions…
Just one event, such as touching a hot stove, sears into our mind a level of respect. Yet sometimes people warn us about new developments that are as dangerous as the proverbial hot stove and we ignore them. This is true even if they come from trusted persons or sources. Why?
On going public debate rages about Climate Change yet many don’t even acknowledge its existence? Is it just about disputing facts and sources? Even if there was just a small chance that the Climate Change was real and dangerous shouldn’t that trigger skeptics to dig deeper?
It’s not just…
Engineer and Father of two. Passionate about, science, music, short stories, and little things that make life interesting.