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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Intelligent Robots

Science fiction writing has always allowed a peek into the future. One vision is computers intelligence enough to design newer and more powerful computers without human intervention. This vision saw computers interconnecting with other computers and deciding to rule mankind. Great Sci-Fi reading yet today the vision is for intelligent computers.

The techcast.org web site mentions how IBM has invented computer chips which imitate the workings of the human synapses. This means the chips can learn and form an intelligence of their own. Gasp! I think William Smith can find a new occupation in the future by combating real life iRobots.

The Japanese have a invented a robot so all their robot needs is the IBM chips. What happened before can happen again. Did the Battle Star Galactica really burn up by flying into the sun? I hope not. Our great grand kids might need this Battle Star.

Forces opposing the innovation of thinking robots are legal and culture. Politicians might pass laws restricting the use of robots. Come to think of it a robot in Congress might get more accomplished than our politicians. Another opposing force is our culture. Sci-Fi has warned us and if we listened then our culture could demand their restrictions on the robots. How about if we restrict the robots to gardening and house cleaning? Ok, throw in washing the cars.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Travel beyond the stars

I think about the mathematical possibility of around 10,000 inhibitable planets in our Milky Way galaxy and 100 billion galaxies in this universe. If I could bend time and space then the travel to this places would be possible. Prohibiting this feat is our present technology. Maybe if I was frozen and unthawed in about 10 centuries interspace travel would be possible.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tomorrows Television

The more I think about tomorrow's home television the more I believe new technology will place us inside the television rather than outside. I think of past innovators who tried in the early 20th century to produce moving pictures using mechanical means. At least these innovators were thinking far ahead into the future and trying to invent without the technological means. I remember black and white television and how we as a family used to watch real wrestling matches. Innovators gave us color television and this transformed the family's viewing.

High definition really blew me away where the commercials were exciting to watch. 3D television is now hitting the market. Think I will wait on this one as I do not like watching TV with 3D glasses on.

One day in the future I predict our television experience will not be passive but active. Active to the point of being inside the television scene and being able to touch objects and smell fragrances. Cost will prohibit a lot of families to experience this new innovation at first. Yet like all products the prices eventually lower over time.  Another force against this innovation will be physical space. A spare room will be required empty except for the video projections.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

WEB 2-0 Tool as Innovation


             Brick and mortar college classes continue in a format similar to elementary schools. Students show up in a classroom, hear the professor lecture, and then depart without any other contact with the professor. Professors collect assignments then return graded papers at a later class date.  Web 2.0 tools are available to assist both the professor and student. These tools are supporting the innovation of allowing access to the professor after class hours. Edmodo is one such tool.

This Web 2.0 tool strengthens the communication process by the student posting questions to the professor and the student reading post replies from the professor. Assignments given in class are readable by those missing class or failing to write down the assignment. Collaboration is another feature as teachers can connect with each other.

Edmodo cannot be successful without overcoming forces which prevents this innovation. Student apathy is one force. Students can easily walk away from the computer turning their interest to other endeavors. A second negative force is economic. Some students may not have the funds to purchase a computer and Internet connection.

In summary Edmodo is a WEB 2.0 tool which supports innovation through better professor to student communication and availability of assignments outside of class time. Without the interest of students to use this tool and poor economic condition of some students the tool becomes useless.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Kevin Kelly's 5000 days

Kelly made the statement that 5000 days ago forecasts could not be believed by people as the there was no economic model available. People mostly see what is available and workable in the present due to touch, see, and feel senses. The force negative or positive is attitude. To accept future predictions people must have an attitude allowing their minds to be open and acceptance of possibilities.

Many people dream of Startrek innovations until the movie is over then only real life situations govern life. The future is made of dreams and challenges to create the innovations of the future. Too bad the video halted just as Kelly started to get into the next 5000 days. "What happened once will happen again (BattleStar Galactica)" What ever Kelly predicts for the next 5000 there are people who will react just as people did 5000 days ago.

The governing force for the next 5000 is technology itself. Will we move data at the microatomic level? Computers today are plateaued at around 3 GB/sec. The ideas of tomorrow need more data bandwidth and faster processing.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The New Agora Paper

The New Agora paper offers a road map for the assimilation of ideas based on free thinking and controlled by the majority within a group.  Group members contribute ideas with each idea the ownership of the author.  The totality of ideas is diminished by the group until a final idea is accepted. Using an attribute of the Ontology of Representation recognized as plausibility maps each idea can be carefully mapped into nodes showing the interdependencies within each node. This distributes the idea into workable portions for analysis of operation.  A stage of inquiry within the SDDP is Clarify Meaning and the plausibility map can perform this function.

In the innovation idea of a 3D home theater an abundance of questions must be answered to bring the innovation into reality. Each question generates ideas well suited for analysis by a group.  A triggering question is practicality. If the innovated idea cannot pass this portion of the Stage of Inquiry then the idea is dead. Support for innovation planning and changes can be accomplished by enacting Phase 1 of the WebScope methodology to define the structure of the group and participants within the group.  Phase 2 can be used by the home theater group to analyze the ideas by using computer software.