Category Archives : Commerce/Financial

The Distribution of Stuff – Part Three

Tweet In the previous posts we looked at food as part stuff.  Food is the most collectively massive element in our usual interpretation of stuff and it takes energy to transport it and control the food environment (through refrigeration or cooling) during transit. But there are two other components of stuff that are massive and […]

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The Distribution of Stuff – Part Two

Tweet We finished the last post briefly looking at the movie East of Eden and the loss suffered by Adam Trask when he tried to move lettuce packed with ice in a rail car in 1917. The ice melted and the lettuce rotted. Essentially, the rail car was not insulated, allowing for the rapid melting of […]

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Artificial Intelligence – Part Four

Tweet Previously we looked at presenting a consumer with a list of video program selections based on “preferences” of the individual consumer. The service being provided is essentially a “cloud library” of video programming with the “librarian software” helping in the selection process. Concurrently, the “cloud librarian” is collecting data about the collective consumers to […]

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Artificial Intelligence – Part Three

Tweet In the previous post it became clear that the difference between humans and machines is the speed of processing data and information. A simple data point is really very simple and we humans can handle it very easily even if we do not understand the potential knowledge it conveys. If you go to the grocery […]

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Artificial Intelligence – Part Two

Tweet In the last post we looked at the “human” machine in exploring intelligence and established that it takes roughly 18 years to program the machine to function in humanity and that learning by the complex computer called the brain never ceases until the machine fails completely. It is worthwhile to note that the earliest […]

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Artificial Intelligence – Part One

Tweet In a previous post, I stated that this we would begin looking at artificial intelligence or AI. It was my belief that writing a bit (or byte) about AI would be easy, after all the term is used everywhere in advertising, it tells me what I like to watch on Netflix, and it is essential […]

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Ethics, Technology and Time – Part Three

Tweet We take money for granted, not making or earning money but the physical item itself. Money represents an IOU from the issuing party. We have to go to the issuer and receive something of value in exchange for the physical stuff we call money. It is, in essence, a tangible substance we can carry […]

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Lying, Cheating and Stealing (Part One)

Tweet “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” on July 5, 1960, I was sworn in as a cadet at the United States Military Academy and accepted the Cadet Honor Code.  The opening quotation above is from the Star Wars opening crawl.  If asserted as true for my case, would be a […]

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Vulnerabilities Stemming from Electronic Communication

Tweet This post was written by Sonyia Williams, Los Alamos World Institute Intern                 Throughout this series of articles, we have explored the new efficiency of translation through the use of mechanical translators and how they have changed the world of translation. We also analyzed the growing use of electronic communication. Electronic communication has allowed […]

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Identity Theft

Tweet This post was written by Sonyia Williams, Los Alamos World Institute Intern                 Unauthorized access to information is one problem that arises with the expansion of electronic communication, but what other vulnerabilities arise from this modern form of information transfer? As well as hacking and other methods of obtaining information impermissibly, identity theft allows […]

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