Category Archives : Energy

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 – Last Part

Tweet In the late 1980s, my group at LANL held a distance learning conference and engaged some of the distinguished attendees in a discussion of “distance medicine.” While it was totally imaginary, at least at that time, the response was very, very clear. In a remote community, an individual was studying medicine in pursuit of […]

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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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Ethics, Technology and Time – Part Two

Tweet People have been studying and debating ethics for a long time, at least relative to our perception of humanity. During this time period there has been a acceleration of the growth of technology. On September 8, 1966, the first Star Trek episode aired. In the Star Trek episodes a device called a communicator was […]

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Ethics, Technology and Time – Part One

Tweet Ethics involves the concepts of right and wrong. When considering the future of humanity, human beings collectively, we make an implicit assumption that humanity is good and that it should continue forever. This further implies that we should be concerned about our descendants a hundred million years from now even though human beings as […]

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Statistics (and Probability) – Part One

Tweet In exploring the future of humanity and the world we must rely on the collection and analysis of statistical date and apply the inferences drawn to decision making, selecting what road we will take both collectively and individually. In the previous series of columns about risks, rewards and responsibilities, we started with probability and […]

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Statistics (and Probability) – Part Ten

Tweet In the previous posts we explored different areas where statistics are used for scientific purposes, management purposes. operational decisions and intellectual purposes. For example, measuring the cross sections of a Uranium atom (a statistical measurement) allows for the design of a nuclear reactor. But how do you measure what people want both individually and collectively? […]

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Statistics (and Probability) – Part Nine

Tweet In the previous post we surveyed some of the areas where statistics are essential in the disciplines, ending that there was insufficient space to cover statistics in governance. While governance covers a broad range of activities, for now let us just explore government and, more specifically, a democracy. In democracy, citizens vote on who should […]

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Statistics (and Probability) – Part Eight

Tweet In this series we have looked at the application of statistics in a few areas with the central theme that statistics deals with the representation of large volumes of historical data points in order to make predictions about the future and decisions about what path or road to take. We know where to go […]

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