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Mar. 28 2017 Elon Musk Neuralink

On Mar. 28 2017 CNN announced Elon Musk was forming Neuralink, a medical research company to develop a “neural lace” or symbiotic digital layer to the human brain. The idea is to get around the i/o barrier with a direct cortical interface through veins and arteries to the neurons. Musk thinks artificial intelligence may make humans obsolete and this implant may be away to remain relevant. Otherwise, we may become the equivalent of house cats. Let us hope for a forever home.

Copyright 2017 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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Jun. 3, 2016 United Shades Of America Portland

Recently, W. Kamau Bell’s “United Shades of America” on CNN talked about gentrification destroying the African American community in Portland. While Bell and the TV show Portlandia tried to make light of it, the city is becoming known as the whitest large city in America. Like many large metropolitan areas, Portland had a history of redlined neighborhoods, but there had been some progress. Then, after the year 2000, many long time residents noticed an increasing lack of diversity. Apparently the new arrivals drove up real estate prices by buying large McMansions in the suburbs and rental investments in poor neighborhoods. The increasing rents forced people out, and destroyed one the things that made the city unique.

It is happening in the San Francisco Bay area too. A woman from Oakland gave me what she called her diversity test. She thinks the facts of everyday life are an indicator. Is the person you wake up next to different from you? Is your family? Is your neighborhood? Is your school? Is your workplace?

Copyright 2016 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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Mar. 4, 2010 SDF Wedbush and MoSoNex

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On Thursday March 4, 2010 in Palo Alto at Nokia, the SDForum Mobile SIG hosted “Digital Media End-User Demographics and Generations” to discuss mobile consumption and distribution in the current mobile markets. The convergence of digital media in telecommunications and the Internet is spreading to all age groups and across international boundaries. Text from DJCline.com

Scott Sutherland, Managing Director of Technology Investments at Wedbush gave one of the best snapshots of the mobile industry so far. There are seven billion people on the planet, five billion have cell phones and one billion have Internet access. Mobile devices are now the dominant computing platform on the planet displacing desktop or laptop computers. The mobile market is fragmented by carriers, manufacturers and regulation. Companies that control hardware, software, content and the distribution network will eventually marginalize this crowded field. Text from DJCline.com

Who will dominate? Carriers jealously control access to get their percentage of texting and video. Hardware and software players push for proprietary standards. Content developers try to guard their content with DRM. Each of these controls only a part of the mobile market. Apple controls every aspect of the customer experience except the network it must get from carriers like AT&T. Google controls software with Android and arguably access to content, but does not control the hardware or network. The growth of WiFi could bypass the carriers entirely. The winners will be those who can dramatically simplify the situation for users. Text from DJCline.com

Gurminder Singh, Ph.D. CTO and COO of MoSoNex has devised such a solution. He wanted to send family pictures from America to his mother in India. He sent them to a relative’s cell phone living in the same house as his mother. While it took seconds to send the pictures half way around the world it took a month to transfer the pictures from a cell phone to a TV. Text from DJCline.com

MoSoNex has figured out how to simplify this process. You set up a friends and family network with all the players identified for easy access. You can then take a picture with your cell phone and send it to your grandmother. She can watch it on her iPTV or any other device like another cell phone. He also understands the broader implications of sending this beyond family and friends. I think you could make the group as large as you want and become a one man CNN by charging subscribers or selling ads. Text from DJCline.com

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