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20 December 2013


Russ Steele

Silicon Valley is the source for much of the robotic design and intelligent software development in California. There are other centers of expertise, but Silicon Valley is a hotbed of development, creating instant millionaires and billionaires when their creativity and hard work is recognized by the market. This growing wealth in Silicon Valley has some long term consequences. For example high paid engineers and technicians are driving up the cost of housing in the region, forcing lower paid profession out of the housing market. Protests have erupted in San Francisco, with protestor blocking the plush busses that pick up and deliver these high paid individuals to their Silicon Valley work places.

Now there is a movement in Silicon Valley to create their own state, dividing California up into six states, with one named Silicon Valley, including the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey. More details on this Silicon Valley initiative can be found at TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/19/tim-draper-six-californias-secede-silicon-valley-ballot-initiative/

Money talks and the robot makers, artificial intelligence creators and all the techies that are making our life easier are expressing their own self-interest, living in the best locations, riding to work in plush busses and now proposing to create there own state. Those that lack the skill sets to participate will soon become observers, wondering how did this happen. Asking the question of this post “what will we do”?


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The more expensive labor gets, the better automation looks and this has always been the case. Regarding the possibility of a singularity and its dangers, I remain unconvinced but I don't expect my heresies to be of any great concern... an I told you so after the event would be sufficient.

Ryan Mount

Technology is a key part of enabling lower-level medical practitioners (nurse practioners, PCPs, etc.) to perform diagnosis and treatment options for patients. The solutions are rolling out as I type this.

The need for expensive specialization will be automated. And as my specialist doctor friends have already told me, their private practice days are numbered as they assume that they will either "go Galt" or less romantically and more practically (they do have 200K+ of student loans to pay off), head into more centrally managed clinics, treatment centers or hospitals. And this is just because of the pending ACA and subsequent single payer schemes.

They also have told me that future student loans, according to provisions in PPACA, will be tied to government service in the same way that other government agencies "sponsor" college tuition in lieu of future indentured service to a government agency. That seems a little tin-foil-hat-like, and I have found no evidence that I can find in the PPACA. But I take their word for it.

Add in massive information automation, not to mention mechanical automation, and the demand for specialized skills becomes a dinosaur.

Russ Steele

There is more in this article at the Atlanta.

Almost Human: The Surreal, Cyborg Future of Telemarketing

Americans are fielding millions of calls from bright, energetic telemarketers, but what they don't know is that they're talking to machines... Sort of.


Russ Steele

In two of the three MOOC Courses that I have taken so far the quizzes and tests were all computer scored. The third was partially computer scored, quizzes, and the remaining mapping final was scored by other students in the class. We each had to grade three mapping projects.


We each had to grade three mapping projects.

Math or Geography, Russ?

George Rebane

Gregory 912am - From your pen to God's ear ;-)

Russ Steele


We had to produce a geographical map showing some uniqueness of a community using Arc/GIS OnLine. I showed the broadband disparity in my neighborhood by census track. I evaluated maps show the history of development along an English river, marketing reach of a project in an Indian City and was unable to open the map files on third project. It was about tourism development in Africa, if I remember correctly it was Kenya.

This Penn State Course, Maps and the Geospatial Revolution will be offered again in April 2014. It was a most interesting and well run course. Video lectures, then geospatial demonstrations, then work projects using Arc/GIS OnLIne. It was a great course, I learned a lot and am still learning as I use Arc/GIS OnLine in my consulting projects.


George, of course, your singularity , like that of religious cults expecting a rapture, can always to be said to be just around and there will never be a good time for me to say 'I told you so', so I might as well do it now and get it over with. ;)

Bill Tozer

"Today Japan leads the world in domestic robots. Japan has a rapidly aging population and not enough young people to care for their elderly. The obvious solution is humanoid robots that learn to do all manner of household tasks from vacuuming the living room, bringing and putting away things, to making you a nice cup of hot tea. And they don’t mind being interrupted while doing one thing to respond to your urgent desire to have that tea, right now."

Japan leads the world in domestic robots because they are closer to their work.

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