An artificial intelligence and big data inspired blockchain, IoT, Lorawan and ICT architect and business transformation strategist designing and building decentralized products and platforms with ethereum, stellar, cardano, tensorflow, dialogflow, kafka, spark and more.
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"Artificial intelligence research organization OpenAI has achieved a new milestone in its quest to build general purpose, self-learning robots. The group’s robotics division says Dactyl, its humanoid robotic hand first developed last year, has learned to solve a Rubik’s cube one-handed. OpenAI sees the feat as a leap forward both for the dexterity of robotic appendages and its own AI software, which allows Dactyl to learn new tasks using virtual simulations before it is presented with a real, physical challenge to overcome."
So almost 250 mayors from cities across the United States have signed a resolution agreement not to pay ransoms when it comes to cyber attacks, ransomware, and hacks. It's a stand against the multiple ransomware attacks that have crippled city and countht government computer systems in recent years. Baltimore and Atlanta come to mind. But 250 out of thousands of cities and mayor's mean there is a long way to go. What is a ransomware attack ? Ransomware attacks usually use some form of malware to lock out users. Lock out networks, databases, cloud access, mobile phones, applications, etc. And unless the hackers get paid, they won't unlock the system. Quite a few have demanded Bitcoin or other crypto tokens and even gave details on how to create or sign up for a bitcoin wallet and buy and sell Bitcoin. So these random or Targeted Cities have been picked off one by one, with seemingly little recourse. Cities and governments have been prime targets for ransomware atta…
We gotta save the planet. Escape to Mars to Nuke it, makes sense. Not." Globally, the question of equity is even more acute, with cities in developed nations far better able to fund climate change adaptation projects than in developing countries. “In an environment of scarce resources for local authorities, especially in poor countries, mobilizing such resources will be a real political and institutional challenge,” according to a World Bank study."" There is no coordinated strategy nationally, there is not enough money, states are not moving, and this loose talk of resilience bonds in the private sector is not a reality yet,” Stiles says."The Cost of Rising Seas: More Than $400 Billion
My company, Pagarba, believes in the philosophy of remote work, respect and as much flexibility as possible. Just get work done when you need to. If you need to drop kids off at school, take college classes, go surfing , go the gym, whatever it's all about flexibility and creating an environment where you get your work and life in order. I guess you could call it the work life balance to the extreme philosophy. " Employees will be able to decide when and where they work for at least half of their hours. As well as fitting their job around childcare commitments or exercise sessions, most full-time workers will be able to “bank” time off and use it to take extended holidays.Daily treks into the city could become unnecessary as the new rules facilitate a choice of working remotely."Finland is about to take flexible working a step further
Housing was the biggest expense for those living in the top 5 cities, forming 29.34% of the overall composite index of the cost of living.A one bedroom apartment in Manhattan goes for $3,100 a month now. The Median annual household income was around $75,400 in NYC. The average rent in San Francisco is around $3,600 for an apartment now. But median income is a little higher so events it out and why NYC, statistically speaking, is the most expensive.
It's not just the guns. I usually sway middle ground on gun rights, second amendment and so on. I am not a gun person. I don't go out to the range nor collect guns. But i did grow up in a military family where my father and most of my uncle's server from a few years to over 30 in the Marines , army, navy, air Force, national guard and so on. I've had friends in various branches. I even tried to be a chemical weapons kind of engineer in the army myself. So I'm well aware and familiar with guns and the love of guns. But this love affair with Rambo and assault weapons pretty much meant for one thing is a bit absurd. A couple people in a community owning a boatload of assault weapons and even granades aren't going to stop the military, the feds or national guard or the swat team from storming a town. It might deter them for a moment, but what side of the coin are all these people on anyway? Former Military and police officers are going to attack their own…
Smart cities and IoT is here to stay. And going forward , 5g, Elon Musks satellites laser internet whatever system and things like nb-iot, lorawan, microwaves and more , things will only become more vulnerable. And connected. Hardware is hard. Margins can also be rough. Look at half the scams on Kickstarter and even crypto ICOs. Sell a vision to naive folks and never deliver anything real. Or deliver an insecure raspberry pi with no security features. The Intel's of the world have vulnerabilities much less some fly by night sell some $9.99 sensor company. Security is hard. It's not sexy. Nobody cares till they have to care. Plain text passwords, lack of security knowledge, it's all easy and faster to just pretend security isn't real. Robinhood takes money from millennials and stores in plain text. Nice. Not really. But even the unicorns and hot companies get caught in this release faster and who cares about software development lifecycle and security proc…
Pagarba (pagarba.io) worked on some real time location tracking sensors and data collection projects. We've been diving into radio frequencies, Lora , lorawan and private decentralized mesh networks lately to build better smarter Internet of things systems. Good stuff. Interesting city." Wireless sensors can be used to monitor traffic data and analytics. An ongoing pilot program on lower Union Street aims to count vehicles with the goal of reducing flow and idling. Traffic patterns differ between sport utility vehicles and compact cars. With a better understanding of the types of vehicles on city streets, the city can schedule traffic lights more efficiently. Data will also allow vehicles can be re-routed in the event of a crash or some other kind of large-scale event. "
Distributed computing and coordination is not a necessary evil, it is an incidental requirement of a design decisionThe key insight in CALM is to focus on consistency from the viewpoint of program outcomes rather than the traditional histories of storage mutation. The emphasis on the program being computed shifts focus from implementation to specification: it allows us to ask questions about what computations are possible.Interesting article and some good insight. Worth a read. https://blog.acolyer.org/2019/03/06/keeping-calm-when-distributed-consistency-is-easy/
Quite interesting that 40% of these "AI" firms don't use artificial intelligence at all. Do some even know what tensorflow or mxnet or neural networks even means ? Also funny how Google decided this post had issues. Real products with real artificial intelligence would make sense. But hype and marketing fake news sells I guess. https://www.ccn.com/40-percent-ai-firms-europe-never-use-ai-vc-says