Elon Musk has decided to create his own chips for artificial intelligence for his Tesla vehicles. He also claimed at the machine learning conference NIPS that Tesla cars will be able to drive safer than humans in two years, and 10 times safer in three years. These are bold claims, and sure excited a bunch of experts at the conference. And given Musk’s track record, they are most likely truthful claims too. Self-driving cars are definitely coming, and will save a lot of lives and prevent injuries.
Amazon Prime Video is now available on the Apple TV. This could be an important moment for Apple and Amazon. What with Amazon preparing a show that is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Amazon will get some paying customers out of the Apple users, who have a good amount of disposable income. It will also allow Apple to have a more fully formed TV offering for its users.
Niantic is preparing to release a new AR game based on “Harry Potter”. Niantic is the same company that created the “Pokemon Go” game for smartphones and tablets. This Harry Potter game will be huge. AR is definitely going to create whole new experiences for users!
Niantic also recently raised $200 million in funding to help it create more special experiences! This company is on a roll. I can’t wait to see this Harry Potter game and the other games they create.
AR (Augmented Reality) is going to explode is usage in the coming years. Having useful uses for AR is a killer feature. For example, Ikea has an app for checking out how an Ikea piece of furniture will look in a room. This type of app will win over more than the millions of fans of Harry Potter (myself included!).
I’ve found that accepting my intrusive thoughts and my compulsions and knowing that they are my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) acting up helps me to be freer from OCD. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) makes me see myself as ugly because of my mild acne scarring. I’ve tried to use CBT to help me in this regard. What I mostly do at the moment though is avoid looking at my reflection with any keen eye. I also look at myself in the mirror and tell myself that I look OK. The antidepressant fluoxetine seems to prevent my obsession with my looks becoming severe and taking up hours of my day everyday. Alongside this I have symptoms of severe clinical depression in that I have low energy, find it hard to concentrate, have a lack of motivation, have a lack of interest in things and don’t get enjoyment from life, except for a small reward I get from eating tasty food or a tasty drink (not alcohol). However, there is an overlap of symptoms between clinical depression and psychosis, with the low motivation etc. being present for both disorders, with the exception of low mood (if one has low mood alongside the other symptoms then it’s more likely clinical depression). I could have psychosis, because I don’t have low mood, which may be because I got better from clincal depression naturally or may be because of a drug I’m taking called trimipramine. I may have psychosis because of a psychiatrist thinking my speech was confused in a session. I take the antipsychotic olanzapine for this. I don’t have delusions or hallucinations though. In any case, it may be clearer to me what I suffer from in the coming few weeks, as I will see a psychiatrist on Monday the 27th of November. I know that I will have to be patient and have to try to keep an open mind as to what mental disorder I have. So it is exciting that I may be a bit closer to resolving one of my mental health problems in the coming weeks.
Here is a personal admission: I have mental health problems. I definitely suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). I may or may not suffer from severe clinical depression or psychosis (I don’t know what I suffer from as yet but I’m keeping an open mind). I did, however, suffer from severe clinical depression since 2013. I thought it was important for me to talk about my mental health to help to have an open debate about mental health and to reduce stigma by helping people understand mental health conditions. My OCD is largely under control, however. I don’t have any anxiety or severe compulsions because of the drug I’m taking called fluoxetine (which has the brand name Prozac), but I still have mild OCD where I have to do things a few times and I have to deal with intrusive thoughts, I have to be methodical about my decisions and I probably wash my hands too much (I’ll give a detailed list of what medications I’m on in another post). So this is my first blog post about my mental health. I will blog more on this subject in the future. The stigma for people with mental health problems is eroding as the years go by, but it’s still very high in Ireland (the country I’m from and live in), for example.
Nintendo is reportedly doubling Switch production. This is showing that Nintendo really created a niche for its Switch console by making it capable of being used on the go or anywhere outside of the living room. It also brought out good games like “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and “Super Mario Odyssey” to give its console some heft. However, I still believe that the Apple TV and the Android TV are the future of gaming.
If it wasn’t clear until now that there is a bubble in the tech industry, it is very clear now. Snap Inc.’s shares soared in its initial public offering by almost 50 per cent. This is crazy stuff from a company that Mark Zuckerberg is increasingly trying to emulate with its disappearing messages feature. The only thing that is uncertain is what will happen to this bubble. Will it deflate gradually or burst suddenly? It’s impossible to know but I guess that it will be on a downward trajectory of some kind at some point anyhow. Markets will be markets but what will be more interesting is how Snap Inc.’s hope of growing and changing the company will play out.
Trump only cares about his base of supporters when he carries out his actions or speaks or tweets. He doesn’t care about anyone else. He expects to get enough votes from non-decided voters in swing states in 2020. He just wants to get re-elected in four years.
Trump relaxing banking regulations could sow the seeds of the next financial crisis. I don’t think he understands that regulation is a good thing, as the consumers need to be protected, rather than a bad thing. It seems he takes his orders from Steve Bannon and somehow believes deregulation will cause growth in the short term. This is bad news for the long-term outlook for the world. Hopefully the next US president and government pushes back against this and undoes the damage before it’s too late.
The court judgement of ZeniMax getting $500m dollars for their lawsuit against Oculus will not take Oculus’s product down from the shelves, which is a great thing for the wider VR industry. That ZeniMax won this suit was interesting. It highlights that malpractice is still a part of the entrepreneurial DNA of Silicon Valley (hey, if you want to fulfil your dreams, sometimes you got to fight dirty).