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.
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.
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.
With a hard Brexit, Britain is shooting itself in both feet and then trying to dribble like Messi.
What next for the world,
What next for us?
What next for the world,
Is it written on a bus?
What next for the world,
What next for the good?
What next for the bad,
What will happen –
Is it time for us to live the future free?
The effect of technology on future employment, as highlighted by business leaders at Davos, is profound. More and more software, computers and robots will be replacing human workers, and some of it has already happened (think the lack of as many human cashiers in supermarkets).
One answer to the increased joblessness and lack of expendable income is a “spending wage” for citizens for doing no work at all. This would stimulate the economy by allowing people to purchase consumer goods, though it may not solve the self-esteem issue of people not feeling that they have a purpose in life, or that they at least have a diminished purpose in life.
Like it or loathe it, Juventus’ new logo is another sign of the branding and commercial focus of soccer clubs nowadays. Juventus is up against all the other big clubs and they need to make an effort to stand out. Even if I happen to like the new logo, the announcement was full of the usual marketing mumbo jumbo, so it quickly became annoying and pretentious.
It may also be a mistake. Juventus’ logo is recognised by millions so to change it seems like a silly waste of money and, more importantly, branding capital. They have to start from scratch with this new logo. It helps that it features a capitalised “j”, but still. Much more important, however, is the players this club can attract and what it can achieve on the pitch.
Paul Pogba spent a bit of time getting “p”s shaved into his head and having two capitalised “p”s bleached a greenish yellow colour to signify “Paul Pogba” on his noggin alongside getting his own Twitter emoji. Considering his performance against Liverpool on Sunday he should probably be focusing on how to get the best performance out of himself for his club. Though I think it has become clear to a lot of people that his choice to move to Manchester United was driven as much by commercial and branding ambitions as soccer ones.
Apple, yesterday allowing developers to have games and apps that are as big as four gigabytes is a sign that Apple TV will be hosting hardcore video games and 4K content for those games and apps very soon. This is a warning sign to the PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch: Apple is coming to eat their lunch. Apple is also going to have 4K content in apps so their apps will be top-notch. In an example of how quickly things exponentially change in the tech world, the previous limit on apps and games was 200 MB file sizes. That’s a 20 times increase. Your move, Google.
Are tablets with keyboards replacing the laptop for most people? It seems very likely. The phablet replaced the need for a tablet and a phone. And people are nothing if not willing to save money. Having to buy a tablet and a laptop is overkill to most people. This has big implications for one of the very biggest tech companies: Microsoft. If iPads with keyboards, Android tablets with keyboards and two-in-one Chromebooks take over, the big M may be in big trouble.
Google’s strategy took shape when they announced the addition of Android apps to Chrome OS in May. This will probably have the most effect for two-in-one Chromebooks, with users having the best of both worlds. Microsoft may have a saving grace for its Office product in that Desktop PCs running Windows are still used in most organisations, so people are inclined to use Office software programs on iOS and Android (However, you can use Microsoft web apps for Chrome OS). But it may be losing users of its operating system business as they are enticed by cheap Chromebooks running a free OS. Chromebooks are doing very well in the US. If Google were to release Desktop PC’s that run Chrome OS – then Microsoft might start to sweat.
What is clear is that Microsoft need to innovate faster so that they can catch the next wave in the fast-moving ocean that is Silicon Valley. They are trying. An example is their Microsoft Holo Lens punt. This technology could have very specialised and useful use cases for workers and businesses. However, they do have to hope that the Microsoft eco-system stays developer-friendly and by that I mean popular. Apple may bring out their own attempt at augmented reality and blow Microsoft out of the water. The same may be true of Google. Even if Microsoft loses, however, they still will be able to be popular for organisations.