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Don’t yawn about the Jenga-playing robot

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We hear every week about new innovations in robotics technology that make some people excited while making others fearful of a world not unlike the Skynet-controlled Terminator universe. That’s why it’s interesting to see news about robots doing the most mundane of tasks such as playing Jenga.

It isn’t newsworthy that a robot can play this game of precision and skilled decision-making. It’s newsworthy that this is in the news at all. Don’t get me wrong. It’s pretty cool. But it seems like a step back from some of the amazing robot technologies we’ve seen in recent years.

On the contrary, this isn’t a step back. It’s a step forward because of the way this robot operates. It makes decision based on complex scans and algorithmic decisions that allow it to remain precise in a game that requires precision. The implications of such movements and decisions can be eventually applied to the medical field where sensitivity is just as important as pure accuracy.

The notion may make you yawn compared to killer robots with .50-caliber machine guns mounted to their torsos, but don’t underestimate the importance of such tests. The technology required to play Jenga may be used in life-or-death situations in the near future.

We may not ever hear about Jenga-playing robots again, but it’s interesting that we’re hearing about them now from such a prestigious technical university like MIT.

 


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Bilderberg 2019 location remains secret less than a month out

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Bilderberg 2019 location remains secret less than a month out

Any time an article invokes “Bilderberg” in the title of the article, many assume it’s going to be a conspiracy theory involving the Illuminati and a push for population control. But what gets missed because of all the strange reporting around the annual meeting of the world’s elites is that there really are crazy things afoot in these meetings that have been reported on properly for years.

There are conspiracy theories, but there are also actual conspiracies. That’s essentially what he meeting is held for in the first place – so the elites can conspire. I’m not saying their conspiring is always a bad thing, but those of us who have been following the meeting for years (decades, in my case) are aware that some very controversial discussions are held that we know of and almost certainly that we don’t know of as well.

Last year, the meeting location was announced in January, giving ample time for all attendees and press to attend. But unlike past meetings, attendance of the press was limited. Have journalists and alternative news outlets lost their appetite for the event? Is it “old news” on the conspiracy theory front? If that were the case last year, this year is shaping up to be a reversal. That’s why it’s conspicuous that the meeting details still haven’t been announced and likely won’t be announced until days before.

I’m one of the carryovers from when The New Americana shifted content and stories to focus on NOQ Report. It was the right move and has been paying off. But one thing that’s been lost is any attention to conspiracies. Yes, most of them are false, but not all. If we’re being honest, I’d say most Americans believe in some conspiracy theories but the term itself has been so stigmatized and the art of investigative journalism has been so tainted that few are willing to admit it. Hopefully, I’ll be posting more on strange subjects in the future.

The folks over at Truthstream Media broke down last year’s and this year’s event as best they could with the limited information available. Bilderberg 2019 is going to happen, but nobody knows where or when.

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Gary Vaynerchuk never talks about politics, but he’s great when he does

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Gary Vaynerchuk never talks about politics but hes great when he does

Language warning, in case you’ve never listened to Gary Vaynerchuk before. I have, and he’s great.

Those who know of Gary Vaynerchuk think of wine, social media, and digital strategy. The Belarusian American entrepreneur has been an outspoken advocate of all things “віно і маркетинг” for over a decade, but he rarely speaks about politics.

Recently, he did, and one prediction in particular caught my eye.

In an interview for Capitalism by Ryan Daniel Moran, Vaynerchuk said, “I believe we’re seeing the beginning stages of a four party system in America in the next 50 to 100 years.”

The way he sees it, both major parties are pushing to the extremes on the ideological scale, opening up spots for moderate progressives and moderate conservatives to have major parties of their own. This is the case in most countries; the United States is one of the few that has a true two-party system despite the fact that most of our founding fathers didn’t want it to turn out this way.

John Adams said:

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.

But Vaynerchuk, who has built a career around being write much more often than he’s wrong, says the opening is already being seen today. He railed against both parties, blaming both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama for poorly handling the financial crisis of the late 00s.

Millions have learned over the years to listen to Gary Vaynerchuk when he’s offering opinions. Though his political opinions are few and far between, there’s a wisdom to them you don’t hear from the pundits. It’s authentic, a rare quality indeed.

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Is technology making it feel like time is speeding up?

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Is technology making it feel like time is speeding up

Some of the things they put out at Truthstream Media are extremely compelling. Then there are times when their videos are a bit blah. This is one of those times, but don’t be discouraged. There’s actually some pretty interesting information to glean from all of this.

Time does seem to be getting faster, or at least passing faster. Most attribute it to age. Some have speculated about the changing speed of light which scientists have demonstrated is getting slower. Since time, space, and light are all relative to each other, a slowing speed of light would actually make us feel like time is getting faster. But the notion that Truthstream Media latched onto is both the real likely cause as well as an interesting bit of information in and of itself.

Our attention spans are dropping thanks the prevalence of information and media in our lives. When once it could take hours just to download a television show, today we can stream movies without interruption on our smartphones. We’re able to bounce around from website to website, app to app, all in our search for the next stimulation, the next dopamine hit.

Since we’re able to get information more quickly, is that the reason our attention spans are growing shorter? Is that also the reason time seems to be moving faster? Know knows. It’s a decent video, albeit not their best.

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