Thought for the Week

What if we were to treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion—a mandatory 48-hour waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he’s about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence.

Let’s close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles, take time off work, and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a gauntlet of people holding photos of loved ones shot to death, people who call him a murderer and beg him not to buy a gun.

It makes more sense to do this with young men and guns than women and health care, right?  I mean, no woman getting an abortion has killed a room full of people within seconds, right?

~ Author unknown

Thought for the Week

In the midst of winters I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus

Thought for the Week

Walter Bagehot

“The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”   – Walter Gagehot

Walter Bagehot was a British journalist, businessman, and essayist, who wrote extensively about government, economics, and literature

 

 

Laugh of the Week:  “I swallowed a dictionary. It was the thesaurus throat I’ve ever had.”

Thought for the Week

If I am not for myself,

Then who can be for me?

And if I am only for myself,

Then what am I?

And if not now,

When?

 – Hillel

Hillel was a famous Jewish religious leader, one of the most important figures in Jewish history. He is associated with the development of the Mishnah and the Talmud

Thought for the Day

“I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”    Abe Lincoln

Thought for the Week

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”

– Goethe

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A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.

~ William Shedd

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Time is:

   Too slow for those who wait

Too swift for those who fear,

Too long for those who grieve,

Too short for those who rejoice,

But for those who love,

time is not.

~ Henry Van Dyke

 

Thought for the Week

“A Woman”

This is written in the Hebrew Talmud, whee all the sayings and preachings of Rabbis are conserved over time.

It says” Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears. The woman came out of a man’s rib. Not from the feet to be walked on. Not from the head to be superior, but from the side to be equal. Under the arm to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved,

 

Thought for the Week

What is happiness? I am not sure what happiness is, but I know for certain that happiness is not looking up from what I’m doing to say I am happy!

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A Glimpse into the Future (continued)

Health:    The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek)   that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breathe into it.

It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world  class medical analysis, nearly for free. Goodbye, medical establishment.

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All  major  shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes.

Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of  spare parts they used to have in the past.

At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities.    You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home.

In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-storey office building.    By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.

Thought for the Week

Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.  ~ Thomas Edison

What you don’t know you can always learn.

Every day gives you another chance.

Achievement seldom exceed effort. ~ Mortimer Adler

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A Glimpse into the Future (continued)

Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You won’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car.

It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% fewer cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.

Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels.

Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of Tesla.

Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.

Electric cars will become main stream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact.

Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can’t last. Technology will take care of that strategy.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Thought for the Week

A Glimpse into the Future?

Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world

Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world,   10 years earlier than expected.

In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.

Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, four times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

More next week.   Author unknown


Thought for the Week

 

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

  • Epictetus