It Used To Be That Robots Couldn’t Do Everything

For the longest time, in the clothing industry, you needed some actual human to actually sew a garment together. That was because fabric was flexible and a robot couldn’t manage it into and through a sewing machine.

All that just changed.

Oh and did you see the video showing the robot teaching itself how to play a children’s ball in cup game? It’s terrifying.

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Change can be Frightening

In today’s NY Times, David Brooks wrote a piece that ended with this:

The Democrats may have just dominated a game we are no longer playing.

Both conventions featured one grieving parent after another. The fear of violent death is on everybody’s mind — from ISIS, cops, lone sociopaths. The essential contract of society — that if you behave responsibly things will work out — has been severed for many people.

It could be that in this moment of fear, cynicism, anxiety and extreme pessimism, many voters may have decided that civility is a surrender to a rigged system, that optimism is the opiate of the idiots and that humility and gentleness are simply surrendering to the butchers of ISIS. If that’s the case then the throes of a completely new birth are upon us and Trump is a man from the future.

If that’s true it’s not just politics that has changed, but the country.

I’m worried he could be right and that we might all pay for it. But, maybe that’s just me being afraid of change.

I’ll have to give that a bit more thought.

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Thinking About Hillary — A Plea for Reason


An interesting article was published last month by “The Policy.”

It’s a heck of a piece and its full of really eye-opening points. More to think about here. And more fodder for wondering why our system of politics could be so broken that nearly every other view of Hillary could be so diametrically opposed to the views here.

It’ll be an interesting election season.

[Hat tip to my lovely wife Paula for pointing this piece out to me.]

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Sailing Camp 2016

The girls just finished a week long sailing camp at Coyote Point.  It was a marvelous time for them.  They both feel comfortable and competent managing a ship under sail power.  For those that care to see pictures of the final race competition an album is up over at Flickr.

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Our CyberDefense is Not Good Enough to Protect this Technology

Someone has tought a computer to fly a plane. Someone has taught a computer to fly a fighter plane. Someone has taught a computer to fly a fighter plane in a dog fight and beat the US military’s top dog-fight instructors.

That’s terrifying.

Imagine if that technology got into the hands of a terrorist. Imagine if a hacker gained control of a squadron of Navy fighter jets. The 9/11 terrorists needed to attend 9 months of flight school before they could embark on their mission. Now that the computer can run the planes themselves, there is no need for specialized knowledge. You just need a hacker.

I’ll say it again….That’s terrifying.

Our Cyber-Defense capabilities are not good enough to protect this technology.

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