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My friend and former colleague at IBM John Wolpert’s Two But Rule is a very creative book. John provides innovative tools and ways of thinking which can turn negative thoughts into positive actions. He uses very interesting stories about start up companies, AI, and the environment to provide real world examples of how his two “but” rules can be applied. Regardless of your area of endeavors, this book can be a valuable copilot for what you do. You can find the book in multiple formats on Amazon and in 300 Barnes & Noble stores.

Another holiday gift. I look forward to putting the 878 pieces together to create the Bonsai Tree.

I am featuring Voatz once again as there is some big news. Also, I strongly believe mobile voting will become the primary way citizens cast their ballots in elections around the world. The big news is Voatz has been selected by the Mexican government to receive a multi-million-dollar contract, as the official voting app for the country’s national elections this June.
Here’s a recap of the traction Voatz has had to date. They could be on the way to becoming the world’s most trusted provider of mobile voting:
  • 2.3 million voters served
  • 125 successful elections
  • Company’s pipeline encompasses five of the six populated continents, spanning 30+ countries
  • ZERO successful attacks or breaches

As always, remember most startups fail. Never invest in a startup unless you are prepared to lose every penny you invest.

As of this writing Bitcoin was trading at $41,622. The gain for 2023 was about 160%. I continue to believe the approval of ETFs by the SEC is a game changer. The 20% drop is not a reflection on the potential of the ETFs.

Mixed opinions abound. Blackrock’s Larry Fink says bitcoin ETFs are the first step in the technological revolution of finance. Jamie Dimon said “I’ve got some oceanfront property in Arizona if anyone’s looking”.

Seems to me the cries of disappointment as BTC fell almost 20%, even though more than a $billion rushed in. Wall Street does not always endorse new ideas quickly. Axios Crypto says that buying of the new ETF products will likely come in stages. They wrote the first wave will bring the traders. The second, registered investment advisers, and the third, the brokerage platforms.

Matt Hougan, Bitwise Asset Management’s chief investment officer and ETF expert said, “The long-term buyers of ETFs are financial advisers and institutions, and they don’t buy on Day 1.” When they do buy, that BTC will be pulled out of the supply and the price will rise. My opinion, but not my recommendation to buy.

The world of AI is buzzing with activity. Here are some of the hottest headlines from this week:

1. AI Cracks Geometry Problems: DeepMind’s AI, AlphaGeometry, has made impressive strides in solving geometry problems, even tackling Olympiad-level challenges. This breakthrough in logical reasoning capabilities could have wide-ranging applications in fields like robotics and scientific modeling.

2. Meta Doubles Down on Open-Source AGI: Meta announced plans to open-source more of its research on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), aiming to accelerate progress in this crucial field. This move could democratize access to valuable knowledge and foster deeper collaboration within the AI community.

3. Google Expands AI Presence in UK: Google announced plans to open a new data center in the UK, aiming to meet the growing demand for AI resources and technologies. This investment strengthens Google’s commitment to AI development and adoption in the region.

4. AI Predicts Life Events: Researchers at MIT developed an AI model that can predict significant life events with surprising accuracy. This could pave the way for personalized applications in areas like healthcare, finance, and career planning.

Beyond these headlines, noteworthy developments include:

  • Advances in AI-powered drug discovery and medical imaging.
  • Progress in robotics, with robots learning to perform complex tasks like parkour and assembly line work.
  • Increased focus on responsible AI development, with discussions on ethics, bias, and safety.

I have appeared in two new articles this month:

Sun and Surf Magazine of Palm Coast, FL published, “AI: Should We Fear it or Embrace it?”

A new magazine in Ridgefield, CT called Ridgefield City Lifestyle has published, “AI and Healthcare: A conversation with Dr. John patrick about how AI is transforming the healthcare space

Following are videos of talks I gave this year. I have been fortunate to be able to share my thoughts on technology with a number of groups. 

On September 14, I gave a talk on AI at the Ridgefield Library in Ridgefield, CT.

On July 21, I gave a lecture on AI @FoundersHallCT. I wan’t sure how many would turn out. It was a lot. Great interest in the topic. In addition to current events and outlooks, I told the audience about Robot Attitude: How Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Make Our Lives Better

On March 8th I was the guest speaker at the first meeting of Probus in Palm Coast, Florida on March 8. Probus is a worldwide organization of retired and semi-retired men and women who come together to make new friends, learn new things, and have fun. There are over 4,000 Probus clubs in more than 100 countries, with over 400,000 members. Probus clubs are non-political, non-sectarian, and non-profit. They are self-governing and autonomous, and each club sets its own policies and activities.

On March 30, I gave my 12th annual lecture called Tech Talk at Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast, Florida where I live in the winter.

On March 23, gave a town hall-like speech and Q&A with the IT special interest group (SIG) of the New York Executive Forum. The event was via Zoom.

On April 19, I gave a talk and Q&A with a group of Union Carbide retirees. Some years ago, Union Carbide had its headquarters about a mile from where I live in Connecticut. The event was via Zoom.

There are many more videos of my lectures, interviews, etc. on my YouTube channel which you can find here.