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Downtown square in St. Augustine

Human Nature band from Australia. Great music.

Human Nature tribute to Smokey Robinson.
Server preparing Columbia restaurant’s famous “1905” salad in St. Augustine. I believe there are six Columbia restaurants. We first learned of them when we lived in Tampa, FL in early 1970s. They were located in Tampa’s famous Ybor City.
Server preparing fresh Sangria at Columbia restaurant.

The multi level Columbia restaurant is full of beautiful decorations.

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.


I invested in Future Cardia in early 2022. They have raised $2,376,485 from 1,724 investors. They have strong partnerships and are close to clinical trials. 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 $43,345. (The gain for 2023 was about 160%). I continue to believe the approval of ETFs by the SEC is a game changer. BTC has dipped but I see a number of reasons why it will rise. BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF became the first of the new investment products to hit $2 billion in assets under management, making it the third-biggest ETF (out of 600) that launched in the last 12 months. The big investment firms are studying the role of Bitcoin ETFs. Should they be 1%, 2%, 5% of major portfolios. Whatever % an investment firm ends up recommending, then they have to study where the funds should come from in the portfolios. Anyway I look at it, the fixed supply of BTC will be reduced. I am not recommending to anyone to buy BTC.  

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

1. Google unveils “LaMDA 3,” focusing on factual consistency: Google AI introduced LaMDA 3, a new iteration of its factual language model, emphasizing accurate and verifiable information during dialogue. This advancement tackles a crucial challenge in large language models, aiming for responsible and trustworthy AI interactions.

2. AI-powered robots assist surgeons in complex procedures: Researchers at Johns Hopkins developed AI-assisted surgical robots capable of performing delicate tasks like suturing and knot tying with high precision. This innovation holds promise for safer and more efficient surgeries in the future.

3. AI learns to predict protein 3D structures in minutes: DeepMind presented AlphaFold 2, a powerful AI system that can accurately predict the 3D structure of proteins within minutes. This breakthrough accelerates drug discovery and protein design processes significantly.

4. Ethical AI guidelines from major tech companies: Leading tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon collaborated on a set of ethical AI principles focused on fairness, accountability, and transparency. This collaboration emphasizes responsible development and deployment of AI technologies.

5. AI art generator Midjourney sparks debate: Midjourney, an AI tool creating visually stunning artworks, has gained popularity and ignited discussions about the role of AI in artistic creation and potential challenges for human artists.

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.