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Finished. This turned out to be a very complicated Lego with the leaves, roots wrapped around the trunk, base of the tree, etc. 878 parts all came together.
Kids and grandkids are starting to arrive for Spring break. The pool will start to get busy for March and April.
The view to the East.
View to the West.

I invested in Atom Limbs in early 2021. Their technology is quite impressive. Watch a very short video here. I put this one in the high risk category. As always, remember most startups fail. Never invest in a startup unless you are prepared to lose every penny you invest.

Coinbase Bytes reported, “For the first time since April 2022, Ethereum crossed the $3,000 mark on Tuesday. The second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap is up roughly 12% in the last week and 30% in the past month as traders have become increasingly bullish about two major catalysts that are on the horizon: the potential arrival of spot ETH exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and an upcoming network upgrade.”

Coinbase also noted ETF buzz is growing in Australia and South Korea, while Japan and U.K. seek regulatory clarity. This is good news for BTC, as I see it. As I previously suggested, as more money flows into BTC ETFs. As the supply of BTC falls, I believe the price will rise.

Total market cap of all crypto is now $2.0 trillion. BTC is more than 51% of the total.

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

  • As of today, February 23rd, 2024, here are some of the exciting developments in the field of AI this week:

    Research and Development:

    • Meta unveils “CAIRAO”: This project aims to develop AI models that are fair, responsible, accountable,interpretable, and optimized for the real world. It focuses on addressing potential biases, ensuring transparency,and fostering responsible AI development.
    • AI-powered robot writes code: Researchers at MIT CSAIL have developed an AI system called “Coder” that can generate Python code based on natural language descriptions. This advancement holds potential for automating parts of the software development process.
    • AI system predicts protein structures rapidly: Researchers at the University of Washington introduced AlphaFold-Fast, a new AI model that can predict protein structures with high accuracy within minutes. This significantly reduces the time required compared to previous methods.

    Applications and Deployments:

    • AI-powered tool detects skin cancer: A new AI model shows promising results in accurately detecting skin cancer from images, potentially aiding in early diagnosis and treatment.
    • AI assists in wildlife conservation: Researchers are exploring AI-powered drones and cameras to monitor wildlife populations, track illegal activities, and protect endangered species.
    • AI helps personalize learning experiences: Educational institutions are experimenting with AI-based platforms that adapt learning materials and activities to individual student needs and learning styles.

    Concerns and Discussions:

    • Explainability and bias in AI algorithms: As AI models become more complex, there’s growing concern about understanding how they arrive at decisions and ensuring they are free from biases.
    • Ethical considerations in AI-powered weapons: The potential development and use of autonomous weapons systems raises ethical concerns and discussions about the role of AI in warfare.
    • Regulation and governance of AI: Ongoing discussions explore the need for appropriate regulations and governance frameworks to guide the development and deployment of AI in a responsible and ethical manner.

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.