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St. Patrick’s Day dinner at Hammock Dunes Club.
Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll at EMMA Concert Association at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College in St. Augustine. It was a highly entertaining look at the history of iconic music featuring the best musicians and authentic Broadway/Rock & Roll artists in the world. The evening told the story of America since the 1930s, and all the incredible influences and cultures that make up our “melting pot,” which is poured into the fabric of our music, which influenced generations around the world.
This was unexpected treat. The Ron Cey podcasting shows sends a gift from Melissa’s Exotic Tropical Fruits for each guest of his podcast show. Delightful fruits some of which I never heard of.

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.

Here’s a summary of some interesting things happening in crypto this week (as of March 22, 2024):

  • Bitcoin price rollercoaster: Bitcoin’s price has been volatile, dropping below $63,000 on March 19th, leading to some liquidations (forced selling) by traders. However, it since climbed back up near $68,000 but as of this writing is below $64,000. I think things will stabilize as the BTC ETFs build up. But, who knows?
  • Dogecoin soars on futures hopes: Dogecoin (DOGE) saw an 18% price increase this week on speculation of the launch of DOGE futures contracts. This seems doubtful to me. My average cost for my DOGE is 5 cents.
  • Grayscale outflows slow down: There were major outflows from Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) earlier this week, but analysts believe this might be tapering off [Cointelegraph].
  • Blackrock joins the tokenization party: Investment giant Blackrock entered the crypto space with a new fund on the Ethereum network that focuses on tokenized assets. I do not see an Ethereum ETF anytime soon. 
  • Bitcoin Virtual Machine (BVM) for AI? The BVM might soon allow users to create artificial intelligence models directly on the Bitcoin network [CoinDesk].

It’s important to note that crypto news can change rapidly, so these are just some of the highlights from this week.

Let’s delve into some of the recent advancements in AI this week (as of March 22, 2024):

        • Nvidia’s powerhouse chip: Nvidia unveiled their latest AI chip, the Blackwell architecture, boasting 30 times faster performance for specific tasks compared to its predecessor [AI Weekly]. This could significantly accelerate AI development.
        • Humanoid robotics get a boost: Nvidia partnered with leading robotics companies for their new AI platform, GR00T, aiming to develop foundational models for general-purpose humanoid robots [AI Weekly]. This has the potential to revolutionize various fields like manufacturing and healthcare.
        • AI ethics in question: There’s ongoing debate about “empathic” AI, with some experts arguing it leans more towards psychopathy rather than true emotional intelligence. This highlights the importance of ethical considerations in AI development [Tech Xplore].
        • AI tool aids cancer detection: Researchers developed an AI tool that can identify signs of cancer missed by doctors, potentially leading to earlier diagnoses and improved patient outcomes [Artificial Intelligence News].
        • Introspective AI thrives on diversity: A new study suggests that AI models that consider diverse perspectives during training outperform those with limited viewpoints [ScienceDaily]. This emphasizes the importance of inclusivity in building robust AI systems.

        These are just a few exciting developments, and you can find more details by searching for “AI Weekly” or “Last Week in AI”.

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.