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Yesterday was my 13th Tech Talk at Hammock Dunes Club. A PDF of my talk is at https://johnpatrick.com/techtalk13.pdf. The video took a long time to upload to my YouTube channel. I need to do some editing. I hope to have the final link next week.

The next talk is with the San Francisco Economic Forum on Wednesday via Zoom. I assume it is members only.

Tuscany gardener at work on the terrace.
Easter Brunch at Hammock Dunes Club with daughter and fam from St. Augustine.
A great brunch.
Shrimp galore!
The pool at Hammock Dunes Club
The new gym at Hammock Dunes Club
A helicopter flying below our terrace.

Here’s a glimpse into some of the key happenings in the crypto world this week (between April 2nd and April 5th, 2024):

Bitcoin Price Slump: After a strong rally in March, Bitcoin’s price has experienced a correction, dipping below $65,000 [CoinDesk]. Analysts are attributing this decline to a combination of factors, including profit-taking by investors and ongoing concerns about potential regulation.

Stablecoin Expansion Continues: Despite the Bitcoin price drop, the market capitalization of stablecoins (cryptocurrencies pegged to a fiat currency) continues to rise. This suggests that investors are seeking havens in stablecoins during periods of market volatility [The Block].

Focus on DeFi Security: Following some recent high-profile hacks of DeFi protocols, there’s a renewed focus on security measures within the DeFi space. Security audits and bug bounty programs are gaining traction as a way to identify and address vulnerabilities in DeFi platforms [Cointelegraph].

The Rise of Layer 3 Solutions: Layer 3 solutions, designed to improve scalability and interoperability between different blockchains, are attracting growing interest. A recent development involves Cosmos-based Picasso claiming to enable the first IBC (Inter-Blockchain Communication) connection with Ethereum [CoinDesk].

US Regulators Seek Public Input on Spot Bitcoin ETFs: The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has opened a public comment period on potential Spot Bitcoin ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds). This move could pave the way for the launch of Bitcoin ETFs in the US, potentially bringing more mainstream investors into the crypto market [Reuters].

Environmental Concerns and Crypto Mining: The debate surrounding the energy consumption of proof-of-work (PoW) mining used by Bitcoin and some other cryptocurrencies continues. This week, there were no major developments, but it remains a crucial topic for the long-term sustainability of the crypto ecosystem.

Remember: This is just a snapshot of the fast-paced crypto world. Stay tuned for further developments!

Let’s dive into some of the recent advancements in AI that captured attention this week (between April 2nd and April 5th, 2024):

1. AI for Personalized Learning: Researchers are exploring new ways to use AI for personalized learning experiences. This week, a study showcased an AI-powered tutoring system that tailors learning plans to individual student needs, potentially improving educational outcomes [Science Daily].

2. AI-powered Robots with Enhanced Dexterity: The quest for robots that can handle complex tasks continues. This week, a research team unveiled an AI system that allows robots to perform actions requiring dexterity and fine motor skills, like using tools or manipulating objects [IEEE Spectrum]. This could revolutionize automation in various industries, from manufacturing to healthcare.

3. Progress in Explainable AI (XAI): As AI models become more complex, the need to understand their decision-making process grows. This week, there were advancements in XAI techniques. Researchers developed methods to make it easier to interpret how AI models arrive at their conclusions, fostering trust and transparency in their applications [VentureBeat].

4. AI tackles Climate Change Challenges: AI is being harnessed to address climate change issues. This week, a group launched an AI platform designed to analyze vast datasets on climate and develop strategies for mitigating climate risks [TechCrunch]. This is an ongoing effort where AI can play a crucial role in creating sustainable solutions.

5. Generative AI for Material Discovery: Scientists are exploring the potential of generative AI models to accelerate material discovery. This week, there was news about an AI system designed to generate new materials with desired properties, potentially leading to breakthroughs in fields like medicine and clean energy [Nature Journal].

These are just a few examples of the exciting developments in AI. You can find more details by searching for terms like “AI Weekly” or “Last Week in AI”.

We are traveling back to CT on Friday. The GAMMNAT sheet is as of close on Wednesday.

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.