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In case you missed it from a prior post, my podcast with Ron Cey is here.

The most recent talk was on “The Rise of AI and Bitcoin”for the Newtown, CT Men’s Club last night. The club has existed for more than 100 years. I had previously spoken to this group about healthcare in 2014 when I was just putting the final touches on my doctorate.

More talks are scheduled in May and June.

March 28th was my 13th Tech Talk at Hammock Dunes Club. A PDF of my talk is at https://johnpatrick.com/techtalk13.pdf. The video is now available on my YouTube channel. I need to do some editing. I hope to have the final link next week.

The talk by Zoom for the Economic Round Table – San Francisco was on April 10 . It was members and guests only. I will post here when the Zoom is live on my YouTube channel. 

After 10 weeks of PT in FL, I decided to add a stepper in the home gym in CT.
A sample of my races back in the day. The woman who made this quilt from tee shirts. The only not read is Boston Marathon. I did however run the MarineCorps Marathon three times and the Philadelphia Marathon. Those were the days.

The Bitcoin halving event for 2024 hasn’t happened yet. As of today, Friday, April 19th, 2024, it’s likely to happen by the time you read this.

Here’s a breakdown of the key points about the status of Bitcoin halving:

  • Estimated Date: The exact date and time for the halving can’t be predicted precisely. It depends on when a specific block is mined, but most estimates suggest it will happen around April 20th, 2024.

  • Block Reward Reduction: During the halving, the block reward for miners will be cut in half. This means miners will receive 3.125 BTC instead of the current 6.25 BTC for successfully mining a block.

  • Impact on Price: The halving event is a highly anticipated one, and some analysts predict a potential price increase for Bitcoin in the long term due to the reduced supply of new coins entering circulation. However, the short-term price impact might be mixed, with potential volatility before a potential upswing. The price as of this writing on Friday afternoon is $64,347.

  • Focus on Macroeconomic Factors: Financial experts also suggest that broader economic conditions like inflation and interest rate decisions might have a more significant influence on Bitcoin’s price in the immediate future [Cointelegraph].

Here are some trustworthy resources to stay updated on the status of the Bitcoin halving and its impact:

It’s currently Friday, April 19th, 2024, so to stay ahead of the curve, let’s explore some advancements in AI that captured attention earlier this week, around April 15th to April 19th, 2024:

1. AI-powered Drug Discovery: Researchers are making strides in using AI for drug discovery. This week, a study showcased an AI system that can analyze vast datasets of molecular structures to identify potential drug candidates, potentially accelerating the development of new medications [Source: Nature Machine Intelligence].

2. AI for Climate Change Solutions: The fight against climate change continues to leverage AI. This week, a tech company announced a new AI platform designed to analyze climate data and predict extreme weather events, allowing for better preparation and mitigation strategies [Source: VentureBeat].

3. AI Tackles Bias in Hiring: Bias in the hiring process is a persistent challenge. This week, there were reports on the development of AI-powered recruitment tools that aim to identify and mitigate bias in resume screening and candidate selection processes [Source: Forbes].

4. Generative AI for Art and Design: The creative potential of AI continues to expand. This week, there was news about an AI system that can generate new artistic styles by analyzing existing artworks. This could open doors for innovative artistic expression [Source: Artnet News].

5. Explainable AI in Focus: As AI models become more complex, understanding their decision-making process is crucial. This week, a research team published a new method for explaining how AI systems arrive at their conclusions in a more interpretable way, fostering trust and transparency in their applications [Source: MIT Technology Review].

Staying Updated on AI News

Here are some tips to stay informed about the latest advancements in AI:

  • Follow AI News Websites and Publications: Websites like AI Weekly, MIT Technology Review, and VentureBeat frequently publish articles on cutting-edge AI research and developments.
  • Subscribe to Newsletters: Many AI research labs and organizations offer newsletters that provide summaries of their latest work.
  • Attend AI Conferences and Events: Attending conferences and events allows you to learn about new research and network with AI experts.
  • Follow AI Researchers on Social Media: Many AI researchers share their work and insights on social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn.

By following these tips, you can explore the ever-evolving landscape of Artificial Intelligence.

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

My YouTube channel is at http://www.youtube.com/jrpatric

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.