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My next talk is June 4 and Heritage Hills in Somers, NY. I’ll be covering “The Rise of Bitcoin and the Rise of Bitcoin”.

My next talk will be at the Rivington Club in Danbury, CT. The topic will be “The Rise of Bitcoin”. A lot of good Q&A. My talk at The Heritage Center in Redding, CT was fun. It was a very nice and very smart audience. The Q&A covered a lot of issues relating to AI, Bitcoin, and Quantum Computing. A similar talk is scheduled in June in Somers, NY.

Two new videos are now on my YouTube channel. The Hammock Dunes Tech Talk 13 video is here. The Economic Round Table – San Francisco Zoom is here. In case you missed it from a prior post, my podcast with Ron Cey is here.

On April 18, I gave a talk on “The Rise of AI and Bitcoin”for the Newtown, CT Men’s Club. 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.

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

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.

Joanne at Housatonic Habitat for Humanity BBQ for volunteers and donors in Danbury, CT.
Volunteers and donors enjoying the BBQ. The standing gentleman in the suit is Roberto Alves, Mayor of Danbury.
New signage for the Habitat Restore building. A pleasure to donate this.
The signage is comprehensive inside and out. Rows and categories of merchandise are clearly highlighted.
Celebrating our 56th anniversary at Winvian’s 5-star restaurant in Litchfield Hills, CT


One day I got really hungry so I went to Mill Plain Diner and enjoyed my favorite meal: turkey and dressing with mashed, corn, and cranberry sauce.
Epi One’s groundbreaking diagnostic testing platform seeks to make cancer less scary by detecting cancer early enough to cure and accurately enough to treat appropriately. The company is currently in pre-revenue. I have known the CEO, Michael Marquardt, for more than 30 years. He is an articulate and innovative leader.


Political factors may be about to boost crypto. Both Trump and Biden have changed their tone on crypto. Crypto is global. Argentina’s securities regulator will meet with El Salvador’s digital assets commission to discuss strategies for cryptocurrency adoption: Argentina is seeking to leverage El Salvador’s experience as the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender.

Here’s a look at some interesting developments in AI this week (ending May 31, 2024):

  • Google AI advancements: Google unveiled a bunch of updates to its AI offerings, including a new, faster version of their large language model (like me!), Gemini 1.5 Flash. There’s also progress on Project Astra, their vision for the future of AI assistants with enhanced capabilities [AI News].
  • Open-source milestone: Mistral AI released Mixtral 8x22B, a new open-source model that boasts impressive performance and efficiency, especially in handling multiple languages and complex coding tasks [AI News].
  • AI-powered Chromebook perks: Chromebook Plus now includes a year of Google One AI Premium, giving users access to features like smart text summarization and a fancy AI photo editor [MarketingProfs].

It’s important to note that some sources you might find online may not be up-to-date. For the latest AI news, you can check out these resources:

  • AI Weekly: AI Weekly provides a great summary of AI news and research.
  • Last Week in AI: Last Week in AI offers weekly summaries of interesting AI developments.

My YouTube channel is at http://www.youtube.com/jrpatric The oldest one on the channel was from a speech I gave in Paris in 1996. It is here.