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My latest talk was on June 4 at Heritage Hills in Somers, NY. I covered “The Rise of Bitcoin and the Rise of Bitcoin”. The auditorium was packed with about 150 people, mostly seniors. After the Q&A, two gentlemen came up to the podium with more questions. They were 97 years old. I was inspired.

My recent talk was at the Rivington Club in Danbury, CT. The topic was “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.

A CyberTruck. These things are huge. One disgruntled owner wants his money back because he cannot fit the truck in his garage.
The Ridgefield Library Gala. I have had enough galas for the season.
It was good to catch up with Larry Bossidy at the Library Gala. Larry was CEO of AlliedSignal (later Honeywell) in the 1990s, prior to which he spent more than 30 years rising through executive positions at General Electric.
An enterprising owner of an electric Jeep found a spot in a parking garage where he/she could mooch some electricity.

Epi One has now raised more than $650,000. A lot of interest in early detection of cancer.

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.

Here’s a summary of some interesting things happening in the crypto world this week (as of June 7th, 2024):

  • Bitcoin Price Movement: The price of bitcoin surged to nearly $72K on Wednesday after US spot bitcoin ETFs recorded their second highest single day of net inflows. Bitcoin has seen some profit-taking after reaching around $70,000, with some analysts warning of a potential pullback as US inflation data looms.
  • Meme Coin Activity: Meme coins like Dogecoin and those associated with the GameStop stock rally experienced a surge again, possibly fueled by user activity on Reddit.
  • CME Considering Spot Bitcoin Trading: The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) is reportedly exploring launching spot Bitcoin trading, which could further legitimize Bitcoin as an asset class.
  • Regulations and CBDCs: The US is reportedly moving against non-compliant stablecoins like Tether, while central banks like Saudi Arabia are joining digital currency projects like mBridge. This highlights the ongoing regulatory landscape surrounding cryptocurrencies and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).

Keep in mind: This is not an exhaustive list, and the crypto market can be very volatile. Here are some resources to stay updated:

Remember, do your own research before investing in any cryptocurrency.

Here’s a glimpse into some of the recent developments in AI from this week (as of June 7th, 2024):

Focus on Ethics and Safety:

  • AI Whistleblowers: A new development this week involves AI researchers raising concerns about the ethical implications and potential dangers of certain AI projects. This highlights the growing discourse on responsible AI development and the need for safeguards.
  • Explainable AI (XAI): There’s continued emphasis on Explainable AI (XAI) techniques. Researchers are developing tools and methods to understand how AI models arrive at their decisions, promoting transparency and trust in AI systems.

Advancements in Specific Areas:

  • AI for Robotics: Integration of AI with robotics continues to show promise. Researchers are developing more sophisticated AI algorithms that allow robots to grasp unpredictable objects, navigate complex environments, and perform actions with greater dexterity.
  • AI for Healthcare: Advancements in AI for medical diagnosis and drug discovery are ongoing. AI systems are being trained on vast amounts of medical data to identify patterns and improve healthcare decision-making.
  • AI for Content Creation: AI is making waves in creative fields. We’re seeing new techniques for generating realistic images, composing music, and even writing different kinds of creative content. This raises questions about the role of AI in artistic expression and potential copyright issues.

Other Interesting Developments:

  • Supercomputing for Retraining AIs: Researchers are using supercomputers to retrain AI models to avoid generating offensive or culturally insensitive outputs. This is an important step in mitigating potential biases in AI systems.
  • Open-Source Platform for Chatbot Evaluation: A new open-source platform allows developers to evaluate the performance of AI-powered chatbots. This can help improve the quality and effectiveness of chatbot interactions.

Staying Updated on AI News:

Remember, the field of AI is constantly evolving. These are just a few highlights from a busy week.

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.