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I asked Bard AI what was new in AI this week. It said…

  • Google AI introduces LaMDA, a new language model that can generate realistic and informative text. LaMDA is trained on a massive dataset of text and code, and it can generate text that is indistinguishable from human-written text. It can also answer your questions in a comprehensive and informative way, even if they are open ended, challenging, or strange.
  • OpenAI releases Dactyl, a new robotic hand that can learn to manipulate objects by watching videos. Dactyl is trained on a dataset of videos of humans manipulating objects, and it can learn to perform the same tasks with just a few minutes of training. This could have a significant impact on the development of robots that can interact with the world in a more natural way.
  • A team of researchers from MIT and Google AI develop a new AI algorithm that can detect skin cancer with 95% accuracy. The algorithm is trained on a dataset of images of skin cancer, and it can distinguish between healthy skin and skin cancer with a high degree of accuracy. This could help to improve the early detection of skin cancer, which is a leading cause of cancer death.
  • A team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley develop a new AI algorithm that can predict the risk of heart attack with 90% accuracy. The algorithm is trained on a dataset of medical records, and it can predict the risk of heart attack based on a person’s age, gender, medical history, and other factors. This could help to identify people who are at high risk of heart attack, so that they can take steps to prevent it.

These are just a few of the new developments in AI this week. As AI continues to evolve, we can expect to see even more exciting and groundbreaking advances in the future.

President Zelenskyy is a great leader and communicator. His daily videos and comments are inspiring to the troops and others around the world. Here is what he said on Wednesday night…

Front. Fierce battles. South – we’re destroying the enemy. Donetsk direction – we’re destroying the enemy. The Kupiansk direction – whatever the Russian terrorists are planning there, we will destroy the enemy.

In the South, we are advancing. Thank you, warriors! In the East, our defenses are firming. And I am especially grateful, guys, for every shot down Russian helicopter… Each shooting down is important.

To work in Ukraine, to work with Ukraine, is to believe in Ukraine and Ukrainians. The world is with us, despite everything the evil state tries to do against us. The 483rd day of the full-scale war… It is our state that global hopes are focused on… And our people will justify these hopes. Freedom will win. Ukraine will win.

Thank you to everyone who fights and works for Ukraine! Glory to all who strengthen freedom!

Glory to Ukraine!

Bitcoin was sluggish in May. It finished Friday above $30,000. Wall Street is taking crypto more seriously than before and this has generated wider interest in BTC. Some think it will go much higher. Part of the optimism is BlackRock’s application to the SEC to offer an ETF which holds BTC. Numerous applications going as far as ten years have been shot down by the SEC, but the optimists believe BlackRock has more clout. American multinational investment management company is based in New York City. Founded in 1988, initially as an enterprise risk management and fixed income institutional asset manager, BlackRock is the world’s largest asset manager, with US$8.59 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2022. I am not so sure. If the SEC approves BlackRock, how will they explain all the prior rejections. Perhaps BlackRock has the secret sauce to counter prior rejections.

Not much to say about the week.

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq closed higher on Thursday as U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell remains hawkish. He suggested the central bank has not finished its inflation control job. He provide reassurance the Fed would proceed with caution.

Following are four videos of talks I gave during the last few months. I have been fortunate to be able to share my thoughts on technology with four groups. 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.