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Another dozen or so survey responses came in. Thanks! Findings show 96% of subscribers read most or all the Current Events posts. whole section and 96% find it interesting and informative. The GAMMNAT stocks and crypto data spreadsheet section had a quite different response. 21% said it is good, but not great. Another 21% don’t read it. I appreciate the candid feedback on this. I will discontinue the GAMMNAT section of Current Events beginning immediately. I will likely still quote some figures from it in the Wall Street and Crypto sections. You can always send feedback to j[email protected] anytime.

I will be traveling in Europe until the middle of July. Will post some pictures next week.

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

  • DeepMind optimizes sorting algorithms using deep reinforcement learning. Researchers at DeepMind have developed a new algorithm that can sort data much faster than existing methods. The algorithm, called AlphaSort, uses deep reinforcement learning to learn how to sort data in the most efficient way possible.
  • Google’s Bard AI can now write and execute code to answer questions. Bard is a large language model from Google AI that can now write and execute code to answer questions. This means that Bard can now be used to solve a wider range of problems, including programming tasks.
  • Adobe Express Gets Generative AI. Adobe Express has added generative AI to its platform, allowing users to create custom designs with the help of artificial intelligence. This new feature allows users to generate images, videos, and text content with just a few clicks.
  • ChatGPT job woes. ChatGPT, a large language model from OpenAI, has been facing some challenges in the job market. Some companies have been reluctant to hire ChatGPT because they are concerned about the potential for bias or discrimination.

First of all, regarding yesterday’s Russian attack on Kramatorsk. Today, work continued all day at the site of the attack. Unfortunately, the death toll has increased. Russian missiles claimed the lives of 11 of our people, including three children. My condolences to the families. More than 60 people were injured and wounded.

Today, the Security Service of Ukraine together with the police special forces detained the person who coordinated this terrorist attack. Everyone who helps Russian terrorists destroy life deserves the maximum punishment. 

We will continue our work to strengthen international sanctions against Russia and its accomplices. They must feel that the price of their terror will only increase for them. And we will continue our global legal work to ensure that international instruments work in one way or another to punish all Russian terrorists and the aggressor state itself.

I thank everyone who is fighting and working for Ukraine! I am grateful to each and every one who is now in combat, at combat posts and in positions. Thank you, warriors, for your new advancement!

Bitcoin is showing strength and is now 51% of the market cap of all cryptocurrencies and tokens. Blackrock and Fidelity and others are all pushing for ETF offerings including spot Bitcoin prices. The SEC has shot down prior attempts but Blackrock and Fidelity have muscle. Hopefully, they have figured out how to structure their ETF Bitcoin offerings in a way others have not done.

I will have more to say next week.

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.