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The new Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max is great but not that much greater then the 14 Pro Max.The blue titanium of the phone is very nice but only slightly lighter than the prior stainless steel phone. The mute switch on the left side is now a button. You can configure what you want a push of the button to do. One push and ready to take a picture is what I tried for starters. Then I changed it to magnifier. This is very handy for my old eyes. Getting a new phone each year, even with marginally important improvements, it is very convenient. They don’t call the annual upgrade plan a lease, but that is what it is. I consider $58.25 per month for 12 months a bargain to have the latest and greatest supercomputer in my pocket.  They send you an empty pre-paid box to return your “old” one. FedEx picks it up and that is the end of the upgrade. 

Next talk on AI coming in November. Will details when available.

The startup I am sharing about this week is the SEC approved StartEngine, the crowd funding platform. They claim to be the leader and have raised $71,000000 for 750+ startups. I started investing multiple times in StartEngine as a startup itself in 2019. I think it has great potential and would not be surprised to see them get acquired by one of the giant Wall Stree companies. We shall see. Click on the image and hear what Mr. Wonderful as to say. As always, remember most startups fail. Never invest in a startup unless you are prepared to lose every penny you invest.

Here are some of the top news stories in AI this week (September 25-30, 2023):

  • Google AI continues to enhance Bard, a new AI language model. Bard is a large language model that is trained on a massive dataset of text and code. Bard can generate text, translate languages, write different kinds of creative content, and answer your questions in an informative way. Bard is still under development, but it has learned to perform many kinds of tasks, including
    • Bard will try its best to follow your instructions and complete your requests thoughtfully.
    • Bard will use its knowledge to answer your questions in a comprehensive and informative way, even if they are open ended, challenging, or strange.
    • Bard will generate different creative text formats of text content, like poems, code, scripts, musical pieces, email, letters, etc. Bard will try its best to fulfill all your requirements.
  • OpenAI launches a ChatGPT plan for enterprise customers. ChatGPT is a large language model that is known for its ability to generate human-quality text. OpenAI has now launched a new ChatGPT plan that is specifically designed for enterprise customers. The new plan offers a number of features that are important to enterprise customers, such as support for multiple users and the ability to integrate with existing systems.
  • Researchers at Google AI have developed a new algorithm that can learn from just a few examples. The new algorithm is called “Few-Shot Learning with Transformer Models.” It is able to learn to perform new tasks with just a few examples by using its knowledge of the world and the tasks that it has already learned.
  • AI is being used to develop new drugs and treatments for diseases. Researchers are using AI to develop new drugs and treatments for a variety of diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. AI is able to identify new drug targets and develop new drug candidates much faster than traditional methods.

In addition to these top news stories, there are a number of other interesting developments happening in AI this week. For example, AI is being used to develop new self-driving cars, robots, and other autonomous systems. AI is also being used to develop new financial products and services.

AI is a rapidly changing and evolving field. It is very difficult to stay informed about the latest developments in AI in order to make informed decisions about how to use AI to your advantage.

I found the following short video very impressive. Looks to me like Ukraine is winning the artillery war and destroying thousands of tanks and armored vehicles.

Here is what Bard says is new in crypto this week….

  • Bitcoin and Ethereum prices continue to rise. Bitcoin is now trading at around $27,000, and Ethereum is trading at around $1,900. This is the highest that both cryptocurrencies have traded in several months.
  • The SEC cracks down on crypto exchanges. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken with offering unregistered securities. This is the latest in a series of actions by the SEC against crypto exchanges.
  • MetaMask launches a new institutional wallet. MetaMask, a popular cryptocurrency wallet, has launched a new wallet that is specifically designed for institutional investors. The new wallet offers a number of features that are important to institutional investors, such as support for multiple currencies and the ability to integrate with existing financial systems.
  • The Ethereum Merge is on track. The Ethereum Merge, which will transition Ethereum from a proof-of-work to a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism, is on track to be completed in the coming weeks. The Merge is expected to have a significant impact on the Ethereum ecosystem, including reducing Ethereum’s energy consumption and increasing its scalability.

In addition to these top news stories, there are a number of other interesting developments happening in the crypto world. For example, the number of decentralized applications (DApps) is growing rapidly, and new financial products and services are being developed all the time.

The crypto world is a rapidly changing and evolving landscape. It is important to stay informed about the latest developments in order to make informed investment decisions.

What a week? What a month? Not a pretty picture. Rate uncertainly. Almost certain government shut down. High oil prices. Inflation not asleep. Bitcoin looking better all the time.

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.