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What do Itzhak Perlman, Van Morrison, and John Patrick have in common? All three were born in August 1945. At 78, Itzhak and Van are still regular musical performers on stage. When it comes to strings, he and Yo-Yo Ma (10 years younger) are my favorites. Their music will live forever. Yo-Yo played at the White House for presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy when he was seven. Perlman gained national attention when he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show twice in 1958, and again in 1964, on the same show with the Rolling Stones. We were very fortunate to be in row five with friends to listen to his incredible performance.
Dinner with our youngest son in Boston at Terra in Eataly. Great food and wine.
Lobby of Hotel Commonwealth on Commonwealth Avenue. The hotel is the Red Sox official place. Details on the cow.
We have been supporters of the Ridgefield Playhouse for many years. They do a terrific job of bringing in great talent. We no longer live in Ridgefield, but it is only 20 minutes away from our home in Danbury, CT.
A great view #1 of Boston from the 52nd floor of the Prudential building. See if you can spot MIT in Cambridge across the Charles River.
A great view #2 of Boston from the 52nd floor of the Prudential building. See if you can spot something interesting.
A great view #3 of Boston from the 52nd floor of the Prudential building. See if you can spot the Henry Longfellow Bridge also known as the Salt and Pepper bridge.
A great view #4 of Boston from the 52nd floor of the Prudential building. See if you can spot the State Capitol and famous churches.
With friends at the Ridgefield Playhouse Gala.
With wife of 55 years at the Ridgefield Playhouse Gala.

I invested in this startup in 2020. The company says its mission is to build Artificial General Intelligence. They think they have the most practical approach of doing it: creating a platform that potentially will bring and connect 1000s of expert AI tools together. They want to be the “go to” utility for other AI startups. I found it interesting back then. More so now. Like all startups, it is not risk free. 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 this week according to Bard AI:

  • Here are some of the top AI news stories from this week, November 10-17, 2023:

    • Google AI and Anthropic announce partnership to enhance AI safety. The two companies will work together to develop new AI safety research and tools, and to share best practices for AI development and deployment.
    • OpenAI battles DDoS against its API and ChatGPT services. The company says that the attacks are designed to disrupt access to its services and to prevent users from using ChatGPT.
    • Amazon is building a large language model (LLM) to rival OpenAI and Google. The LLM, codenamed “Olympus,” is reportedly twice the size of OpenAI’s GPT-4.
    • OpenAI introduces GPT-4 Turbo, platform enhancements, and reduced pricing. GPT-4 Turbo is a new version of GPT-4 that offers faster and more efficient inference. The platform enhancements include a new API and a new user interface.
    • Nightshade: A new tool to protect AI models from copyright theft. The tool, developed by researchers at the University of Chicago, can be used to add digital watermarks to AI models, making it easier to identify and prosecute copyright theft.

    Other notable AI news stories from this week include:

    • Adobe introduces generative AI in range of products. The company is adding generative AI capabilities to a number of its products, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat.
    • Big Tech struggles to make AI profitable. Despite the hype around AI, many Big Tech companies are still struggling to make it profitable.
    • AI audio swarms TikTok. A new type of AI-generated audio content, known as “AI audio swarms,” is becoming increasingly popular on TikTok.
    • US weighs more AI regulations. The US government is considering new regulations for AI, in an effort to address concerns about bias, safety, and privacy.
    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 hope these weekly snippets provides some highlights of what is going on.

Bitcoin is on the rise. If tried to buy low and sell high, it would have been tough. But if you bought and help, your gains could be significant. Look at the following graph. It shows a nice gain as long as you invested and held. I started dollar cost averaging in 2013, buying BTC every Monday morning for five years. It worked. I sold half of my BTC holdings in 2018 but then continued to hold other than a philanthropic gift in 2022. 





Tech stocks coming back with a roar.Let’s hope the rally lasts.

I don’t think I add much with my Wall Street comments. I suggest a click on MarketWatch will do a much better job.

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.