New sections may appear every week or just when I have something new to share.
Here are some of the top news stories this week according to Bard AI:
- Amazon Digit Pilots: Amazon has begun testing its Digit, a new humanoid robot designed for delivery and warehouse tasks, in a limited pilot program. This marks a major milestone in the development of humanoid robots and could lead to wider adoption of these robots in the future.
- GM Cruise Suspension: General Motors has suspended its driverless car program, Cruise, after a pedestrian was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. This incident raises serious questions about the safety of autonomous vehicles and could slow down the development of this technology.
- AI Ethics: The debate over AI ethics continues, with experts calling for greater transparency and accountability in the development and deployment of AI.
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 continues on the rise. Michael Saylor top guy at Microstrategy will have a nice weekend. He bought $600 million of BTC in November. BTC is up substantially just below $39,000. Here are some news items Bard scooped up for me:
- Bitcoin price surge: Bitcoin broke the $38,800 mark for the first time since May 2022, reaching a high of $38,850 on November 3rd. This surge can be attributed to several factors, including increased institutional adoption, positive regulatory developments, and expectations of a Bitcoin ETF being approved.
- Ethereum follows suit: Following Bitcoin’s lead, Ethereum also saw a significant price increase, reaching a high of $2,069 on November 3rd. This is the highest price for Ethereum since June 2022.
- Overall market recovery: The broader cryptocurrency market also experienced a recovery this week, with many altcoins seeing double-digit gains. The total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies surpassed $1.1 trillion for the first time in several months.
News & Events:
- BlackRock files for Ethereum-based ETF: BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, filed for an Ethereum-based spot ETF with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This is a significant development that could bring more institutional investors into the crypto market.
- Binance CEO seeks permission to leave US before sentencing: Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance, has requested permission to leave the United States before his sentencing hearing in a case related to the collapse of the FTX exchange. This has raised questions about Binance’s role in the FTX debacle.
- MicroStrategy buys more Bitcoin: MicroStrategy, a business intelligence company, purchased more Bitcoin in November, increasing its holdings by 10%. This demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to Bitcoin as a hedge against inflation.
Tech stocks coming back with a roar. The smaller techs gaining as some view them undervalued. GAMMNAT stocks approaching $12 trillion. Let’s hope Santa Claus keeps the rally going.
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.