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There is an overwhelming amount of information out there about Covid-19, more than anyone can read. Bill Gates wrote in his Gates Notes a post he calls “The first modern pandemic“.  It is quite long and parts of it are technical. However, it is the best article I have seen. Gates breaks the needed innovation into five categories: treatments, vaccines, testing, contact tracing, and policies for opening up. He concludes without advances in each of these areas, we cannot return to the business as usual or stop the virus. I highly recommend taking the time to read Bill’s comprehensive post.

You can follow the curves and projections by country or state at healthdata.org. You can monitor the number of new cases and deaths by country or state at the Coronavirus Dashboard.

My post about telehealth last week got picked up by CircleID. They have published several other of my articles. CircleID claims it “is the world’s leading platform for Internet developments with more than 5200 professional participants worldwide.”

Although the basic protocols of the Internet have not changed in 50 years, the Internet has been able to handle the surge in traffic brought on by the novel coronavirus. Vint Cerf, co-father of the Internet and recovering from COVID-19, said, “This basic architecture is 50 years old, and everyone is online,” he said. “And the thing is not collapsing.”

Last week, Doug Maine and I presented “The Origins of the Internet” in a Zoom webinar hosted in the Virtual Playhouse of Bedford, NY. During the Q&A after our presentations, a Zoom attendee asked me if I believe autonomous cars will be possible within five years. I said yes definitely. If you have any doubts watch the YouTube video lecture by Andrej Karpathy. Andrej is the director of artificial intelligence and Autopilot Vision at Tesla. The 33-year-old Stanford PhD blew my mind. I can see why Tesla is so far ahead of others and why Elon Musk pays him a $2 million salary. Watch the video here or at the end of this post.

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