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  • lczarnik 09:11 on February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Dancing Monkeys 

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    From: adam a
    Date: 21 December 2007 at 03:23
    Subject: [Fwd: Dancing Monkeys]

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  • lczarnik 18:10 on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    A Look Into Future Business 

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    Some of this we know. Others may be new.

    But it is interesting to see it spelled out so succinctly. .

    LC note – as it says, is any or all of the below true? Some of it is, and in relation
    to the automotive industry, Cadillac has already thought outside of the box with
    Book by Cadillac this much is real – see the web site –

    https://www.bookbycadillac.com/#how-it-works

    Are you in the right business for the 21st century?

    IT TRUE?

    MAYBE YES & MAYBE NO!!!

    In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide.
    Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt.
    What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years
    and, most people won’t see it coming.

    Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on film again?

    Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels,
    but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a
    disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream
    in only a few short years. It will now happen again with Artificial Intelligence, health,
    autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs.

    Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.
    Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

    Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company
    in the world.

    Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

    Artificial Intelligence Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world
    This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.

    In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM’s Watson, you can get legal
    advice so far, for more or less basic stuff within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared
    with 70% accuracy when done by humans.

    So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only
    specialists will remain.

    Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, its 4 times more accurate than human
    nurses.

    Facebooknow has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans.

    In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans. (“NEVER!”/Albert Einstein)

    Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020,
    the complete industry will start to be disrupted.You won’t want to own a car anymore. You will
    call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination.
    You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while
    driving.

    Our grandkids will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car.

    It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform
    former parking spaces into parks.

    1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident
    every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), With autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident
    in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.

    Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the
    evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google)
    will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels.

    Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of Tesla.

    Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will
    become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

    Real estate ownership will change. Because if you can work while you commute,
    people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.

    Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new
    cars will run on electricity.

    Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an
    exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact.

    Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are
    desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar
    installations, but that can’t last. Technology will take care of that strategy.

    With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water.

    Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents).
    We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water.
    Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants,
    for nearly no cost.

    Health:
    The Tricorder X prize will be announced this year. There are companies who will
    build a medical device (called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone,
    which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breathe into it.

    It then analyzes 54 bio-markers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap,
    so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world-class medical analysis,
    nearly for free (Goodbye,medical establishment).

    3D printing:
    The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years.
    In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already
    started 3D printing shoes.

    Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station
    now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used
    to have in the past.

    At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can
    then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home.

    In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-story office building. By 2027,
    10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.

    Business opportunities:
    If you think of a niche you want to go in, first ask yourself:
    "In the future, do I think we will have that?" and if the answer is “yes",
    how can you make that happen sooner?

    If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success
    in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.

    Work:
    70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs,
    but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a short time.
    This will require a rethink on wealth distribution.

    Agriculture :
    There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can
    then become managers of their field instead of working all day in their fields.

    Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish-produced veal, is now available and
    will be cheaper than cow-produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is
    used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore.

    There are several start-ups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains
    more protein than meat. It will be labelled as "alternative protein source" (because most
    people still reject the idea of eating insects).

    There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell in which mood you’re in.
    By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a
    political debate where it’s being displayed when they’re telling the truth and when they’re
    not!

     
  • lczarnik 18:04 on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Five Important Life Lessons 

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    From: Carol Z
    Date: 23 February 2017 at 10:32
    Subject: Fwd: Five Important Life Lessons

    How could I not keep this going
    Carol

    1 -First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.

    During my second month of college, our professor

    Gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student

    And had breezed through the questions until I read


    The last one:

    "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"

    Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the

    Cleaning woman several times. She was tall,

    Dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name?

    I handed in my paper, leaving the last question

    Blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if

    The last question would count toward our quiz grade.

    "Absolutely, " said the professor.. "In your careers,

    You will meet many people. All are significant.. They

    Deserve your attention and care, even if all you do

    Is smile and say "hello.."

    I’ve never forgotten that lesson.. I also learned her

    Name was Dorothy.

    2. – Second Important Lesson – Pickup in the Rain

    One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American

    Woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway

    Trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had

    Broken down and she desperately needed a ride.

    Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

    A young white man stopped to help her, generally

    Unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960’s. The man

    Took her to safety, helped her get assistance and

    Put her into a taxicab.

    She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his

    Address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a

    Knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a

    Giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A

    Special note was attached.

    It read:

    "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway

    The other night. The rain drenched not only my

    Clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along.

    Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying

    Husband’s’ bedside just before he passed away… God

    Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving

    Others."

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Nat King Cole.

    3 – Third Important Lesson – Always remember those

    Who serve.

    In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,

    A 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and

    Sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in

    Front of him.

    "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.

    "Fifty cents," replied the waitress.

    The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and

    Studied the coins in it.

    "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.

    By now more people were waiting for a table and the

    Waitress was growing impatient..

    "Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.

    The little boy again counted his coins.

    "I’ll have the plain ice cream," he said.

    The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on

    The table and walked away The boy finished the ice

    Cream, paid the cashier and left.. When the waitress

    Came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the

    Table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,

    Were two nickels and five pennies..

    You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had

    To have enough left to leave her a tip.

    4 – Fourth Important Lesson. – The obstacle in Our Path.

    In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a

    Roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if

    Anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the

    King’s’ wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by

    And simply walked around it.. Many loudly blamed the

    King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did

    Anything about getting the stone out of the way.

    Then a peasant came along carrying a load of

    Vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the

    peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the

    stone to the side of the road. After much pushing

    and straining, he finally succeeded. After the

    peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed

    a purse lying in the road where the boulder had

    been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note

    from the King indicating that the gold was for the

    person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The

    peasant learned what many of us never understand!

    Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve

    our condition.

    5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts…

    Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a

    hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who

    was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only

    chance of recovery appeared to be a blood

    transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had

    miraculously survived the same disease and had

    developed the antibodies needed to combat the

    illness. The doctor explained the situation to her

    little brother, and asked the little boy if he would

    be willing to give his blood to his sister.

    I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a

    deep breath and saying, "Yes I’ll do it if it will save

    her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed

    next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing

    the color returning to her cheek. Then his face

    grew pale and his smile faded.

    He looked up at the doctor and asked with a

    trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away".

    Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the

    doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his

    sister all of his blood in order to save her.


    Now you havechoices.

    1 Delete this email, or

    2. Forward it other people.

    I hope that you will choose No. 2 and remember.

    Most importantly….”Live with no regrets, Treat people the way you want to be treated,

    Work like you don’t need the money, Love like you’ve never been hurt,

    and Dance like you do when nobody’s watching.”;

    NOW more than ever – Please… Pass It On…
    You never know how or when you’ll be paid!

     
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