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

    Forwarded message

    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 09:44 on May 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Measuring Motherhood 

    Saw this on another blog and have reposted here without permission.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  And as our parish priest said, “Happy Mother’s Day to Mothers, Grandmothers and dearly departed Mothers, who no doubt still watch over us.”

    Larry & Colleen
    2015MY11 09:40 Sydney, Australia,  MY10 16:40 US EDT

    NOTE: The best way I know to honor motherhood is by honoring my own mother. This is a celebration of her life and the impact she has had on my family. This is not meant to act as a comparison to other mothers.

    Of course this silly tribute doesn’t scratch the surface of the work she does. The greatest thing she did was teach her children honesty, character, benevolence, and virtue. Thank you Mom!

    Measuring-Motherhood-2

     
  • lczarnik 22:28 on February 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Visions of Vienna: a musical tribute to Vienna – the world’ s music capital. Presented by: Sydney Symphony 

    We watched this stunning performance from the comfort of our lounge chairs. Make sure you have a good cuppa or your favourite drink and be prepared to be amazed for the next hour and twenty minutes.

    We are amazed that this is presented on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. As we said in sharing someplace else, it is the meeting of technology and culture – or is it culture and technology.

    In any case, we please invite you to –

    VISIONS OF VIENNA

    04 FEBRUARY 2015

    Venue: Sydney Opera House Sails
    Presented by: Sydney Symphony

    • Visions of Vienna
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    Visions of Vienna: a musical tribute to Vienna – the world’ s music capital.
    Wednesday, February 4 from 8:30pm

    DESCRIPTION

    Join Sydney-siders and audiences across the world this Wednesday, February 4 as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is projected for the first time live in concert onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House in a grand salute to Vienna, the world capital of music.

    Visions of Vienna is a multi-media event set to celebrate the importance of music to both cities – Vienna and Sydney – while presenting Vienna’s rich culture of acoustic and visual art.

    The live concert commences from 8:30pm and will also be available online to live-stream from 8:50pm AEST.

    Where to watch the free live concert

    • Sydney Opera House: we will be streaming the concert music at our outdoor venues for visitors to enjoy alongside the projections on the sails. We recommend Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and The House Eatery by George as on-site vantage points.
    • Campbells Cove: You can watch the live projection at a specially created viewing event at Campbells Cove hosted by the Vienna Tourist Board. It is ideally located directly across from the Sydney Opera House.

      Campbells Cove is located in between the Park Hyatt and the Overseas Passenger Terminal in The Rocks.

    • Online: you can tune into the live stream at visions.vienna.info from 8:50pm AEST.

    What will be projected onto the sails?
    At 8.30pm the sails will become host to a moving artwork with animated 3D images. As well as featuring imagery inspired by the art of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele the sails will be transformed into the pages of the original score of On the Beautiful Blue Danube waltz by J STRAUSS II.

    Then, at 9pm, the second half of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s concert, Greatest Hits from Vienna, will be projected live on to the sails from inside the Concert Hall.

    We hope you enjoy the performance.

    And last but not least, the link to the concert / presentation. You might like to put it to full scree and ensure your volume is on all the way or listen on head phones.

    http://youtu.be/A99kUmqaLpM

     
  • lczarnik 13:20 on July 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Sydney Opera House – like you have never seen it (unless you come to Vivid each year) 

    The Sydney Opera House (SOH) is an icon most people have seen either in a picture or if you live or visit Australia seen live. But each year in May / June for the last several years, there has been a absolutely and amazing light show projected on the SOH. Now when you see this video you will think it is some kind of video trick or overlay. But we visit each year and we can assure you the projections on the shell are EXACTLY as shown in the video.

    Now the video starts with some historical voice over. The speakers are those who spoke when this icon was agreed to be built, announced, etc. The music gets a bit weird in the middle but just after the 9 minute mark is is symphonic. So bear with it and enjoy the really spectacular light show on a world iconic screen,

    http://youtu.be/cFTVt2CofRo

    Larry
    2014JL09 13:15 Sydney Australia

     
  • lczarnik 09:26 on July 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Creative Kids “shadow” exhibition at Sydney Opera House 

    On the 28th June we had dinner in one of the restaurants in the Sydney Opera House and an exhibition was being set up. Seemed to be some neat technology to create art. And in fact it was being prepared for kids to participate in during the coming school holidays.

    Met Toby, who I’ll call the technology designer. We chatted briefly, but also spent time watching as he half chatted to me and half debugged his creation. He was amazing and very quick with language he was programming in IVVVV as I recall).

    It’s the outcome that is really spectacular. His name is Toby Knyvett (which is why he goes by Toby K!)

    Toby sent me some pics and gave me permission to post here. So enjoy and we’ll let you know when we have more.

    Some of the email exchange –

    "Hi Larry
    Thanks for your support. I did get some sleep in the end and now it’s all working much better.

    … We’re taking some footage next week and eventually I’ll get that up on my site, but in the meantime I’ve attached a couple of photos if that’s helpful.

    Cheers – Toby K"

    "Toby,

    Congratulations. Saw your Creative Kids "shadow" exhibition on Channel 9 Today Show this morning. Looks great. … kids and presenter Steve were having a ball.

    Looked on SOH site and couldn’t see any more info."

    "Hi Larry

    Good to hear that someone saw it.Great coverage for us.

    You can absolutely use those pictures.

    There is no youtube video yet, we are filming this Thursday and shooting more pics this Saturday. …cleardot.gif

    Cheers – Toby K"

     
  • lczarnik 13:58 on June 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    CNN – On the Road – Poland 

    t’s been 25 years since Poland’s first partly free elections so CNN’s On the Road series visits the country looking at how it has been transformed since the fall of communism while taking a deeper look at its customs and culture. Watch reports on CNN TV from June 2.

    We’ve just watched the first one and it was very interesting.  A soccer match 31 years ago was the Solidarity movement’s public coming out party!

    There are sure to be more reports during the week that will be both nostalgic and a reminder for those of us who might have been a bit younger!

    Watch for it kind of camouflaged in the program CNN Newsroom.

    If the links above don’t take you to the right place, here it is on plainer text –

    http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/on-the-road/poland

    Enjoy.  We did.
    Larry & Colleen
    2014JN02 13:55 Sydney, 05:550 Warsaw, JN01 23:55 USA EDT,

     
  • lczarnik 11:18 on May 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    In anticipation of upcoming Mother’s Day –

    WHEN GOD CREATED MOTHERS

    When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of ‘overtime’ when an angel appeared

    and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one”.

    And the Lord said, “Have you read the specs on this order? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have 180 movable parts – all replaceable, run on black coffee and leftovers, have a lap that disappears when she stands up, a kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair and six pairs of hands.” The angel shook its head and said, “Six pairs of hands? No Way.”

    “It’s not the hands that are causing the problems,” said the Lord. “It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.” “That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. The Lord nodded and said, “One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, What are you kids doing in there?” when she already knows. An-
    other pair here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know and, of course, the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say, “I understand and I love you” without so much as uttering a word.”

    “Lord,” said the angel, touching His sleeve gently, “go to bed. Tomorrow…” “I can’t”, answered the Lord. “I am so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick, feeds a family of six on one pound of hamburger and gets a nine-year old to stand under a shower.”

    The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” it sighed. “But tough!” said the Lord excitedly. “You cannot imagine what this mother can do or endure.” “Can it think?” asked the angel. “Not only can it think,” said the Creator, “it can reason and compromise.”

    Finally, the angel bent over and ran a finger across the cheek. “There’s a leak,” it pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.” “That’s not a leak, said the Lord, “it’s a tear.” “What’s it for?” asked the angel. “Tears are for joy, sadness, pain, loneliness and pride,” answered the Lord. “You are a genius,” said the angel.

    The Lord looked sombre. “I did not put it there.”

     
  • lczarnik 10:06 on March 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Severe storm rolls over Sydney 

    Been watching the eight or so storms in the USA, especially over the east coast.

    And while this is nothing like that (we didn’t even get much rain out of this the 25km we live north of the harbour), we still think it was pretty impressive.

    found this article from SMH that you might be interested in:

    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/-3476x.html

     
  • lczarnik 15:11 on August 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Detroit radio station calls out Rush Limbaugh over false statements on Motor City history 

    Us Detroiters are made of strong stuff.  We’ve been called names, etc. and have come out stronger.  But falsehoods are just not fair.

    I like this article so much I’m reposting here –

    http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/08/detroit_radio_station_calls_ou.html

    Larry

    And if you can’t wait – here’s the text –

    Detroit is not unaccustomed to exaggerated, outdated or uninformed perceptions of the city being thrown around in the national media.

    And everyone knew it was coming in waves after the bankruptcy filing last month.

    But it seems Detroit’s public radio station WDET had just about enough this week, taking aim at Rush Limbaugh, who spouted off a number of inaccuracies about the city’s history while commenting on the city’s financial struggle in a recent Fox News segment.

    The station put together a video breaking down the various assertions made by Limbaugh that just weren’t true.

    The most obvious was his statement that the election of Mayor Coleman Young led to the 1967 riot.

    Young wasn’t elected until 1973.

    Check out the full fact-checking video below.

     
  • lczarnik 21:39 on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Just for fun (and all you Poles out there!) 

    Just For Fun!

    This comes to us from “Gen Dobry” who found it on the Polish Genius site. It’s a video featuring Mel Brooks and his wife, Anne Bancroft, performing “Sweet Georgia Brown” in Polish. Made me smile.

    Go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Saz0FrMvlq8

    Gen Dobry! Volume XIV, No. 6 – 30 June 2013

     
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