Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Are Lab Grown Meats Vegan?

Is lab grown meat acceptable to vegetarians? 

While these may seem like strange questions, they are relevant to a subset of humanity who chooses a lifestyle they believe is more conscientious.Ethical vegetarians object to modern factory methods of animal husbandry and therefore have adopted a meatless diet. They oppose the conditions these animals are required to endure and therefore have made a moral decision to not support it financially.

However, since lab grown meat does not require you to harm or incarcerate any animals, is it vegetarian safe?

It seems clear that vegans should reject lab grown meats simply because they are harvested from animal proteins. The strict vegan would probably never agree.

What do you think? Will people who adopt vegetarian diets on ethical grounds accept lab grown meats?

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Homo Evolutis

Eventually humans will control evolution, not just through DNA tinkering but also by merging with our technology.

Tech-Philosopher Kevin Kelly postulates that as technology becomes ubiquitous, it disappears from sight. As digital computers shrink towards the nano scale, it is inevitable that humans will implant these as augmentations. Just last month, DARPA announced a program to develop a digital brain implant to help augment human memory as a treatment for various brain disorders.

In April of this year, scientists tested a new DNA-based nano robot that can release medications in highly targeted and controlled ways. Very soon, we will be able to eradicate cancer with targeted treatments which only attack cancerous cells. Current chemo-therapies will be remembered as nothing more than witch doctor medicine. How soon till we are all walking around with nanobots embedded in our bloodstream?

Science continues to push the boundaries of the human genome. Very soon, every baby born will have her genome sequenced as part of her medical file. Doctors will become truly proactive at protecting against genetic illnesses before they become a danger. Eventually, we will be able to genetically engineer out these weaknesses and improve the human animal. Imagine a world without  hemophilia, autism or all the other genetic diseases. It can all happen once we can engineer the human genome.

This is a critical convergence point.

When we can tinker with our own DNA to make changes, and we can control that process via nanobots, we stop being Homo Sapiens and cross the threshold into Homo Evolutis. At that point we become the masters of our own evolution and the human animal will explode into a dizzying array of variations and permutations.

Suddenly, you can sport pink hair for that fancy dinner party and then change it back before work on Monday. You can tinker with your DNA to adjust your weight or even your height, within certain limits. Who knows? Maybe we could even geneer (gene + engineer) humans capable to withstanding hard vacuum or even those who can breathe CO2 instead of O2. The limits of current humanity end and a whole new human race begins.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Build Windmills

When the winds of change blow, some build walls, others build windmills.

This old Spanish proverb has been stuck in my head for the past 5 years. More and more it is obvious that new methods for work and play are taking over our lives. We can choose to fight the change or we can try to harness it.

Microsoft has spent the last two decades trying to fight the change and then grudgingly adopting it. This has put them into the role of a perpetual laggard with a host of "Me Too" solutions which just don't capture anyone's attention or imagination. While the company remains financially strong, it is clear that this strength is dwindling as time passes. In a recent interview, a Microsoft executive said that Microsoft operating systems only account for 17% of the total digital landscape. This is a far cry from their once dominant position. As times changed, Microsoft refused to change with them.

On the other hand, a host of upstarts have challenged the once mighty giants of industry. In the last 10 years, the Dow Jones 30 Industrial corporations have seen 12 changes in their ranks. This is extraordinary when you realize that since its inception in 1885, they have only ever changed 53 companies. That's just under 23% of all the changes happening in the last decade!

As the economic landscape continues to change, it is critical that you adopt these shifting winds. You must learn to harness change and make it part of your business culture. Study Elon Musk and his host of companies as great examples of harnessing the winds of change to create genuine innovations that will change the world.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

21st Century Foundational Technologies

Every Economic Age is built on a collection of foundational technologies. It stands to reason, if we can identify the foundational technologies of the 21st Century, we can define the scope and nature of the changes to come.

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First and most obvious is the internet. This foundational technology was born near the middle of the 20th Century but it didn't really become commonly useful until 1992 with the advent of the World Wide Web. The technology we know as web pages made the internet accessible to the less technically oriented. By 1999, we entered into the era of Web 2.0 where anyone with an internet connection could suddenly post content to the internet without technical knowledge. This foundational technology has magnified our ability to share information. Whereas in 1820 it took 14 years for André-Marie Ampère to learn of the German experiment that inspired him to describe the measure of electrical current, today such knowledge is available almost instantaneously.

Another foundational technology will be 3d printing. Invented in 1984, the first 3d printers were used for rapid prototyping. Since then the technology has continued to blossom and grow as new designs and solutions are shared by a growing community of Makers. Inspired by the brilliant works they see every week on Discovery Channel's Mythbusters, regular people with passion have taught themselves and others how to build the devices and gear they need. These engineer/hackers are the driving force behind this foundational technology that will rewrite the rules for industry, warehousing and shipping. Imagine a world where anything you need can be manufactured either in your home or at a neighborhood facility that can deliver it to you within hours.

But there will be more. Artificial intelligence and robotics will give us the world envisioned by Isaac Asimov. Nanomaterials will piggy back on 3d printing and give birth to Star Trek-like replicator technologies that will eliminate the problems of scarcity. New developments in graphene materials will create super long lasting batteries that also function as the lightweight exteriors of our devices. Ubiquitous computing and the Internet of Things will cover the world with a blanket of data available for any number of inquiries. Medical and genetic technologies will ultimately term our bodies into tinker toys that we can adjust and modify for life or just for the weekend. Humanity will merge with their machines and being to march towards eliminating the death of individual consciousness.

Over the next 20 years, the rules of humanity will be completely rewritten. How we work, live and play, how our societies function and even how our cultures act will all change. For some this is a terrifying prospect because it will bring terrible upheaval to our current economic status quo. Old industries will fall and new industries will be born in the undeniable cycle of creative destruction. Rest assured that new paradigms will prevail and stability will return once we learn to let go of the dying past and to face the winds of change, not with walls, but with windmills.

If you want to learn how your business can harness the winds of change, call R-Squared Computing for your free consultation. You can't afford to wait much longer. Call today (305) 423-9574.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Turing Tests: Why My Comments Are Now Disabled

Because of the growing number of spam comments posted on this blog, I am turning off comments. I apologize for the inconvenience.

It is amazing the ends that people will go to in an attempt to increase their search engine rankings. I am reasonably certain most of the spam comments I was seeing originated from web-based robots. I am impressed by the skill involved in programming a software robot that can crawl blogs to submit comments by defeating captchas.

A captcha is the annoying distorted text you have to type in on some web sites. It is basically a Turing test, or a way of distinguishing between a human and a robot in a blind interaction. It's impressive that computers are defeating these basic Turing tests. We are truly experiencing change at an unprecedented rate.

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