Make Way for the Robots

Sofia, an artificially intelligent robot, speaks with Ben Goertzel, AI researcher (left) and Mike Butcher (right), from TechCrunch, at this week’s Web Summit in Lisbon. As America grapples with perceived problems from the past, the problems of the future loom ever closer. And I wonder whether anyone is paying attention. It seems, for example, that Donald Trump’s […]
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A World of Science and Fiction

  It’s a science fiction world, that’s for sure. But who can tell the science from the fiction? On this day dedicated to the (fictional?) Saint of Love, the morning’s electronic mail includes a link from my brother Bill to a newspaper story about a hotel in Nagasaki that will be staffed by robots. A sidebar […]
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6 Changes Jamaica Can Make Toward Gaining Economic Empowerment – Is This The Blueprint To Save Jamaica’s Reeling Economy?

The Atlantic Black Star published this article titled “6 Changes Jamaica Can Make Toward Gaining Economic Empowerment“.  The writer provides real country examples for each of the six points. Could this be a Blueprint To Save Jamaica’s Reeling Economy?  Below are the points and example countries. For details and statistics see the article at Atlantic […]
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Economics 101

While I have not been shaken from my belief that much of the debt crisis thingy was about both parties ganging up to send the teaparty into needed retirement, I must admit concerns about the agreement reached, with the apparent approval of president Obama.  And it’s not because House leader John Boehner’s boasted that “We […]
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I’m back.

I’m back.  I guess I could hype and say “I’mmmm baaaaack!”.  But no, I left quietly and without fanfare and will return the same way.  So why did I stop blogging in the first place? After a while, it seemed so useless… rant after rant without anything changing.  Not that I expected to change the […]
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How Big Business Bullies the Government

Not surprisingly, special interests that stand to profit from government policies use their wealth to steer governments in their favor. In America, one of their most effective tools is lobbying, along with channeling campaign contributions to politicians who do their bidding. But that’s not their only way of influencing governments. There’s a more subtle means […]
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Throwing Less Fortunate Americans Under the Bus

You must have heard the cliche, “Is this a great country or what?” It’s supposed to refer to the USA, and the back-up is usually some story about a penniless immigrant who became a zillionaire through brains, hard work and/or good luck. In America, there’s always a chance that you could be “discovered” and wind […]
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Facing the Jobless Monster – One Family’s Journey

The unemployment rate and other technical terms used to describe the impact fail to capture the anguish and human toll of the economic  tsunami. . Like a tornado, it strike swats within communities and industries  leaving many staggering and drowning in a sea of debt and despair. . One powerful tool that we do possess […]
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Diaspora’s Secret Sauce – How will We Gain Continued Success?

On Friday, we received the dreaded news of the latest unemployment pain in the US. The media spun it as bad but better. . However there is a very telling story beyond the top level data.  It has to do with the unemployment rate as a function of education. The Wall Street Journal did a […]
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