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Notes from 2017 – A Funeral in India

Yesterday, hundreds of mourners held funeral rites for Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 32 year old Indian software engineer who had called the United States home for ten years. A week ago, a man with with a history of alchohol problems yelled, “Get … Continue reading

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Virtual dreams

A few nights ago I had a 21st century dream in which the key event was losing my cell phone.  In days of yore – say five or ten years ago – losing a wallet was the common dream image … Continue reading

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Robots ‘R Us, installment 2

An obscure author, Edward S. Ellis, who published a dime novel called The Steam Man of the Prairies 145 years ago, may prove to have been a visionary according to two recent news articles. The first, in the New York … Continue reading

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Big news for online education

In mathematics, an inflection point is the place on a curve where the curvature changes from concave upward (positive) to concave downward (negative) or vice versa. Andy Grove, former Intel CEO, gave the term a new relevance.  In his management … Continue reading

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MIT Open Courseware

Open: characterized by ready accessibility and usually generous attitude: as (1) : generous in giving  – Webster’s Online Dictionary “The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.” – Dick K.P. … Continue reading

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Data-mining for Screenplays

‘“It’s the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how … Continue reading

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More on Robot Surgery

In a strange synchronicity after my robot post yesterday, our Sunday paper business section carried an article called “Robot surgery faces lawsuits.” The source for the piece is listed as Bloomberg News, and this appears to be original story, posted … Continue reading

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Outsourcing yourself for fun and profit

At least a decade ago, when I worked in IT, I read a story online that I treasured like those special Dilbert clips everyone posts in their cubicle.  Supposedly, a software engineer making $90,000 a year outsourced his job to … Continue reading

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