Why YouTube will be forced to change

This is an interesting trend and the first time I have seen a noticeable list of top YouTube channels migrate to a new platform revenue stream. Due to a complete lack of transparency, there has been a lot of frustration with YouTube regarding revenue potential.

I think this is a good trend and it will be interesting to see how the new media landscape develops.

Think a Robot Could Never Replace You?

You better think again. By some estimates, it’s a reality we might have to begin facing as early as 2025.

Consider the Sedasys machine, a Computer Assisted Personalized Sedation System, which was approved by the FDA last year. The Sedasys P080009 is a machine designed to administer Propofol to patients undergoing surgery and monitor their vital signs to ensure they get the correct dose.

sedasys-charles-bartlettThe Sedasys does not get tired. It does not require vacation time, health benefits, or run the risk of malpractice suit due to human error. There are a significant number of Anesthesiologists that will no longer of economic value in their chosen profession. And that is not the only job in the medical field that is being replaced.

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, the authors indicate the following:

By 2025 these machines will have an IQ greater than 90% of the U.S. population. That 15 point increase in IQ over ten years would put another 50 million jobs within reach of smart machines.

The automation of our labor force will be the single biggest disruptive change to our society since the Internet. There will be no easy solutions because it will require that we change the very definition of what it means to work and live in a modern day economy.

My guess is that the days of working to survive are coming to an end. The current capitalist economy in the United States simply does not work when you have 40 or 50% unemployment.

Project Ara is Real?!

I am actually stunned that Project Ara is turning out to be a real product scheduled for release next year. For those unfamiliar, Project Ara is the concept that a smartphone can be a collection modules that you connect to frame-like backbone. The purpose being to allow consumers to upgrade specific components of their smartphone without throwing away the entire phone.

The modules themselves form the “case” of the phone in a very pod-like design. So if you break the camera lens on your phone, you can just remove the old camera module and replace it with a new one. Need more memory? Remove the old one memory module and upgrade it to the latest and greatest.

The reason I am stunned is because this is exactly the type of “pie in the sky” consumer electronics dreaming you see at trade-shows but never see the light of day. For a variety of reasons many electronic device prototypes never reach the marketplace. And Project Ara had many obstacles ahead of it. However, with support announced for the latest and greatest processors.

Google’s Goal for D-Wave Quantum Computer

It’s widely known that Google has purchased one of the fastest computers in the world from D-Wave Systems based in Canada. What has not been known until now is what do they hope to accomplish with it.

New Scientist magazine reports in Google and NASA ride D-Wave to a quantum future that the computer stored in NASA’s Ames Research facility will be used to solve some very practical problems.

The goal is to develop quantum AI [artificial intelligence] algorithms, test them on real world problems and quantify the gains over classical computing machinery.

Some will immediately exclaim this is the rise of the machines and the prophecy of a Sci-Fi dystopia. A more likely situation is that we will need computers to solve problems that our brains are simply not capable of comprehending.

A more immediate concern for Google’s AI effort is enhancing their Autonomous Car Program.