SAN JOSE – I wish an engineer would develop a mobile force field. You could carry it in your pocket like a key fob, press a button and an impenetrable shield forms around your body.
It should cost just a couple dollars so everyone could have one. I would give one to all the people I love.
I wish an engineer could develop heart X-ray glasses, like Google Glasses for emotions. They let you see into the feelings of the people around you, so you know if they are hurting and need help.
I’d like to see a movie, full of amazing effects, about how people use these inventions and others to end violence. The story could be full of bravery, people learning how to stand up to their full potential and wonderful images that capture my imagination.
There would be no need for explosions or shattered glass.
There could be a loving man named Alfred who mentors and parents a handsome man named Bruce. There could be a love story. There could be moments of great excitement and acrobatics combined with music—like the moments I love in Cirque du Soleil.
There are so many things we can build. There are so many stories we can tell ourselves.
What would you like to build? What story do you want to tell?
Not only air would have trouble penetrating it. Photons as well ... so it would be rather dark inside.
The upside of that might be invisibility, though.
Like being pitched into a different universe. Maybe that is how it might work. Although then you'd hope for a benign destination universe - not the center of a sun or a den of saber-tooth tigers.
Ah, options, options!
Google glasses for emotions!?...you say you would see who is hurting and helped them...but you would also see all these people that don't like you, are rude inside, find you boring, make fun of you etc...not sure whether the world would be a better place...if that is truly the case we all should be very transparent with our emotions and we are clearly not...Kris
The solution is simple (for some), just tax the rich corporations. It appears to me that currently there are some who think that the way to distribute money to the public is through the government either in taxes or "give-a ways". Not a new invention mind you but one that is trying to redirect cash flow, economists don't have to scratch their heads any longer, UNLESS they want to come up with a way that works(pun intended).
We don't need to quibble over numbers. The main point is, unemployment has historically been quite low, certainly in the 4 and 5 percent range, in the centuries since the Industrial Revolution began.
Even if the number a few years ago was lower than it "should" have been, it's still impossible to rationalize how more and more and more production has been automated in these past centuries, and yet we have unemployment that has not been increasing steadily.
People have a funny way of assuming that was is true in this snapshot in time must be true for all time. When the economy was going crazy, with day traders becoming millionaires overnight, the press was having a hay day saying that this was the "new economy." Ridiculous, of course, because it was phoney wealth. But in that short time span, lots of people were fooled.
Same now. We have a long recession, being made to last longer by bad government policies, so now we're supposed to believe that this is the result of automation? You wanna bet?
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.