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A Week with Chef Watson

Matt O'Leary' describes his week long journey with Chef Watson, as others have previously mentioned, some of Watson's recipes may seem bizarre at first but after trying people quickly seem to change their opinion. case in point The Diner Cod Pizza
Does a Jeopardy-winning learning AI pass mustard in the kitchen?
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To fight ageing lets start by working out what to eat

While the above is a no brainer for a lot of people I think many of us still don't know what the optimum food combinations are to promote a healthy (or as healthy as possible) life by following a good diet.

Really like what +Maria Konovalenko  is attempting to achieve with this project, I think it is one of many crucial steps to help people live longer and healthier lives.
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There's a short (4 min) video on the topic: http://bigthink.com/videos/blue-zones-and-diet titled "Diet Secrets for Living Past 100 From the "Blue Zones" of the World" - mostly the advice you've already heard.

Really, I believe we already know what and how to eat. We just don't listen to that advice: "First of all, they were eating a high-carbohydrate diet. About 65 percent of their dietary intake came from carbs. Most of those, of course, are whole grains or beans. Beans is the cornerstone of every longevity diet in the world, about a cup of beans a day. About 20 percent of their dietary intake was fats and most of those were vegetable fats. And about 15 percent were proteins. They did eat meat on average about five times per month, so not a lot of meat. It’s mostly a plant-based diet. About 90 percent overall of their calories came from plants. They tended to eat a huge breakfast. Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper."

And of course, food does not work without us moving our butts. It's simple, yet not easy in our culture of overabundance of choice in unhealthy food.
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 +Tien Tzuo , makes an excellent case for the current state of the car industry and how it is about to be transformed into a commodity business with the rise of Info-tainment and Car Info Management systems.

What is missing from the article however is how the car industry is about to be thoroughly transformed with the arrival of self-driving cars.

What I anticipate would happen is that the principles of the Subscription Economy will be applied to the auto-industry, I expect that as autonomous vehicles mature and companies like +Uber   and +Google plus others start providing car rides as a service alot of people will simply choose to Subscribe to a company which is offering Transport as a service, instead of buying their own cars.

The car makers in this case could very well end up becoming behind the scenes vendors and service providers for Transport as a Service companies (assuming that they get on with the time and produce self-driving vehicles).

I suspect that the Auto-industry will be disrupted on a massive scale and the disruption wont be limited to the Operating system a car is running.

http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/17/why-todays-automobile-industry-looks-a-lot-like-ibm-in-1985/


#Subscription #Economy #transportation #selfdrivingcars  
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A major and long-overdue shake-out. 
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Bethells beach is one of my favorite spots in Auckland, can never tire of seeing pictures of it :)
 
Bethells Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
#bethells   #auckland   #blacksand  
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More on Google's self-driving cars and the 11 minor accidents

I think it is becoming more and more clear that human drivers are the weak element in the chain, time to do something about that.
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What the Google Self-Driving Car team learned about human drivers

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Lots of people aren’t paying attention to the road. In any given daylight moment in America, there are 660,000 people behind the wheel who are checking their devices instead of watching the road. Our safety drivers routinely see people weaving in and out of their lanes; we’ve spotted people reading books, and even one playing a trumpet. A self-driving car has people beat on this dimension of road safety. With 360 degree visibility and 100% attention out in all directions at all times; our newest sensors can keep track of other vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians out to a distance of nearly two football fields.
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Human drivers truly suck. 
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Elon Musk: The World's Raddest man

I should really make a habit of reading Tim Urban's posts on Wait But Why more often.
When you pick up the phone, you don't expect Elon Musk to be on the other line.
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I once spent an entire Sunday afternoon reading Tim Urban :)
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Short of making the cost of living free for everyone I don't see a better alternative for basic income.
A guaranteed basic income can lead to more creative, fulfilling work. The question is how to fund it.
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"How to fund it" is a horribly difficult question.
Typically, installing automation does not return an incremental profit large enough to pay the salaries of the laid off workers. The companies will probably use loans, and the new equipment, like all technology, will need to be depreciated very rapidly and soon replaced with newer, faster, more competitive automation. (even robots get laid off)
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On the rise of Cognitive Computing

I really like how IBM is pushing for Cognitive Computing to become mainstream, with that in mind, I think the market needs a lot more cognitive systems vendors to encourage healthy competition and promote innovation.

There are few other systems coming down the line so hopefully this won't take too long to happen =)
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On the life of the average working person

If we were to look at the daily lives of most people we would find that most are stuck living in an infinite loop. Get up >> Go to Work >> Come back home >> Pay Bills >>  Sleep >> Rinse and Repeat.

If eventually we find a way to break people away from this cycle then more of us can devote their resources towards improving the world around us this in turn will help to set others free.

One of the biggest constraints at this point in time is access to money, or lack thereof.

In other words, with our monetary system being scarcity based it contrasts with how technology is creating abundance and since our monetary system takes precedence over everything else we are practically slaves to it (or to those who control it).

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The need for work will end (retirement) when one pays off all the things needed to live on for the rest of one's life.  For example, paying off one's house boosts the discretionary income they can put towards solar to reduce their energy costs.  And paying off the solar can mean buying an aquaponic fish/produce garden system, reducing food costs.  When this reaches the point that all future costs are less than savings, retirement can happen.

The good news is that via technology, prices of all the above are falling faster than corporate giants can keep up.  Their profits are falling too fast to remain in operation, making the little garage based competitor gain market share.  And as these guys offer goods and services for lower and lower costs (less overhead, less management stuffing and less bank/stock profiteering), the time needed to retire falls even faster.

In short, for the next several years, we'll see middle income families retiring earlier and earlier until they remove enough people from the work force to fix the unemployment and wage problems.  And both of those "fixes" further accelerate both the fall in retirement age and the automation boom.

It may take a while but we're getting there.
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I'm starting to think that the killer apps for head-mounted wearables are already here, the two which come to mind are #meerkat   and #Periscope , more and more people are using these apps to stream what is happening in their lives, head-mounted wearables will make this process so much easier than using a phone.
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Also, cheaper faster bandwidth facilitates this and will continue to do so. 
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Pinning Posts to Collections

+Google+  , are there any plans to allow us to pin posts to the top of our collections?

I started a collection yesterday and wanted to have an overview post but found out that pinning was not available =(

Wondering if this is something on the list of goodies to add =) ?
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I would very much like this.
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Husband,Father,Techno Optimist, Software Developer ,Gamer ,Dreamer and more.

By day I work as a software developer and a technical analyst, I help small and medium businesses get the most out of technology and software automation, most of my work involves building workflow automation software systems, integrating different systems together and using data to generate meaningful business intelligence.

When I'm not working I spend my time with my family, on that note I do need to devote more time to them =)

I see myself as a person who is very interested in improving the human condition and the quality of life for everyone wherever possible, when time permits I do what I can to offer my input to make the above happen.

I believe that anything is possible, if something has not been done or made, it is simply because we don't know how to yet!

I also believe that we can solve all the major problems plaguing our planet with the right use of science and technology. In addition, believe we should embrace change and not fear it as long as we know that the result is a positive one.

I think that a person's life is a learning journey and to that I think that we should all strive to learn as much as we can about the subjects that interest us.

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    Solutions Specialist, 2015 - present
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    Lead Systems Developer, 2007 - 2015
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    Lead Systems Developer, 2004 - 2007
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