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Gerald Thurman
I am learning about the future. My G+ postings use 5-digit years.
I am learning about the future. My G+ postings use 5-digit years.

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I made this video to the capture the sound of this trickle of a stream.

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If we used 2-digit  year, 4/8/16 is Powers of 2 Day (2^2/2^3/2^4). The date 4/8/16 also provides an opportunity to promote learning about exponential function.

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It's possible most CEOs would like a robotic workforce.

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1000 videos... 10-cubed videos... 10^3 videos... a kilo of videos. Currently video upload rate is 111.11 videos per year.

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#robotics   l liked the dog, but the barking was annoying.

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Tomorrow (Monday; 2/29) is Leap Day followed by Future Day (Tuesday; 3/1). I got my school celebrating Future Day this year.

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6 days ago we had the #PlutoFlyBy. 6 + 40 years ago man walked on the moon. Aldrin describing the lunar landscape: "magnificent desloation." This picture was taken in 02010 at Oregon's Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.

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Just a few days ago IBM announced a 7nm chip.
Today in History: IBM announced vision of replacing moving parts with electronics in its products, 1949
On July 12, 1949 — 66 years ago today — Thomas J. Watson Jr., at an IBM sales meeting, predicted that within 10 years, most of the current “moving parts in machines” would be replaced by “electronics” components. The execution of this vision caused IBM to dominate the computer industry by the 1960s and for decades later. 

IBM was started by Thomas J. Watson Sr., Thomas Jr.’s father, in the early 1900’s. Both father and son were famous for their sales abilities and development of a disciplined company culture (epitomized by the dark suit and stiff white collar worn by all employees, especially the sales force). While Sr. grew the company from nothing to hundreds of millions in revenues, Jr. continued the same rapid growth — not only by focusing on sales but also by dramatically increasing spending on research and development. Observers have noted that in 1949, IBM was about 2 years behind its main competitor, UNIVAC, in the operating performance of the computers it produced; however, with a focus on the vision stated this day 66 years ago, IBM had arguably become up to a decade ahead of its competitors in computer performance by the 1980s.

YouTube videos:
•Thomas Watson, Jr. (Bio Channel-part 1; length 09:01).
•Thomas Watson, Jr. (Bio Channel-part 2; length 09:06 @08:50 Tom Jr.’s eureka moment about electronics).
•Thomas Watson, Jr. (Bio Channel-part 3; length 08:54).
•Thomas Watson, Jr. (Bio Channel-part 4; length 09:02).
•Thomas Watson, Jr. (Bio Channel-part 5; length 08:07).
•Thomas Watson Jr. – IBM Success Story (Evan Carmichael; length 12:09).

Web sources:,+1949%22+ibm&source=bl&ots=eJ7QZHtyFQ&sig=hbIYeUSMnnYzJHWRAer-eh8mLac&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cBqiVfSUKMWyogTZqZKQDQ&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22july%2012%2C%201949%22%20ibm&f=false

Book sources:
Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Beyond by Thomas J. Watson Jr. (with Peter Petre).
Building IBM: Shaping an Industry and Its Technology by Emerson W. Pugh.

Image credits:
•Thomas Watson, Sr. and Thomas Watson, Jr. Frame from bio channel YouTube video (above under YouTube videos).
•Thomas Watson, Jr. Frame from bio channel YouTube video (above under YouTube videos).
•IBM SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) continental air-defense network system built and used during 1950s and used from 1963 to 1983. This photo is of the first SAGE system using vacuum tubes — the largest, heaviest, and most expensive computer system ever built. This is the type of system that IBM announced it was replacing.
•IBM logo.
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