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Yesbutters don't just kill ideas.

They kill companies, even entire industries.
The yesbutters have all the answers.
Yesbut we're different. Yesbut we can't afford it.
Yesbut our business doesn't need it.
Yesbut we couldn't sell it to our workforce.
Yesbut we can't explain it to our shareholders.
Yesbut let's wait and see.

All the answers. All the wrong answers.

Whynotters move Companies

The next time you're in a meeting, look around
and identify the yesbutters, the notnowers and
the whynotters. God bless the whynotters.
They dare to dream. And to act. By acting,
they achieve what others see as unachievable.

Why not, indeed?

Before the yesbutters yesbut you right out of business.

SOURCE UNKNOWN

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This text was displayed in the office of a German company in Tokyo. The Quality Manager had brought it from a trip to the USA. It inspired me to try new things.
Not copyrighted. This seems to be public domain.
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Developing an early warning for autonomous driving systems.
 
Cameras facing inside autonomous cars instead of outside are under development at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. "Eyes firmly on the road, ready to react -- this is how motorists usually sit behind the wheel. But this could change once cars can steer and brake automatically: the drivers can lean back and relax, send a message on their smartphone, turn to the children in the back seat, or temporarily enjoy an expanded infotainment program. In this vision of autonomous driving, drivers can use their travel time for activities besides driving; this puts new demands on assistance systems. Despite the numerous sensors available for analyzing a car's environment, similar knowledge is needed for the interior in order to realize more intuitive interior and interaction experience. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institutes for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB in Karlsruhe and for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart are collaborating with their colleagues at Volkswagen Group Research, Bosch, Visteon and other companies as part of the 'Intelligent Car Interior' project, or InCarIn for short."
When it comes to parking assistance or detecting pedestrians, modern cars can analyze their environment with high precision. But so far, what’s going on inside the car is less analyzed. Not so with a new type of system: it recognizes the number and size of the people inside the car and where they are focusing their attention. In this way, it provides the basis for novel assistance systems, such as those for autonomous driving.
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Official Post from katie: First off, a massive hug of gratitude to you -- my early adopter Patreons! Your pledge is so much more than financial! It's warm air beneath my wings, giving me the buoyancy and courage to keep on keeping on. Please know, that I create the SACRED LIFE series with you in my heartmind.Last month I
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Water desalination now affordable. Cooperation, collaboration, and clout solved this potential crisis.
 
Israel, one of the driest countries on earth now makes more freshwater than it needs. Desalination at 2 cents/gallon 
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Not so bad if you have renewable energy. The cheapest solar will do, as the water will be stored anyway.

Solar-to-fuel on the way, too: https://news.uic.edu/breakthrough-solar-cell-captures-co2-and-sunlight-produces-burnable-fuel
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Tonight heard live on stage in Yokohama Center Minami: Highway Star on solo guitar by Kazutaka Horio. An earlier recording: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vq-3iz2bRGE
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“manual flying skills decay quite rapidly towards the fringes of ‘tolerable’ performance without relatively frequent practice.”

http://www.roughtype.com/?p=7118
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#Faceboo more and more prevents meaningful discourse, goes for stimulation only.

Just realized viewing posts on iOS Safari, FB does not allow quoting by copy/paste any more. Such restrictions encroaching on the FB app earlier, I stopped using that app (and others) and switched to browser only.
Now, without ability to quote from each other, we give up context and focus. How to engage meaningfully and co-create learning in such environment?
Looking forward to better and more open social tools. 
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No problem with most sensors if we have security we can trust. If you look at the smart meter power data for a day, you can tell when TV is on and for how long. If your smart meter gets hacked and reports zero, you get accused of stealing electricity and have no way to prove it was hacked and not by you 
The rise of the Internet of Things threatens to make it much easier to cause real-life damage through cyberattacks.
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At last - philosophical question solved.
 
We all need to shift from a static view of the world to a dynamic view . . .
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If you like to research environmental impacts, how about cognitive functions affected by air pollution and nanoparticles?
 
Chart Explains How Air Pollution Leads to Alzheimer, Autism, Low IQ, Parkinson, Memory Loss, Stroke, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosishttps://www.urmc.rochester.edu/labs/elder-lab/projects/air_pollution_and_alzheimers_disease (University of Rochester).

Smog lowers IQ and raises risk of autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer, Parkinson, Memory Loss, Brain Inflammationhttp://news.umt.edu/2015/02/021015alzh.php (University of Montana study, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2015;43(3):1039-58. ► http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25147109).

Smog associated with neuroinflammation, an altered innate immune response, disruption of the blood-brain barrier, ultrafine particulate deposition, and accumulation of amyloid beta-42 and alpha-synuclein in children and young adults.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3794301/ (free full paper, Toxicol Pathol. 2008 Feb;36(2):289-310)

Early Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease pathology in urban childrenhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3581281/ - free full paper thanks to US National Library of Medicine (Biomed Res Int. 2013;2013:161687)

Air pollution exposures are linked to cognitive and olfaction deficits, oxidative stress, neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration including frontal hyperphosphorylated tau and diffuse amyloid plaques in children and young adults.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18349428 ► Toxicol Pathol. 2008 Feb;36(2):289-310

Air Pollution and Dementia ► free full paper ► http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3622279/. (Arch Intern Med. 2012 Feb 13; 172(3): 219–227.)*

Air Pollution and Multiple Sclerosishttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4436546/ (free full paper)

Brain Health and Air Pollutionhttp://www.vox.com/2016/2/23/11094686/air-pollution-dementia

Car, Ships and coal smog also leads to lower IQhttp://goo.gl/alNQIk and autismhttp://goo.gl/66nqwr.

Lead exposure (air) and Alzheimer linkhttp://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/822119 (American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) 2014 Annual Meeting. Abstract NR-13. Presented March 15, 2014.)

Air Pollution and Impaired Memoryhttp://www.npr.org/2012/02/17/147047547/air-pollution-ups-risk-of-stroke-impaired-memory

Particulate Matter, Ozone lead to more Alzheimerhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25310992 (J Alzheimers Dis. 2015;44(2):573-84. )

Alzheimer Disease caused by Oxidative Stress from Air Pollutionhttp://www.hindawi.com/journals/jeph/2012/472751/ (Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 472751)

OTHER CATASTROPHIC EFFECTS OF AIR POLLUTION

Effects of particulate matter (generated by coal fired plants, cars, etc) on human health are much stronger as particles get below 2.5 microns and penetrate the lungs. Particles between 0.3 and 1 enter the lung air sacs, those between 1 and 2 microns enter the lung bronchi - and these particles can be HEAVY METALS (Arsenic, Mercury from Coal Fired Plants, etc). Coal and car smog kills millions of people each year ► http://goo.gl/jDj0hI and leads to lower IQ ► http://goo.gl/alNQIk and autism ► http://goo.gl/66nqwr, not just Alzheimer, asthma, lung cancer, heart disease. Also, http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2007/08/pollution-causes-40-percent-deaths-worldwide-study-finds explains that 40% of deaths are due to pollution. Smog kills billions earlier than their normal time. Coal fired plants generate most human emissions of mercury and arsenic in the air.

In 2011 only 3.5% of 15 year olds in the Los Angeles Metro area had significant lung deficits, compared to 8% of 15 year olds in 1998. This is a result of ever tightening air regulations in California, which benefit public health (air pollution was shown to cause autism, heart disease, asthma, lung cancer, etc). With 40% of US electric cars in California, if the electric car trend continues, California will have the cleanest air in the nation one day. Car smog gets into the lungs and lodges up there, effectively destroying the lungs and preventing lung growth in children.

http://hsnewsbeat.uw.edu/story/study-shows-how-air-pollution-fosters-heart-disease is a Washington University study showing what has been known for decades: car pollution as 2.5 micron particulate matter leads to heart disease. For example if you look at city-data.com and type your city, then Ctrl F to find "PM2.5" you will see the 2013 levels of ParticulateMatter2.5 which are Mountain View 11.3 (Google headquarters), New York 9.03, San Francisco 10.2, Sacramento 9.85, Redding, CA 6.07, Miami (Florida) 6.55, Houston 12.3, Seattle 9.29, Washington DC 11.4, Boston 9.07, Pittsburgh 9.71, Chicago 10.8, 17.7 in Beverly Hills, 17.4 in Santa Monica, 15.9 in Gardena, Manhattan Beach 16.4, Torrance 15.5, San Diego 11.2, Carlsbad 10, Malibu 9.40, Santa Barbara 9.65, Los Angeles 18.9, San Luis Obispo 7.11, I.e. LA area has high values compared to Northern California, San Diego and most of the big US cities.

The US average is 9.4. Beijing often reaches 250 (sometimes even 1000, 100 times above US average) - 10 times the 25 World Health Organization limit for safety. The 2013 Beijing average was 90.

There is no better "driving" karma than driving an electric car, especially if you drive more than 300 miles a month. Or some kind of plug in hybrid at least, short distances electric, longer gas. If one cannot drive electric for whatever reason, solar panels or going vegan can offset more than an electric car driven a lot. Solar panels a lot more than going vegan, if a big system in a sunny area.


For a detailed explanation of tremendous service to humanity done when you install solar panels or buy your next car electric, see https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/Svx8uZ8Hk7A. You not only save the world, but your money too, since electricity is much cheaper than gasoline. :)

A few German politicians started talking about banning oil cars.https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/EPxdxyHkrtL

Norway already plans to ban oil cars in 2025, they just need to pass the bill in Parliament. More than 20% of new cars sold in Norway are electric these days, Norway having the most electric cars per capita in the world.https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/DNpT9MaiVYj.

Austria is thinking about banning them in 2020https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/i3h5LMojLi1.

Holland wants gasoline and diesel cars banned in 2025https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/Svx8uZ8Hk7A.
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GDP: Wildly Flawed Measure
Premise Simplistic

We start off well enough. GDP is, and has been for quite some time, a wildly flawed measure.
However, how do we measure the value we produce??

Exactly. Define value. Define produce. Especially in a world where produmers (you are the product, you are the producer, you are the consumer) create data ("reciprocal data" via applications [RDA]), from which highly concentrated companies using machine learning are the ones generating the revenues. Which for many is the measurement of value. Produmers get free(ish) things, and their attention captured.

Our intrepid authors indicate those gains are more widely shared, or spread, than our current measures are capturing, which may be true, but I am not so sure. And I am even less sure this will trend to a further spreading of the value created.

Where I am on board with the authors, is creating and sharing value in the networked age will be far different, and need to be measured far differently than that of the industrial age the current GDP was developed in. Furthermore, these measurements will need to be far more holistic in what they pertain to measure than revenues and profits.
It’s time to consider all the value that we produce.
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Flying mine squad
 
The Mine Kafon Drone is an airborne system that makes a 3D map of a territory, goes over it with a metal detector close enough to the ground, records the GPS coordinates of land mines found, then goes back and places detonators on top of the mines, detonating them from a safe distance. This system is 20x faster, 200x cheaper, and safer than existing technologies.
Introducing the Mine Kafon Drone, an airborne demining system developed to clear all land mines around the world in less than 10 years
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