Smartphone Stats and More

Who owns cellphones compared to smartphones is the subject of this article. The article goes further into the demographics of age, income, education and more. Pew Research is behind the study so you know there is no hanky-panky. It is also interesting to look at the section of the ‘mobile only’ and the ‘mobile dependent’ numbers. Today there is starting to be ‘mobile’ only society. Let’s face it carrying around your data and access device is what we want and need. Finally, it is surprising how broadband at home is also not necessarily on the rise.

Too Much Information Given to Siri/Alexa?

The new devices like Alexa or Siri are listening when you talk. And some of that talk contains a lot of valuable information to many. When you ask for that pizza place, favorite movie review or just how something is there is an implied meaning. There is a desire which can be translated to mean many things. Its can also categorize you in various strata. This strata then can be sold to marketers trying to sell you that new couch, trade in that car or go on that trip to Hawaii. Its all fair game, and raises the question again, ‘are we simply sharing too much about ourselves on a regular basis with these machines/bots’?

It should be pointed that we do it willingly and freely. And with the new AI and machine learning its not hard to figure out that if you shop toy stores you probably have kids, and if you ask about kids’ meals or clothing that you can tell after a while an approximate age as well as sex of child. Now some of us may not care, but take a notice of your ads on Facebook or Google+ to see what’s being offered next time you are on. Do those ads relate to anything you’ve done in the past week or asked about?

The article goes more in depth on some of these and other considerations.


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AI – Should We Worry, Should YOU Worry

When someone mentions AI today some tend to freak out. Others are not sure if they should worry, and for the most part many still have no clue what “AI” is about. AI stands for Artificial Intelligence which many think is still a movie term for robots or machines (computers) taking over. What many don’t know that AI has already taken over a number of things we interact with everyday. We buy “smart” devices all the time that do “things” or manage “events” daily, sometimes hourly.

To start a fuller understanding you also need to know that there are other segments to this “AI” world, those being Machine Learning, Critical Thinking, Neural Networks and Deep Learning. Each of these represents a part of the “AI” world. Over the next few weeks I’ll touch on each of these, as well as post a Flipboard Board which has multiple articles clipped to it. These boards have been a culmination of work for many months.

The article attached is from VOX who went out and asked 17 experts if they were ‘worried’ about artificial intelligence and at what level. The answers they gave are interesting and along the way provided some insight into where AI is headed.

Om a side note my father Dr. Miro Valach has worked with AI most of his life, so this stuff has always been an interest.

Smart Home Devices

The new way to run your home is through a few smart devices. Turning on the AC or turning up the heat is no longer a matter of standing over the thermostat and moving dials or punching tiny keys while trying to read that LED layout. Or what about cooking, turning lights on and off at particular hours or how about a welcome home light when you pull up the driveway. Its makes for a new look, feel and atmosphere in your home.

The article here show of a few of the more popular ones. Remember that many of these have their own adaptations for particular instances. A number of them are not that expensive, also remember that you can build onto these one at a time.