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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by hnorwood » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:41 pm

What made me smile over the Easter weekend was exhibiting my layout at the York Model Railway Show. It's great seeing people enjoying looking at the layout and finding all (sometimes with a bit of help) the Discworld-related items to be seen. And seeing children react to the blinking eyes in the drain outfall - and "Is that a pirate ship?"

There were plenty of Discworld fans there.

Even those who were not DW fans enjoy seeing the layout (or they are just too polite! :) )

I've got a two-horse brougham kit which will do for Lady Sybil's transport, I think - Just need to work out how to get "Whinny if you love dragons!" in small enough print to put on the rear and still be readable!
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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by Who's Wee Dug » Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:40 pm

Some of the predictions below. :mrgreen:


In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt.
Interestingly the inventor of digital photography in 1975 Steven Sasson worked for Kodak but Kodak ignored the new technology and in the process ignored their future!!


What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years - and most people don't see it coming.


Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore's law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years.


It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs.


Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.


Welcome to the Exponential Age.


Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.


Uber is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world.


Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.


Artificial Intelligence : Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.


In the US, young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.


Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human nurses.


Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans.


By 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.


Autonomous Cars:


In 2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don't want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving.


Our kids will never get a driver's license and will never own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% fewer cars for that. We can transform former parking space into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide.


We now have one accident every 100,000 km, with autonomous driving that will^ drop to one accident in 10 million km. That will save a million lives each year.


Most car companies may become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla.


Insurance Companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.


Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood. Electric cars won’t become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electric.


Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025. With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water.


Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.


Health: There will be companies that will build a medical device (called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breathe into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.


3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster.


All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes.


Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports.


The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large number of spare parts they used to have in the past.


At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home.


In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that's being^ produced will be 3D printed.


Business Opportunities: If you think of a niche^ you want to go in, ask yourself: "in the future, do you think we will have that?" and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea.


And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed in to failure in the 21st century.


Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.


Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all days on their fields. Agroponics will need much less water.


The first Petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow-produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don't need that space anymore.


There are several startups that will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as "alternative protein source"
(because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).


There is an app call "moodies" which can already tell in which mood you are.


Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it's being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not.


Bitcoin will become mainstream this year and might even become the default reserve currency.


Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it's^ 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2030, there will be more than one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100. By that time the elites will have a secondary Brain embedded close to both sides of their fronto-temporal scalp it stores information about their experiences books they read what they heard etc through a High Def Camera just below their eyelids. For those who can afford it forgetfulness will be a forgotten phenomenon.
Advanced stem cell technology will allow you to " make " your own organs or replace defective ones early. Life expectancy will be around 115 to 125 yrs in most of developed world and around 100 years in the rest of the world.


Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. Until 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education.
Are you ready for the future.

And this in an email :lol:
AUSTRALIAN LETTER - I think the sender might have been upset!

This is a letter actually sent to the DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Immigration Minister. The Government tried desperately to censure the author, but got nowhere because every legal person who read it couldn’t stop laughing !

Dear Mr. Minister,

I'm in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this.

How is it that K-Mart has my address and telephone number, and knows that I bought a television set and golf clubs and condoms from them back in 1997, and yet the Federal Government is still asking me where I was born, on what date and what is my address?

For Christ sakes, do you guys do this by hand ?

My birth date you have in my Medicare information, and it is on all the income tax forms I've filed for the past 40 years.

It is also on my driver's license, on the last eight passports I've ever had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I've had to fill out before being allowed off planes over the past 30 years.

It's also on all those insufferable census forms that I've filled out every 5 years since 1966.

Also... would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother's name is Audrey, my father's name is Jack, and I'd be absolutely bloody astounded if that ever
changed between now and when I drop dead !!!

SHIT! What do you people do with all this information we keep having to provide?

I apologise, Mr. Minister, but I'm really pissed off this morning.

Between you and me, I've had enough of all this bullshit!

You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my bloody address!

What the hell is going on with your mob? Have you got a gang of mindless Neanderthal arseholes working there!

And another thing, look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden? I can't even grow a beard for God's sakes. I just want to go to New Zealand and see my new granddaughter. (Yes, my son interbred with a Kiwi girl). And would someone please tell me, why would you give a shit whether or not I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? In the unlikely event I ever got the urge to do something weird to a sheep or a horse, believe you me, I'd sure as hell not want to tell anyone!

Well, I have to go now, 'cause I have to go to the other side of Sydney , and get another bloody copy of my birth certificate - and to part with another $80 for the privilege of accessing MY OWN INFORMATION!

Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot, to assist in the issuance of a new passport on the same day?

Nooooo…that'd be too bloody easy and makes far too much sense.

You would much prefer to have us running all over the bloody place like chickens with our heads cut off, and then having to find some 'high-society' wanker to confirm that it's really me in the goddamn photo! You know the photo... the one where we're not allowed to smile?...you bloody morons.

Signed - An Irate Australian Citizen..

P.S. Remember what I said above about the picture, and getting someone in 'high-society' to confirm that it'sme?
Well, my family has been in this country since before 1820! In 1856, one of my forefathers took up arms with Peter Lalor. (You do remember the Eureka Stockade!)

I have also served in both the CMF and regular Army for something over 30 years (I went to Vietnam in 1967), and still have high security clearances. I'm also a personal friend of the president of the RSL....Lt General Peter Cosgrove sends me a Christmas card each year.

However, your rules require that I have to get someone "important" to verify who I am; you know...someone like my doctor - WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BLOODY PAKISTAN!....a country where they either assassinate or hang their ex-Prime Ministers - and are suspended from
the Commonwealth and United Nations for not having the "right sort of government"..

You are all pen-pushing paper-shuffling bloody idiots!
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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by janet » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:35 pm

Been given a £20 Waterstones gift card :happy-partydance:
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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by Who's Wee Dug » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:59 pm

Lucky you!!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by Quatermass » Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:13 am

That letter to DFAT was pretty funny, WWD. :lol: Recently, the local police got a scathing report, as apparently they've tried some dodgy tactics to try and show the crime rate was going down (like encouraging people to drop complaints, or making only token efforts to call people back and then considering the case closed if the complainants don't respond). :roll:

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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by RathDarkblade » Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:11 pm

That letter to DFAT made me smile. :) Yes, dealing with the Australian government (whomsoever it may be this year) is a complete pain in the proverbial.
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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by wicked woman » Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:24 pm

janet wrote:Been given a £20 Waterstones gift card :happy-partydance:

Lucky you. That's a gift that will keep on giving.
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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by Quatermass » Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:42 am

Yesterday, I received a beautiful set of Undertale tarot cards.
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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by wicked woman » Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:02 pm

Quatermass wrote:Yesterday, I received a beautiful set of Undertale tarot cards.

:)
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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by hnorwood » Mon May 01, 2017 9:49 am

Got up at 3:30 this morning to celebrate May by dancing the sun up. :)
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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by RathDarkblade » Mon May 01, 2017 9:56 am

I stayed in bed at 3:30am and snoozed. (I had to get up early to go to work. Bah!) :doh:
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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by hnorwood » Mon May 01, 2017 7:09 pm

hnorwood wrote:Got up at 3:30 this morning to celebrate May by dancing the sun up. :)

... and then we re-convened at 2pm around the Maypole with the Buttercross Belles. They took charge of the Maypole dancing - with the children. Then our two sides did some Morris, turn and turn about, then we all watched a Mummers play.
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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by Who's Wee Dug » Mon May 01, 2017 11:29 pm

Seeing this on twitter posted by Josh Kirby Art.
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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by Mixa » Tue May 02, 2017 7:48 am

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hnorwood wrote:
hnorwood wrote:Got up at 3:30 this morning to celebrate May by dancing the sun up. :)

... and then we re-convened at 2pm around the Maypole with the Buttercross Belles. They took charge of the Maypole dancing - with the children. Then our two sides did some Morris, turn and turn about, then we all watched a Mummers play.

I’m afraid I was sleeping too, but that sounds so beautiful, hnorwood! Do you do it every year?

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Re: What Made You Smile Today? 9

Post by wicked woman » Tue May 02, 2017 10:34 am

Who's Wee Dug wrote:Seeing this on twitter posted by Josh Kirby Art.
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Wow! What a wonderful tribute.
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