Homework XI

1.  Since I am not married now—and therefore do not have any children, I can only predict what the future of my children will be like. That is of course after I get married and raise children. At the same age I am now—in their early twenties, I think, also after a glance at the speed at which today’s technological advances occur, they will be using more powerful computing devices. Although today’s research of nanotechnology and miniaturization tends to be focused on making smaller (and therefore portable) devices, humanity will still be limited by our natural capacities. An example could that our eyes can see only within a certain distance and be able to recognize things of a defined or fixed size range.
Computing capacities of computers will likely be very high by then, but screen sizes will be still at about the same size as the ones we use today. The only think that may render them more portable is that they may be able to make transformers: computers that can change shapes for portable reasons and regain the initial size at the time of use.  Cell phones will have more communication capacity than today’s ones. Today’s service providers are still trying to be able to meet the 4G uplink and downlink ITU standards. The other think I imagine is that optical computing may gain a use in the future as it would facilitate faster communications than the electronic communications that we use today.

2.   If artificial intelligence takes over, society will have to adapt in many ways. First, there will be an ease to communicate and do things in more friendly settings than the settings we do things in today. This will probably eliminate many jobs and may render some electronic devices such as cell phones unnecessary.  Like Ray’s singularity suggests, humans will choose to go on the hybrid side or stay humans. The hybrids will have more capacity than humans, of course.

People will have to give up some privileges. An example here can be that fact that there will be a loss of privacy as some technologies will be able to get ideas even straight from the hybrid’s mind. Cars and all other tools will be easy to use and will have an increased level of intelligence. Animals will be in a tough life time since humans will be able to manipulate them more than ever. Things will be different, humans will be different.

3.  According to history, the more the technological advances the longer the life of humans. This is especially because, for example, advances in computing help advances in medicine and healthcare in general which in turn help keep people from getting sick, recovering sooner, or  establishing new—and—better ways of living. The downside, however, is that the more you use your brain the more likely you are to die sooner (live a shorter life), it is like getting physically old in a very short time instead of getting old in a long time. The theory, however, holds that as humanity progress in the future through research and discoveries, the longer the life expectancy is getting.  According to Ray in his singularity theory as he believes he will bring his father back to life,  people’s lives could be extended no physically, but intellectually by keeping their memory alive. I think of this as cloud computing. A technique where the human’s attributes will be kept in certain databases for a later use if their physical bodies die.  This part will be a complicated one.

4. I have already presented in class about wireless power transmission!

5.  With regard to the artificial intelligence advances and the advances in wireless power transmission, these technologies will have to go hand in hand. Humans and devices will have to be free of power cables for the suitable and favorable use of the of artificial intelligence.  This means that either some ways of harvesting natural energy directly to humans or artificial intelligence devices will have to be created, or some other wireless human body power harvesting techniques will be invented. I may add this subject as possibility to my project topic: wireless power transmission even though these two technologies are not moving at the same pace.

 

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Homework X

1.  Robotics and Wireless Power Transmission:  Even though the reverse process may be right, the future of the wireless power transmission does not depend on wireless power transmission.
     At some extent, robots future may be dependent on wireless power transmission after all.An example could be the fact that the iRobot robots that we used in class depended on batteries and that meant no long term uninterrupted use because the batteries could die at any time throughout their functional use.  To solve such a problem, like any electronic device, a magnetic coil would be placed on a robot and the robot would be able to wirelessly receive power automatically whenever it is inside a building with the magnetic power sockets.  This means that as the development of robots that have to move around a lot inside facilities goes further, engineers/researchers will realize the need of wirelessly transmitted power and such a need could be another promoter of the development of research in wireless power transmission technology.  However, the development of wireless power transmission alone as a technology does not depend on robots.
2.   See attached PowerPoints (sent per email).

3.  If I were to be given a robot, I would choose one that cleans the house when I am not around.


Homework IX

1.  People of Earth have been working hard to explore the Universe, but the progress remains lik a waterdrop in the ocean—if you compare it to vastness of the universe. We have only been able to visit a few planets, and advances in communications are being used to see if any other intelligent life may be out there in the universe. I myself think that there migth be some other intelligent life. The only limiting factor in discovering it is the fact that human technology hasn’t advanced enough.

2.  Personally, I think Ray Kuzwell is  a “ one-smart-somehow sad-courageous-optimist.”  He has lost his father and this fact has pushed him to trying top strech the accessible intelligence of today.  Kuzwell’s view of singularity focusses on the fact that a time in the near future will come where humans will have to be mixed with technology to become new hybrids. According to his views and the movie’s general suggestions, these hybrids will be more intelligently and actively powerfull than normall humans, a fact that will meke the non-hybrid beings look like nothing in front of the hybrids. We will all be forced to convert to the new mix! That is how Kuzwell sees it.  As somobody studying telecommunications, I have come across different kinds of knowledge about the advances in communications and signal processing, but everyone will confirm that since the neuroscientists haven’t been able to make big advances in the brain-signal processing patterns, it will not be easy to combine living bodies with communications systems ( or chips or other hardware and software) and make the whole function better than we, today’s humans function. So, I don’t see singularity in 2029 like Kuzwell; maybe in future centuries, but not in the 21st century.

3.  The outline order: (Since not all homework questions talked about wireless power transmission, some of the I chose rather not to post all the notes from homeworks answers, but rather the homeworks that I think correspond to certain parts of my outline.

  1. Abstract: will be composed of some parts of all homeworks and some additional information from other online sources and homework I.
  2. Introduction: will use some infroamtion from Homework I (which introduced the wireless power transmission for the first time in my homeworks)
  3. Background research: Background research will be based on Homework VII’s links that talk about the origin of the wireless power technology.
  4. Today’s Research in Wireless Power Transmission: Will be based on homework IV’links plus some other online information.
  5. Uses of Wireless Power Transmissions: Will also be based on what I talked about in homework IV.
  6. Future Trends of Wireless Power Transmission: Will be base on homework IV’s Market Predictions and Homework III which talks about the future of wireless power transmission.
  7. Future Uses and Effects of Wireless Power Transmission: This part will be based on what I talked about in homework IV plus some other research information that I will find.
  8. Conclusion: Will mostly be based on all homework that we did throughout the semester plus any additional information that I will be coming across through the research.
  9. References: Will mostly be based on all homeworks plus any additional links that I will be coming across through the research

4.  My research outline is not missing anything (that’s according to what I think), unless if you give me some feedback.  I do think the abstract is what’s missing for me to get started and it will be some developed form of the following: This time in the 21st century, the use of electronic devices is exponentially increasing. This trend comes with many other accessories—including power chargers.  If you have a cell phone, a computer, or a television set, you have probably already stumbled over a cable while walking around in your house, in class, or at work.  Wireless Power Transmission is a resonance frequency based technology in test that could change how we see and use electronic devices forever.

5. My project PowerProject outline will be close to my short-research-paper outline as follows:

  1. Homepage
  2. Abstract
  3. Introduction
  4. Background research
  5. Today’s Research in Wireless Power Transmission
  6. Uses of Wireless Power Transmissions
  7. Future Trends of Wireless Power Transmission
  8. Future Uses and Effects of Wireless Power Transmission
  9. Conclusion
  10. Questions

Homework VIII: Toxoplasmosis, Sciences and Mathematics, and the The Road Ahead in general

Question 1:

I find Toxoplasmosis to rather a complex disease, that’s of course after considering how it has different effects towards other animals like mice and how it strangely has different effects on men from those it has on women.   The fact that the article says that it is the most common protozoan (unicellular) parasite in developed nations and the percentage of population (12.3%) it affects is scary. The good part of it is the positive effects it has on women’s character.  However, the article goes far as saying that prenatal and natal or post-natal infections by toxoplasmosis could lead to retinochoroitidis (infection of retina and choroid) and loss of vision even twenty years or plus later. This is a scary effect on both men and women.  The part where it causes men to be more suspicious maybe could be used or checked out by the intelligence agencies like (ex: FBI) to see if it is something that they could develop for their male employees.  After all, toxoplasmosis could cause chaos on earth if its spread increases, men will get meaner and meaner, women will be going in the opposite direction becoming nice (therefore more vulnerable to mean men) and mice as a species will disappear since after becoming fearless of cats and dogs, they will be taken for prey more frequently therefore their disappearance from the earth’s surface.  It is a shame for the governments and medical agencies that they haven’t made people aware of this widespread disease.

Question 2:

Based on the difference between mathematics and sciences, we discussed that fact that math is used to prove new things using the existing knowledge whereas sciences are based on induction. According to Wikipedia an example of induction could be, for example, inductive reasoning, also known as induction, is a kind of reasoning that constructs or evaluates propositions that are abstractions of observations of individual instances of members of the same class.

 

“There is no such thing as scientific proof” is based on the fact that sciences, being based on induction, do not prove things. They are rather based on the reasoning that constructs and evaluates things or phenomena based on observations.            Math is the field that is used to prove things, mathematical proofs.

 

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