Great Advice

Don’t know if Job’s said it but it’s good advice regardless:

Best Advice Ever…Steve Jobs, CEO and maker of iPad…iPhone etc. died a billionaire and here are some of his last thoughts and words:

I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.. At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.

You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost –health and life itself.

When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – “Book of Healthy Life”.

Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends.

Treat yourself well. Cherish others.

As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $300..or $30.00 watch…they both tell the same time.

Whether we carry a $300 or $30.00 wallet/handbag, the amount of money inside is the same.

Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $10 wine the hangover is the same.

Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3000 sq. ft.,
loneliness is the same.

You will realize, your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.

Whether you fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down, you go down with it. 

Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven & earth…That is true happiness!!!

Five Undeniable Facts of Life…

1. Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy so when they grow up they will know the value of things…not the price.

2. Best awarded words in London… “Eat your food as your medicines, otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food.”

3. The One who loves you will never leave you for another because even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find one reason to hold on.

4. There is a big difference between a human being and being human…only a few really understand it.

5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, YOU have to manage!!!

Remember…If you just want to walk fast, walk alone, but if you want to walk far, walk together!
Six Best Doctors in the World…

1. Sunlight
2. Rest
3. Exercise
4. Diet
5. Self Confidence
6. Friends

Future Prediction

I didn’t write this but was going to do something similar and received this in email much better and smarter than anything I could do:

An interesting talk by the Head of Daimler Benz — a bit mind blowing to say the least! He predicted an interesting concept of what could lay ahead.

  • In a recent interview, the Head of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies, but Tesla (obviously), and now, Google, Apple, Amazon ‘et al’ are…… 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 U.S., young lawyers already can’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% less 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. In 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 you 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% less cars for that.  We can transform former parking spaces into parks.  
  • 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide.  We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million miles (10 million km).  That will save a million lives each year.
  • Most car companies will probably go bankrupt.  Traditional car companies will try the traditional approach and try to build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will take the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels.
  • Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi are completely terrified of Tesla.
  • Auto Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, car insurance will become much cheaper.  Their car insurance business model will slowly 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 will become mainstream about 2020.  Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity.  Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean:  Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, and now you can now see the burgeoning impact.
  • Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil.   Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can’t last.  Technology will take care of that strategy.
  • With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water.  Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kwh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents).  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 innovations:  The Tricorder X price will be announced this year.  There are companies who 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 can breath 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 medical analysis, nearly for free.  Goodbye, medical establishment.
  • 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 have already started 3D printing shoes. Some common spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports.  The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to keep 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 shoes at home. In China, they already 3D printed and built 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 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 day on their fields.
  • Aeroponics will need much less water.  The first Petri dish that produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows.  Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore. 
  • There are several startups who 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 called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you’re in.  By 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’re telling the truth and when they’re not.
  • Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency … Of the world!
  • 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 2036, there will be more than one year increase per year.  So, we all might live for a long time, probably way more than 100.
  • Education:  The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia.  By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone.  That means, everyone has the same access to world class education.
  • Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child needs to learn at school in First World countries. There have already been releases of software in Indonesia and soon there will be releases in Arabic, Swahili, and Chinese this summer. I can see enormous potential if we give the English app for free, so that children in Africa and everywhere else can become fluent in English.  And that could happen within half a year.

 

Supreme Being Case

I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything, just reflecting my considerations and options.  Options really sounds like there is a choice for the Supreme Being case and most will see through the disguise of a God or Allah.  Nothing here will contradict the value of the good teachings laid out in a Bible, Koran and others.   Here are the questions I have to ask of those Supreme Beings often mentioned:

  1. Where were you when child was hurt but you show up for the recovery credit?
  2. Why do your prophets live in luxury beyond their members?
  3. Do you really like those huge temples and expensive structures?
  4. Are those not false idols? 
  5. Should a humble church be exempt from the financial obligations it’s members have?
  6. Shouldn’t the priority of the Lords work be taking care of the planet we live on?
  7. Are you disappointed that the church has become such a social event?
  8. Why has there been wars forever in your name?
  9. How can any person responsible for the image of God be forgiven multiple times for the same sin?

You might ask if I believe?  I must say I do, but my supreme being is the woman we refer to as Mother Nature and she is responsible for everything and scientifically sound.  She also takes the hit when it doesn’t go well.  She asks nothing of us but to treat her kindly.  On Sunday I spend my time with her and try to tidy up a bit.  As for the Gods?  They reside in all of us at birth.  If not stripped away or replaced, they spur us to do good things.  Once stripped away the holder is now godless and damaged, sometimes beyond repair.   

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Politics and Religion

Remember it is politics and religion that are the topics of most disagreements and always the core of “let’s not talk about politics or religion” at most gatherings.  Although they were considered topics of our forefathers and may have determined where we are today.  It always strikes me as no-coincidence that they have taken on much of the characteristics of competitive sports.  Multiple teams with a dedicated mob that blindly follows.  Whew! That’s confrontational!  I really mean it as an indication of the things we take so lightly in hindsight and overlook their misgivings to remain committed.  The indiscretions of the sport/topic are overlooked with the details of potential accomplishments.  We tend to push aside the tough questions and realities of things to stay committed members.  My questions are many for all three entities. 

As I delve further into the topic, I realize how difficult it will be to fix our situation and I refer to politics but sports are certainly also entrenched.  With nearly half of the population on each side and having no desire to cross (even for one vote), will we ever end these constant battles?  I’m afraid not and that should scare us all but we blame someone else and move on.  We have people being voted into leadership roles that we wouldn’t want for friends nor certainly dating our daughters.  Yet we (the mob), aren’t disgusted enough to abandon our party or team affiliation.  Where and what will make us stop admiring entitled people making one half to one million dollars a week and not making anything substantial and STILL asking for more.  

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