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Humans are one of the few creatures on this planet who have the capability of ignoring our basic survival instinct. We jump out of perfectly good airplanes, something that still sets off alarms in the most veteran skydivers.
We push ourselves to the edge of death and back with physical demands on our bodies that defy reason: ultramarathons in the desert, living in microgravity, setting the world record for holding one’s breath under water. Continue reading
China beats America to the world’s fastest supercomputer title – and it’s faster than 338 MILLION ordinary PCs put together
- China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer is double the speed of the previous American world record holder, Titan
- It can perform 33,860 trillion calculations per second was built by China’s National University of Defense Technology
- The average computer performs around 100 million calculations per second
NEW YORK — An extremely humanlike robot made a public appearance today (June 15) here at the Global Futures 2045 International Congress, a futuristic conference focused on the technological singularity.
Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, Japan, described some of his efforts to develop lifelike androids. But there were two Hiroshi Ishiguros onstage: the living, breathing one and a robotic lookalike. The bot’s human resemblance was striking, even down to its tiny movements and blinking eyes.
- Kazuki Yamamato creates turns his hands to both portraits and sculpture
- The barista has created bunnies, hippos and even giraffes
- His skills have earned him 82,000 followers on Twitter
If you like to play with the froth on your coffee, here’s a challenge for you – could you make something as striking as these?
The rabbit, hippo and giraffe emerging from the coffee cups are the astonishing work of a barista in a Japanese cafe. Japanese latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto has taken coffee art to a higher level. While others may try swirling their flat images on foam, the 26-year-old specialises in building 3-D sculptures, some of them even climbing out of one cup and into another.
Yahoo directors approved last Sunday the $1.1 billion cash purchase of Tumblr, a micro-blogging platform social media site for quick posting of pictures, text and video. The 26-year-old founder David Karp founded the company in 2007 after selling his consulting business to focus on his new project..
Karp taught himself how to code the HTML at age eleven, dropped out of high-school at 15-years-old and finished it by homeschooling. He went to Japan at age 17 to hone his as programmer and started pitching his ideas to companies. He moved back to New York at age 21 and resisted the lure of Silicon Valley exodus by staying in New York to build Tumblr at his mother’s apartment when he returned from Japan. Karp pitched his idea to venture capital investors a year after and later on was able to raise $125 million in capital investment.
Although Tumblr made only $13 million last year, Yahoo believes in the potential of the popular micro-blogging site with its easy to manage simple layout to grow beyond its current 100 million users 90 million posts a day. David Karp lives with his chef girlfriend Rachel Eakley in their Manhattan’s West Village apartment.
- The Fabulous Life Of David Karp, 26-Year-Old Founder Of The $1 Billion Tumblr Empire (businessinsider.com)
- School dropout to billionaire (theage.com.au)
- 5 Reasons Tumblr + Yahoo is Good For Users (forbes.com)
Japan is a country with no natural resources and yet it is the second richest country in the world. Japan rebuilt itself from the ashes of defeat of World War II in a very admirable manner – quietly, patiently, stoically, methodically, with the aim to move ahead, leave the past and rebuild a better future with quiet determination and dignity. But Japan has also shown the world a glimpse of the Japanese art of endurance during their times of disaster and tragedy. They call it Gaman, a Japanese word that means endurance – persevering with attitude of stoicism, acceptance, dignity ( no emotional meltdown ), resiliency, picking yourself up right away to rebuild and move on.
During hurricane Katrina, Haiti earthquake, 1992 Los Angeles earthquake and most recently the Boston marathon bombings, in the midst of tragedy it is embarrassing to hear news or see videos of people looting or rioting, taking advantage of the tragedy currently taking place. There is the fear of civil unrest or the entire mass population of a city or country to have an uncontrollable emotional meltdown exacerbating the already ongoing calamity and tragedy
The Japanese people have a very unique culture. In the 1995 Kobe earthquake, they stayed calm with no looting or rioting. Companies provided rescue operations to provide food, clothing and shelter. It is as if the nation goes through quick psychological transition of accepting the tragedy by dealing with the immediate practical needs. And by dealing with the immediate practical needs they believe they can rebuild faster and avoid wasting time leaving the tragedy and calamity sooner than expected. A year after the earthquake, Kobe was back to normal.
In 2011, the horrific Japan tsunami shocked the world. But the Japanese people showed Gaman again. Grocery stores and gas stations showed long lines of people waiting in line as food and fuel are being rationed after the tsunami. Yet you see nothing but order and cooperation from the people. No looting, no rioting, no whining, no complaining, no political rhetoric to and from the media about the differences between the rich and the poor or their behavior. The evacuation centers ( schools and stadiums ) housed 450,000 evacuees and yet everything was peaceful, neat and orderly. People even used newspapers to make origami boxes to put their shoes in, as it is their culture not to wear shoes inside the house.
But while not every culture has Gaman, what we can learn from the Japanese people is that there is a future after every disaster. In dealing with tragedy, first we have to accept what happened, deal with it and endure it. At the same time start get going with the recovery by taking care of the immediate practical needs at hand and also start your recovery by building your future right away. Japan did now wallow in self-pity and hatred after Nagasaki and Hiroshima, nor in Kobe earthquake or the 2011 tsunami. They accepted what happened as something that cannot be changed and they decided to moved on and rebuild right away.
Sometimes the American culture puts too much emphasis on emotional evaluation and processing of everything that happen to one’s life since birth. It’s like we want to understand every emotion we go through and we get stuck in life processing and churning it when sometimes what we need are less understanding of emotions but more of positive physical actions that could lead to a change of our current emotions.
To feel the pain is normal, to have an emotional meltdown is acceptable but to get stuck emotionally in the tragedy and to not allow yourself to transition from mourning into rebuilding yourself back again is a self-inflicted paralysis, a psychological obstacle that sometimes can be cured by going back into doing again the daily normal chores and interests of life and at the same time by planning your future again. If before the tragedy you love to dance, go and dance again. If you love to sing before, go and sing again. If you love to write, go and write again. Bring back the dance, the music and words in your life. Laugh and smile again. Dream and make it happen again.
Mourn but don’t die while still alive. Don’t live your life walking facing the past with your back towards the future, coddling and carrying all the tragedies in your life every step of the way. Everything you experienced you will always carry with you but the past is something you cannot undo. But the future is always like a white canvas, just waiting for another picture that’s going to be painted. And it is up to you how you paint the picture of your future – you can make it empty and lifeless, dark and full of anger or bright and colorful that will inspire and bring smile to other people. Life is how you paint it – even after a tragedy.
Copyright 2013 Ketchie V. Schauf
North Korea military just said, ” The moment of explosion is approaching fast” warning that war could break out anytime soon either today or tomorrow. This is after Pyongyang approved plans on nuclear strikes on US targets. Last month, N. Korea threatened preemptive strike nuclear strike against US and last week their military ordered their strategic rocket units into ready-to-fire status on US targets.
Imagine N. Korea sends a simple rocket to explode high above the U.S. atmosphere. This would disrupt and end electricity over the lower 48 states. Imagine no electricity. Cars and trucks do not work. No water, no food for weeks. This may not happen today, but they keep improving the rocket range and accuracy. One day soon it can happen. For now we know N. Korea keeps the war talk but has shown nothing as far as advanced technology. We know they want war. America may not be within their reach but South Korea and Japan are more likely their possible target.
Copyright 2013 Ketchie V. Schauf
While America is surrounded by untapped huge deposits of gas and oil both in land and water, Japan is a country with no natural resources and has to import 100% of its oil. But today, Japan became the first country to succesfully able to extract underwater natural gas from flammable ice, a frozen gas from underwater deposits of methane hydrate. Using the technique of depressurization, frozen gas is converted into natural gas. Although still in its infant stage, Japan hopes to perfect the technique and make it commercially viable by 2019. Japan is estimated to contain 7 trillion cubic meters of flammable ice and believe to supply the country decades of natural gas.
In 1941, FDR ordered an oil and steel embargo on Japan after Japan invaded the France-occupied Indochina. Since US supplied 80% of Japan’s oil, in order for its empire to survive Japan seized the oil fields in Indonesia but was crushed and moved out by the American fleet sent by FDR.
Copyright 2013 Ketchie V. Schauf