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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017




This morning marks the first time I’ve gotten up early after several days of waking up later. Current time is 5:36AM PDT.

I’m thinking about the Dreamers of DACA, as today marks the decision to deport them, although there would be a 6 month delay, should this DACA decision become a reality.

Elon Musk says we are headed toward World War III, not with conventional war tactics (I sincerely hope not), but by technological advancements, specifically AI (Artificial Intellgience). And there ARE companies working on connecting computer to human brain, which would be the ultimate interface, compared to smartphones.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

In computer science, the field of AI research defines itself as the study of “intelligent agents”: any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal. Colloquially, the term “artificial intelligence” is applied when a machine mimics “cognitive” functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as “learning” and “problem solving.Wikipedia

Hurricanes and Climate Change

For the record, I believe in Climate Change and Global Warming, mainly because I’ve lived in San Diego all my life and have noticed the subtle changes of weather especially in the last 5 years. It’s not normal and every year it seems to be getting worse in a very subtle way. San Diego has always been known for its temperate, Mediterranean-like climate.

And what will it take to get more people to believe that Climate Change is a big issue? Hurricanes that devastate the entire East Coast or Southern States? Already we’ve had Katrina and now Harvey devastating and flooding the Houston area to epic proportions never before seen.

It does bring to mind real estate developers who’ve been allowed to build on lands that were considered swamp lands. Several articles have already pointed to the fact that the surrounding environment was not considered when developers built on land that has now been devastated by flooding where thousands of homes have been damaged or considered total losses.

My heart continues to go out to the people of Texas.

We’ve just been through Hurricane Harvey and now a Hurricane Irma is ready to pounce on Puerto Rico and Florida? Meanwhile, there are massive fires in California amid record breaking heatwaves of over 100F. Is this all just regular weather and climate?

In the Philippines, there are typhoons happening almost every year, and the city of Manila is flooded to at least knee-high waters. This is typical weather for the Philippines, and typhoons are basically hurricanes. So, on the other side of the coin, what is considered normal weather and what is considered climate change and global warming?

And, I’ll leave you to think about that a minute…

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Tuesday September 5, 2017 by Carlos Rull
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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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