Most of us that watched the Terminator movies have likely wondered when will the killer robots come after us. A recent Pentagon test pitting a fighter pilot against an artificial intelligence shows us that combat robots are on the horizon. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) held a competition between eight artificial intelligence systems… Read More The Robot Warriors Are Here
If you want to understand how far off their values the Republicans have gone to appease Donald Trump look no further than the controversy of TikTok. Donald Trump has ordered TikTok to close by September 15 unless a deal to sell itself to an American company is announced. Basically, Trump has ordered that the Chinese… Read More TikTok and Free Enterprise
As companies continue to convert into the virtual-driven delivery of services, it is important that company managers start to think digitally instead of continuing to work in an analog world. Today’s children are digital children. They will use Google before using a dictionary and many will likely never use the Dewey Decimal System for research.… Read More Changing the Way We Work
The headlines read that the office is dead. But are they really? The belief is that virtual/distance delivery of services is the post-Covid-19 reality. It has been a dream for many in the technology sector. Technology would be the vehicle that delivers the services. Instead of brick-and-mortar offices, there would be digital platforms where workers… Read More Even Technology Companies Are Having Trouble Adapting
In 2016, Elon Musk selected Jose Fernandez to create the space suits used in the Dragon capsule that docked with the ISS on Sunday. The Dragon launch is the first American manned space launch in almost a decade. It signal’s America’s return to space. Whenever space travel and Mexicans are mentioned in one sentence many… Read More Hispanic SpaceX Space Suits
Unless you are living under a rock then you likely know that Donald Trump is threatening Twitter for labeling his posts as lies. Trump is obviously upset at Twitter for calling him a liar. But there is more to the story that gets lost in the noise. Twitter owes Donald Trump and they both know… Read More Twitter, Trump and Reality
If everything goes according to plan today, the United States will launch its first spacecraft in almost a decade. Humanity has had eight spacecraft in total. The first was launched in 1961. If SpaceX succeeds in launching its Dragon capsule today, it will bring the total spacecraft to nine. The launch is scheduled for 4:32pm,… Read More America Launches Its First Spaceship in Years
After twenty years of work, it is now live – Amitor®. I have been working on this App for about twenty years. It has been a dream and it has finally come to fruition. Today, it officially launches. Now, the hard work begins. I need to keep it relevant and serving the needs of its… Read More It’s Alive!
America, the world and all of us have been through and are living an unprecedented global crisis. Not only has our social reality changed, but our psyche and our livelihoods are experiencing some drastic reality checks. Not since the Great Depression has the future looked so bleak. The fundamental reality we must all embrace is… Read More Tomorrow Is The Day!
There are countless stories floating around social media today from individuals complaining about not having received their stimulus checks. In addition to the general confusion over who is or who is not qualified to receive the stimulus payments, there is also the question of lack of information from the IRS. Like everyone else, the IRS… Read More Technology Fiascos And Your Stimulus Check
Almost everyone is under stay-at-home orders and when it will end is still up in the air. Most businesses remain closed. Workers are without jobs and many wonder if there is a job waiting for them. So why is it time to get to work? Easy. Because it is time to prepare for when the… Read More The Time To Get To Work Is Now
Donald Trump is singularly focused on the American economy and not the Corona pandemic. The reason is self-preservation. As we have been discussing, America has changed. It is no longer will the American economy change but how much has it changed. The Corona virus has hurt workers and businesses alike. But its silver lining, at… Read More It Is The Economy…
If the Corona emergency has proven anything it is that companies need to be ready to deal with displaced workforces. Companies have been on the quest to reduce costs by replacing workers with technology. Along the way, they have neglected decentralizing work forces to deal with emergencies. Anyone that has entered a McDonald’s recently understands… Read More A Decentralized Workforce Is The Future
Someone tried to scam me out of $18,840. They failed but I played with them so that I can share with you how a typical cyber-crime works. It starts out with an email asking me for a price quote. These emails are sent to sales agents whose job it is to sell, sell and sell… Read More A Blow by Blow Example Of A Cyber Crime
Twitter and other social media have been in the news lately because of the threat of voter suppression/manipulation in the upcoming elections. U.S. intelligence has said that the Russians interfered in the 2016 elections. There is no question that Donald Trump has put Twitter on the forefront of international and national communications and policy debates.… Read More Twitter Has No Clue
Frequent readers know that I have started evolving the next phase of my life through what I have dubbed “adventum”. Adventum is a quest to create, build a workable mobile work space and to explore via overlanding. One of the things I wanted to add to my repertoire is to become a licensed Ham radio… Read More I Am Now N4MEX
Over the last several weeks I’ve been receiving many requests to update some broken links on my blog. As you may remember, the EPN Blog morphed from the El Paso News Blog after some Russian hackers crashed my site in 2017. The change in the domain name caused many links to break. Fixing the broken… Read More Year-End File Cleanup
The issue with nationalistic populist politics about ending global interdependence is that the world’s supply chain is too integrated to simply quit global partnerships. Brexit and the election of Donald Trump is based on the fallacy that immigration is bad for countries and the global supply chains erode national sovereignty. They don’t, but if even… Read More Brexit and Websites – The World Is The Supply Chain
I’ve been wearing the Apple Watch Series 5 for a couple of weeks already. I thought I’d share my quick observations about it today. Since there are many online sources for reviews and analysis, I’ll just focus on my thoughts about it. This is my fourth Apple Watch. I’ve always had chronographs that were waterproof… Read More Apple Watch Series 5 Review
Like most people in Florida, last week I spent the latter part of the week preparing for hurricane Dorian. Water and gasoline are two major requirements for disaster planning. Thankfully Dorian just passed over Orlando. But in my preparations, something happened that reveals the failure of automated processes to control fraud. Sam’s credit card algorithms… Read More Sam’s Club Technology Fail
Yesterday I received my Apple credit card. Usually a credit card isn’t too exciting but in the case of the Apple card there are few items that stood out for me. And also a quick way to make some extra money for my morning coffee fix. The first thing that stood out for me are… Read More The Cha-Ching Apple Credit Card
My car has the engine start stop requirement. I didn’t use the word “feature” because it is not a feature, but rather an annoyance. What is the start-stop thing you ask? Once you stop at an intersection your car’s engine suddenly shuts off. If your car is new you probably have the start-stop annoyance. If… Read More Bureaucracy Run Amok: Engine Start Stop
I was on a routine cross-country training flight, just departing the Tijuana International Airport on my way home when the radio call came in. Stand by for a new tasking, was the order. It was a clear night, the kind that makes me smile as, for me, it is the perfect time to fly. Traffic… Read More I Once Saw A UFO
Facebook is in serious trouble. It is facing numerous criticisms over censorship, abuse of personal information and even governmental intervention. It remains the defacto social media platform, although it sheds lots users regularly. Recent evidence suggests that Facebook’s user engagement is tanking. It is not the first time that the end of Facebook is being… Read More Facebook Is In Trouble
Donald Trump promised most of you reading this today that he would “Make America Great Again”. He promised you greatness in the vain of extraordinary achievements to reach the stars. Donald Trump triumphantly ordered a space force to bolster America’s defense posture. Guess what? You the taxpayer pays Russia $25 million per seat on Russia’s… Read More Space Force Ha!
Today is the day that I normally publish a new episode of my podcast, the Border Mic. However, today’s episode will be a post instead about my thinking into the future of the podcast. When I launched the podcast earlier this year, I planned on doing a weekly podcast. I have completed eleven episodes so… Read More Reevaluating the Border Mic
We’ve been down this road before with automation taking control of aircraft leading to crashes or departures of flight. The Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes in the last few months has resulted in the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. So far the culprit seems to be an automation system that automatically recovers… Read More Who Is In Control, the Computer or the Pilots?
I keep asking myself how it is possible that airline pilots are landing at the wrong airports. It seems inconceivable to me. I became a pilot when training was dominated by analog systems. Apparently, pilots are now being trained to rely on digital systems to keep them, and their passengers safe. Many readers have heard… Read More Automation Is Making Us Stupid
I could not put my life on hold for three months to attend the Chapo trial. I also could not afford to spend three months in New York covering the trial. It was too cost prohibitive. When I first started keeping an eye on the Chapo trial, in anticipation of finishing the actual book I… Read More Why Twitter Made My Book Possible
She called me crying, freaking out more like it. It took a while, but I soon realized what the problem was. She had dropped her phone overboard from the cruise ship. It is inconvenient to lose the phone but what devastated her was the loss of pictures. She was imploring me for a way to… Read More It Is 2019, Is Your Data Is Safe?
In yesterday’s post we looked at two reports released on Monday investigating the misuse of social media platforms by the Russians to influence American voters. All companies can learn from the Russian abuse for their online marketing campaigns. The Russian-tied company, Internet Research Agency, provides a good blueprint on what it takes to leverage social… Read More Russian Disinformation Details Are Lessons for Guerrilla Marketers
On Tuesday, Dr. Miguel Juárez asked the following question on his Facebook page: “What would Facebook do without us giving them their content for free?” It was an intriguing question which got me thinking about how social media platforms depend on the free content from users who give it to them and in turn allows… Read More We Are Facebook Slaves
I asked a question of Twitter and Twitter responded by suspending my advertising account. Why? I have no idea because I’m stuck in some automated black hole. I asked how would go about getting certified to run politically-related advertisements on Twitter. Why? Because it seems that my Twitter posts are considered political advocacy and thus… Read More Twitter Suspended Me
Since the Space Shuttle program was retired in 2011, American astronauts have been at the mercy of Russian spaceships to get to the International Space Station (ISS). American astronauts (Expedition 56) Richard R. Arnold, Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor and Andrew Feustel are dependent on the Russians to return to Earth after their stint on the ISS… Read More America Has No Manned Space Capability
There is some controversy about a new film omitting a shot of the United States flag on the moon. The United States flag belongs on the moon within the context that the United States is the only country to have put men on the moon. But… Yes, there is a but…and it has nothing to… Read More The US Flag Belongs On The Moon, But…
We now know that the June 12, 2018 summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un is scheduled on Santosa Island in Singapore. All summits require many logistical variables the come together to allow the summit to be held. In this case, Singapore has agreed to host Trump and Kim Jong Un. Among the most… Read More Aircraft Logistics and the United States-North Korea Summit
Most readers are likely not aware that the aircraft they are using for the upcoming vacation may not be owned by the airline they are flying. It may have Air-something on the ticket and on the aircraft, but the actual owner is someone else or in some other country. Like leasing a car, leasing airplanes… Read More Cuban Crash And Leasing Aircraft To Airlines
As some of you know I am a Trekkie. I can tell you anything you want to know about Start Trek. In many ways Star Trek drove me to program because I was intrigued by the know-it-all computer. But there have been other things that have inspired me about what the future can be. One… Read More Dick Tracy and The Apple Watch
Creative people have one product to sell, their labor. Often it is a labor of love, but labor nonetheless. What I have seen over the years is that the creative people have embraced social media as the vehicle to get noticed and sell their creative works. The problem is that creatives are damaging their brand… Read More Creatives You are Doing It All Wrong
Technology has been creeping into the strategy employed by politicos to get elected since the 2008 Barack Obama campaign demonstrated how data analytics can be used to mobilize voters. Although technology in elections has been used for many years, the Obama campaign proved that voter data analytics mobilizes voters towards a candidate. The data modeling… Read More Technology to Dominate El Paso Elections