The Machine

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Artificial Intelligence Brain

In the headlines today – and just about everyday – there is the statement that Artificial Intelligence is evolving to the point of being able to do anything, and everything that we as humans are to lazy to do.

While AI has evolved, it needs to be said that the only way AI can accomplish anything is by being fed information. And it is worth noting that the information that is fed to AI has to come from history or the information just purely does not exist.

With the thoughts of this, I set out to find out if AI could write an article for me to post.

Needless to say, I would assume that if you had a large budget, enabling you to have direct access to an AI machine and you were to feed it the latest developing story – for say headline news – you would be able to fill up a website with a ton of articles pretty quick.

But there is a caveat to having a machine without the intelligence to ponder or to have emotion, writing an article for you. It fails.

During the time I spent asking and attempting to groom this machine to produce what it did, there were several times, I was met with the response from the AI machine “You got me. I don’t know what to do.”

As a side note, the machine did inform me that I saved twenty hours of writing time and about 100 US dollars. I’m going to claim false on that statement as I am sure that by the time I spent endless hours on research for accuracy, I would have been better off just writing the article from scratch.

Without further ado, here are the parameters that I fed to the machine and the outcome of it below.

TOPIC: Joe Biden
KEYWORDS: Bumbling, Failures, Accomplishments, Crime, China, Economy, Russia, Southeast Asia
TONE: Informative
CREATIVE LEVEL: None

Joe Biden is the former Vice President of the United States. He served as Vice President from 2009 to 2017, and was a Senator from 1973 to 2009.

Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 20th, 1942. He attended the University of Delaware and Syracuse University before earning his law degree from Syracuse Law School in 1968.

Biden was elected to the Senate in 1972 and became the sixth-youngest senator in U.S. history at age 29. He was reelected six times, eventually becoming Delaware’s longest-serving senator before his resignation upon assuming the Vice Presidency in 2009.

He unsuccessfully ran for president twice: first in 1988 and then again in 2008. In between those runs he served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1987–1995), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (1995–1997), and Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus (2003–2007).

Biden presided over the Judiciary Committee during the contentious confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who contested allegations of sexual harassment against Anita Hill.

Joe Biden is a white male from Scranton, Pennsylvania and has served as Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017 under President Barack Obama. A self-described “nerd” Biden has been married to Jill Biden since 1970 and is currently living in Washington, D.C., with his two sons, Beau and Hunter.

Vice President Joe Biden is the official vice president of the United States (officially called the Vice President of the United States). Joe Biden is on a campaign tour for Democrat Phil Murphy’s bid for Governor of New Jersey 2018

Joe Biden is a former Vice President of the United States. He was elected to the position in 2008 and served until January 20, 2017. He was also a Senator for Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

Biden has been involved in politics for over 40 years and has had a long career in public service. He has been an outspoken advocate for civil rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, and other human rights issues.

Biden is known as a “bumbling” politician who has had many failures throughout his career but also accomplished many things as well. His failures include his 1988 presidential campaign which he withdrew from after admitting that he plagiarized part of a speech by British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock and his failed 1994 Senate campaign against Republican incumbent Ted Kaufman.

His accomplishments include being one of the most popular Vice Presidents in recent history with approval ratings over 50% during his time in office and being instrumental in Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential victory by securing support from blue collar workers and unions.

Biden was born Joe Biden, Jr., in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Finnegan and Joseph Francis “Joe” Biden Sr.

He is of Irish and English descent. His father was of a working-class background and he was the first in his family to attend college. After graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in English literature and political science, Biden entered the foreign service at age 25 with the US Department of State and quickly gained a reputation as both an intellectual and a skilled bureaucratic infighter.

He was instrumental in the drafting of the UN Charter and served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for six years.

Biden unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1970, losing in a close race to Republican William L. Scott Jr.

In 1972, Biden returned to Delaware to be closer to his children and they helped him launch his first political campaign as well as his first campaign for political office.

Biden was elected Attorney General of Delaware in the 1972 election and served two four-year terms.

In 1974, Biden ran for Governor of Delaware, but was defeated by Republican William L.William F.

“Bill” Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III; August 19, 1946) is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001.

He previously served as governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992. He also represented Arkansas in the United States House of Representatives from 1967 to 1976.

Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1942, but he lived much of his childhood in Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in history in 1965 and returned to teach at Wilmington High School until 1969. While teaching and studying at the University of Delaware, he continued to live in Wilmington.

In 1970, Biden was elected to two consecutive terms as Delaware’s Attorney General before entering private law practice with a firm headed by Harold Orentlic.

 

How The Philippines Got Asia’s Worst Internet Service

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A traveler to the Philippines knows the dance too well. You check into a hotel that advertises Wi-Fi. Turns out it’s only available in the lobby, and only in the daytime. Then you learn of a freak service outage in the lobby. When you do eventually connect, no websites come up. On better days, each website takes a minute or two to load. Yes, on any kind of device.

The Philippines is Asia’s outlier for Internet sloth, but why?

Occasionally the answer is local. Your host might be afraid of keeping the router going 24 hours, for example. Or the hotel lacks money to extend Wi-Fi coverage to guestrooms. But more common explanations in the Southeast Asian country popular with foreign tourists are linked to economic development pains and awkward relations among providers. Obviously the issue isn’t limited to tourists. Gum in the Internet slows business for the nation of 102 million people. Oh, and apparently help is not on the way.

Here’s a schematic of how things don’t work.

The Philippines is made up of about 7,100 islands, making fixed networks particularly hard to build. Permits may be issued only at the smallest level of local government, and one by one. The government also charges “high fees,” a deterrent to any start-ups or foreign investors in broadband, said Fiona Vanier, senior media analyst with market research firm IHS Technology. Dominant broadband provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. controls much of the infrastructure, allowing it to charge fees higher than elsewhere in Asia despite a relatively poor population. The phone company goes on to charge other providers for traffic through its network as well, Vanier said, and the Philippines lacks Internet peering, which slows broadband speeds.

Most fixed-line Internet users still use old systems such as xDSL rather than newer fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology, reducing speeds, says market research firm IDC’s Southeast Asia senior telecom research manager Alfie Amir. Last year, IDC says, just 2% of fixed Internet connections in the Philippines were FTTH, compared to 33% across Asia excluding Japan.

High-speed service costs about $57 per month, more than in the United States, estimates Manila-based software technology entrepreneur Valenice Balace. After food, rent and education, that Internet bill “seems like a luxury,” she says. “Clearly, price would be the number one barrier for availing good internet speeds in the Philippines, since most people can’t afford it.”

Slow adoption of relatively advanced 4G-LTE connections keeps mobile Internet speeds slow. Most subscribers stick to 2G and 3G networks, Amir said, with just 1% on LTE networks despite the Asia average of 12%. Again there are big guys on the block. Philippine conglomerate San Miguel Corp. wants to enter the market and was assigned 90% of an “attractive,” available 700 megahertz spectrum, IHS senior research analyst Seth Wallis-Jones says. But the country’s two current wireless providers, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. and Globe Telecom, oppose that allocation. They are vying for a share of that spectrum “through the courts and by lobbying the president, which is adding some uncertainty and delay,” he says.

Finally come the flukes and scams. Pockets of the capital Manila cannot get Internet speed upgrades because providers for their addresses simply don’t offer it, Balace says. In villages that comprise the Puerto Galera coastal tourist area, the installer of landlines “actually put in wireless connections to routers on the landline on the nearest main road,” one frustrated off-the-road resort operator says. “Within a very few years they took these ‘landlines’ away anyway and so there are virtually no landlines in Puerto Galera,” the operator says.

DIY – Powerwall

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DIY Powerwall Schematic

With solar panel technology being more mature in design, efficiency and a lot cheaper to make, I thought I would write about some of the things to consider before dishing-out a ton of money on a pre-built package like the Tesla Powerwall or many other similar packages that are on the market.

While some of the pre-built packages have some impressive specifications, like the Powerwalls’ 13.5 kWh of electricity storage, a continuous power output of 5 kW, and a 100% depth of discharge, it also cost $11,500 and then you have to add in the cost of the solar panels themselves and the installation, meaning you are going to spend about $25,000 or more by the time it’s all said-n-done.

Not a lot of people are going to have a spare $25,000 to $35,000 to spend, or are they going to be willing to take such a loan from a bank to finance such an endeavor.

In many parts of the world, they do not have a steady stream of electricity to start with, so their aim is going to be about how to keep a refrigerator and a couple of lights running.

For this article, we are going to concentrate of such an endeavor, not as a necessity, but more as a backup for when the power does go out. Either way, the principles and math that is in this article will serve as a foundation on how to accomplish building a solar power supply for your home.

You are going to want to start by making a list of the items you are going to need: Solar panels, Inverter, Charging controller, Good grade wire and a transfer switch.

As to be expected, what models and specifications of these items are all going to depend on your expected current draw. For example: TV, Refrigerator and two table lamps.

For that listed example, you will need to look at the back of your TV, Refrigerator and Table lamps for the amount of wattage that each of them require to run, then double it. If you are using a transfer switch, then you have to account for power loss that is going to occur from all of the cabling, connectors, etc. Hence why I stated to double the amount that you think you will need.

For our example, we are going to use a small to medium refrigerator, a 32″ TV and two 60 watt table lamps to do our math.

First, we are going to assume that our refrigerator requires 1000 watts, the TV requires 60 watts and each table lamp requires 60 watts for a total of 1,180 watts.

Keep in mind that when you turn on an appliance or in the case of a refrigerator that starts automatically when it needs to run, there is a large start-up current draw until the it’s running at normal operating wattage. So our refrigerator might want 1,500 watts for a few seconds. The same would hold true for the TV.

For this calculation, we are going to assume that we need 1,680 watts, meaning that you might be able to squeak by with an inverter like the one shown above, but it’s going to groan for a couple of seconds when the refrigerator starts. Something to note here is that not all inverters will run at the shown wattage on the label, meaning that your lessor expensive inverters will only have a duty cycle of about 80% of the total wattage shown on the box.

Next. What size battery are you going to need? If you are at 1,680 watts, you need to take 1,680 watts and divide it by 12 volts = 140 DC amps per hour from the battery, meaning you are going to need three of the batteries as shown above. You could get away with only having two, but your power supply is not going to last more than roughly 20 to 40 minutes before the battery is completely drained and that is something that is not recommended, so having extra battery left over is always advisable.

Last, but not least, what size of solar panel do you need. With our mock setup, you are going to need a panel that will produce about 30 amps, or a combination of panels that will produce 30 amps. Do keep in mind that if you are going to use multiple solar panels, you are going to want to add a combiner to your parts shopping list.

Now that we’ve got our parts list put together, how much is this going to cost? As noted above, depending on what your needs are, will greatly shape the cost of all of it. For our example above, I’ve estimated that the total cost to be $671, which is a lot! cheaper than $25,000 to $35,000.

Cost beak-down:

  • 30 Amp solar panel: $335
  • 2000 Watt inverter: $129
  • 63 Ah battery: $40 X 2 = $80
  • Battery charging controller: $15
  • Cable kit for battery to inverter: $12
  • Automatic transfer switch: $100

Hopefully this simple explanation of a solar backup system will help if you’ve ever thought about having a power backup system.