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Connecting the DOTS - How tech shapes you and your future

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | by Rudy Montgelas

Connecting the Dots with Rudy Monteglas: How tech shapes you and your future


Artificial everything?
It’s amazing how advancing technology is creating innovative solutions that make our lives easier, more comfortable, safer and productive. When needed, artificial joints, organs and implants are enhancing us physically if we have diseases, are injured or elderly. I’ve even heard about work on artificial brains.1The following chart shows how many floating-point operations per second (Flops/s) would be required for a computer to emulate various levels of human brain function and a trend line showing the capabilities of the fastest supercomputers mapped by year. Computing power appears to be approaching simulation of a “spiking” neural network at 1018Flops, or oneExaflopof computing power by the year 2020.2

                                                                                          Estimates of how much processing power is needed to emulate a human brain at various levels (from Ray Kurzweil, and Anders Sandberg and Nick Bostrom), along with the fastest supercomputer from TOP500 mapped by year 2


Ray Kurzweil, famous author, inventor and AI futurist, predicts that “By the 2020s, most diseases will go away as nanobots become smarter than current medical technology. Normal human eating can be replaced by Nano systems. Self-driving cars begin to take over the roads, and people won’t be allowed to drive on highways.” 3 It will be interesting to see if he’s right, but I’m not sure I like that part about Nano system eating though!

However, robotic technology for cars, trucks, undersea exploration, such as the Shark Cam4, or even space robots like the Martian Rover5, are providing us with better transportation and the ability to see things we never could before.  And, what about all those AI drones that are appearing to do all those new things remotely? 6

These things are going to require intelligence, mobility and power to make them function, learn, and yes, maybe even evolve in the future as “conscious” entities: 7


                        Level of Intelligence Chart


Not only are machines gaining smarts through artificial intelligence, or AI as it’s known, but AI is being applied to human endeavors such as art and creative designs8, as well as smarter business solutions.9

Is there artificial stupidity as well as artificial intelligence?

But, what if the AI robots of the future, that we build, don’t obey Isaacs Asimov’s three rules of robotics when they eventually gain AGI?
One: “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.”  Two: “A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.” Three: “A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.” 10

And, what if the machines that we create in the future get hacked-into because of threats to vulnerable security measures.  No way! That couldn’t happen, right...?  Much of this sounds like science fiction, but it’s something to think about as machines get smarter, more connected, and we rely more heavily on them.
I’ve also been wondering if emerging quantum computing (Qc) and quantum encryption (Qe) companies will propel AI even further and faster as new companies come up with more advanced quantum computing solutions for AI processing and sophisticated security measures.11

Is future AI going to be a MESH of GOPHers?

What if we could connect those sensors, machines, computers and other intelligent devices together to take advantage of all that knowledge and computing power through a wireless network?  Wireless mesh networks are expected to provide more than two-thirds of the connectivity solutions moving forward with over $5B in 2016 and with a boosted 5G cellular system expected $11 billion market by 2025 for future network AI connectivity of IoT devices.12 Are we all going to be commanding our remote devices, such as our self-driving electric cars, personal robots and intelligent mobile sensors over a Wireless Artificial Intelligent Wi-Ai network? 

Gopher Protocol, Inc., a publicly traded company (Symbol: GOPH), has the goal of combining their self-learning adaptive Integrated circuit microchips to 50 billion IoT devices with sophisticated mobile/global MESH communication and AI.13   Enabling IoT, with advanced communications, cloud computing and AI data analytics, will provide enhanced services, security, and other new enhanced user experiences (UE) to future businesses and homes. Who knows what else AI will bring us down the road.


See you, for real, next time with another CTD.

References and further reading

1 Blue Brain Project Site:, IBM, Lausanne
2Artificial Brain, chart developed by Ray Kurzweil, and Anders Sandberg and Nick Bostrom, taken from Wikipedia - The free encyclopedia,
3 From the SingularityHub website, Ray Kurzweil’s Mind-Boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years, By Peter H. Diamandis, MD., Jan 26, 2015,
4 Shark Cam: “Explore LifeCam’s Sharks”:
5 Martian Rover YouTube Video: The Curious Life of a Mars Rover | National Geographic Live”
612 Ways AI is Shaping the Drone Industry, By Jake Carter, Posted by “dronelife” Staff 2018:
7The Singularity is Near, Kurzweil, Ray (2005), New York: Viking Press, ISBN 0-670-03384-7.
8A.I. - Artistic Intelligence, The Jaguar Magazine, Issue 04, 2018, pages 66-69by Chris Stokel-Walker
9 Article on IBM’s Watson website: “Put AI to Work”, and “OpenScale”:
10Runaround, I, Robot, Asimov, Isaac (1950), The Isaac Asimov Collection edition, New York City: Doubleday. p. 40. ISBN 0-385-42304-7.
11Connecting Quantum Computing and Encryption, Legrand Connecting the Dots, by Rudy Montgelas, January 18, 2017
12Wireless Mesh Network Market Size Worth $11.13 Billion By 2025”, Grand View Research:
13Gopher Protocol Technology: Wireless