Way To Go, Mr. President!

Our Prez is doing something I like! (...and you know that doesn't happen often.)

White House to Issue Executive Order to Disclose Pricing Across the Health Care IndustryPublished: May 24, 2019By Alex Keown [Excerpt] President Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive order next week that will mandate price disclosure across the health care industry, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning. The move would be highly disruptive to the industry, which is not used to having a spotlight shined on its pricing policies, the Journal noted. Citing unnamed sources who are familiar with the matter, the Journal said the Trump administration will wield the power of the federal government to force the price disclosures as part of an effort to drive down health care costs. In particular, the Journal said that the order could be aimed at “regional monopolies of hospitals and health-insurance plans over concerns they are driving up the cost of care.”President Donald Trump is expected to iss…

Squoze Where It Hurts the Most

Artificial Intelligence, The Future of Everything
The bigger you are, the more you can use A.I. This pretty much says the big will get bigger, the strong will get stronger, the weak will fall further behind.
So this chart is bad news for the U.S.
Down in that light blue "Other countries" category are places like Germany, Bahrain, South Korea, and spectacularly, Israel. 
While the U.S. overwhelms the world in conventional military power, the new battlefields are forming up in cyberspace.
The cyber nukes are the A.I.s  

I (humbly of course) propose that spending priorities be shifted from the existing military industrial complex to the new A.I. development complex.

War is hell, but less hellish when fought in The Cloud. And WAY less hellish when you win.

Think that's scary? Check this out:
The Chinese A.I. Leapfrog
(...and 16 other Worries About China)

Picasso-esque Yet

 Eye in the Desert

Researching Western Australia for the book I'm currently hammering on (it's about Superintelligence), this wonder leapt right out at me. 

It's the Wolfe Creek Meteor Crater, on the easter edge of Western Australia. The Picasso part is the tiling collage effect of merging satellite shots. I thought you might like to see it. 

I know you are just dying to know something about this new book!  Working title: What Would Supe Do?  Perhaps I should weave in something about the Wolfe Creek Crater.

A Hen in the Foxhouse?

Why Is This My First Recommendation to Watch Fox News? Because this guy is so handsome?
Some Much Needed Clarification


Scooter the Tooter

Not the Way You Want to Die

A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy NYTimes There is a fungus among us - maybe at a hospital near you - AND YOU WONT HEAR ABOUT IT!

Super investigative story on the front page of the NY Times!  Scary, enlightening, infuriating... everything good investigative reporting provides, this story should win a Pulitzer.

It's about a drug resistant fungus that blossoms in hospitals.  It is one bad  dude of a "germ," Candida auris.

"Nearly half of patients who contract C. auris die within 90 days." (Some reports say 60%.)

"With bacteria and fungi alike, hospitals and local governments are reluctant to disclose outbreaks for fear of being seen as infection hubs. Even the C.D.C., under its agreement with states, is not allowed to make public the location or name of hospitals involved in outbreaks."

“You wouldn’t tolerate this at a restaurant with a food poisoning outbreak.”

"The secrecy infuriates patient advocates, who say people ha…

An Imaginary Path

There IS NO PATH back to "normality" if by normal you mean like it used to be. Not the 1950s or the '80s, or the '10s or yesterday.
Things are just changing too fast and too much. It's going to get stranger and stranger.
The fine article (and podcast) in Wired is actually about how sci-fi writers are getting more political, and how the "abnormality" is Trump, etc., but this back-to-normality thing is way bigger than politics. 
Science is becoming science fiction. Artificial intelligence, CRSPR gene editing, hypersonics, supercomputing, crowdsourcing, gravity waves, Instagram, augmented reality, virtual sex, quantum stuff, nanotech, fracking,  climate freaking change... And, really, don't get me started on world politics.  There's not path back to when all that isn't happening.

Being a science fiction writer myself (I'm comfortable saying that after three books published),  I'm sure not contemplating normality in the same color palette as …

One of the Biggies, Ambivalence

What's Going to Wreck Our World? (If we are not careful)
The Plasticocalypse?
No,  AMBIVALENCE! (Heres an example)

Shell Oil is spending huge ($10 billion) on a giant plant outside of Pittsburg to makePolyethelene

Sounds (and looks) gross. But the ambivalence sets in with:

"More than 6,000 tradespeople and laborers will be on the site during the peak summer construction period. Some 600 full-time workers will manage automated technology to operate the completed plant. A 97-mile pipeline from gas separation installations in Ohio and West Virginia will supply ethane; a 250-megawatt gas-fired electrical generating station will power the plant."

Manufacturing on the rebound in America!  Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson...

Think about 3.3 billion pounds of polyethylene beads.
Think about a future when we can walk on water.
     ....not drink it, of course, just walk on it.

Ambivalence could kill us.

NYTimes pieceon Shell's new factory.