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Patanjali Sokaris

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Accessing encrypted communications
There are two aspects that don't seem to part of the discussion aound law enforcement access to encrypted communications, but are both legitimate concerns.
Early browser wars
Many seem to look at the early browser wars between Netscape and Microsoft as some sort of early cyber-bullying, but as a HTML developer at that time, I made the decision to drop using Netscape because it just wasn't anywhere near as useful as Internet Explorer.
A system failover scheme
In many enterprises, having backup systems is seen as a necessary but resented overhead, and will often take risky measures to minimise their costs. But is that wise?
Artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence is about replicating the adaptive reasoning process that humans or higher animals, use. For that, we need to understand what intelligence is, and how it is used.
Super-fast non-volatile memory
Computer storage has been of two types; fast, but which requires power to retain its contents (primary), and slow drives which remember without power (secondary). But what happens when the slow drives become as fast as primary?
Finger counting to 282 million
Even since we started becoming conscious of having a use for the stuff lying around us, we found we need to keep count of them. The obvious tally machine was our fingers, and so the digital age began! With only 10, it appears that the upper limit is rather limited, but maybe not!
Selling the protype
Prototypes are fine as proofs of concept, but not as what you sell to a customer.
Driverless cars
Driverless cars are where governments have to take a holistic approach to road safety, rather than a manufacturer-centric one.
Time
Time is normally broken into past, present and future, as if they are equal parts, but are they?
The basic building block of matter
Basic physics deals with the nature of matter, and how it builds the world around us. Much of the research is looking for the ultimate building block of matter, just so we can then make whatever we want out of such 'magic' Lego blocks. But are we looking at it all from the wrong angle?

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