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Join the "Guru of Geek" Marlo Anderson and he chats about the latest tech and what it means for you. How will 3D Printed Homes change the real estate market? Will Artificial Intelligence and Robots replace you at the workplace? Will Marlo ever get to go to space? Tech makes good fodder and The Tech Ranch explores with in depth interviews with those in the know.

The Tech Ranch "Guru of Geek" Marlo Anderson

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Join the "Guru of Geek" Marlo Anderson and he chats about the latest tech and what it means for you. How will 3D Printed Homes change the real estate market? Will Artificial Intelligence and Robots replace you at the workplace? Will Marlo ever get to go to space? Tech makes good fodder and The Tech Ranch explores with in depth interviews with those in the know.

    Can Ocean Currents Save the Energy Crisis?

    Can Ocean Currents Save the Energy Crisis?

    STEVE







    We were talking a little bit about politics and I’d mentioned the shortage of diesel fuel, because according to national stores we’re down to 21, 22 days of supply left. 







    MARLO







    Yeah. 







    STEVE







    Because of what’s been going on with the strategic reserve and all kinds of stuff, and it’s a little daunting because the world stops for most people when there’s no diesel, because that’s how we ship.







    MARLO







    Yep. 







    STEVE







    That’s our connectivity to the supply chain, and we know what happened with the supply chain earlier this year. So, a lot of focus has been taken off of other places. But, if you go back a month and a half, two months ago leading into this political cycle, there was a lot of discussion on climate change and that was a push and now it’s fallen by the wayside because they weren’t getting traction politically with the climate change narrative. So we’ll come back to that after the election, I’m assuming. But, things come and go as it meets political and I say this all the time. It frightens me when things get politicized that are agendas and when you politicize an agenda, then bad things happen. I’m not a fan of that, but you have some legitimate climate change tech. 







    MARLO







    Yeah – and I wouldn’t – this article that I’m bringing you or quoting you from here is gonna be the articles based around climate change but it really is more about producing more energy, more electricity, and that is actually the takeaway for me here because I don’t think anybody can argue the fact that we’re using more and more electricity.







    STEVE







    Absolutely. 







    MARLO







    The only reason that we haven’t gone up in the last seven or eight years is the conversion of regular lighting to LED that has actually leveled the playing field for seven to eight years. But if you look at the rate of consumption of electricity, moving up to 2013, 2014, the amount of energy that LED saves is just enormous. We’re plugging more things in. We all have more devices that we’re using.  







    STEVE







    Just look at a smart house. The connectivity in every bit of connectivity is using electricity.







    MARLO







    That’s correct. So, regardless of how you feel about electric vehicles, and even if they’re gonna get off where they’re at right now and really make a significant impact in the world – we’re gonna use more electricity. So, this is interesting to me. Ocean current power. The amount of potential energy in Ocean’s currents is five terawatts. So that’s about five times the energy generation capacity for the whole U.S. So if they can tap into Ocean Currents, then we can basically solve the energy crisis which is interesting.







    STEVE







    I read – and this was 20 years ago, maybe – an article on producing electricity from tides. The take of the article though, where what they were going after is how to, because you have to be careful and if you screw up tides, bad things can happen. So, you don’t wanna screw with Mother Nature too much. But the take on the article was an opportunity to generate energy from, say, a hurricane. We just take a look at what had happened with Ian down in Florida. Now if you’re able to stop that tide, that flow, whether it’s a net system.

    • 9 min
    What makes real social media and good search engines?

    What makes real social media and good search engines?

    STEVE







    Is that work or, I’m on social media–







    MARLO







    Right. 







    STEVE







    I use LinkedIn a lot for my day job. 







    MARLO







    Yeah, I do too. 







    STEVE







    Is that considered social media or is that a quote-unquote “productivity” and everything? But that’s everything. It’s all encompassing. The lawsuits, the mental health, the lost productivity, all of that goes into that. But it brings up a great point. the gray area. For me, I use LinkedIn a lot for my day job. And do you consider LinkedIn social media?







    MARLO 







    Of course. 







    STEVE 







    Okay. So it’s also a tool that’s replaced email in a lot of space. 







    MARLO







    But you could make the same argument for—







    STEVE







    So, is email social media?







    MARLO







    I don’t think it’s in the same realm, so I’d say no. Because that’s more of a direct messaging type of scenario—







    STEVE







    But there’s an evolution—







    MARLO







    There is. 







    STEVE







    —that has taken place. 







    MARLO







    Yeah. Because like you—







    STEVE







    But for me to go to work in the morning and sit there, and I never viewed that as productive. Sitting there, going over emails for an hour. And so you talk about the productivity side for me, that wasn’t productive. 







    MARLO







    It drives me nuts, too. In fact, I have a person that’s almost full time handling my personal email. Isn’t that insane? 







    STEVE







    That’s okay in the business place. But, okay, if I’m on a social media platform and we’ll say LinkedIn, which is a business one that I use a lot. I’ve skipped over emails because my good lord, I can’t read all this . 







    MARLOI think a lot of people have. You have email right? But if they really wanna get a hold of you-– 







    STEVE







    If you wanna get a hold of me. I tell everybody—







    STEVE & MARLO







    Text me. 







    MARLO







    Or, but a lot of people, I mean our younger people aren’t using text like they used to either. So they use their social media platform. What I’ve noticed—







    STEVE







    Messenger, Snapchat. 







    MARLO







    All of it. Instagram, TikTok. TikTok now has—







    STEVE







    It’s Russian. I try not to go there.







    MARLO







    It’s like you and I have to have, we have to be gurus of all the things. Because I have people that talk to me strictly through Facebook. I have somebody that I’ve been corresponding with about sponsoring a curling team. But it’s interesting. He’s contacting me through, Twitter my old cohort on the Tech Ranch. he’s a Facebook guy too but we always talk through Facebook, so we were messaging each other back and forth and I have some people that text me or message me through Twitter and now it seems...

    • 10 min
    The Deal With USB-C, Chip Shortages and Tesla’s New Robot

    The Deal With USB-C, Chip Shortages and Tesla’s New Robot

    STEVE







    And some of the things I wanted to talk about, I was reading through this and Marlo, you mentioned during the break a little bit we’re talking about Apple chargers and that kind of dovetails into one of the articles. So let’s talk about the chargers first. So, the European Union has come out with a dictate. It concerns Apple and there’s a little dark side to this that you brought up, and we’ll get into that. But, on the surface this should make a lot of Apple users happy. One of the big headaches with Apple, my wife’s an Apple user, I’m not, but every time she gets a new phone, she’s gotta get a new charging cord. Or because they change it with every phone. 







    MARLO







    And you could maybe say the same with Android too. Maybe not as often. USB-C‘s been around for a couple years now. 







    STEVE







    Yeah, once I switch to C, I’m sticking with C. That’s it.







    MARLO







    You can stream video through it. So, you can hook it up to your television. It’s like an HDMI in that regard. It’s very universal. So, the European Union has stated that by 2024, all smartphones and all tablets have to use USB-C. There is no other exception.







    STEVE







    And we’ve heard rumblings of that. Talking from the United States that it was coming. So, now that the European Union’s done it, I’m guessing it’s gonna come a little quicker in the United States.







    MARLO







    It’ll be interesting to see if this comes about and it could be the one caveat that we were just talking about where, 







    STEVE







    Cause that’s the one of my box checkoffs when I’m looking for a new device is, does it have C? 







    MARLO







    Right. But a lot of people don’t think about it until you bring it home and you’re like, “oh my goodness” –  it’s got another different one. The challenge that I have with this, now, I like this because I’m the same way as everybody else. I hate carrying all the different chargers. The a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/09/23/why-the-eu-forcing-apple-to-adopt-usb-c-would-be-a-bad-thing/" targe...

    • 9 min
    Discussions About DART, Darth Vader and Dall-E

    Discussions About DART, Darth Vader and Dall-E

    STEVE







    Uh, this is quite extraordinary. Of course this is one of the big songs from Armageddon where they had to go to an asteroid. Go to an asteroid and blow it up because it was gonna hit earth and kill us. Well, that didn’t happen in the movie. Just pieces. They saved the world. And now NASA’s working on saving the world, they went to an asteroid actually an asteroid revolving around another asteroid.







    MARLO







    Yeah, asteroid. So they called, they called this Mission DART – double asteroid redirection. So this is slamming a satellite into an asteroid just to change the direction. I mean, it doesn’t have to be much, right? I mean, 100th of one degree at a million miles is a lot. I mean, if you were to go from Bismark to Fargo and you changed a trajectory by one 10th of one degree, you know, over that 200, you’d probably end up in Mayville or something.







    STEVE







    I wanna give a little background to this too. So basically the satellite was the size of a refrigerator and they kind of missed, they were trying to shoot for dead center. They were 55 feet off. 







    MARLO







    Oh my goodness. I was trying to find out how many miles it traveled. You know, 10 months in space traveling at whatever, 40,000 miles an hour or whatever they’re going at. And then to head an asteroid 10 months later and only be 55 feet off, that’s the fact that we know that ths little asteroid rotated around this other big asteroid and we could actually shoot something at it 10 months in advance and hit this thing is just unbelievable to me. Well, and then of course it gets to, well what about aliens? Right. I mean, if you’re, if you’re a believer in that, and now we take out their, or we, we, we’re now shooting rocks as somebody else’s planet . Now we’ve declared war on somebody else. Right. I, I mean, you know, this is, this is where the conversation was going this morning.I’m like, you have got to be kidding me. 







    STEVE







    Like the movie Battleship. 







    MARLO







    Yes. Yeah, exactly. Exactly. There you go. There you go.







    STEVE







    Independence Day. 







    MARLO







    Oh my goodness. Yeah. I’ve seen this thing. It’s crazy. It’s kind of like who’s invading us? I mean, it just looks that way. Right? Well, you could just position those in a way that they would actually spell something – E.T. ‘s coming from home, but I can, I can see that coming. Our planetary defense system is now activated. 







    STEVE







    I thought that was Skynet. 







    MARLO







    It’s planetary defense.







    STEVE







    Planetary Defense System, Yes. They got that launched back in November. The eventual evolution of Space Force, which kind of was started because there’s a space race going on again. Uh, but eventually that would morph into Star Fleet. Protect the earth. Really? 







    MARLO







    And I just had a little smile on my face when I’m driving by that, the fact that there’s a sign out there that says Space Force this way. Yeah. 







    STEVE

    • 18 min
    Space Debris, Despair Boxes and The 9 Tech Trends of 2022

    Space Debris, Despair Boxes and The 9 Tech Trends of 2022

    MARLOSo it’s just so you’d understand. I mean, the Hubble is still running. The Hubble runs on image. It just has lenses, you know, so optical lenses go back because it must be 20 years old.







    STEVE







    Right? At least. Yeah. So think of the technology from then, which I remember when that went up and that was the best thing since sliced bread. Technology was cutting edge. Nothing like it. It was gonna be phenomenal and now fast forward 20 years. You can almost take good pictures with your cell phone.







    MARLO







    So the web telescope is an infrared telescope, right? So it’s not using optical lenses. It’s actually polling images using infrared and measure. But, they just pulled an image from a star 400 light years away and a planet around it. Iisn’t that something?







    STEVE







    It’s a big planet. Two and a half times the size of Jupiter. Uh, but it’s interestingly  half times larger, but that’s not the question that you just, I mean, the aliens are bigger.







    MARLO







    Maybe they’re stronger because the gravity, gravity is different so when theycome to earth, they’re super beings. Just like Superman. 







    STEVE







    Well, it’d be kinda like, uh, the locker room scene at the end of uh, Men in Black. Yes. Yeah. They’re in the little locker. The aliens are ginormous!







    MARLO







    You really believe in this. What happens in movies eventually comes true. Don’t you? 







    STEVE







    It does though! It really does. There’s a lot of proof to it. There’s no doubt about it. I mean, just from the tech side, look at all the cool stuff that shows up







    MARLO







    And then some engineer is like, you know, Probably possible, you know, the next thing you know, we got cell phones and we have driverless or driverless cars and you know, all of this stuff, flat screens for televisions. I mean, you think about the early days of sci-fi, you know, and, and, uh, all of them were flat screens and of course they had to mock that stuff up they basically built these huge panels around these CRTs or whatever that had, you know, they’re huge, but they look like flat screens. 







    The next thing you know, we have flat screen televisions. And, and now of course, it’s almost all holographic. So if you ever watch, you know, like the new Star Trek TV shows or whatever, these images that you’re looking at are disappearing in the air, and that’s gonna be what’s next. You’re just gonna have a, a little device that will that’ll project an image into the air and somehow you’ll see it.







    STEVE







    it’s kinda like the, uh, holographic concerts they’ve been doing. 







    MARLO







    Everyone Loves Raymond. They were showing that as a holographic image and I could go right up to it and put my hand right through Ray. Really. It was crazy, but yet it looked pretty real, you know, I, I wouldn’t say it’s like looking at you I’d say it was more like looking at Yoda in Star Wars, you know, when it pops up. It was interesting. And I was looking at that, thinking that, you know, sometime in the future,

    • 13 min
    A Bonafide Space Race, and 10 Things That Came From NASA

    A Bonafide Space Race, and 10 Things That Came From NASA

    STEVE 







    So the brain implant thing, Um, the brain implant thing. I had a friend that sent me an article on it and he was asking some questions. I’m like, don’t you watch sci-fi movies? It’s called Cerebro. Everything comes to fruition. That’s in a sci-fi movie.  Star Trek and all of ’em. 







    MARLO







    So I haven’t seen this particular article you’re talking about. Is that the one where they’ll be able to fly aircraft and things or because you can think a thought and it’ll actually do it







    STEVE







    Now here’s the geopolitical side of this, in the past. Cause there’s a lot of different directions you can take that,  I mean, you can genetically engineer soldiers for quicker response. We’re probably gonna get fighter jets that don’t have people. 







    So we’re talking about space, and the Elon Musk thing. It brings up a bunch and I mean, a bunch of different social norms and, and questions. And just so the friend of mine was like, well, you know, if you think about it, Cerebro. Things come from sci-fi movies, but there’s a nefarious side and there’s an opportunity to do a lot of good stuff.







    This is back to the political science social stuff. In the past, if you were gonna do some research like this, it would’ve come out as a medical study because you’re going to help stroke victims or people with brain injuries and, and they would do it. There’s none of that. None of that. This time we’re gonna do this cuz we’re gonna try to improve people, do you get the difference? But 10 years ago, seven years ago, it would’ve been under the guise of something medical. We’re gonna improve people’s lives that way.Something culturally has changed where, okay. 







    We’re not gonna put this veil on it. We’re just gonna, no, we’re gonna, we’re gonna improve people. . So that’s a big leap. We’re gonna give you the warm, fuzzy side.  







    MARLO







    So this is amazing too. There’s a device that has come out very similar to what you’re talking about. What’s the name of the movie? Cerebro? I’ve never seen the movie really. What movies is it from?







    STEVE







    Yeah. With Wolverine and—







    MARLO







    Oh, so I’ve never been a big fan of those, 







    STEVE







    Really? 







    MARLO







    You’re talking about Patrick Stewart and that was the device he put on his head. You know, I’m a big fan of his because of Star Trek, but I’ve never got into that. I can’t remember the name of the movies. 







    So you’re paralyzed, right? And there’s now a device that’s coming out. That’s very much like Bluetooth where your back has been broken. It can actually, you put this device on both sides of where the break is at and it will communicate, the spine will communicate with each other again, really? 







    STEVE







    Okay.

    • 14 min

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