i do not have to do anything.

i can just stop and do absolutely nothing that no one would ever even know about … kinda like i do now, but without even using a keyboard.  i don’t think it would really matter much one way or the other.  would it?  so, why do i type?  why do i bother doing anything?  i’m still not sure why.  are you sure why you do what you do?  yet,  sometimes i think i do know why i’m doing something and it does matter, or i just pretend i think that and sometimes that is good enough.

i know that mostly i type because it helps keep my mind quieter some nights.  i have so many thoughts and it doesn’t seem like they go away until i let them go, and this has always been my favorite mode.  i just litter the cloud, mostly.

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Japan considers regulating, taxing Bitcoin

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In the wake of the MtGox collapse, Japan is looking into regulating Bitcoin — including a possible tax on the cryptocurrency, according to a report Tuesday.

The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said that the finance ministry and national tax agency are looking into ways to govern Bitcoin transactions. Officials think that purchases made with the digital currency should be taxed according to existing consumption and corporate tax laws, said the Yomiuri Shimbun, although the report did not cite any sources.

The move would mean Bitcoin would be treated not as a currency, but as a commodity, like gold. Money made from trading the currency online could be taxed, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

The U.S. is taking the opposite approach — for now. Yesterday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that the U.S. federal reserve can’t regulate Bitcoin because it operates outside of the banking system. She did…

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Why the internet of things is big data’s latest killer app — if you do it right

my thoughts … if we automate too many acts in our life, we need to be sure to use that efficiency to expand our compassion or I really don’t want to live on a planet with a bunch of super auto pilot humans!

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Every year, nearly 2 million people contract infections while staying at the hospital, and inadequate handwashing is a big cause. It turns out we might be able to help fix the handwashing problem with help from intelligent sensors, and a Huntsville, Ala.-based sensor-network company called Synapse Wireless is working on just such a system for its hospital-industry customers. However, the trick to pulling it off isn’t just having the right sensors, it’s also having the right tools in place behind the scenes, on the servers that act as the sensors’ brains and tell them what to do.

Essentially, Synapse’s system is like a real-time monitor, reminding people to wash their hands when there’s not a malpractice lawyer hanging around to do it for them. A very simple implementation might go like this: When a nurse enters a room, a sensor on the name badge will send that information to a server, which…

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A day at Singularity University, where the future belongs to glowing plants and robotic elephants

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Men and women in suits and sweatshirts mill about, speaking in a mash of languages. It’s midway through the week at the Singularity University executive program, a seven-day institute offered several times a year where, for $12,000 a ticket, participants get a crash course in fields like biotechnology, neuroscience and robotics.

“Burning Down the House” blares over the speakers, prompting everyone to settle into their chairs. Inventor and serial founder Saul Griffith takes the stage. He wears a beard, jeans tucked into boots and a shirt the color of an ice cream sundae. It’s difficult to tell if he’s about to chastise the room or give a speech. He announces that he hasn’t prepared anything, so he’s just going to give a tour of his desktop.

Singularity University Saul Griffith Saul Griffith presents a robotic arm sling. It has no hard parts, yet it can improve strength and bring control back to people who…

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