Riding the flood of new technology

They say that time is like a river.  You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed by will never pass again.  

The coronavirus pandemic has changed our world and now countless people are hoping that we get back to a normal way of life and soon.  Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, that is not going to happen. Many of the changes that took place in this past year are not all that bad.

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Let’s look back to 1998 when Kodak had close to 200,000 employees and sold 85 per cent of all the photo paper in the world. Who would have thought that they would go bankrupt practically overnight – no one saw it coming back then. What happened here will happen in a lot of industries as we move forward and most people don’t even see that it is coming.

Smartphones with cameras replaced this company. Digital cameras could not hold the market over the superior smartphones. People all over the world and even the children have a smartphone these days.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here and it is here to stay. Welcome to the Fourth Industrial Revolution described by Wikipedia as the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology.

Modern smart technology has introduced the electric car and much more but for today I will talk about the introduction of the electric car. Auto repair shops are sure to disappear because the new electric motors will easily and quickly be removed and replaced by the dealers while you have a cup of coffee. If that electric motor needs further repairs, it will be repaired by a robot.

Auto manufacturers are already building new plants to build only electric cars and other companies are installing electrical recharging stations.

Coal industries and oil companies will go through drastic changes and the Middle East will be in trouble as their fortunes in oil will be drastically reduced. 

I could go on and on but I need to stop here because the thought of an autonomous car scares me. When they are all over the roads, I won’t even want to own a car any more. I will get a smartphone and phone Uber to book a ride. 

Welcome to tomorrow – some of it actually arrived a few years ago – and enjoy all the water in that river each and every day. 

Stay well andbe happy.

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October birthdays that I know about: Kelly Flath, Emma Mauro, Barbara Chartrand, Joanne Kirby-Sales, Ken Sales, Ester Creuzot (turned 99), Lindy Barnes (turned 92), Dave Mazurak, Helen Green, May Hickson, Florent Foucher, Kathleen Haynes, Pam Boulding, Minnie Meier, Myrna Krekoski, Janice Taylor, John Broderick, Pietje Kragt, Joe Chartrand, Frank Sarrazin, Judy Shul, Cameron Sutherland, Robbyn Unruh, Sally Rosevear, Yvonne Rowe, Don McLaughlin, Bobbi Pringle, Bertha Orydzuk, Otto Kedl, Pat Husberg, Shirley Smith, Ann Miller, Henry Engelsjord, Donna Roach, Larry Rowe, Ute Schuler, Margaret Smith, Don Wilson, Tony Carpino, Christa Hughes, Bill Jones, Hope Humm, Denice Gudlaugson, Irene Fortin, Mike Hein, Magdalene Pudlas, Barbara Phillips, Ann Fitzsimmons, Steve Marynovich, Ida Nikkel, Marie Prentice, Claudette Beauchamp, Ralph Fetterly, Irene Hnatyshen, Susan Lacasse, Gwen Pitts, Synove Dedreu, Gordon Sewell, Terri Phipps, Audrey Ebert, Margaret Schroeder, Shirley Drolet, Patricia Harbak, Jim Morgan, Heather Macintosh, Susan Wood-Levesque, Emily Norum, Gene Hamel and Gus Krauza is 90. 

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October Anniversaries that I know about: 67 years for John and Ethel Esler, 66 years for Allan and Gladys Thorp, 60 years for Hugo and Ursula Riske, 58 years for Bob and Ruth Reid, 58 years for John and Judy Elmquist and 56 years for Roy and Sandra Goodkey. 

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