International Women’s Day
U.S. – North Korea Peace Talks
New Kinds of Engineering Sciences:
- Electrical Science
- Mechanical Science: Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Theory of Machines, Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, Waves and Sounds, Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics, Biomechanics, Propulsion and Energy Sciences, Electromagnetism, Dynamics and Control, Computational Engineering
- Civil Engineering Science
- Optics and Photonics
New Branches of Engineering:
New Branches / Sub branches of Science:
- Particle Science
- Computational Science and Engineering
- Neuroscience of Music
- Science of Taste
New Branches of Applied Mathematics / Computational Science and Engineering:
- Modeling Research: Study of integrated mathematical models of real world and conceptual objects
“He will bring justice to the nations.”
“He will sprinkle many nations,
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.”
Catholic Teachings IV:
God, God on earth:
- “There is no covering up before God. He knows who we truly are.”
- “Jesus announces the good news of salvation.”
- “The Risen One invites us … to know how to wait for the unravelling of a sacred history that has not been interrupted but advances, to know how to wait for the God’s steps Lord of time and space.”
- “God’s love is a perfect kind of love; he loves us in a way that none on earth ever can.”
- “This same God, creator and sustainer of all being, comes in search of his creatures who are lost in sin and weakness. … ‘O Lord and lover of souls … your imperishable spirit is in all things.'”
- “All Scripture is inspired by God.”
- “Christians have faith in a God who wants to and is able to transform the world, conquering evil with good.”
- “God loves us like no one on this earth has ever done and can ever do. God’s love is that of the father ‘who is in heaven’. … it is … a radical diversity, another dimension of love.”
- “God did not remain invisible in heaven, but came to earth, that he was made man, a baby. God always has been close to his people, but when he was incarnated and born, he became very close, super close, the closest.”
- “God comes to embrace our humanity. … the nearness of God. It is to rediscover that God is real, that God is concrete, that God is alive and vibrant. He’s not a far-off lord or detached judge, but he is humble love that came down to us.”
- “The Incarnation, the moment God becomes human, allows the nations to envision Christ as one of their own.”
- “The Holy Spirit guides the Catholic Church’s mission, pointing the way to evangelize new lands and opening people’s hearts to be transformed by Christ.”
- “The church resolves conflicts and discerns God’s will by patiently listening, discussing and deciding under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.”
- “The Spirit is the protagonist of Christian life; (it is) the Spirit — the Holy Spirit — that is in us, that accompanies us, that transforms us and is triumphant within us.”
- “God desires to act in the lives of those who entrust themselves to his word. This is the key to genuine, lasting success. … When we trust in God’s word, we encounter the generous, overflowing action of God and become living instruments of God’s love in turn.”
- “… Call on the Creator, who brought the galaxies into existence and has designed every fruit and flower, to do a new work of creation — to create in you willingness to say yes to God in times of temptation, desire to cooperate with God even when it is hard, power to carry through on your intentions to change.”
“A Christian prays not just for themselves but also for others.”
“To nation’s people: make your beautiful country a place where the teachings become life and where life is for the greater glory of God.”
- “Love of God, love of neighbor are tied together.”
- “The measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”
- “Christians are called to serve.”
Technology as work of God:
- “Uses of artificial intelligence for the common good“.
Challenges, issues of today’s world:
- “There is a world of people in need. There are unlimited opportunities to help, including organizations of every kind that provide openings for volunteer efforts.”
- “… heals (miraculous intercession).”
- “… sends his angels.”
World to come:
- “‘Then I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth.’ This powerful vision, described in the Book of Revelation, describes the passing of the former heaven and the former earth and the inauguration of a new heaven and earth. John, the author of the Book of Revelation, writes then these stirring words: “The One who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’” Only God can make what is truly and really new. Only the creator of heaven and earth can bring something new into existence, out of nothing. And what God promises to make new is truly beyond our limited human imagination. But the newness that comes from God is not a philosophical or theological abstraction. It is tangible and as real as our daily existence. … his love will make all things new.”
- “… saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb.” (Rv 21:22).
- “The blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.”
- “The manger Jesus longs for is your heart so that he can give you his unshakable peace and eternal life. This is what will change the world.”
Future of Church:
- “Word of God must be ‘beating heart’ of church.”
- “The Bible is very important, but it’s abstract. We need something a little bit more that speaks, that actually talks to the heart.”
Artificial Intelligence and its impact on Jobs, Employment
In the hands of a sufficiently smart inventor, AI can replace any job, even ‘creative’ ones.
Employment has to be and will be protected through government regulation.
As we look into the future, we see manual work gradually getting replaced by AI & automation, leaving intellectual pursuits that are core to human life and happiness behind for humans.
Important distinctions between Biotechnology, Biomedical Industry and Software Industry
- Software industry is mostly concerned with meeting consumer / business needs with rapidly developed software. Biotechnology, Biomedical products are usually based upon years of research efforts.
- Venture capital firms involved in Biotechnology, Biomedical industry keep close connection with Academic research partners & research labs.
- With long term research & subsequently costly government approval process, Biotechnology, Biomedical industry products demand larger investment.
Development of Manufacturing Industry
- Thailand, Malaysia: Both countries have size-able Automotive & Electrical / Electronics industry.
- Competence: Power, Infrastructure, Required low cost labor, Government support.
- Mostly developed and licensed by foreign producers. Local producers depend on foreign engineering. Local experts lack skills required for producing quality marketable Cars / Electronic products.
- India: Power, Infrastructure roadblock to development of manufacturing sector.
- Japan: Education system capable of producing engineering, business experts.
Recipe for growing new Silicon Valleys
Visionary engineer-entrepreneurs created the first success stories of Valley.
But over time: Venture Capital (plus early stage investors, startup incubators), Universities & Research Labs, Government support played vital roles.
Any place wanting to be the next Silicon Valley:
- 1a. Venture Capital ecosystem with their technical, business growth & management support: Google/Alphabet’s growth into one of the largest companies in United States in terms of market capitalization
- 1b. IPO support, Stock Market
- 2. University & Research Labs (providing minds & talents, training, employees and ideas; DIY education)
- 3. Government Laws; Tax cuts and subsidies
- 4. Infrastructure
- 5. Big Market
- 6. Entrepreneurial, risk-taking culture; Success Stories
Bolstering Market Economy in USA
- Tax cuts
- Deregulation (“Deconstruction of the Administrative State”)
What’s to be done:
- Easy to access ‘Information’ about Market, opportunities
- Easy Finance: Investors, Bank loans, Venture Capital
- Ease of starting business; Administrative complexity elimination
- Workforce development; Education modernization
US Healthcare Cost Reduction
- Reducing FDA drug approval costs (currently: $800 million to $1 billion) -> Reduction of drug costs
- Wearables, Digital medicine -> Remote monitoring. Fewer visits
Distinction between Politics of Developed and Emerging Nations
In emerging nations, national systems: economic, financial, educational, industrial, are far behind currently available technology & human knowledge frontiers. This leaves room for improvement. So in those nations, political debate centers around “development”. Political parties distinguish themselves with manifesto or propaganda of better development models.
In developed nations like United States and United Kingdom, nation’s systems are close to possibility frontiers. Debate (in US, UK) centers around policies / issues, legal or economic choices:
- Equality or Pro-market
- Climate change
- Foreign policy
- Healthcare expansion or contraction
Development (Growth) in developed nations require (in many cases) revolution in human knowledge and understanding
- Infrastructure for flying cars & self driving cars
- Smart Cities
- Revision of our current understanding of Finance
Rural development in Developing Nations through Businesses
Limiting Issue: Limited purchasing power of inhabitants.
- Entrepreneurial opportunity creation
- Selling handmade goods to urban population
- Micro-credit as finance
- Suitable employment (e.g., light engineering)
- Agricultural production increase through modern methods
- Healthcare: Development of low cost diagnostic instruments, Telemedicine
- Business applications of ICT & Technology
- Selling low cost nutrition-added food products
How to pioneer a New Mathematical Science
- Define/Invent new quantities in the discipline under study (Ex.: Force, mass, acceleration in Physics).
- Discover mathematical relationship among quantities. (See, for example, how Claude Shannon pioneered Information Theory.)
Sciences that are currently Quantitative / Statistical in nature (Example: Economics; Business problems currently tamed with Big Data; Atmospheric science) will be turned into Mathematical Sciences.
Grand challenge in Neuroscience
Elucidating Neural coding schemes – how objects, concepts, reasoning and thoughts are represented in the brain.
Biology to come
A great many quantities will be invented in Biology / Biological Sciences to turn the descriptive discipline / disciplines into mathematical sciences.
The quantities will have relationships at several levels:
Genes with biochemical activities
Biochemical activities with Cellular structures and functions
Cellular functions with Tissue parameters
Physiological/Pathological & Anatomical parameters will have mathematical relationship with genes and cellular activities.
Physics at the end of 20th century:-
Fundamental theories have been built; Final hurdle: Theory of Everything (TOE)
There’s plenty of room for new discoveries in Physics
- Spacetime Physics
- Nuclear Physics/Science
- Particle Physics/Science
- Atoms with new constituent elements
- Materials built with new kinds of Atoms
- Physics of complex systems/Condensed matter Physics (deriving chemical, material characteristics from laws of Physics)
What Academic Work shall I do:
- Scientific / mathematical discoveries
- Writing Textbooks, Research Papers
- Pioneering new fields / subfields of study
- Solving famous problems, Defining & solving new ones
- Developing theoretical framework for new / existing / currently underdeveloped areas
- Inventing new technologies, Defining & developing theoretical framework for new engineering fields / subfields to study those technologies (Academia<>Industry, Engineering Science)
Consciousness (awareness of “There I am”) is a non-physical quantity, which resides not in our brains, but in our spiritual body. Consciousness interacts with physical brain.
If telepathy proves to be real / exists, is it scientifically explicable or is it a supernatural / spiritual / nonphysical form of communication?
If two people communicate through telepathy in scientifically explicable means, they communicate by sending electromagnetic signals (gravitons are too weak, carriers of nuclear forces short distance). We are yet to find
- Central “transmitter/receiver” of electromagnetic signals in the brain or
- Elaborate brain structure to “process received signals”
- Neither can we find necessary “encoder-decoder” neural circuits
- Sending/receiving electromagnetic signals at long distances between brains require “Relay stations” which are non-existent
Conclusion: Telepathy is nonphysical/supernatural.
Evolution of Bangladesh economy:
- 1971 -> Socialist
- 1975 & onwards -> Center-left. Privatization & Private sector participation
- 1991 & onwards -> Fall of Soviet Union; Increased influence of World Bank and IMF. Economic liberalization. Center
- 2015 -> Center-right