It will be interesting to see which causes more damage to the earth -- nuclear accidents such as Chernoble, fossil fuel accidents like the BP oil spill, the clash of organized religions, or outrageous and unchecked litigation.
For a little levity on this subject, I suggest you revisit the Only "A" exam at the
University of Oklahoma School of Chemical Engineering's Final Exam
question for May of 1997 in Dr. Schambaugh's Thermodynamics class. The question to be answered by Schambaugh's students: "IS HELL EXOTHERMIC OR ENDOTHERMIC." (I will return to this later in this posting).
When it comes to global warming, how shall we prioritize the dangers of Nuclear Power, Electric Power, the over use of Fossil fuel cars, and hot-headed decision makers and the even hotter headed "average citizens" who seem so easily riled by non-analytical news reporting, and nonsensical religious and political leaders (not to mention the potential warming effect of "all hell breaking loose" as per the aforementioned Thermodynamic exam essay.)
"What the heck does this have to do with Machine Vision and Sensor Technology?" you might be asking. Eventually, I intend to use this rambling, obtuse blog to reveal my hidden agenda -- to promote my successful PR efforts for my former clients, frame-grabbing manufacturer, Alacron and smart camera manufacturer, FastVision and their CEO Dr. Joseph Sgro. (It just took a while to hit the media). And the method to my madness is that the products from companies such as Alacron and FastVision might allow us to identify and measure, as per Dr. Sgro's description, "abnormalities," to evaluate and -- using analytical software -- take appropriate action. Nascent examples of this technology exist already: drones (a.k.a. "unmanned aerial vehicles"), cars that prevent accidents and wake you up when they sense you may be falling asleep at the wheel, and "hurt locker" types of robotics. Yes, sometimes they make flawed decisions, but they are potentially much better than the alternatives (Al Queda frequently kill many more civilians in suicide and other actions with no attempts at identifying appropriate targets.)
Back to saving the world....how shall we prioritize our "dangers to society" within the context of Corporate Greed, Government regulations that intervene when they shouldn't and don't when they should, invasion of privacy vs. national security, a society that breeds a sense of entitlement resulting in ridiculous litigation and unjustifiable cash settlements, and extremely dogmatic religions who don't look for cash settlements, but rather settle matters with stoning and suicide bombings?
Perhaps the future of our planet has a much bigger threat from the growing population with a mentality that is part of the problem -- blame -- instead of thinking big picture, analytically, and seeking a solution. Seems like those pointing the fingers at those they see as "sinners" (according to their religious and/or political belief system) might stop and think about Tim Graham's "A" exam answer. Mr. Graham, the author of the above mentioned exam response, says:
"As for souls entering hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, then you will go to hell. Since there are more than one of these religions and people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all people and souls go to hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in hell to increase exponentially."....and Grahm's essay continues:
- If hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter hell, then the temperature and pressure in hell will increase until all hell breaks loose.
- If hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until hell freezes over."
So, perhaps Global warming is actually a result of all hell breaking loose, a result of too many souls going to hell? If so, what percentage of Global warming does it represent?
How could we measure this? The results could significantly impact how we prioritize our decisions regarding utilities and other socio-economic issues.
Two of my past clients were in the Machine Vision industry, specifically Alacron, who manufactures Frame Grabbers, and FastVision, who manufacturer very high speed "Smart" Cameras (the link will take you to a TV spotlight on these past clients of mine.)
The recent oil spill is a disaster that imaging, machine vision, and sensor technology identified, understood, monitored and moderated. Click HERE to read the article in the on-line version of VSD Magazine (Vision Systems Design.)
BTW - I have long been an advocate of Nuclear Power, ever since in 1997, when I was working for the Electronic Publishing pioneer company, Interleaf, a Canadian Power Plant employee reminded me of the huge advances in sensor-to-computer technology, along with networking, that have taken place since Three Mile Island (where no one was hurt) and Chernobyl, significantly more deadly.
As everyone knows, technology can dramatically alter what works, what doesn't, and what is allowed to break. Three Mile Island had two, non-networked 8086 computer on site. Chernobyl had two non-networked 286s on site. Today's sensor technology either didn't exist at all, wasn't interfaced with analytical artificial intelligence (i.e. computers), or was in the nascent phase primarily being tested by NASA, but by no means available or affordable by the private sector or even by Nuclear Power Plants. Had it been, I bet big money that neither Chernobyl or Three Mile Island (which was really just a very close call, with no casualties) would have taken place.
Sensor technology, combined with machine vision, is what is behind the new SMART CAMERAS, a primary focus of FastVsision. CEO Sgro, founder of FastVision, and his affiliated frame grabber company, ALACRON, is betting the future of much technology on the marriage of sensor technology and machine vision to produce more intelligent cameras to benefit his three primary markets, "The 3 M's": Medical, Manufacturing and Military.
In conclusion, the marriage of sensor technology to Machine Vision might help us track the impact of the afterlife on such important things as Global Warming.
Maybe the "right" God doesn't send everyone who isn't a "true" believer to what would quickly become a grossly over-populated Hell, possibly contributing to Global Warming, if the first of Tim Graham's conclusions is correct. Maybe this God uses a spiritual form of Machine Vision and Sensor Technology to sort the wheat from the chaff of human souls.
However, while we are still among the living, with the use of Machine Vision and Sensor Technology, we might finally learn how to better prioritize the things that really matter vs. the things that do not. For instance -- inspired by a news item today -- what is more important to the citizens of Los Angeles -- encouraging citizens to (safely) use more bicycles and scooters while commuting around that city; or prohibiting same sex couples from marrying? Machine Vision and Sensor Technology might help measure and analyze the results on everything from pollution to road rage and stress in the city of Los Angeles -- and we could compare the results.
Imprisoning people who smoke marijuana or allowing entrepreneurs to harvest the "weed" adding jobs and tax revenue to our ailing economy...AND, in doing so, taking at least THAT business away from the ruthless Drug War Lords south of our border? Machine Vision and Sensor Technology might help us measure the impact of smoking marijuana on rage and criminal activities that hurt other people. I haven't heard of violence being associated w/ pot heads. But perhaps this should be measured.
Speaking of protecting our borders, since Machine Vision -- the frame grabbers manufactured by my past client, Alacron -- whose CEO Joe Sgro says, in his TV interview, that tracks "abnormalities" which, along with sensor technology -- can better identify individual "units" that are "abnormal," "faulty," potentially dangerous and/or just don't belong in the group in which they are currently residing.
The implication is that Machine Vision and Sensor Technology
could be used to help prevent "bad" people from entering the United
States. This could expedite the entrance of "good people" into our
country; thereby reducing stress, saving money and time, and --much like
the faulty bottles shown in the video footage of Filtec/IDC's bottle
inspection machine, terrorists and other "bad guys" could be
automatically discarded into a place where they could not do their
desired acts of terrorism.
However, it may be many, many "next generations" and distant future versions of sensor technology before people such "dangerous abnormalities" as Bernie Madoff and Enron's CEO Ken Lay are identified and removed from positions of power, where they can inflict so much damage on innocent civilians.
Maybe by then, Alacron and/or FastVision will have developed a "spiritual" frame grabber which, along with spiritual sensor technology and a Smart Camera, maybe that is able to "look into souls" (apologies to Woody Allen) and identify and sort abnormalities -- much like that which the "True God" uses to decide who really should go to Heaven or Hell -- and maybe help voters and citizens of this world select ethical people, and prevent unethical people from achieving positions of power.
But, of course, the flaw in this thinking is the postulate that "Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely."