Science Fiction Future is Now

Science Fiction Tilt Brush By Google

The world is about to dramatically change, disrupting massive sets of industries, because science fiction is about to become real. Are you ready?

The Motorola flip phone and the Apple iPad are basically devices dreamt of and put on screen in Star Trek.

I’ve been talking about three dimensional (3D) printers for a couple of years and how they are going to dramatically alter manufacturing, shipping, and pollution as you won’t need to buy an item manufactured inexpensively in China, shipped across the Pacific Ocean in giant polluting freighters, transported to a brick and mortar facility or retailer, and then your house. Soon, you’ll see a new toy for your child, or doorknob for your front door, pay for the plan, and then print it at home. This will change our economy in massive ways.

Virtual Reality (VR) has been discussed for a very long time. It has always been clunky, causing some people dizziness and sickness, and for others a difficulty balancing after taking off the headsets. Further, little of what I’ve seen from VR has been beyond games, pornography, and travel immersion, all of which might have entertainment or minimal educational value.

Now, Google has released Tilt Brush. This appears to be an amazingly disruptive, creative technology. In the video below, you can see people painting and creating in a virtual 3D space with materials that simply are not available in our real world. Stunning!

Here is where I think it goes, though. This tool becomes the basis for adding tremendous value or even revolutionizing civil engineering, architecture, and other industries that now rely on Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology. A designer could build a building in that Tilt Brush space, and if properly programmed, can test their ideas out for seismic, strength, and other engineering issues before even presenting the concept to another person.

Finally, I can see how the home 3D printer gets a new source of ideas for printing. Any idea I might have for a residential or commercial purpose I could create out of materials available for the printer, design the idea in the Tilt Brush VR space, and then print the final item out on my 3D printer.

Science fiction is about to become real.

Ethan Explains Darwin Award Selfies 5/12/16

 

So many additions for the Darwin Award list as selfie deaths in 2016 are well ahead of 2015’s pace. Put your phone down and look around!

From the CBS News article on selfie deaths:

Last year, more people died from selfies than shark attacks. And many more have been injured by taking their own picture.
Deaths have been caused by distracted photo-takers falling off cliffs, crashing cars, being hit by trains and shooting themselves while posing with guns.

Apparently, guns don't kill people -- selfies do.

Things have gotten so bad that Mumbai has outlawed selfies after 19 deaths in India. Pamplona officials have banned them during the annual Running of the Bulls.

And New York just became the first state to ix-nay "tiger selfies," for obvious reasons.

Tune in to KGO 810 today from noon to 2pm Pacific Time AM 810 – www.kgoraKGO810dio.com , I’ll interview Ewan McGregor about his new film and speak with Judy Joo, Iron Chef and Korean food restauranteur.

Ethan Explains Apple’s Drop 4/27/16

Apple announced their first drop in sales since 2003 and revenue fell 13%. Why does this happen and who will be the tech visionary in Silicon Valley to replace Steve Jobs?

From Fortune:

Along with confirming a widely predicted decline in iPhones sales during the first three months of the year, Apple on Tuesday reported its first drop in quarterly revenue on an annual basis since 2003. But the whole point of quarterly earnings is to glean information we didn’t already know.

So here are a few pieces of new information that are worth pondering as investors try to decide whether the most valuable U.S. public company is headed for a torturous decline or about to emerge triumphant again.

CEO Tim Cook didn’t sound worried on the company’s call with analysts. “The future of Apple is very bright,” he said while alluding to exciting but unspecified new products.
In recent years, most of Apple’s sales growth has come from China, but that engine too has greatly slowed. Apple said its China sales shrunk by more than a quarter to $12.5 billion. The rate of growth had already slipped to 14% last quarter’s from jumps of 99%, 112%, and 71% in the three prior quarter. Further, the challenges are increasing after China forced Apple to shut downits iBooks store and iTunes movie service last week after just six months in operation, reducing the appeal of the iOS ecosystem there.

Tune in to The Ethan Bearman Show on KGO 810 in San Francisco noon to 2pm Pacific Time (1-3pm Mountain Time) each weekday – www.kgoradio.com

Ethan Explains ObamaCare UnitedHealth 4/19/16

The topic today is the reality of ObamaCare exchanges with the news the UnitedHealth Group is pulling out of several states and Aetna announcing they are losing money on these plans. I have a solution and it doesn’t involve a 2,000+ page bill that Congress doesn’t read read before passing (remember that Nancy Pelosi said they had to pass PPACA so they could understand what was in it, thanks to our Congress being parasites on the backside of lobbyists!)

From The Washington Post:

“UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer, said that in 2017 it will exit most of the 34 states where it offers plans on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges in an earnings call.”

Tune In every weekday noon to 2pm Pacific Time KGO 810 for my show, online at www.kgoradio.com

Fox Business Network Stuart Varney appearance December 23 2015

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I had the honor and pleasure of joining Stuart Varney’s Varney & Co. show on Fox Business Network, Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

I discussed Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon natural gas leak near the Porter Ranch development and the missing environmental guru Governor Jerry Brown. The story has been on-going since the leak started on October 23rd, at one of the largest natural gas reservoirs in the western United States. SoCalGas estimates the relief well will not be complete for another 3 to 4 months and in the meantime, the equivalent of an extra 7,000 cars have been put on the road in relation to the greenhouse gas emissions.

Shocking Surprise About Apple’s Solar Farm

Apple announced back in February its intent to spend $850 million on a solar farm in far southeastern Monterey County in California. I visited the site to share some stunning news about the plan and why it doesn’t solve any actual problems. Watch this video and see what the problem is with Apple’s solar farm and what we really should be doing.

And while I was driving the backroads of southeastern Monterey county, California, I was struck by the rugged beauty of the hills and had a nice visit with a couple of antelope.

Pronghorn antelope alongside Cholame Valley Rd

Pronghorn antelope alongside Cholame Valley Rd

And this is the nearby high power transmission lines connecting Paso Robles with the Central Valley, crossing Cholame Valley Rd near San Miguel, California.

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Appearance on Rick Amato Show May 8 2015 UK NSA UN US Citizenship

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I had a great time with an appearance on The Rick Amato Show Friday, May 8, 2015. We discussed the UK Elections, more people renting wealth gap widens, NSA surveillance violates the Patriot Act, journalists prevented from UN PEN event, people giving up US citizenship, off-duty officer bites man’s groin. Let me know your comments below!

Guest Hosting The Nationally Televised Rick Amato Show

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I had the privilege of guest hosting the Rick Amato Show on the One America News Network Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific. My guests were Barry Nussbaum, President of the Israel Group,  we discussed a rocket fired at Israel from Gaza, the Iran deal and $50 billion payoff, and the Temple Mount Sifting Project. Post your comments below and share it with your friends!

I presented the Mamaluke of the Day, and then interview Mireya Solis, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

The third segment I interviewed Cabot Phillips, Campus Correspondent with CampusReform.org. We discussed students at the University of Washington saying they will vote for Hillary Clinton simply because of her gender. Plus UT Dallas didn’t allow a conservative campus group to speak with other students while on campus.

And the Grassroots Citizens Panel featuring Michelle Moons, Breitbart.com investigative reporter, Shawn Steel, Republican National Committeeman from California, and Manuel Avitia, public defender in southern California. We discussed the President’s drone war and the President backing away from the word “genocide” regarding the Turkish genocide of Armenians 100 years ago.

The GRCP discussed the Hillary Clinton Foundation scandal affecting her chances or not, and why are Americans so bad at saving money?

We discussed the new discovery of magma in the Yellowstone super volcano, Americans rank 15th in the world for happiness according to a recent survey, and a lightning round of Presidential picks.

It Is On – This Weekend

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We could potentially have our first Hispanic President in Senator Ted Cruz, Germanwings co-pilot twisted 9/11 safety rules resulting in 150 deaths, computers are writing the news, and knapsack halting quantum hacks, and so much more this weekend!

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First, I would like to thank TALKERS magazine for honoring me with a second year in their list of the Heavy Hundred of talk radio.

2015 Good Times Best of Santa Cruz

March 25th was a two-fer with my loyal listeners in Santa Cruz, where I haven’t been a local host for a full year now, voted me runner-up Best Radio Personality in Santa Cruz County, against music stations, NPR, sports, etc., in the Good Times Reader Poll. Thank you!

Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Pacific Time is the Ethan Bearman Program on Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco, covering the latest in Bay Area and California news and current events. Strange stories abound, from the scientist backing off his one year of water left claim to an alleged, complex kidnapping hoax. Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for President on Monday, I’ll speak with International Business Times Breaking News Editor Cristina Silva regarding her article “Ted Cruz 2016: Why Hispanic Voters Might Not Be Thrilled If Texas Senator Becomes First Latino President.” A discussion with California’s RNC Commiteeman Shawn Steel will bring the latest news on the 2016 political races. And the #NotTheOnion segment points out news that sounds like satire, but is real.

Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Central Time is the Ethan Bearman Show on affiliates of the Genesis Communications Network, with the latest national and international events, plus science and technology news. Horrible news from the Alps with Germanwings 9525 intentionally taken down by the co-pilot. Psychologist Doctor Bart Rossi join me to discuss. Robots taking over? I’ll discuss with IBT writer Max Willens and his article “SXSW 2015: Robots, Algorithms Infiltrate The News Business, Selecting Stories And Writing Them.” Plus more disastrous moves by President Obama in retaliation against Israel, which didn’t make the headlines, and more!

Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern Time is the Rick Amato Show on One America News Network on Verizon FiOS 116/616, AT&T U-verse 208/1208, GCI 64/703, Frontier 208/1208, CenturyLink 209/1209 where I’ll be a featured guest in studio discussing the latest political and cultural topics with Rick.

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The Keystone XL Pipeline Veto

I discuss the Keystone XL pipeline veto by President Obama, relay facts regarding the environmental argument, how MIT Professor of Energy Economics Chris Knittel says it will actually reduce carbon emissions, rail versus pipeline safety according to the Washington Post, economic impact of refining in the United States since we don’t allow export of crude oil, and the money behind this fight in the form of rail companies (Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad) versus pipeline companies.