12 days ago

Poll: Do you consider yourself to be happy?

Paul Reporter from Stuff

New Zealand is one of the happiest countries in the world, but how do you even define happiness?

There's a growing body of research on happiness showing the things that make us happier, and things that detract from our happiness. Read more from our "Good Life Guide" here.

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Do you consider yourself to be happy?
  • 75.6% Yes, I am happy
    75.6% Complete
  • 24.4% No, I am not happy
    24.4% Complete
1301 votes
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1 day ago

A Glimpse into the Future. Food for thought

Paul from Pukete

A Glimpse into the Future.
In a recent interview, the Head of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies, but Tesla (obviously), and now, Google, Apple, Amazon 'et al' are……
Forbes says that people whose minds are stuck in 20th Century thinking and believe that the world will resemble what it is in 2018, will become redundant, bankrupt and largely unemployable.
Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.
Uber is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world.
Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.
Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in
understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go
player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.
In the U.S., young lawyers already can't get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff)within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.
So, if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less
lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.
Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognise faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.
Autonomous cars: In 2019 the first self-driving cars will appear for
the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be
disrupted. You don't want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you toyour destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and you can be productive while driving.
Our kids will never get a driver's license and will never own a car.It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars forthat. We can transform former parking spaces into parks.
1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.
Most car companies will probably go bankrupt. Traditional car
companies are now trying the traditional approach to build a better car with an electric motor, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) take the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi are completely terrified of Tesla. People who are part of the anti-Tesla brigade are unwittingly announcing to the world that they will soon be broke and are unable to comprehend the dramatic changes now happening in everything.
If you own a petrol car with a large engine, dump it now.
Auto Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, car insurance will become much cheaper Their car insurance business model will slowly disappear.
Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute,people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighbourhood.
Electric cars will start to become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, and now you can now see the burgeoning impact.
In 2017, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil.
Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can't last. Technology will take care of that strategy.
With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2 kwh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as they want, for nearly no cost.
Health innovations: The Tricorder X price will be announced this
year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the"Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample, and you can breathe into it.It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease.
It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free.
Goodbye,medical establishments.
3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes.
Some common spare air plane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to keep in the past.
At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning
possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoes at home.
In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D
printed.
Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in,
ask yourself: "In the future, do you think we will have that?", and
if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner?
If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea.
And any idea
designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the
21st century.
Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.
Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future.
Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields.
Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish that
produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don't need that space anymore.
There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labelled as "alternative protein source" (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).
There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell in which mood you're in. By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it's being displayed when they're telling the truth and when they're not.
Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency ... Of the world!
Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it's 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more than one year increase per year. So, we all might live for a long time, probably way more than 100.
Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone.That means,everyone has the same access to world class education.
Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child needs tolearn at school in First World countries. There have already been releases of software in Indonesia and soon there will be releases in Arabic, Swahili, and Chinese this summer. I can see enormous potential if we give the English app for free, so that children in Africa andeverywhere else can become fluent in English. And that could happenwithin half a year.
People whose minds are stuck in 20th Century thinking and believe that the world will resemble what it is in 2018, will become redundant and largely unemployable.

5 hours ago

Angela Strange standing for Waikato Regional Council

Angela from Chartwell

Hi everyone, I am pleased to announce that I am standing in the upcoming Local Body Elections, representing the Hamilton Constituency for Waikato Regional Council.

The Waikato region is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. It’s important that growth is well-planned and sustainable, with the health of our environment at its core.

I am committed to prudent financial management, ensuring smart investment in infrastructure, and providing core services cost-effectively.

We must ensure our transport network is balanced, efficient and accessible, providing a diverse range of options.

Water is an essential resource, requiring protection for future generations; the health of our waterways is an important component of this.

It’s important we value healthy air and soils, biosecurity and ecological restoration.

Environmental education develops the ability to think and act sustainably. I have been an active supporter of the Enviroschools programme over many years.

I represent hard work, integrity and loyalty, and am proud to be a part of a growing, vibrant region with a key role to play in New Zealand’s future.

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2 days ago

Hamilton-Akl rail link

Gurbir from Huntington

NZTA has accorded funding approval today. Read here: www.newsviews.co.nz...

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