Frank X. Didik aboard
"The Futurist" in New
thoughts on science, business and society today.
if and what can or might be.
if the decay rate of elements varies rather than being a constant? Imagine,
if this is the case, it would mean that all archeological dating is
in question. How old are artifacts? When in fact did the dinosaurs
really die out? Further, consider that ...
is the speed of gravity? If it is instantaneous, then what if
gravity can be modulated? Today
most scientists, assume that the speed of gravity is the same as the
speed of light, but what if the speed of gravity is instantaneous?
Further, if gravity can be modulated, it might allow for
instantaneous universal communication. Thus it might be possible to
communicate with space craft instantly, rather than waiting for
minutes for transmissions to reach the craft or earth. Perhaps
computer chips can be made to operate vastly faster. And this is just
the beginning since ...read
Logic and intellect is not reliable.
The late Christopher Hitchens often stated that we should rely on our
logic, reason and intellect to determine the truth. Many people who
pride themselves as educated, intelligent and progressive believe the
same. As reasonable as this seems, Galileo proved over 400 years ago
that our logic, reason and intellect is unreliable and that only
direct experimental data, should be relied upon. Galileo had dropped
two balls of the same material, but different masses, from the
Leaning Tower of Pisa to demonstrate that they would hit the ground
at the same time, rather than the heavier ball hitting the ground
first, as almost everyone, including Aristotle, 2000 years ago, had
assumed. Our logic, reason and intellect is not reliable and should
only be viewed as speculation. Only direct experimentation and
obtaining the same results, over and over again should be relied upon.
if time varies along with all things, rather than being a constant? Consider
the speed of light vary, even if traveling under the same
conditions, or in other words, is the speed of light really a
to Einstein's theory of relativity, the speed of light is a constant
1956 Firebird was
to be self driving.
Driving Cars? If
you have an accident with a self driving car, who is at fault? The
car manufacturer, the owner of the car or the occupant
"driver" of the car? I
have enjoyed owning and driving some of the most interesting cars
made and have always enjoyed the freedom of driving without
impediments or restrictions. Nevertheless, if self driving ...read
What ever happened to jet packs, flying cars and advanced technology
that in the past, was predicted that we would be using by today? Why
are bicycles being pushed by cities world wide?...read
Do bicycles and
skate boards represent a more environmentally friendly world or does
it indicate a decline in the standard of living?
I ride my bicycle about 10 miles every day, but only a small
percentage of the population benefit from bike lanes, mostly men
under the age of 50. Further, most people ride bikes in warm,
favorable weather and rarely in the rain, snow or cold weather.
Computer Formats and the longevity of our digitally stored
we entering into a "pre-history" era? How can we preserve
our computer written records, books, photographs, video and
knowledge? If you
wanted to, would you be able to read a:
1/2" or 5 1/4" or 8" floppy?
or a dvd?
you can not read these one or two generation old formats today, how
will society be able to read these documents in 200 years from now? I
doubt that the current line up of formats, such as SD cards, USB
drives or others, will be easy to read in 15 years. The longevity of
computer/digital storage before major failure is also an issue ...read
to be encouraged?
I was just reading that insurance companies encourage suicide, in
states that permit assisted suicide. Greater profits by less medical
bills and life insurance policies invalidated? I suspect that with a
rapidly aging population, the elderly will be encouraged to end their
lives. Perhaps it will be presented as the patriotic or honorable
thing to do. We are truly entering into an age of barbarism and
abandoning civilization. - June 2018
is an alternative to population control. Restricting
and discouraging the formation of families in order to stabilize or
reduce population infringes on the freedom and rights of every human.
There is another much better approach...read
the results of modern science. For
the last 100 years, we have been experiencing the collapse of real
science. Theories, speculation and fantasy is the norm today. By
definition, the scientific method is the ability to test and re-test
and always get the same results, over and over. If an idea or a
theory can not be tested, the idea must be viewed as speculation and
not considered true, till that idea is proven without a doubt.
Scientific theory has moved to areas that are beyond our present
capability of testing and gradually a number of unproven theories
have become accepted as fact without any real proof. Further, new
theories have been developed based on old theories. Thus we have a
situation where science today is largely based on theory upon theory.
If something can not be proven, it falls into the realm of philosophy
rather than science. This has led to...read
and media hype: Any
sudden "revolutionary" scientific discovery, even if such
discovery is written about in every newspaper and scientific journal,
should be greeted with skepticism. Such a discovery should only be
accepted after the bulk of scientists have have had a chance to
review the discovery and confirm that it is in fact correct. Such
things that come to mind include cold fusion, the so called "God
Particle" and even the recent stated discovery of a
"gravitational wave". All too often such media hype has
come and gone without any real discovery or fundamental change. ..read
percentage of information, contained in science books is accurate
and true? Are we in a post science period? Many
science books today present ...read
is time to retest scientific properties. Verify results. I
suggest that the properties of all materials be re-tested using
modern technology and certify the results. Melting and boiling
points, conductivity, hardness, and all physical properties of
materials should be re-tested ...read
advance our knowledge
a scientist has worked for years to prove a particular theory and
finds out that their work has been in vain, it is difficult to admit
that their original assumptions were wrong. Still it is vitally
website displays designs, projects, proposals and innovations
by Frank Didik, but this site has also served to inspire people to
bring their ideas to fruition. All too often, people have great
dreams in high school and college but within a few years after
graduation, these ideas gradually become a distant memory. I
encourage everyone to do what ever you are good at and try to make
your dreams a reality. What people do today represents the future of
our great planet. Go out and do whatever you can do, to the best of
diverse, intelligent opinions?
it possible to have truly diverse opinions if everything a person
thinks and understands is told to them in school, tv, movies and the
rest of the media? On-line chat rooms and "news aggregators"
tend to repeat one another, without any truly new information. In
many ways, this is causing a dumbing down of society. Perhaps it has
always been this way. ---Feb 11, 2019
and robotics will help return businesses to the United States.
With new automation and robotics, which requires less employees, it
is now possible for most American Based companies to return
manufacturing to the United States, with the benefit of lower
production costs, lower shipping costs and a safer business climate,
when compared with outsourced manufacturing. -February
Downside of Robotics Robotics will
bring about a fundamental change in society. Millions of jobs will be
lost, but only a few, high end jobs will be created. Most former
employees will not be employable in this new environment. The same
occurred in England in the early 1800's with the industrial
revolution. High end weaving jobs were lost after the introduction of
high speed looms. Another example is the computer revolution from the
late 1960's till the mid 1980's and on till today eliminated the need
for thousands of office clerks. - May
on how the world will change in the future
really knows what the future will be like and rarely have predictions
made in the past, become a reality in the same way that it was
predicted. Nevertheless, certain generalities of what might happen,
can be foreseen based on what is happening today
1. In the future,
robotics will change society and millions will lose their jobs ...read
2. In the future,
robotic friends, including intimate friends will prevail ...read
3. In the future,
dating and marriage may greatly decline read
4. In the future,
populations may drastically decline ...read
5. In the future,
pet ownership will decline read
6. In the future,
natural child birth may decline read
7. In the future,
Licenses may be required to have children ...read
8. In the future,
virtual living will take precedence to real life read
9. In the future,
aroma, heat, wind, moisture and taste will all be recorded read
10. In the future,
wealth will be concentrated among a tiny group of people read
11. In the future,
technological advancement may slow down ...read
12. In the future,
planets will not be colonized read
13. In the future,
people will travel less in the future ...read
14. In the future,
transportation networks will gradually be reduced ..read
15. In the future,
there will be a Loss of optimism for their future ...read
16. In the future,
people will rarely interact, face to face ...read
17. In the future,
microscopic robotic "bacteria" will be injected into the
body to cure diseases and repair or remove internal body issues ..read
18. In the future,
robots will perform medical procedures including surgery more
19. In the future,
doctors will be able to operate from anywhere on the planet ...read
changed moral values and decline in human dignity awaits us in the
21. In the future,
society may gradually fall into a stagnant, non advancing epic ...read
22. Future crises
in Human Dignity ...read
23. In the future,
medicines will be specifically designed for the individual ...read
24. In the future,
robots will do most factory work and manual labor, including farming
and cooking, as well as the jobs of professionals such as doctors and
accounting, just to mention a few chores and will cause the loss of
millions of jobs and make large populations unnecessary .. read
for the future by Frank X. Didik, December
Advice for the modern person -
to rethink bike lanes Advice for bicyle based cities
Didik with NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and first lady Chirlane McCray,
at the mayor's Christmas party in Gracy Mansion.
Safety-Subway Gate Every year hundreds of people are
killed or severely injured when they fall onto the tracks of trains
and subways. The prevention is cost efficient and greatly reduces liability ...
reduce train noise A significant
amount of train noise is caused by the train wheels rolling over the
expansion joint of the tracks. This vibration creates noise,
vibrations, an less pleasant ride and also reduces the life cycle of
the train. The solution is relatively simple and cost effective ...
does not mean identical.
have all the insects and birds gone?
Just a few years ago, when I would drive in the country, my
windshield would be covered with insects that had hit the car. This
simply does not happen anymore. Has the insect population somehow
died out? No one seems to talk about this. Has insecticides or
plastics or radio transmissions somehow effected them? Further, I
have noticed a large drop in the number of birds that we have in the
cities as well as in the countryside. It seems that we are headed
towards, a silent spring.
school and our education system
everyone attend college or university?
I believe that wisdom can not be taught, but rather wisdom is a
unique gift of understanding that a person is born with.
college or a university
really teach a person to be a businessman
or an artist or good in any particular field? ...
come all college undergraduate degree's
require four years?
Should some degrees require only one
year while others perhaps six years? ...
I have long believed that in a classroom environment, the weak
student holds the better students back. The idea of putting a weak
student with better students is a disservice to both the weak as well
as the better students. It should also be recognized that not all
people have the same ability and potential in every field. Two
individuals completing the same university program and having the
same grades and degree, does not make them equal in ability and
potential. Students should not be told that they can succeed at
anything that they try to do.
courses should and should not be taught at college or university? Can
college or a university teach a person how to be a good business
person, or how to be creative? ...
feel that it is not possible to teach a person to be creative or a
good businessman and the same applies to many other fields. You can
only expose that person to what has already been done and the current
understanding of the tools and materials of the trade and perhaps
with this understanding, the student can expand upon this knowledge.
view is that almost all learning is through observation and
questioning. This underscores the importance of parents to teach
their children and expose their children to the parents daily lives.
In today's society, most parents are forced to work and thus the
child has only limited exposure to the richness of the parents
understanding of things. I would also argue that when a parent is
walking with a child, that the parent should not be using their cell
phone or texting and instead be devoting their full attention to the
child. Schools, as they exist today, have a limited ability to truly
train/educate a student and most of what is taught to the student is
repeated over and over with little practical use for the student
after graduation. So many students today study for years and yet
after graduation, never use what they have learned or what they have
learned is of little relevance to their lives.
playgrounds are empty but
the dog runs are full. No
children, only dogs. I
have noticed that in New York City, the playgrounds are empty but the
dog runs are full. People are no longer getting married, and having
families. Where will this all lead to? When I
was a child growing up in NYC, there were children everywhere and the
stores catered to families, rather than individual single people. The
best boutiques along Madison Avenue on Manhattan's upper east side,
always had play areas for the children, so that the children could
play, while the mothers shopped. We children knew which stores had
the best toys and demanded to go to those stores, which in most
cases, were the most expensive stores!
have all the twenty something year olds gone?
down fashionable Fifth Avenue recently, it struck me how the average
age of the crowded streets seems older than in the past. I would
guess that the average age of the people I saw was around 35 years
old. Twenty years ago, the average age would have been probably
around 25 years old. Why? I will further guess that the answer is
that many people are postponing marriage and having far fewer
children. Perhaps the high student debt or perhaps women seeking
careers over family or perhaps the hook-up culture is the culprit.
Regardless, this does not bode well for the future and increasing
family commitments is a must for a healthy society. --- Feb 11, 2019
aging population is a sad, worldwide industrial nation phenomenon.
I am in Tokyo for a few days and have been here many times before. In
2002, I would guess that the average age on the street was about 24
years old. Today, I would guess the average age is about 35 years
old. --- Feb 26, 2019
Almost all countries consider what perspective immigrants can do for
their country and if those immigrants will contribute or be a burden
on their society and also evaluate if the potential immigrant will
blend in with their existing culture. Perhaps the United States
should take the same approach. ---Feb 11, 2019
forever? It is
interesting that life never really dies in that life continues,
uninterrupted with the offspring. Science has never observed life
emerging from minerals or non living elements. ---Feb 11, 2019
in Startups. Good idea or bad? Is
investing in a Startup, that has never proven itself in the market
place, a good idea or a waste of money (and talent)? Historically,
investors invested in companies that were swamped with orders and
making money, but needed additional money to ...
efficient brain-storming method and
how to make morning office meetings more productive and interesting ...
Bitcoins are backed by nothing more than the gullibility and wishful
thinking of the Bitcoin holder.
I believe that the
Bitcoin rise in value is akin to the Dutch Tulip craze in the early
1600's and that a massive decline in value is imminent.
manufactured products versus American manufactured products:
American's will never buy an American made product if the same or
similar foreign products is sold at a lower price. This means that
manufacturing jobs will never return to the United States, unless
there is an import tax, however import taxes will violate most of
America's NAFTA and GAT treaties. Any talk of manufacturing jobs
returning to America without import taxes is simply idle banter.
Safety of Plastics.
Over the past 30 years, there has been a massive increase in the
number of human ailments such as Alzheimer's, breast cancer, prostate
cancer, autism, declining fertility, and other ailments. Some people
say that the cause is actually better diagnosis, while others blame
processed foods, GMO foods, pesticides, wifi, cell phones,
vaccinations and other outside influences. During this period, there
has been a rapid increase of various plastic packaging for food,
water and even clothing made out of polyester and other plastics,
with a decline in 100% natural fibers such as cotton and wool.
Studies should be conducted regarding the safety of these new
materials, as well as the fabric dyes and determine if such chemicals
can be absorbed by the skin and if they have any type of long range
human effect. -February
the very best and most effective TV commercials
The single purpose of a television commercial is to sell the product
or service. The fact that an advertisement might be interesting,
funny, informative or well produced is secondary to the main purpose,
which is to sell the product or service. One should never leave the
creation of the television commercial to the television producer or
the video editor. ...
the most effective business websites Never
let a "web designer" develop the website for you. A web
designer should be produce the website under the supervision of an on
line marketing master, usually working with ...