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April 1st Is A Day For Jokes -

But Can You Tell Which Are Jokes And Which Are Real?

It is traditional to use April 1st - April Fool's day - as a day to create jokes, the more outrageous but believable the better. One of the best for the fiber optic community was Google TISP - the first Google fiber to the home offering, where they mail you a package with a fiber optic cable that you install yourself by flushing it down your toilet! Amazing how many people believed that one was real!

Google TISP

So this month in the FOA Newsletter we're going to run some stories that might be true, might not. Read them and guess. We'll provide a link at the end for you to check your guess.

Check your guesses below.

AI To Write International Standards

An Artificial Intelligence (AI) called ISObot that is capable of writing new industry standards has been introduced. Created by a consortium of standards groups, ISObot is designed to write industry standards on any subject. ISObot was trained first on the thousands of standards already in existence so it would first learn the structure, language of standards and the format. Then it was trained on relevant articles on the Internet and applications literature of companies involved with the topics of the standards being created and which would be expected to write the relevant standards.

A spokesperson for the creators said, "ISObot can write standards as well as any of the current standards committees. Even better it means no more debating in long committee meetings or backroom maneuvering to get standards for any topic. It also reduces the time to write a standard. ISObot can write a standard in a few minutes that might take a committee years to create, given the need for agreement among the committee members. The standards members who have seen the results of ISObot think the resulting standards are as good as the ones they create, but they are complaining that there is no longer any excuse to travel to exotic locations to have meetings."

ISObot's first fiber optic standard is the standard for OSP aerial cable plants. The development of the standard had a steep learning curve; one iteration confused pole location and service loops, leading to occasional curlicues in the layout of cables and service loops partially buried in the ground. Confusion over the word fiber also resulted in including a specification for the tension on yarn strung between poles. But all the bugs have now been worked out and the final standard will be released on April 1, 2024.

Soon ISObot will produce international standards that cover any and everything, from fiber optics to electrical vehicles to AI. Yes ISObot will write standards that cover itself.

Is ISObot real? No!

No, ISObot is not real We hope you enjoy this April Fool's Day joke. AI seemed to be a good target for a joke, since it's beginning to look a lot like 5G - mostly hype. "I believe a large part of the artificial intelligence boom is hot air, pumped through a combination of executive bullshitting and a compliant media that will gladly write stories imagining what AI can do rather than focus on what it's actually doing. " That's a quote from Edward Ziton, writer and Tech PR guy in a post "Have We Reached Peak AI?" that is really worth reading. And another great article - totally real is What do Americans think about human rights for AI? 

Can't get enough AI? No? Try this article:  Artificial intelligence can help straighten teeth 

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Fiber Optic Drone Guided By Fiber Optics

The Ukrainian Army recently captured a Russian drone which communicates via a fiber-optic link instead of radio, making it jam-proof.

fiber optic Guided Drone

Ukrainian military reported this strange new type of Russian drone, in addition to the usual warhead, was carrying a hollow plastic egg containing optical fiber that spooled out behind the drone and provided a communications link to its operator.

Kalashnikov subsidiary ZALA boasted that their new ‘Product 55’ quadcopter was proof against all forms of radio jamming. The Russian attack drone uses a very different and quite surprising technology to overcome radio interference and jamming: it has no radio but communicates with the operator via a fiber-optic cable spooled out as it flies.

This was the concept behind the U.S. Fiber Optic Guided Missile (FOG-M) program from the 1980s. Being able to see from the missile’s point of view meant the operator could engage targets beyond their line of sight; a light vehicle carrying racks of EFOG-Ms would be able to destroy enemy armor a long range.

Is this fiber optic guided drone real? Yes!

Yes, the fiber optic guided drone is real. Defense Express reported on this. Back in the 1980s, the US military developed ground-to-ground  missles that were guided by an operator communicating through an optical fiber that trailed out behind the missle as it flew through the air. One of the secrets of the design was the spool of fiber on the missle that could hold the fiber until it ws fired but release it at high speed during flight. The secret was the glue that held the fiber together - hair spray! Even only one particular brand of spray.

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Technology Burnout

Internet Burnout

The technology industry felt like an island of bubbly optimism about its future and ours. Faith in the magic of technology was painfully earnest — and refreshing.

But we’ve changed and the technology industry has changed.

There has been a slow metamorphosis of America’s technology industry from David to Goliath. Along with it, the zesty confidence of the early 2010s has curdled. Our bubbly faith in technology is now tempered by mistrust and resentments.
That shift was spotlighted this week by a landmark European law trying to wrest power from Big Tech, fresh allegations that Meta repeatedly failed to help people whose social media accounts were hijacked by scammers and a fight between rich tech executives over artificial intelligence that’s more about their self interest than our needs.

Many of us are grateful for technology and hope it can help us solve thorny problems. We also fear that many technologies and tech companies are making us and the world worse. We’ve become more worried than hopeful about inventions like AI.

Our feelings about technology may not be facts. But they do influence how we view technology and the world around us. And there’s no turning back to the fresh optimism I felt years ago.

Is this column for real? Yes!

It's real, one columnist's opinion, but real! It's from a column on technology by Shira Ovide in the Washington Post on March 8, 2024. It's worth reading the entire column because it expresses a frustration many have with tech today.

Shira also has a good column on AI Bots - a good place to start if you are interested in them.

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AI Generated Spam

The following AI written email was received by FOA President Jim Hayes:

From: Chip Minto
Subject: Let's consider focused insights: B Generous

Hi Jim,

Your dedication to promoting fiber optics through education and certification at FOA is truly commendable. As Chip, Director of Lending and Partnerships at B Generous, I've seen organizations like OFS and Corning thrive by staying ahead with our market trends.

FOA's impact in the industry, particularly your recent initiatives, have caught our attention. The resilience highlighted in recent reviews showcases your commitment to excellence and innovation.

In our quest for futuristic solutions, we invite you to an exclusive strategy session tailored for FOA. Dive into a world of possibilities with us in a 20-30 minute chat using the FOA invitation deck. Join the ranks of the 221+ in this unique journey towards success.

Wishing you a week filled with inspiration and growth.

Chip Minto
Director of Lending and Partnerships
B Generous
United States.

Kalendar.AI sales agents have written & sent this email on behalf of B Generous as they've requested us to send this to you. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, simply unsubscribe to never hear from them again, respond to them here, or let us know if you find any errors in the AI content generation with your kind, big heart. We only process publicly available information limited to Name (first and last) and company information (location, the domain, website metadata such as technology, and any relevant keywords). We DO NOT track or store any of your personal information. Please visit our TLDR privacy if you want to understand more about how we process data. Our mission is to help businesses create opportunities, particularly helping small businesses to thrive with the help of AI-driven stories. We strictly comply with CCPA, GDPR, and CAN-SPAM laws. You can opt-out of our data processing anytime. We are Kalendar Inc, located at 450 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10017.

Is this Email real?  Yes!

It's True - We in fact did get three of these AI generated spams or maybe phishing emails - we certainly would not click on any of the links!  The purported senders of all 3 are listed below.

Not only did we actually receive this AI-generated spam, but all 3 of them were practically the same except they mentioned different fiber optic companies, and all came in a few days time. They came from the same company Kalendar AI but from three different people, naming different fiber optic companies

About  Kalendar AI from their website: Kalendar.AI sales agents autonomously drive meetings, sign-ups, and revenue, captivating your prospects from a pool of 300+ million companies globally. Our personalized email ads deliver 10X your current ROI from B2B campaigns.

Tommy Khamoushi
CEO TTR Technology Fairfax,US.
Mentions: AFL, Sumitomo Electric Industries, and Fujikura

Chip Minto
Director of Lending and Partnerships B Generous United States.
Mentions: OFS and Corning

Eric Delisle

Dir. Business Development Nperspective CFO & Strategic Services Orlando,US.
Mentions: Ciena Corporation, Sumitomo Electric Industries, and AFL as well as an event we never heard of, let alone attended

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Data Centers, AI, Crypto To Cause Power Grid Overload

Amid explosive demand, America is running out of power - AI and the boom in clean-tech manufacturing are pushing America’s power grid to the brink. Utilities can’t keep up.

Data center growth

Vast swaths of the United States are at risk of running short of power as electricity-hungry data centers and clean-technology factories proliferate around the country, leaving utilities and regulators grasping for credible plans to expand the nation’s creaking power grid. Data center growth is being driven by the increase in streaming video, but in addition the massive computing power needed for AI and Bitcoin mining.

The soaring demand is touching off a scramble to try to squeeze more juice out of an aging power grid while pushing commercial customers to go to extraordinary lengths to lock down energy sources, such as building their own power plants.

“When you look at the numbers, it is staggering,” said Jason Shaw, chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission, which regulates electricity. “It makes you scratch your head and wonder how we ended up in this situation. How were the projections that far off? This has created a challenge like we have never seen before.”

A major factor behind the skyrocketing demand is the rapid innovation in artificial intelligence, which is driving the construction of large warehouses of computing infrastructure that require exponentially more power than traditional data centers. AI is also part of a huge scale-up of cloud computing. Tech firms like Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta and Microsoft are scouring the nation for sites for new data centers, and many lesser-known firms are also on the hunt.

The proliferation of crypto-mining, in which currencies like bitcoin are transacted and minted, is also driving data center growth. It is all putting new pressures on an overtaxed grid — the network of transmission lines and power stations that move electricity around the country. Bottlenecks are mounting, leaving both new generators of energy, particularly clean energy, and large consumers facing growing wait times for hookups.

Are the future problems of the power grid real or a joke? Yes!

The future problems with a shortfall of generated power and lack of sufficient transmission capacity caused by AI and Bitcoin mining are all too real. read about it here:
Amid record high energy demand, America is running out of electricity - The Washington Post   . 

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