James Janisko

Keller, TX, United States

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James Janisko
Posted over 2 years ago
Miguel Nicolelis: A monkey that controls a robot with its thoughts. No, really.
Man invents the wheel, wheel is used in war. Man discovers electricity, electricity is used in war. Curbing innovation or stifling science because of potential wartime implementation is counterproductive to us as humans. Furthermore, you might want to consider humans as being counterproductive in general. We demonstrate the propensity for self destructive behavior on a global scale like no other species on the planet. There are many good humans out there that have mankind's best interests at heart. Unfortunately they are severely outnumbered by those who do not. The fact that people are still dying of starvation is indeed utterly ridiculous to me. As a lazy American that wants for nothing, my mind has a hard time coping with the fact that there are people who actually cannot eat. I would agree with Mr. Martin that this is much higher on the priority list of things to be fixed than restoring motor function to a paraplegic. However...there are quite a few more good minds tackling the issue of starvation than there are striving to make you a robot body. It would be unfair to say that Miguel Nicolelis is wasting his time, or even that his priorities are askew.
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James Janisko
Posted about 4 years ago
Why don't we use technology to have a real Direct Democracy?
What would you vote on? Federal issues? State? Global? The ability to vote really isnt the issue (in my humble opinion). The issue is awareness. Lets say the issue is a proposed tax hike by the state of X. All residents of X have the opportunity to vote to either pass or decline this proposed tax hike via their smart phones, tweets, etc. How do you inform the public of the details of said tax hike in a manner that someone other than an accountant can understand? I am not politically minded at all. The whole mess gives me a headache. If you asked me on the spot to vote for/against this proposed tax hike, I would have about 50 questions that would need answering before I could cast my vote. Every person has the ability to vote now without using their smart phones or the internet. It is a matter of getting to the polls and filling out your ballot. Some cant make it you say. Some dont have the time, the energy, the passion. Good. If you cant make the time, find the energy, generate the passion....I`d rather you not vote. The last thing I want is some citizen spamming "yes" to everything because his friends are doin it on facebook. I dont support enableing the ignorant any more than I have to via the Constitution.As to the mob mentality, your vote is your own. If you are the only person who voted yes against a million that voted no, noone will be the wiser unless you say so.The concept is wonderful, thought up by a man of average or higher intelligence and I applaude it. Were we living in a society that was predominantly full of proactive citizens that actually cared, I would support this 1000%. Unfortunately we are not, and for that reason I am casting my e-vote for no.@ Sarah Caldwell - Also why they tend to not make pink assault rifles. "This is serious buisness." Also, I cant speel to save my lyfe. Sorry for the typos.
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James Janisko
Posted about 4 years ago
What do you want from the news?
Yes, my version of the news would be commercial free and yes, there would be more money spent by news stations on research, but on both accounts I see this as an improvement.
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James Janisko
Posted about 4 years ago
Seth Godin: This is broken
The word "broken" is being used in the wrong context here. When you say "If I think it`s broken, then it`s broken, and if you think it`s broken then it`s broken." you`re basically saying that everyone has their own opinion. Stateing your opinion dosnt make something broken or not broken. If a thing is designed for a purpose and fufills that purpose, it isnt broken. The fact that Mr. Godin fails to see the true purpose for some of the things in his presentation dosnt make them broken, it makes him ignorant. The internet kiosk in Montreal was designed to make money, not to provide the end user with great comfort and internet accessability. If people pay money to use it, whether is sucks or not is moot. The money has been paid. Additionally, I think the use of internet photoshop humor as a testament to things "broken" is a poor way of making your point. The "this sign has sharp edges" image was obviously not a real sign intended to warn people of danger. It was produced as a mechanism of visual humor.
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James Janisko
Posted about 4 years ago
What do you want from the news?
I think it would be interesting to see news in the news. Just that. A collection of facts about things that have happened around the world and locally in that specific time frame. I think I could actually use that information. I have a hard time differentiating between Jerry Springer and CNN these days. With a set of facts provided, I could evaluate that information and determine it`s relevance and importance to me as opposed to being told how relevant and important it is. That would make it interesting. That would make me feel as though I was being proactive in researching and evaluating the world I live in. Current news feeds either dont allow for evaluation by depriving you of nescesary data, or make evaluation a daunting task. What should I beleive? Is this the whole story or just one side? What`s the other side? I understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that history is made by those who write it, but getting back to basic facts and statistics would greatly improve the content of "news" shows. The earthquake in Japan became disaster porn almost as soon as it happened. The facts had been put out immediately, and then the porn started. Lets show the film footage of a man running for his life from an incomming tsunami (which he fails to do and drowns) 18 times an hour. That is completely unnecessary unless you get your rocks off watching people die. Important facts about an earthquake: where, when, how big, projected/current after effects, casualties, how can I help. Thats all I want to know about. The touching stories about famlies reunited, or recounts of what happened from an emotional standpoint could (and in my opinion SHOULD) be advertised in a venue other than the news. Day 1, earthquake on the news. Day 45, in depth documentary on HBO. Seperate. I dont condone censorship and I`m not saying that current news shows should be restricted, I`m just stating what I want from it.
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James Janisko
Posted about 4 years ago
Should TED allow demonstrations of military equipment and uniform on the TED stage?
While the information displayed in this video IS for military purposes, there are a few things that comfort me as to the possible security risks. The only technical information released involved the weight carried and the potential life of the battery. In my head, this is the equivalent of saying that a tank can carry 5 soldiers and go 300 kilometers on one fuel supply. It leaves to the imagination many important details such as composite, weapons intergration etc. Those are the things that (in my humble opinion) should not be advertised or showcased, and they werent. Additionally, there are about a million and one non-military uses for a lift assist exoskeleton like the one presented in this TED talk, and for that reason alone I think that while it was demonstrated as military hardware here, the practical applications would see this device much more commonly used off the battlefield than on. Would you propose that we keep the tech specs pertaining to a new high yield solar panel secret simply because of their potential military value?