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While You Were Sleeping - The New York Times Thomas L. Friedman JAN. 16, 2018 Donald Trump poses a huge dilemma for commentators: to ignore his daily outrages is to normalize his behavior, but to constantly write about them is to stop learning. Like others, I struggle to get this balance right, which is why I pause today to point out some incredible technological changes happening while Trump has kept us focused on him — changes that will pose as big an adaptation challenge to American workers as transitioning from farms to factories once did. Two and half years ago I was researching a book that included a section on IBM’s cognitive computer, “Watson,” which had perfected the use of artificial intelligence enough to defeat the two all-time “Jeopardy!” champions. After my IBM hosts had shown me Watson at its Yorktown Heights, N.Y., lab, they took me through a room where a small group of IBM scientists were experimenting with something futuristic called “quantum computing.” They left me thinking this was Star Wars stuff — a galaxy and many years far away. Last week I visited the same lab, where my hosts showed me the world’s first quantum computer that can handle 50 quantum bits, or qubits, which it unveiled in November. They still may need a decade to make this computer powerful enough and reliable enough for groundbreaking industrial applications, but clearly quantum computing has gone from science fiction to nonfiction faster than most anyone expected. Who cares? Well, if you think it’s scary what we can now do with artificial intelligence produced by classical binary digital electronic computers built with transistors — like make cars that can drive themselves and software that can write news stories or produce #5.) Assumptions Hidden assumption – Friedman questions when to write about Trump and when not to and assumes all other commentators see this as a huge dilemma. However, in making this claim Friedman makes the underlying assumption that Trump revolves around the center of each commentator’s writing interests, and that each commentator sees his “daily outrages” as important enough to report on. Box 1 #2.) Thesis The advent of technology is rapidly advancing and is set to disrupt all of American life. Media needs to focus much more on this development. Magnitude of this revolution is comparable to the transition from farms to factories, industrial revolution. Box 2 #10.) Attitude towards audience After describing a very significant technological advancement – the IBM Watson computer – Friedman includes a remark referring to “Star Wars.” Much of his audience at The New York Times would relate Box 3 #1.) Mode: Narration Friedman includes a personal account to add his own experience and show his connection to this complex topic – a direct, hands on one.

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