While You Were Sleeping - The New York TimesThomas L. Friedman JAN. 16, 2018Donald Trump poses a huge dilemma for commentators: to ignorehis daily outrages is to normalize his behavior, but to constantlywrite about them is to stop learning. Like others, I struggle to getthis balance right, which is why I pause today to point out someincredible technological changes happening while Trump has keptus focused on him — changes that will pose as big an adaptationchallenge to American workers as transitioning from farms tofactories once did.Two and half years ago I was researching a book thatincluded a section on IBM’scognitive 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 thinkingthis was Star Wars stuff — a galaxy and many years far away. Last week I visited the same lab, where my hosts showed me theworld’s first quantum computer that can handle 50 quantum bits, orqubits, which it unveiled in November. They still may need a decadeto make this computer powerful enough and reliable enough forgroundbreaking industrial applications, but clearly quantumcomputing has gone from science fiction to nonfiction faster thanmost anyone expected.Who cares? Well, if you think it’s scary what we cannow do with artificial intelligenceproduced by classical binary digitalelectronic computers built withtransistors — like make cars that candrive themselves and software that canwrite news stories or produce#5.) AssumptionsHidden 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.) ThesisThe advent of technology is rapidlyadvancing 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 audienceAfter describing a very significant technological advancement – the IBM Watson computer – Friedman includes a remark referring to “StarWars.” Much of his audience at The New York Times would relate Box 3#1.) Mode: NarrationFriedman includes a personal account to add his own experience and show his connection to this complex topic – a direct, hands on one.