Sunday, January 21, 2018

Trump won the reform of corporation tax

Yesterday, I attended a conference whose themes were business and finance. Some famous economists and analysts spoke about the perspective of the economic situation this year.

In a session, one speaker analyzed the economic policy of the Trump administration. Donald Trump, the President of the US is broadly criticized on his lude and discriminative speech. But the assessment of what he has achieved for the US economy is split among critics.

Some people blame him for he has done nothing valuable in the first year of presidency. Actually, the contents of his manifesto in which he promised before the presidential vote have almost not realized yet.

On the other hand, the speaker admired him to some extent. According to him, Trump conducted many relaxations of the business regulation. They accelerated business development in the US.

And, the most impressive thing is the reform of taxation. The US diet passed the bill for reducing corporation tax rate. So far, the US has the highest corporation tax rate in developed nations. It had made difficult for international companies to continue business in the US. After the enforcement of the tax bill, the rate will be decreased from 40% to 25%. The new rate is lower than those of almost every nation.


The ex-President Obama also promised to reduce the corporation tax rate. But he had failed to set the legislation. Democratic Party Obama belongs to is eager to enrich the level of social security. Thus, the party is not willing to reduce the tax income. In contrast, Republic Party is indifferent to social welfare. Trump was successful to persuade the government and diet for reducing the amount of national budget.

In this meaning, Trump had done a great job, while it is uncertain his decision will make the US great again.

By the way, the US diet failed to agree on this year's budget. Now, the public function is crippled for the money short. It frequently occurs in the US recent years. I am concerned about the citizens' life.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

You should choose sushi restaurant because salmon have tapeworms

In California, a man came to a general physician to complain an abnormal phenomenon with showing its astonishing cause. He was suffering from bloody diarrhea.


And he said to have found a 5-feet tall tapeworm emerged from his anus.

International Business Times: Sushi lover finds 5ft tapeworm dangling from his rectum and yanks it out himself

The doctor brought him to an emergency room immediately. He was treated with medication to eliminate parasites in his intestine. Fortunately, he seems to have got recovered.

Tapeworm is a kind of parasites which is sometimes detected with a regular examination, or accidentally, even in citizens living in an urban area. Typically, tapeworms cause no harm to the human body. But in rare cases, they can be fatal.

The man introduced in this article above was fond of eating sushi. He ate raw salmon every day.

Actually, salmons have parasites frequently. We Japanese like salmon sashimi. Ordinary Japanese sushi restaurants in Japan serve only properly examined or processed fish. Fishmongers suggest some raw pieces which should be heated before eating.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Transgender sex robots?

What defines us as a human? To answer this question is not easy. We can move, consider, speak, and create various things. But, are not we humans if we cannot do them? Definitely, yes. We were born as a human and will die as a human.

There are some ways to clarify the abilities unique in human. One famous method is Turing test. It was developed by Alan Turning in 1950 for distinguishing intelligent machines from those without intelligence. The evaluator listens to a series of conversation between a human and an AI program. Then, when the evaluator cannot detect which is the human, the AI is deemed as intelligent.

In 2014, a Russian supercomputer passed the Turing test. Thus, over 30% of the human evaluators had failed to identify the machine as it is. It is an amazing result. The AI might mimic a human completely.

By the way, can robots acquire consciousness? It is more difficult question than Turing test. Intelligence is measurable, at least to some extent. There are many examination packages for evaluating the intelligence of the examinees. It is said that some kind of monkeys gets a score as well as a human toddler in these tests.


On the other hand, consciousness cannot be measurable. In an emergent situation, patients often lose their consciousness due to some physical trouble. But the disturbance of consciousness is not limited to the status of deep coma. Drowsiness, drunken state, and also dissociative state can be considered as crippled consciousness. Examining the level of consciousness precisely is often difficult for trained physicians.

Furthermore, an identity of each person is a more complex concept of mind. It is almost impossible for an AI to acquire an identity of itself.

Gender identity is one of the examples suggesting the difficulty of understanding the concept of identity. There are some people whose gender identity does not match their biological sex. Some of them are diagnosed with gender identity disorder. And others are proud of their own identity in spite of its inconsistency.

Recently, sex robots are sometimes focused, both on the light side and the dark side. There are some people loving robots. Also, some people need a robot partner.

However, is it possible to create a sex robot with transgender? The author says definitely not because gender is a concept of mentality.

International Business Times: Sex robots can't be transgender - this is why

Superficially, I agree with this idea. But, some researchers believe robots will acquire their own consciousness. If it is realized, there may be some robots with transgender identity. I cannot imagine how they look like, if possible. The future may be beyond our imagination.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Same-sex marriage is going to be accepted in the EU

European Court of Justice stated that all couples of the same sex should be accepted in every EU nation.

Independent: Definition of marriage has now ‘evolved’ to include same-sex couples, EU court says

In general, European countries are tolerated against same-sex couples. But whether the same-sex marriage is legalized differs from each other. The statement of the European Court mentions the necessity of freedom of forming a couple in EU countries according to the free movement basis.


The court decision seems cool and feasible. It is an advantage for the EU that each member should obey the human right standard strictly protected by the European court.

On the other hand, the scheme of marriage itself is going to die, I think. In the UK, divorce is very stressful because there are many conditions. This legislation was established by conservative politicians who are not willing to accept the liberty of divorce. However, this ruling led to a decreased rate of marriage instead of hesitated divorce.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Doomsday for Bitcoin

Just recently, Bitcoin met the hardest landslide ever before. The chart looks absurdly fluctuating.


There is news against Bitcoin in recent days. China is going to censor transaction of cryptocurrency more strictly than ever before.

CCN: China Looks to Ban & Censor Centralized Cryptocurrency Trading: Reports

Also, the director of Germany's central bank said that cryptocurrencies have to be regulated not in each nation but with a world standard.

Coindesk: German Central Banker: Cryptocurrencies Must Be Regulated On a Global Scale

Germany has won a great reputation in Eurozone with its good fiscal status. The stability of currency is the priority for Germany. In this sense, it is natural the bankers feel threatened by cryptocurrency.

However, it is quite doubtful that a global regulation against cryptocurrency will be made. It is the same as restricting entire P2P transaction.

The Korean government is also eager to regulate cryptocurrency. The authority mentioned the possibility to make a new legislation to regulate Bitcoin trading.

Quartz: South Korea is walking back threats to ban cryptocurrency trading

South Korea has a bitter memory of financial crisis a couple of decades ago. It is also not surprising that Korea is sensitive to the current situation.

I think these comments are not enough to explain recent depression of the cryptocurrency market. But, there may be many people having sold coins due to a panic attack. Also, some people say some funds managed with an algorithm decided together to sell Bitcoin followed by a recent sign of depression.

I believe that the flow of cryptocurrency is unstoppable. And the technology of Blockchain will be still a key to the new era. In this sense, nations focusing on restricting cryptocurrency will become outdated, I think.

Also, the rise of cryptocurrency may pull the trigger of the end of nations themselves. They who are willing to regulate cryptocurrency may feel an instinctive fear.

On the other hand, as I mentioned repeatedly, Bitcoin and other alternatives have still not to be a currency. Nobody can trust such unstable values as money, I am sorry.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Coffee cup banning in the UK is no good

The British politicians are considering the entire banning of disposable coffee cups.

International Business Times: Latte levy: Coffee cups could be banned by 2023

According to the article below, approximately 50o,000 coffee cups are thrown away every day in the UK, and most of them cannot be recycled. The situation is similar in other countries, I guess.


The government is willing to ban the paper cup entirely by 2023 unless recycling process is dramatically improved.

The issue of waste is serious. Improving the process of recycling and reducing litters themselves are essential for maintaining the sustainability of our society.

However, I am doubtful of the effectiveness of the campaign of banning coffee cups.

First of all, the effect of recycling paper cups is very limited. The cost of making cups may be extremely low. Also, recycling requires additional cost such as salvaging the cups from garbage and delivering the materials to the factory. If customers use own cups instead of a paper cup, providers should be concerned about the issue of hygiene.

After all, there is no absolute justice, and the environmental issue is not an exception. The government should focus on more crucial matters instead of reducing a couple of paper cups.

Monday, January 15, 2018

World richest man and cryptocurrency

According to the latest report, the wealthiest person in the world is Jeff Bezos. He is the founder of Amazon, a global e-commerce company.

International Business Times: World's richest man Jeff Bezos earned more than the combined GDP of 28 countries last year

Amazon was developed in 1994 as Cadabra.com. It was originally a book delivering service. As it broadened the range of business gradually, we can purchase almost everything, from vegetable to furniture at Amazon.com. In Japan, you can order even a funeral ceremony with a Buddhist priest through Amazon.co.jp.


Bezos is counted as a modern giant as well as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg. They won great success in addressing the internet era. They have changed the world to the better direction. I truly respect them.

On the other hand, there are some people who have earned much money with cryptocurrency recently. Chris Larsen, co-founder of Ripple, was named as the world eighth richest person. He is considered to possess approximately five billions of Ripple, equal to 15 billion USD. With stocks calculated, his property reaches 50 billion USD.

Cryptocurrency is one of the most innovations in these some decades. It is not surprising that those have committed it earn much money.

However, it seems a little strange that their property is calculated using the conventional money. In the future, the measure of income itself will become nonsense as a value-calculator, I prospect.