Internet streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora have put a dent the past few years on the radio industry advertising revenue. According to Edison Research study; Sixty-six percent of people list Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora instead of radio. Now other streaming services such as Amazon and Tidal have clouded the market as well. ​Regardless of what is taking place, radio broadcasting is one of the most widespread electronic mass media.

Approximately 20 years ago the internet brought us streaming technology that enables one to listen or to view live media on the internet. I grew in the 90’s, the early days of the internet (56k) when it became mainstream. I lived in the post broadband age which I still considered the greatest time to be on the internet. Anyways when I was growing up the AM/FM radio audience was larger compared to what it is now. One thing that everyone that I knew could agree on, was those annoying radio commercials were quite annoying at times.​

So when Pandora came to the scene everybody began jumping on the bandwagon specially those who had Blackberry’s before the iPhone came out downloading Pandora to listen to music. Or at work in their computers. It was a breath of fresh air from those annoying radio commercials. You could listen to music you love and discover other music based on your tastes with Pandora. You would see ads instead of hearing them all the time.

I got asked a question once, is radio broadcasting going away? I pondered that question from two to three years. I came to the conclusion after bouncing my thoughts with others that it possibly could go away. But it is going to be determined by the broadcasting programmers and directors if radio broadcasting is going to go away. That determining factor is quality.​ The quality of the broadcast is determined not just in sound quality, but the content. The content is what people are after. Is it a talk show or is it a specific genre of music in area people like to listen to more. Data science can answer many of these questions. ​

If I were the director/owner of Entercom Communications, Clear Channel or Gennet I would be directing a gold mine. Because AM / FM transmitters in truth be told are content delivery platforms that deliver a broadcast.

Pandora, Spotify, and Apple Music are utilizing algorithms and are delivering a broadcast of what people want to hear instead of utilizing radio transmitters they are using the internet as their broadcasting tower + CDN. People choose what they want to listen in their platforms.

In contrast radio stations are broadcasting to their audience programs and music of what they believe their audience wants to hear. They adjust their programming based on the community they are broadcasting to and get their feedback. Radio stations competitive advantage is that they have boots on the ground and can interact with their audience live. ​ Yes, it’s true that many that used to listen to the radio do not and rather just play their song list from their playlist. Also Spotify and Pandora also recommend people to listen to new music that comes on or suggest a broadcast.

Just as these companies have taken a nice chunk of the radio broadcasting market revenue in advertising, broadcasting companies have the power to take their market back. This is why I mentioned broadcasting companies such as Gennet are literally sitting in a gold mine. ​ If radio stations come together and start developing broadcasting technologies become more software/ information technology oriented ​companies. The sky is the limit., specially for XM Radio.

Back in 2011 I had a mentor that introduced me to biological computing. He was a pioneer in his time as a computer programmer. Before he passed away he advised me to dig deep into bio computing because is the future.

After he passed away I began to dig deep into bio computing and mix it with my research on optical computing and nanotechnology. Before he passed away I shared with him some of the things I have discovered alongside our research group at the University who I was apart of and who we were talking to. He dropped his jaw and his pupils got big one day when we had lunch together. That day I remember he gave me as a gift the first book written on computers in 1969. Later other books on computing which have been very helpful and information most people do not have access to in such a simplified format. Which helped me get a good foothold on biocomputing.

What I have found is that bio computing is part of our present and future. After deep study of white papers released from researchers and scientists as well as from my talks with others. Computing with molecules is going to become very popular specially because molecules are very energy efficient. The big hype right now is quantum computing which utilizes Qbits.

Major processing in my opinion will be handled best with a quantum computer rather than a bio computer. High processing calculation thru a biocomputer is far-fetched at this time. It would be best handled with conventional methods or quantum.

Yet the future for biological computing is bright. There are medical/industrial products like vaccines, insulin (diabetes treatments) are benefiting from biocomputing research. I do foresee IoT computing applications running on the biocomputing platform and a hybrid system created to work in parallel with traditional computing or Qbits. Such a system I believe is around the corner or already in existence.

With biocomputing, I strongly believe we should all put a strong emphasis in biocomputing security. If researchers can create an array or a system of biosensors that has the ability to detect or target specific types of cells that could be found in a person’s body. Imagine what biocomputing hacking can do to a target. I hope in the future we do not have to worry about having to write software to monitor intercellular activity including mutation of genes within our own bodies. Do recommend anyone intrested in biocomputing to watch the anime series Ghost in the Shell.

Today I am making a statement, I foresee for the next 5 – 10 years Firefox will win the browser wars. (Check out Project Electrolysis) Since the Mozilla Foundation launched Firefox in November 2004. I knew this browser was here to stay. Since it’s inception it has been a game changer especially for the open source community. At the time of its first launch Microsoft’s Internet Explorer dominated after vanquishing Netscape. It does seem at this moment crazy that I would make a statement such as this. Google Chrome now is the most used browser. It is installed in more end user devices than any other browser, specially on desktops and laptops.

Nevertheless, right now Firefox is on top of all the browsers, it has the superior browser architecture technology than Chrome or any other browser right now on the market. Firefox key feature is that it now creates up to 4 separate processes for web page content.

Let me explain the 4 separate processes. Firefox development team took a conservative approach to using processes utilizing the servo programming language resulting in Firefox utilizing less memory than Chrome alongside adding a layer of security. Firefox now creates up to 4 separate processes to render web page content. So, your first 4 tabs each use those 4 processes, and additional tabs run using threads within those processes. They share the browser engine that already exists in memory, instead of each creating their own. You can also use more than four separate processes now set by default if you have memory to support it too.

If you have more than 8GB of RAM, I encourage you to bump up the number of content processes that Firefox utilizes. This will make Firefox even faster, although it will use additional memory. To change the number of content processes Firefox utilizes; enter about:config into your address bar, and adjust the number for the dom.ipc.processCount setting. Caution on changing anything else.

With Firefox now running complex web pages in one tab have a much lower impact on responsiveness and speed in other tabs because it utilizes less memory than ever before. Thus making Firefox the browser having the lowest memory footprint than the rest. I am sure Microsoft and specially Google are not going to sit on a standstill also Opera and let Firefox again take its market share. Google Chrome I believe will be the toughest contender for Firefox to beat because Google built Chrome to maximize revenue from your searches and deliver display ads on millions of websites. Making Google $$$.

Nevertheless, Firefox will win the browser wars because of its new architecture it has built from the ground up. Also because of the Mozilla Foundation’s mission for a healthy internet and they are big advocate for its users security and belief for privacy. Alongside it has (MDN) a healthy developer network with many contributing. Talking about MDN, they recently posted details on Firefox Quantum release. They will be releasing into the wild their CSS engine from the Servo project Webrender. Firefox will run at 60 FPS (Frames Per Second) with WebRender compared to 5 to 15 FPS on other browsers. Ouch…. Kudos to Mozilla.