In 50 years from now…

In 50 years from now, what will communication be like? How will humans interact? What will our network as people be like?

Well as most of you may know… I don’t have an answer that has a money back guarantee.

Anyways, I have a wild guess. And honestly, it was the first thing that popped up into my head when I heard what we had to do for this post; so I am going to stick with it.

We are all going to wear a device, much like a hearing aid. This device will connect to your brain (somehow… don’t ask me. It just does in my idea) allowing you to send thoughts from one device to another… by just thinking it. And the recipient, who is also wearing this hearing aid thing, will just hear it inside their head, instantly. It will have the tone of voce and the sound of your voice too.

Step 1 – think whom you want to ‘talk’ to.

Step 2 – think of a message.

Step 3 – No step 3… they have already received it.

Step 4 – Regret why you thought of that thought and it’s too late to take it back.

What if the recipient is sleeping? They will still obtain your thought and process it the same as if they were awake.

What if you don’t want people to know what you are thinking? Turn the device off.

What if the device is off and you receive a though? It will have a voice mail (thought mail) system.

What if the recipient is dead? They would probably get it however don’t expect much back from them.

What if you were famous and everyone sent you thoughts? Sucks to be famous?

What if people managed to hack the network and your thoughts?

What if…

What if…

If we had this device, you know what I was thinking.

I call it “Thought Talk”

Why not dream, right?

The Future is 3-D Printing

The title of chapter 1 says it all… “Everything is becoming science fiction.”

3-D Printing is the future and I am a huge believer in it, as well as Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman, the authors of Fabricated, The New World of 3-D Printing. 3-D printing is a machine that can make almost about everything fast, cheap, and easy. The book has multiple chapters covering many aspects of this incredible invention. Topics include how the economy will be changed , to the software that is being created, to how even food and human organs can be made! Not to mention, this device will change how the classroom works and for my fellow environmentalists, how clean it is. I am fascinated about this whole concept and cant wait until its a reality to have one in every household!

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Future of Retail

You have your shopping list: a few groceries, couple books, new tool kit, and heck, a new hot tub for your backyard patio. Sounds like a long day or errands.

Kenneth Whyte, the writer of the article The interview: Author Brad Stone on the future of retail, the visionary genius of Jeff Bezos and why Amazon is much larger than it looks” talks about where online shopping is going and where its leaving.

So that list, I say check Amazon. But wait you say… Amazon doesn’t do groceries. With the future stand on our doorstep, one day they will. Giant Food Corporation already does, so why can’t Amazon? Amazon has also announced the concept of drones. Drones that can deliver whatever you just ordered in hours.

The Internet will allow shoppers to shop for whatever they desire, 24/7, around the globe. Yes, even for that hot tub for your patio.

“Brick and mortar retailers” are going down the toilet real soon in my opinion.

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For the full article, click here.

 

The Jetsons age is near

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What is the future? Nobody has the right answer and nobody ever will. One can only assume what is going to happen

“The ‘Internet of Things’ Heralds the arrival of the Jetsons Age. Your fridge may soon tell you when to buy milk” discuses in detail about automated homes, connected cars, and advances on sport and health. Katy Bachman, the author, talks about and how the Internet will change them all.

For the next generation of automated homes, its not about the new technology in household appliances, rather its how can we connect to them without being there. Cars are connected too. OnStar is known all over and advancements on that are soon coming according to GM. Lastly, engineers are developing sensors for patient that connect to hospital records that determine how well a drug regime is working on a current patient.

Who knows, one day we will be flying hovercrafts to our homes miles above the earths surface.

You can find the link to the article here: Internet Of Things

The Internet Playground

The Internet playground : children’s access, entertainment, and mis-education by Ellen Seiter talks about how the internet in combination with computers is a poor tool for children to learn. Seiter explains the aspects of the internet in an educational setting can be beneficial if properly used however that is a difficult task. Rather it does more harm and is less effective that traditional lecture. Ellen did her studies in California through two case studies at two schools through an investigation of the societal, cultural, and economic contexts.

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Suspicious Toaster?

Hembree Brandon’s article “Your toaster acting suspiciously? It may well be spying on you.”  This short piece talks about how the Internet is invading our homes, and in other words, stalking us.

According to Hembree, outside sources have access to our home and lives more than ever. “… Now we’ve got to wonder if our teapot, toaster, refrigerator, digital camera, or other electronic device is giving cyber criminals in China or elsewhere access to our personal information.” cyber criminals are not the only ones who have access to our privacy. Refrigerators now connect to the worlds Internet to share our personal information. Lastly, game consoles such as the Xbox or Play Station are a common household item described in the article.

Click the link to check out the article.

Cyber-Bullying

The Internet has allowed our culture to communicate easier than ever before. Now, this is a great power in today’s society, however, this article shows a negative effect it brings.

“Cyberbullying and cyberthreats: responding to the challenge of online social aggression, threats, and distress” by Nancy E. Willard defines what cyber-bullying is and lists reasons on how its worse than physical bullying. Through the power of research, the book provides stats of children across America who are effected by, none the less, the Internet. Willard also describes all the different forms of cyber-bullying such as denigration, impersonation, outing and trickery, exclusion, cyber-stalking, cyber-threats, and the list continues. The book also talks about all the cyber-technologies and activities that aid this serious form of bullying, such as the internet.

The book can be accessed at UMW’s library.

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