Showing posts with label new technology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label new technology. Show all posts

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Convergence: The Inevitability Factor II

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The Inevitability Factor is an almost sure bet with regards to future events. Another way of looking at this is "a sure outcome," or "a planned meeting with destiny." I base my sense of inevitability on what we might now call Trending.

In my last blog post entitled Convergence: The Inevitability Factor, we briefly discussed the issue of the migration of technology into the human body.

Ask Kevin Warwick to look ahead a hundred years and predict where we are headed as a species, and he does not hesitate.

"The only future I can see," says the cybernetics professor at the University of Reading, England, "is one where there are perhaps humans as we know them today, but we also have the cyborg entity — the part human, part machine, with all different varieties." (click here)

Note: you can listen to Ari Daniel Shapiro's audio program by clicking on the previous link.

There are people who have invented chips to insert into the human body. These chips are capable of being joined to the human body, to the brain, for an assortment of reasons.

A human microchip implant is an identifying integrated circuit device or RFID transponder encased in silicate glass and implanted in the body of a human being. A subdermal implant typically contains a unique ID number that can be linked to information contained in an external database, such as personal identification, medical history, medications, allergies, and contact information. (click here)

If you've not heard of this before I'm sure it sounds preposterous. And even if you have caught wind of these coming events, it's becoming pretty plain to anyone who keeps an ear to the ground on tech trends that this is becoming more likely every day as technology moves forward at breakneck speed.

It's man's infatuation with high-tech gadgets that makes this migration inevitable and certain. We can determine that simply by observing the trend over time. We snatch up technologies that not only defy our past as well as our better sense, but we embrace it to the point of being extreme.

Cell phones are a good example:

...there’s a huge public health crisis looming from one particular threat: EMR from cellular phones—both the radiation from the handsets and from the tower-based antennas carrying the signals—which studies have linked to development of brain tumors, genetic damage, and other exposure-related conditions. Yet the government and a well-funded cell phone industry media machine continue to mislead the unwary public about the dangers of a product used by billions of people. Most recently, a Danish epidemiological study announced to great fanfare the inaccurate conclusion that cell phone use is completely safe. (click here)
We've heard these allegations before, and yet look at all the children, our children, who are using cell phones every single day! We know there's a danger deep in our hearts, and yet we choose to believe those who tell us they are not dangerous--the very people who have all the reason in the world to lie to us--MONEY!

Another example is the possible cause of so much of the violence we see around us, especially violence perpetuated by children at public schools:

Two recently published studies show that prolonged exposure to gratuitous violence in the media can escalate subsequent hostile behaviors and, among some viewers, foster greater acceptance of violence as a means of conflict resolution. (click here)
Again, even though we know there is danger in viewing violent content, we continue to watch violence and we allow our children to do so, too. What on earth is wrong with us?

And so, I submit to you that the progress of technology is constant and inevitable. Could mankind stop it even if he wanted to? The fact is, most of us feel helpless to change its course. It's almost like there's an unseen force at work, moving men and women to do the things they do, to create and engineer the wonders that we see coming forth from the bowels of inventiveness on a daily basis. (One day I'll share with you my thoughts on what this unseen force is.)

This is inevitability at its height and there's nothing on earth we can do to stop it, or is there?


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Convergence: The Inevitability Factor

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One of my favorite things to do for fun as well as work is watch TED Talks. Although I am a YouTube junkie, I have to say that TED has had some of the most stimulating, enjoyable "talks" on a variety of extremely interesting topics that I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

This morning, about 3 a.m., I couldn't sleep as the cold and sore throat my wife had has finally made its way to my side of the bed. So I got up for a drink of water and a few minutes of computer time, which will end up to be hours as I'm working on a writing project for a well known national security company.

While in my office, I pulled up TED and watched an extremely interesting video presentation by Pranav Mistry (India) called The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology. I have not figured out how to stream video from TED, as I commonly do in conjunction with other video platforms, so you'll have to go to the TED website to watch it, but please allow me to have a few minutes of your time in which to share with you a little bit about this video, the man behind it, and his invention.

Pranav Mistry is an inventor, but even more, he's a visionary in every sense of the word. I would put him in the category of the late Steve Jobs who founded and propelled Apple into stardom. He was 28 at the time of his TED Talk, which was in 2009.

Mistry, who was practicing his wizardry at MIT at the time he made this video, invented a computer-based system that is mobile, will interact with the gestures and objects in the environment, as well as project and connect intent between digital and the real world. Mistry calls his invention SixthSense, "a wearable gestural interface."

According to Mistry, his intent was to bring the physical and digital worlds together in as intimate a manner as possible. Because people wear his invention, they can take it with them anywhere they want. I'd call this mobile computing at its best. But even more so, his invention solves several problems at the same time, which seems both efficient and sensible on its face.

First, it allows us to combine our laptop, camera, modem, cell phone, and any number of other items into a single, cohesive system. In a word, it lightens our load which can be extremely helpful to some. Secondly, it keeps us in contact with our email, cell phone, text messages, as well as our computer files and all the functionality inherent in a PC.

The Inevitability Factor
As a futurist myself, I see patterns in society and our technologies. Not only do I see patterns, but I see trends and I see something I like to call inevitability. Here's the inevitability where it relates to human-kind and our digital infatuation with technology:

One day in the future human kind has a rendezvous with these technologies as the various computerized gadgets we now commonly use migrate into the human body.

Where some might call this a marriage in heaven, others would call this convergence the work of the devil. I'm certain the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes. But for just a moment, let's project outward--let's use our ability to visualize a world where our cell phone, lap top, and a million and one other things have converged with human-kind. Are there patterns, trends, and an inevitability factor beyond this point?

To me, the answer to this question is a resounding yes.

For this moment, please take the time to watch Mistry's work via TED. Think about a world where convergence finally takes place and the inevitability of that marriage and what the implication on society might be.

Weigh everything you know about human-kind, about politicians, about rich men of great power, and think about the governments they pay big bucks to control... and we'll revisit this subject on my next weblog posting. I'll give you my thoughts on the matter, but in the mean time, please give me yours.

Al Colombo


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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Rubinstein Offers Look at a potentially Dangerous Video Technology

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Michael Rubinstein, in his TED video See invisible motion, hear silent sounds, presents an extremely interesting and possibly dangerous video technology that allows the user to glean silent, invisible information about people, their health, their mood, and what they say to one another in private.

Uncle Sam will want a piece of this, and when he gets it, none of us will see mention of this innovative technology again as it will be buried with so many other Classified utilities like it. So be sure to take a gander at this TED video before it is no longer available.

Other Similar Disappearing Technologies

Another similar technology that has gone underground is that of weather control. During the 1950s and 1960s weather control was the talk of science. Then, quite suddenly, public discussion ceased. Rumors have abounded since the late 1990s that this capability is now a reality through a device commonly referred to as HARRP, also referred to as Highly Active Auroral Research Program.

For additional information on HAARP, refer to the HAARP information page on GKO.


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