Stepping on the subway/metro/tube one cant help but notice the sea of LCD’s
and eyeballs reflecting its HD light.Heads all bent at an angle…makes me wonder what we all did before this.
Jogs my memory.
They say we are addicted to our tech,implying that its analagous to some sort of narcotic as
we check and recheck our status updates 150 times a day.(I’m more like in the high 80’s)
And yes we dont leave the house unless we are at %90 power….valid points.However i pose an alternate theory.
More along the lines of this being the preliminary stages of total tech integration.The gradual fusion of man
and machine.Technology is finally catching up with the intention….slowly we are becoming cyborgs.No longer
will the online be some abstract area but rather part of the entire 3-d space we exist in (see nanotechnology/internet of things)
becoming as ubiquitos as electricity and air.This is not an addiction but a necessity as we evolve with the information.
Wearable computing will have much to say on this topic.Glasses,displays,smart clothing,implants….we have a lot to look foward to.
Shut up and take my money.
Continuing from the previous blog entry,I continue to explore what place traditional religious instituions will have in the near future.With science becoming increasingly more astute,the known unkowns are seemingly being adressed in more spectacular fashion.From universal origins being explored to nano-technology,we seem to be in a knowledge trajectory that will soon exponentially rip right thru the roof.The interesting question remains:What place will faith based systems play in this new paradigm.Will they even have a place? Some religious groups are extremely uncomfortable with the idea of advanced technologies,transhumanism,implants or even hinting at evolution etc etc.Is this genuine concern or is this motivated by ego? I think eventually the two will have to learn to coexist peacefully or even merge at some point,recognizing that one actually compliments the other.Being at odds benefits none.The future lies with co operation and collaboration.
For many decades,the subject of Post Humanity was one of the hypothetical,science fiction,what if scenerio’s.
However recent advancements in technology has now brought the conversation into the realm of tangibility.The premise of Transhumanism is basically upgrading the human condition thru the application of available technologies.Very advanced technologies mind you,something in existence perhaps a decade from now when Artificial Intelligence,Biotech and Nanotechnologies reign supreme.This expotential increase in speed and knowledge leading to an event coined by futurist Ray Kurzweil as THE SINGULARITY.(This event simply being a rate of change so fast and profound it changes humanity forever.Its intelligent effects expanding outward into the universe at light speed)
What does this all mean? Not sure but we will most certainly have a plethora of options.I also believe this new paradigm of technology will progress to the point where it becomes almost a spiritual science.The unseen and seen merging together in into a seamless stream of intelligent consciousness.Again my own late night theories running amuck.However these type ideas are beginning to enter into the national conversation.Stay tuned.
Next blog will explore faith and religion vs transhumanist ideals.
In the realm of visual search tools and idea collection,the Pinterest Site stands shoulders above the rest.Images submitted by users are categorized a spins and arranged into boards.This board can be described a visual notebook of sorts.These pins can be can repinned by the boards followers or by general users(the pins are listed in a general data feed by category as well ) If so desired, items collected in the boards can be shared with other social media outlets.Most content that’s gets collected is not unique to Pinterest but rather aggregated from various sources around the web.However I find it to be great alternative to standard web browsing with text.The searching becomes more immersive and in most cases more interesting.I believe future search engines may imbue some of the attributes of Pinterest.Overall its well done and a great addition the social media ecosystem.
As par usual, the fall of 2014 promises new releases from varied smart phone/device companies.In recent years many other contenders have entered the fold all seeking to capture or recapture the hearts & minds of tech consumer. Apple,one of the initial players on this forefront had been seen as trading innovation for maintaining comfortable and minor gains in its products.Small upgrades here and there pretty much.However if rumors be true,the proverbial eggs are about to be broken to make that omelette.Again.
The iphone 6 is reported to have a 4.7 and 5.5 inch screen, sapphire display and a host of other rumored next generation functions. Im sure this will be a welcome addition as the phablet trend continues to pick up steam.Also it can be difficult to play Clash of Clans on a 4 inch screen.Who wants to squint? The I Watch,also slated for release,is diving into wearables as well as apple wallet and apple home automation giving us a glance into the Internet Of Everything ecosystem being laid down.Tablet and macbook upgrades also bringing up the rear and integrating into entire process.Seems to be a lot going on this fall.Time to get those blankets and chairs ready;the line will be around the block.