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New App Fixes Your Flawed Personality… Don’t Take it Personally

Friday 12.20.2013 , Posted by
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Technology has improved our culture in many ways and this new app pushes the limits of how far we are willing to let tech intrude on our personal lives. The free app Us+ aims to improve upon your personally by abruptly pointing out flaws during your Google Hangout conversations. The App is a sarcastic interactive art piece that asks us how far we are willing to let tech guide our lives. [Read more...]

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Mind Control is Now a Reality: UW Researcher Controls Friend Via an Internet Connection

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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Okay… as soon as I wrote the title above I thought: “this sounds just like something from the cover of a doomsday supermarket tabloid.” But the thing is, it’s absolutely true. Here’s a rundown of the amazing thing that has happened: Rajesh Rao, a University of Washington professor of computer science and engineering, looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game with his mind. The game required him to fire a cannon at a target, but to do so he had to imagine moving his right hand to hit the fire button. To do all this he wore a fairly amusing cap covered with blue rings that read his brainwaves. Now here’s the amazing part. [Read more...]

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Google’s Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet

Tuesday 06.18.2013 , Posted by

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The internet is quickly transforming the world we live in, bringing us all closer together and helping us to learn about things we would never know without it. But, according to Google, for 2 out of every 3 people on earth, a fast, affordable internet connection is still unavailable. Keeping the “affordable” part of that equation in mind, and considering all the rugged terrain around the world, running cables and placing antennas simply isn’t going to solve the problem. Enter Project Loon: the latest moonshot from Google[x] that envisions using high-altitude balloons to provide internet at 3G or faster speeds to remote and under supplied areas around the world. [Read more...]

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Digital Connectivity and the Future of Communication

Tuesday 10.02.2012 , Posted by

In our technology obsessed world, people are becoming more and more connected than ever before. The world has seen an explosive growth in connectivity over the last five years, and the next five look to see an even further expansion of communication and digital oneness. History has shown that a new medium will take shape and become a standard every few decades, but since the mid-20th century, there has been a rapid-fire evolution of how communication technology advances and connects people around the world.  [Read more...]

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TED-Ed: Bringing Hundreds of Classrooms Home

Monday 03.12.2012 , Posted by

Teachers are an amazing resource to all of us, helping us to understand everything from mathematics to the mysteries of the universe. But while some are lucky enough to have wonderful, educated teachers in their life, the actual reach of those individual teachers is quite small… much of the time only as big as a classroom. How can this small influence be broadened? How can we make these incredible lessons more accessible to all? Enter the newest chapter in the TED saga: TED-Ed. [Read more...]

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Visualizing the History of Radio

Friday 02.10.2012 , Posted by

Since its discovery by Nikola Tesla in the late 1800s, radio has vastly influenced the world, changing how we get our news, how we communicate and how we entertain ourselves. This informative and entertaining graphic looks at the evolution of the technology from its birth to the modern age of internet radio, looking at how it has adapted to different times and uses. [Read more...]

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Dropped Over Libya: NATO’s Anti-Gaddafi Leaflets

Tuesday 08.23.2011 , Posted by

According to Al Jazeera, NATO has been dropping leaflets in the area of Tripoli designed to dissuade pro-Gaddafi soldiers from fighting for the indicted leader. Each leaflet has an image and message on the front and a longer text based message on the back, designed to inform both nationals and foreign fighters of war crimes by Gaddafi and the powerlessness of his government. What do you think: do these flyers send the right message? [Read more...]

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How Language Transformed Humanity

Thursday 08.04.2011 , Posted by

In this captivating TED talk, biologist Mark Pagel expounds on his very intriguing theory of how and why the human species developed such a complex system of language, furthering and setting us apart from the other inhabitants of the planet. He then looks at the future of communication, asking why the worlds 7000-8000 languages came into existence and wonders at what will become of them in our ever more communicative and global world. [Read more...]

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Visualizing the Egypt Influence Network

Monday 02.14.2011 , Posted by

“Egypt is the crystal ball in which the Arab world sees its future,” says Kovas Boguta, creator of this infographic analyzing Twitter communication surrounding the unrest in Egypt. The map is arranged to place individual Twitter users close to the people with which they communicate. The red and blue dots represent which language users choose to communicate with, English or Arabic (a choice that itself can be meaningful). The size of the dots represent the individuals relative influence on the social network as a whole. [Read more...]

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