The Singularity University: An Eye Towards the Future

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In the early 1900s, several postcards depicting futuristic images of people in flying machines circulated around Germany.

What’s interesting about the flying machines is the materials they appear to be made of. The artist didn’t have any inkling of things like jet fuel, engines, or other propulsion systems, he rendered his own version of the airplane using technology available during that era: pedals, pulleys, ropes and other simple mechanisms.

The flying devices in the postcards are far from the actual vehicles we use today to move through the air. They probably look funny to most of you. But here’s a thought:

After a hundred years, won’t wireless devices, “high-speed” Internet, and other cutting-edge gadgets seem as primitive as pedals, pulleys, and ropes?

The Internet is the New TV

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Remember those good old days when you’d just sit on your couch and surf through channels, stick to one that you like, and just watch television for hours? You either watched TV by yourself or with a bunch of your friends or family members. Movie or TV series marathon anyone? Enter Netflix binge watching…

The Negative Effects of Social Media

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Our world is getting smaller and smaller and it’s partly because of social media. With platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, we get to see what our friends are up to, reconnect with childhood buddies, and see what our relatives are currently doing, even if they’re halfway across the globe.

For many though, social media has become more than just a communication tool. It has turned into a distraction. Thanks (or no thanks) to smartphones and tablets, access to social networks are just several button presses and finger swipes away, whether you’re commuting, in an important meeting, or on the toilet. (Check out my article on Nomophobia.)

That said, what specific negative effects does social media have on its billions of users? Here are some of them:

Gaming: A Tool to Boost Cognitive Abilities

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For centuries humans have been quite successful at developing training programs designed to push the envelope of physical fitness. Want to lift 300 lb. weights? There are plenty of different training programs you can follow. Want to run a full marathon? A quick search on Google will show you several guides that’ll help you get in shape for that.

But what about our mental ability? Is there a proven regimen specifically designed to increase our cognitive capabilities?

Meet Bluesmart, the Smartest Luggage Ever

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A group of tech experts and designers over at Silicon Valley have pushed the envelope further when it comes to travelling. Welcome to the era of the “smart” luggage, brought to you by start-up company Bluesmart. Its brainchild, the Bluesmart, promises to “empower travelers, making the world a smarter, more connected planet.”

Apple’s New Patent Allows Users to Track People in Real Time

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Imagine being able to track people wherever they go, being able to see each and every turn another person makes in real time. Sounds fun? (or maybe creepy?) Apple users will soon have easy access to this technology. The company recently registered a patent for the tech called “Sharing location information among devices” at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The Latest in Android Wearables

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Since its launch last year, Google has been steadily rolling out updates for its wearable platform, Android Wear. The public’s attention might have shifted a little to the competition (did someone say Apple Watch?), but Google has recently announced a bunch of upgrades that will kick the platform up a notch or two.

If you’re an Android Wear watch user, here are some of the things to look forward to.

Improvements with Facebook Messenger

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Facebook has come a long way with its Messenger feature. The company opted to put its instant messaging capabilities on a separate app that users have to download on their mobile phones and it seems that this move was strategic. It has allowed them to introduce more features, allowing Messenger to work as a standalone application even without the Facebook network. Here are the newest developments that we can look forward to with Facebook Messenger and how it aims to bring in more fun and functions:

Ridiculously Expensive Apps

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Have you ever browsed Apple’s AppStore and laughed at one of those apps priced $10 or more? Take a look at these apps which make that $10 price tag look like an absolute bargain.

While certain apps such as professional tools and textbooks are expensive for good reason, other apps will make you wonder if some developers are out to deliberately rip off unwitting users.

In any case, here are a few of the most expensive apps (useful or otherwise) available in the AppStore: