ATTENTION SPAN: WHY IT’S SO HARD TO FOCUS ON ONE MEDIUM AT A TIME

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“From one device to the next.”


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As I am writing this article about the attention span of people viewing entertainment, I am currently on multiple devices myself. Why is it, that we cannot focus on one thing at a time? Especially when we are watching or listening to something entertaining. Since coming into the computer lab this morning I have been listening to my music, a two radio shows, and scrolling through my Instagram feed.

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It used to be in the past you waited all week for a certain television show to come on. Now, once the show goes off, you almost forget about the show until late in the week for the next episode. And with the limited amount of episodes you get in today’s society, I’m surprised anyone has a career in entertainment. Television shows give you about ten to fifteen episodes, then you wait a year for season two.

That can be dangerous because your viewers are inundated with so much media over a year, they tend to forget about your show. Now they have to binge watch to catch up on what’s going on. So, television shows and even movies that are good in quality lose out because they are just not giving the people enough.

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You may have to start giving more to the people so they remember what it is you do. The traditional ten to fifteen episodes of television, and shorter films won’t cut it. You may have to prolong the entertainment, and make each seen worth viewing. Also, give people the ability to jump past advertisers, especially on television.

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Why, well there are so many platforms with this ability already. You can skip past advertisements on YouTube. Or if you can’t, the add is typically shorter, 10 – 15 seconds.

not even past type 1

There is a scale for civilizations called, The Kardashev Scale. And this scale measures the ability of a civilization to communicate based on energy. We are currently a Type 1 civilization. And that’s what’s scary is that we are only Type 1. And the reason being is because you look at the leaps and bounds of man already which is impressive.

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So with that said, what will be the overload of information in the next 100 years, 1000 years, and so on. What today has our attention, that will be seen as slow in the future?


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BRANCHES OF SCIENCE AND THEIR IMPORTANCE

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“The many uses of science.”


Science! Science! Science!

Science is such an ambiguous term, but it is the entire systematic testing through the use of explanations and predictions to figure out our universe. Now what in the world does that mean; simply put we aim at trying to figure out the world around us by making assumptions over time to get to an explanation about our past, present, and even the future. And if that still doesn’t make sense, in the hopes of trying to figure out how we came to be as humans, one way is to align ourselves with a like species. Then from that, try to figure out commonality further before moving to more complex theories.

Branches

There are so many different branches of science in society. And for the most part, we separate the sciences we study into three major groups: Natural, Formal, and Social.

Natural
  • This is the studying of a more natural phenomenon that exist in our universe: cosmic, geo, bio, and chemical. This may very well be the most complex because of the vastness of the subject. Especially once you get into areas like cosmic, in dealing with outside of Earth. You could live on Earth 100 years of your life studying this field and not even learn so much as 1% of the universe’s potential.

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FORMAL 
  • This area of study deals with using the mathematics as a more logical means of figuring out problems. We are now dealing with the building of an infrastructure through various means of engineering methods. And since the human brain has had to evolve for so long over time, we have used the most simplistic forms of logic to figure out building. We have 10 fingers and 10 toes. We could easily could have 100, why 10 because it is a more simplified number. Evolution is moving from what is simple to complex. So a classification of 10 is easier than 100.

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SOCIAL
  • And last group would have to be the social sciences of the world. This is how humans interact with each other in building and maintaining of a civilization. That is not be confused with the previous formal sciences of logic alone. But there are a variety of logic that goes into our social. Meaning we build and maintain societies on the basis of what’s good for the masses through our own logic and reasoning. But it’s not a mathematical logic decision, it’s more emotional; a feel and observation. So we have laws that say you can go to prison for murder because without these laws to keep people in check, the rate would be higher for murder. Prison isn’t a full proof method, but a pretty good deterrent from breaking laws.

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Into the Future

Now, the question is always, “What will we discover next that falls into the three main groups of science?” Will we find a new mineral in the future that aids in our survival. Or will we find a means of traveling through space. The more complex our models become in science, the more we discover, the more we want to explore.


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THE CHANGE IN TIMES: HOW WILL CIVILIZATIONS LOOK IN THE FUTURE

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“Where will we be?”


At the rate at which technology is advancing, I wonder what will come of the future of how we interact in society? Will there ever come a time where Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter won’t exist? My best guess is yes, but we have existed this long on Earth without social media. What will be the next best thing that replaces this social environment making life better? That’s just the social world, what about how we eat food, mass transportation, and education; not to mention politics. When you look at the age of man, we have been moving at a very fast pace over time. And just in the next ten years, I wonder what will come of our society. More developed countries will look a far cry from their less developed of course. So much so, that whatever we have in society that is of interest today could be a third world country’s existence years and years from now.

Then again, the complete opposite could take place. America could potentially find itself on the brink of collapse. How would the world look without an America? It has happened already because America is only 241 years old. So there was a lot that existed on this land prior to a lot of our ancestors coming here. With the way China is growing, could we see a great immigration to China from other parts of the world? But see, that theory is highly unlikely considering that China is already at 1.7 billion people. There is no way to accommodate more people wanting to move to China. What about the role religion plays in our society? With the amount of people stepping away from religion just in America, all three of the majors are in jeopardy. Because as science becomes better and better, there is less need for the idea of a deity.

My best guess is that we will be in less need as we did in the past. But what will that do to a population that has counted on the beliefs of religion for thousands of years. And with an increasing human population, people always have looked to religion to hold on to because they can’t accept their ending. Yet, when the more people figure out about science, the more intrigue to learn more and more coping with your end. Another questions is, will we have enough food to go around for more people than today? Well, we ‘re starting to see farming experimentations actually in poor countries where growing crop is a lot cheaper, and the land is less utilized. So in the end, none of us know for certain what the future will bring. We only have predictions for what will take place. But when my great grandmother died in 2010, she was shy of her 100th birthday. If I live that long, how will the world look through my lens.


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YOUR VISION NOT ANYONE ELSE’S: WHY THEY DON’T BELIEVE IN YOU

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“Don’t expect them to believe in you.”


Someone I work with today was informing me that they have had enough and it was time to pursue their purpose. They were about the quite work and embark on their journey to their own personal greatness. It struck me as odd because this was a person who worked a lot, but now they were quitting. But I am embarking on my own journey, and I don’t know what road it will take me down. And that’s when it hit me, I don’t know this person’s inner workings. Maybe they feel that they have it figured out and things are finally making sense inside of their heads. The pieces are starting to come together and everything is working out for the best. But what is it about the people who don’t see your vision? They can not see you past what you are in the moment, and it takes them longer. Sometimes they never turn around, and only live to see you falter.

The reason being is that they may now have passions of their own, or they might not want to see you above them. If you are working a dead-end job and someone is above you, why would they want to see you prevail in life. They might hate their job just as much as you hate yours, but at least they have the upper hand over you. What happens when you overshoot the runaway of what they expected. Your airplane was never supposed to have made it out of the gate. But you have managed to fly off the runway and into the sky. So much so that you are cruising at altitude while they are still at the terminal watching you soar in the air. And that is when it sinks into their head that they must try to say something, anything to get you to stop working.

Because if they give you the confidence to keep pushing, then what is there out here for them. And that’s when you learn that there are people who look at life in the scope of their failures is your success. If you doing so much and they are not where you are, then what does that say about them. So they have to bring you down a few pegs. But if your life is in so much of a wrecked place, do something about it. Don’t try to bring someone else down because you have not landed on your feet. You are not where you thought you would be by now, so in an attempt to not feel alone, you want to keep them where you are in life. This also falls into the whole crabs in a barrel mentality. You are fine by me, so long as we all are stuck in this one place together. And that’s when you have to make moves to separate yourself.

Because in the end, your personal growth is your growth. It’s not up to you to help another adult figure out their stuff in life. You are responsible for your own problems. So as you pursue your dreams, don’t listen to the crowd noise. Your main goal should be to try to tape into the minds of those that love and respect your vision. You are going to always have adversaries, that’s the nature of the game. Just as long as you meet your expectations, that’s all that truly matters.


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ARTISANS STILL HAVE A SPACE: WHY CRAFTSMANSHIP IS STILL RESPECTED

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“Might be a dinosaur, but not a dead dinosaur.”


I am always impressed whenever I see the craftsmanship of people throughout history. I work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. And there is artifacts designed and built by man that stretch back hundreds and even thousands of years. And when you take a step back and look at the artisans of the past, you can’t help but to be impressed. The magnitude of what they were able to accomplish with such a small amount of tools to perform their jobs. But it were these basics tools and pulley systems which built these past civilizations. So my question to you is, “Is there still room, even in today’s tech savvy environment for artisans/craftsman?” Because with so much manpower being replaced by machines, do these craftsman have a place in our society? And the answer is yes they do. And you know why?

Even with all the technological aspects of society, we are always impressed with the hands on abilities of man. Yes, we are enamored with machines and what they can do. But when you look at the performance of man’s hands on approach, he are seeing something far better. Meaning, it’s one thing to see a statues put together by machinery, but viewing a statue or monument that we ancient, architecture, artused our own hands to build is even better. Like I said before, I work at a museum, and when you see scrolls that were crafted by man or sculptures from the past, you know they used tools that were far less advanced than today. But having to use something less advance yet still getting the job done; and on top of all that lasting throughout history is a job well done. But then you start to think about the future of mankind.

What will be create in today’s society that 1,000 years from now people will be amazed that we were able to build? To us, we say, so what we built a car to drive around. But our future descendants might look at the materials we have built cars with and say, “Wow, I’m surprised those vehicles lasted as long as some of them did with that material.” “Those pieces of metal should have fell apart soon as they put them together.” Which is why you’ll start to see our cars in museums as time progress. Museums guides will say to people, “This here is a Ford pickup truck which was used 500 years ago to transport cargo loads for construction.” “It was one of the transports of its day.” And what’s great about us 500 – 1,000 years from now, we will have all this stuff in perpetuity. So there will be audio and video of this Ford pickup truck in commercials and what it could accomplish on the road and off the road.

In the end, craftsmanship is eternal. We will always look in the past at what man has built and muse at the ingenuity. From theamerica, ancient, architecture simple tools of Cromagnon Man to the building of the pyramids in Egypt, to the carving of Mount Rushmore to public school classrooms where art student are shaping clay into artistic objects of interest. The human intrigue with our abilities to take what’s allotted to us and make life work using the simplest of tools is what makes us great.


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THE EVOLUTION OF MAN: HOW DO WE PHYSICALLY ADAPT

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“How are we adjusting moving forward?”


We are always hearing about how in the future technology will be at such a scale. Well, what about the idea of human evolution physically. I have heard numerous reports of how the human species will advance in our physical appearance in addition to technology. This makes sense considering technology is getting better. All it means is that our minds are expanding, giving rise to our heads growing because our brains are growing. And when that happens, you will have the entire facial structure taking on a new look. Meaning, our bodies will also take on another form. And this is not in the distant future. This physical change is likely to happen over the course of the next 50, 100, 200 years. When you observe the evolution of man, 200 years is not a long time. The United States as a country is not even 200 years old yet. So what other factors could possibly take place with this change?

You are going to have a less religious society; one that is more human centralized. One in which man will be forced to help each other because we will know more about ourselves. Depending on a deity is most likely to decline. In the centuries past, we needed to walk and drive more, but not in the future. So our awareness will be heightened in other areas because we will have technology to scale to transport us around. And when one sense is lowered another gets stronger. Meaning, when we are driving a car, our minds are constantly moving trying to figure out space around our vehicles. The car has made us extra sensitive because you’re watching so much at one time. But with self-driving vehicles in the future, you’ll watch less of the road, and more of the outside world. And here is where your mind can focus on ideas as you take your daily commute. The mind can be a lot more expansive.

The human body will be able to live longer, not just because of modern medicine, but because of less labor intensive activity. Well, at least for more developed nations. Places like the United States, where numbers of population will shrink due to cost of living, and technology on the rise, the strenuous work on the body is decreased. And from this you have an aging population, where the average age of people in America today is 78, and will jump higher over a century from now. With everything that I have said so far, the human body will also evolve in how we perceive the world around us. With the brain expanding our eyes will take in a lot more than prior. You start to see life around in color and shape different than your ancestors. Images may appear in a totally different shape, and we may build to scale at a higher level.

Humans over time will also become healthier due to previous studies. We are not carnivores, but have had to eat meat as a means to feed so many people; it’s survival. So with this diet change, the body could also take another form as well. Well at least in more developed countries where people are more health conscious. In the end, as with all the technological changes, we also have to talk about the changes to the human body. The technology is growing to scale because of the changes we are going through internally. We’re getting smarter, we’re getting softer, we’re becoming less religious, yet more compassionate. We won’t be in a Utopian society, but at every level we do learn from past mistakes to become greater in the future.


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INTO THE FUTURE: WHAT WILL THE FUTURE OF SOCIETY HOLD FOR US ALL

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“The mistakes of the past will hopefully be corrected in the future.”


Throughout our lives, we always wonder what the future holds for all of us. And we often look back at how technology looked, and how we thought it was so ingenuous. But today it looks so dated that we laugh about how cheap it looks to us. That’s because what we have at the moment is so advanced compared to what we used to have in the past. So, 10 years from now, I wonder what will
Image result for 1999 internetlook dated to us. Or better yet, 20 years from now, what will look odd that we thought was so great. And I am not even talking about something on a high level, I’m speaking of search engines. I wonder how will they change over time. Or will there be something more virtual that will aid us in searching out information.

Today, we are advancing more and more the use of AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) into our lives. Virtual reality still looks nice, yet pretty generic to us. And we usually use the two so far for video games and small simulation uses. But as time progress, AR and VR will so widely used in education, which will most likely increase the average student GPA. Image result for ar and vrNow in my opinion, the GPA of students initially using the technology will be higher than the students using it later. Early use creates a lot of intrigue, but once it is the standard, you ‘ll see a status quo of average students. Same with AR, which I think will be just as good for education, but more important of business use. People like doctors, engineers, architects, and scientist will be able to perform their jobs more swiftly.

And if the future continues to progress with increase in technological innovation, what will this mean for politics. Because Facebook has been pivotal in the campaigning of presidents in the United States. Barack Obama’s campaigns were both heavily pushed via social media as well our current president Donald J. Trump. Image result for future votingYou’ll start to be able to track other country’s leaders as well. And what will happen in addition is a more global system and moving toward fewer and fewer countries. You’ll start to notice nations beginning to merge, bringing on surprisingly more conflict. Because with diversity comes so many different ideologies in one given space. I think that there will be fewer wars, but more smaller isolated conflicts. Religion will start to decline, more people will rely on self-motivation than the need of a deity. I see us knowing so much about ourselves that we initially become depressed because all we see is this on Earth and no afterlife. But as more time progress it will become the norm.

In the end, the changes will be drastically different, but a sense of normalcy will still exist. And when I think about the future, I mean by the time I get to my middle age years of 50 years old in 20 years, hopefully greatness follows. Once technology starts to really advance, the population could decrease because manpower is less important and society is more expensive to dwell. Meaning, a rate of poverty also declines, and we have more food to feed the people alive. People will also live longer, on average today is 78, closer to 100 in 20 years. So, let me ask you, what do you think the future holds?


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