TOXIC TECHNOLOGY: WHEN ITS USE IS NOT THE INTENTIONS OF THE CREATOR

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“Not the intended use.”


technological reasons

We don’t realize it, but there were alternate uses for some of the technology we have in today’s society. Like the television was supposed to be created as an educational tool for learning. Yet today we are constantly inundated with mass media. So what causes an invention such as the television to go from its original use to what it is today? And the answer would have to be generating revenues. Once people attach themselves to something it starts to grow and become bigger than its intention and inventor. Amazon was supposed to be only a online book store created by Jeff Bezos. But now Amazon is an organization where you can purchase almost any item you desire sold by some small vendors. Not to mention they now own Whole Foods grocery store.

who decides

What is the decision making for what this new tool will become? And the reality is not the person that created it. Because once people in a different position realize how they can exploit the situation they do. Oppenheimer and his message to the president of the United States in the past when he said, “Mr. President, I think I have blood on my hands,” after the atomic bomb drop. Or how Nobel created dynamite, and aimed at fixing his effects by creating the Nobel Prize competition. Only problem is that atomic bombs have become bigger and the average Joe now has their hands on dynamite. This is when the problem is crazy once it is out of the hands of the creator and into the hands of the optimist.

can we go back

Is there a way to fix what has happened once the damage is done? And sadly enough there is no way because what has become of the creation is so far gone. There is no way to bring the television back to when it was a tool for learning. Why, well there are just too many viewpoints that have shaped our minds about television. Also the internet has made television seem outdated and antiquated. So what you do is move forward the best way possible. And hopefully the future will look a lot more bright than the bleakness of our present state.


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SELF DRIVING VEHICLES: ARE WE READY FOR THEM TO COME TO MARKET

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“Are you ready?”


trust the machine

We are not gung ho about the idea of driving in a car that we don’t control. But at much as we don’t like it, it’s one of those things that eventually will come to market. But who will be the first people willing to get into the car of a self driver. We are already on edge when someone we know is driving the car. But what about a machine that does not have the cognitive ability to make the decisions we make in certain stations. Now, I will admit, drinking and driving will surely decrease over time with this usage. Hey, we might even have this for people who want to go out but not drive. So there is an upside to the tech change.

laws to be passed

Now let’s observe the laws that must be put into place before this hits the market. What will be the new changes when going for your license? Because before, you had to be at least 15 years old to receive a learners permit in the majority of America. Then you had to be 16 years old to receive your license. But then, what happens when you are using a self driving car. What are the new laws associated? You’re not actually driving this car, so technically, you shouldn’t have to be any age to buy a car. But of course, politicians will find a way to sneak some type of age, if not additional fees to trying to buy a vehicle that is self driving.

petroleum or electric

We have so many trade deals with countries from around the world. What would happen these are electric and they seem to quickly catch on. We depend so much on oil, especially in the automotive industry. How does effect the profits of the business? Do we see countries fighting back against the new electric form. Or, will there become an even greater demand for oil in these new cars? These new cars may run on gasoline, but aid in making the business even more money. No matter what the decision, there will be many debates and meetings on this matter.


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FUTURE TELEVISION: HOW TELEVISION HAS CHANGED OVER TIME

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“Where are we going?”


it sure has changed

From when my mother was a child, to me, to now; television has changed a lot over the past 50 years. When my mother was young she said there only a few channels on television because so much was on the radio. But when I became a child, there were well over 100 hundred, plus the emergence of the internet. But today, there is so much programming that we have to catch everything on our phones or tablets. Now, if you missed your favorite show, who cares, you can watch it on your portable device. And that is the full change of television. Which is why purchasing a T.V. is so cheap today.

where are we going

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Imagine a world where no matter where you go, you put on your glasses, press a button, and out pops the screen. You can literally watch a movie that no one else is seeing but you. Your boring subway commute or that long time spent in a traffic jam won’t be so bad after all. Ok, ok, maybe not driving your car unless you’re a passenger, but you get where I’m going. The ability to stay connected might actually boost the ratings for television shows. Because we think a television is an actually product for watching moving images, but television is a telecommunication medium. That is a very wide range of meanings.

impersonal or more personal

People seem to think that there is a lost of connection the more digital we become. When in reality, we are becoming more connected as a species. Especially if the augmented reality and virtual reality starts to get better and better. We will find ourselves in a type of world that we live out our dreams as an escape from the daily grind. We’re always looking fora distraction from the hardships of life. Augmented reality will become a great medium for entertainment, while virtual reality will become a great place for getting away. Imagine a virtual world of lying on the beach. You can take a vacation to a place you might be able to afford, but can enjoy it.


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NATION INNOVATION: WHY AMERICA NEED TO INNOVATE

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“What must be done.”


in need of growth

America has had a lot of social strife over the recent years. But the question that must be asked is, where is the innovation or an invention. We are creating in this country, even when looking at education. So many young people are going to college for political science degrees. But very few engineers or people in the medical field. And I know it has a lot to do with the current administration in power in the White House. But if we as a society don’t innovate with the social tension, then we are going to spiral. Not today, but over time the country will economically degrade. This is a test site, America, for other nations in dealing with sociopolitical issues.

bye to competition

In the age of every kid gets a trophy, we are not forcing out greatness. We should put kids in a position to be vulnerable. That lose and that vulnerability will push out innovation. Because innovation has always come from places where the person or people have their back against the wall. We need to take this something for nothing mentality and switch it to something for something. And if that means making a few radical adjustments to the landscape of the country, then so be it. Because radical ideas are what need to be done to make this a prosperous country.

make things happen

In schools in the past, we used to have home economics and shop class. The equivalent to that today would have to be some form computer science or electrical work. We should mandate across the board. Make it mandatory for a kid in school to build a computer app to graduate high school. The idea doesn’t even have to ultimately work, but out of those across the country that do, something will transpired. A kid must create something innovative, even if it fails. You might also spark the mind of a young person who didn’t even know they had a skill to do what they are doing.

learn from the past

America is not the most powerful civilization in human history. The Romans and the British reigned supreme for centuries, not so much anymore. Great Britain has limited reach and Rome is now a city in Italy. They were the America of their time, not much anymore. Why, well because of political, social, and various wars that took them down. So many internal problems degraded countries. Living in real time we don’t see it, but it could happen in the year 2300, 2400, or 2500.


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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.”


devices for viewing

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.

fighting for sustainability

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.

giving more

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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THE NEW STARTING QB: HOW THE GEEK HAS BECAME GOD

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“Brains over brawn: the new cool.”


Over the recent years, the men and women in the tech space have become these popular individuals with the same sort of following as athletes and entertainers. Who ever would have thought that the once considered geeky kids would grow to be the cool kids in the end. And I don’t mean just cool kids among other middle aged adults, I mean cool to the youth. You look at the popularity of the social media giant Facebook or the young man who create Snapchat, and you start to see how many young males and females want to follow in their footsteps. But you also have these YouTube sensations who are now building their own platforms with millions of followers, generating staggering revenues. These once nerds to the kids in school are now the influences of children that belong to those same popular kids in school. How did this all come to be? When did it all take hold?

Related imageLike I said prior, with the success of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube, these platform’s owners stepped forward and we realized not only how much we have in common with them, but their age stuck out. You now know that many of these people who started these platforms were in their early to late twenties and are still young today. That youth spurred interest from a younger generation seeking to be great in their career endeavors. Because prior to these companies starting, we looked at business executives as these middle aged, out of touch men. They wore Brooks Brothers suits and seemed disconnected to us. Not anymore, now we see top executive in sweaters, jeans, and sneakers. They are not clean shaven, even some are famous for their beards; a few of them sport tattoos.

Yet, is there still anything else that can explain this phenomenon. And the answer is yes, there are a couple more reasons as to why the interest has been peaked in the tech space. One reason is that there has been an introduction into the tech space from an unlikeliest of places. The music business, but more so hip hop. When hip hop artist and music producer Dr. Dre with his longtime business partner Jimmy Iovine came Image result for beats by dreout with the Beats by Dre headphones, it changed the headset speaker business . Now, headphones were more than just a listening device for music. It was a fashion statement, where some people weren’t even listening to music. They just would wear the headphones over their head like they wore their hats. And considering the popularity of hip hop, Beats became the she she thing to have for anybody who was anybody. And next it entered the pop world once Lady Gaga, a new signed artist from Jimmy Iovine embraced the Beats as well. Beats was so popular, that the NFL banned Beats from after game press conferences because of the NFL’s relationship with BOSE. In addition to the NFL, the Olympic athletes in foreign countries were wearing Beats with their country’s flag on the headphones, sparking criticism over athletes not wearing apparel that represented their own nations.

That is the popularity side of the tech world, but what about the money. You started seeing young people in their twenties and early thirties becoming millionaires and even a few billionaires from these various startup companies. Which is also an attractive aspect of the tech world. Not just with tech startups, young people like YouTube sensation Pewdiepie became a millionaire from playing video games. He would play and over time he built an audience becaus of his reactions to the game play. Now what kid is not going to be enamored with this form of generating income.

In the end, this is not some trend that will slow down anytime soon. We look at a generation and say that the youth of today are babies. We are the “me generation” who want things handed to us. But we are also the generation that have caught the tech bug like none other. We are creating content that is generating billions of dollars, and that peak in interest could drive innovation in America for years to come. And what’s even more interesting, the once executives of the pat who seemed out of touch to us, are today executives we connect to and seek to become in life.


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METRO-MERI-CONOMY: HOW THE U.S. MAJOR CITIES ARE SWALLOWING OUR ECONOMY

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“The takeover is real.”


Living in New York City, I feel a world away from where I grew up in the United States. My small Midwest city consisted of nearly 80,000 people and a county seat of close to 200,000. Now that I live in New York, the neighborhood where I live is massive in size with over 225,000 citizens. So you can live out your entire life and not meet one person in your community more than once. So for me, walking around you observe the landscape and realize that there is a lot of money to be made in NYC. The same can be said for places like Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., and San Francisco, just to name a few. And as time ticks away, younger generations are leaving small towns and cities in search of a better life.Yet what’s happening to the smaller lesser known cities and towns, are more tragic. An aging generation dying and younger people moving are turning these once thriving industrialized places into ghost towns. Now, what will happen in the future is metropolitan cities controlling a huge aspect of American economy.

This could also change the social relationships as well as political relationships. Because even though there is a lot of land in America, metropolitan New York alone is a $1 trillion economy. You’re talking close to 6% of our entire nation is in one city. And a lot of that has to do with the multinational corporations that reside in New York. So with time passing, jobs will become more prevalent in these major cities, but some may don’t want to live in these hubs. But you’ll have no other choice, since so much young talent is running for the major cities. Due to openness of living in these cities, they have a power base as well. And when I say openness, I’m talking about the freedom to practice religion, date whomever, and be open with your sexuality. Now, those are already free practices, but not as open as in New York or a city like Los Angeles.

You see, factories were such an intricate part of the American identity. Now we’re moving in a more tech space, and people are finding it hard to adjust. For those that can make the leap, they’re leaving their town for the bigger city. In the end, what will happen of all these cities that used to be productive locations? There are so many ghost towns and cities that you can buy a town. But eventually, the cities will hit a point at which we’ll need to expand back outward.


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