Posts from the ‘Tech’ Category
December 18th, 2009
Above is a demo reel from Stargate Studios (interesting name?), that shows us that what we see on television and movies is less than real. With the proliferation of computer generated images, it really makes you think how long the actors have left before they are obsolete.
What I really find interesting about the demo reel is the tremendous high quality of the computer images, and to be honest, where it not for the clip above I would never have guessed that a lot of those scene were not real.
Which leads to an interesting question, how much of what we see on television is real?
December 17th, 2009
The Chinese government has been notorious for banning websites, due to protests or any other official reasons, but looks like they have now pulled a huge rabbit out of the hat, by banning registrations of domains by individuals.
According to a official post by CNNIC, the official registrar in China, users who want to register domains will have to go through a lengthy process of submitting official documents and what not. However, this should mostly likely affect .cn domains. That makes me wonder whether GoDaddy is blocked in China?
Will the Internet be next?
It seems that while the internet is a tremendously useful tool for the elite, it is also a double edge sword, and the only media outlet where other opinions and thoughts are freely available.
At least for now...
October 27th, 2009
An interesting report has just hit the web concerning the bottom two percent of humanity, or the people with all the money. Did I just say bottom? Hmm I suppose it all depends of your point of view. Anyway, the report from futurologist Paul Saffo and written up in the UK's Telegraph, speculates that the "Rich" may over time evolve in to a completely separate species; although some may speculate that this in fact has already happened, due to advances in life extending technologies and medical treatments.
Future people will be able to grow their own replacement organs, take specially tailored drugs, and use genetic research tools to alert them from any possible hereditary health dangers.
Tomorrow's world will be a fusion of biology and technology, where robots do the chores, cars drive themselves and artificial limbs are better than real ones.
And all no doubt for a price tag that places these "improvements" firmly out of the reach of the common man...
Full Story HERE
October 14th, 2009
The Large Hadron Collider just can't seem to catch a break, and has had nothing but bad luck in its search for the elusive Higgs boson particle. The Collider has had so much bad luck in fact, that scientists are beginning to look into the realms of sabotage as a cause for the multiple problems that have plagued the project from its start. But this is not sabotage in the normal sense of the word, as scientists are seriously beginning to look at the future as a possible cause.
Could it be that someone or something from the future or another dimension, is deliberately trying to prevent the discovery of the Higgs boson particle?
"It must be our prediction that all Higgs producing machines shall have bad luck," Dr. Nielsen said in an e-mail message. In an unpublished essay, Dr. Nielson said of the theory, "Well, one could even almost say that we have a model for God." It is their guess, he went on, "that He rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them."
While the project scientists admit that this theory sounds a little strange to say the least, they also admit that it is a possibility.
While it is a paradox to go back in time and kill your grandfather, physicists agree there is no paradox if you go back in time and save him from being hit by a bus. In the case of the Higgs and the collider, it is as if something is going back in time to keep the universe from being hit by a bus. Although just why the Higgs would be a catastrophe is not clear. If we knew, presumably, we wouldn't be trying to make one.
Full Story HERE
October 8th, 2009
New research from the University of Southampton has demonstrated that it is possible for communication from person to person through the power of thought -- with the help of electrodes, a computer and Internet connection.
Dr James comments: "Whilst Brain-Computer Interfacing (BCI) is no longer a new thing and person to person communication via the nervous system was shown previously in work by Professor Kevin Warwick from the University of Reading, here we show, for the first time, true brain to brain interfacing.
You can watch Dr James' BCI experiment at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93p7oDkA5WA&feature=email
Full Story HERE
September 17th, 2009
Television is not only an entrainment medium, it also serves to shape our world view. In a way it is a reality constructing device, manipulating how we perceive reality. The Zen TV Experiment sets out to prove this idea, in an extremely logical and thought provoking way.
When you turn the TV on, in effect, you turn the world off. The TV is only two feet high or so, yet we are fooled into thinking we are watching life-sized things. How is it that everything on it appears real and life-like?
There are a number of experiments included in Zen TV that anyone can try. These experiments are designed to make you question why you feel certain things when watching television, and question how it influences your view of reality and its function.
Almost every household's living room is arranged around the television set. As a weight room is arranged for weight training, our living rooms are arranged for TV training. The furniture is purposely arranged for the transcendent practice of "watching TV," rather than for the immanent, human practice of communication or interaction. The interior design of the average American living room with its lines of attention, hierarchy, and transcendent TV is very similar to the interior design of the average American church with its transcendent altar, lines of homage and gestures of genuflection.
Full Story HERE