Written December 12, 2013 by Matt Categories: Articles Comments Off on Google Wants Microphones In Your Ceiling & Microchips In Your Head
To follow on from the ideas presented in this earlier post, Google has announced its plans to take this one stage further, by having people install microphones on the ceilings of their homes and microchips embedded in their brains, promoted in the name of convenience for quicker internet seaches for their new ‘personal assistant’..
Google engineering director Scott Huffman said in a recient interview “Like a great personal assistant, it will interrupt you and say ‘ you’ve got to leave now’. It will bring you the information you want,” adding that “five years from now….Google will answer you the same way a person would answer.”
Written November 29, 2013 by Matt Categories: Articles Comments Off on 10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy — This Chart Shows How
Ten mega corporations control the output of almost everything you buy; from household products to pet food to jeans.
According to this chart via Reddit, called “The Illusion of Choice,” these corporations create a chain that begins at one of 10 super companies. You’ve heard of the biggest names, but it’s amazing to see what these giants own or influence.
Written November 12, 2013 by Matt Categories: Inspirational Comments Off on A Story of Priorities
A professor of philosophy stood before his class with some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks about two inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was full.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly and watched as the pebbles rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The professor then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They chuckled and agreed that it was indeed full this time.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled the remaining open areas of the jar. “Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar signifies your life. The rocks are the truly important things, such as family, health and relationships. If all else was lost and only the rocks remained, your life would still be meaningful. The pebbles are the other things that matter in your life, such as work or school. The sand signifies the remaining “small stuff” and material possessions.
If you put sand into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks or the pebbles. The same can be applied to your lives. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are truly important.
Pay attention to the things in life that are critical to your happiness and well-being. Take time to get medical check-ups, play with your children, go for a run, write your grandmother a letter. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, or fix the disposal. Take care of the rocks first – things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just pebbles and sand.
Written October 29, 2013 by Matt Categories: Videos Comments Off on Hidden beauty: Sound waves
When you pass sound waves through a substance they reflect off boundaries and this causes the wave to interfere with itself. At specific frequencies dependent on the properties of the object (e.g. size, shape and density) a pattern can be produced that is composed of a series of nodes and antinodes typically following very specific lines that we can’t see. At an antinode the amplitude of the wave is a maximum, and at a node the amplitude is 0.
In the video sand on a metal plate is used to represent the nodes, as it is along those lines that there is no vibration and so the sand will remain still. The physics of it is interesting, but I believe we can all appreciate the beauty in the symmetrical patterns that form and gradually become more and more intricate.
Written July 4, 2013 by Matt Categories: Images Comments Off on ‘Thinking’ applications remove intuition.
If we continue to let machines do our thinking for us where will it end?
By taking our personal guidance and intuition out of the equation then we are simply doing nothing more than zombiefying ourselves with such technology.
Written June 13, 2013 by Matt Categories: Articles Comments Off on Next-generation particle accelerator is ready for construction
Tokyo, Geneva, Chicago – 12 June 2013. A five-volume report containing the blueprint for a future particle physics project, the International Linear Collider (ILC), was published today. In three consecutive ceremonies in Asia, Europe and the Americas, the authors of the Technical Design Report for the International Linear Collider, a next-generation particle collider to complement and advance beyond the physics of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, officially handed the report over to the international oversight board for projects in particle physics…