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Steve Morris studied Physics at Oxford and now writes about smartphones, gadgets and consumer technology at review site S21. He blogs about science, technology and other matters at Blog Blogger Bloggest. You can also find his ideas about the future at Singularity Weblog.
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My wife bought a shiny new laptop. Windows 8, lots of new buttons to press, yay!
But there’s a problem. She can’t print anything on her old laser printer. She gets the message, “Cannot find driver for HP LaserJet”.
“What now?” asks my wife.
“Call the tech support guy,” I tell her. Oh, wait. I am the tech support guy. Continue reading
Wearable tech is poised to transform the way we interact with technology. With a pair of smart glasses, you can begin to feel like superman, taking photos and recording videos of anything you see, and with the almost telepathic ability to interact directly with the internet and with your own automated personal assistant.
Don’t doubt that this will happen, just so long as the cost is affordable and the tech works in a convenient way. After all, just a few years ago, how many people would have imagined that we would be carrying smartphones everywhere and that email, Facebook and other social media would be just as important as face to face communication?
Smart glasses are just the latest in a long history of creeping augmentation of our abilities by technology. Observers of technology call this transition “Transhumanism” and predict an inevitable and exponential increase in how this impacts on our lives. Continue reading
So, you start a blog, learn all that WordPress stuff, write a few posts, get some likes (wow!), attract followers (how is that even possible?), get into your stride, and then suddenly after a year of blogging, something completely unexpected happens. You get Freshly Pressed, which means that a WordPress.com editor has selected your blog article to be showcased to the world.
Next thing you know your stats counter explodes and your email inbox goes into meltdown with all those likes, follows, comments and even reblogs.
And yet, this is Facebook’s data model of me: Continue reading
The internet is full of pithy facts, many of them incorrect or misleading. And if you present a fact as a cool infographic, it will go viral whether it’s true or not. Especially if it involves a cat. Continue reading
This week I’m getting all metaphysical. Since arguing that we create science rather than discover it, then it follows that science and the laws of nature are not “out there” waiting to be found, but are ideas contained within our imagination. They have the same status as stories that we tell each other.
The same is true of mathematics. It’s just an idea. That seems paradoxical, because mathematics has rules, like 1 + 1 = 2 that we can’t change. The rules seem to be real. They seem to relate to real world things that we can count. Continue reading
You’ve no doubt heard the philosophical question, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”, to which the answer is, “Yes of course!” unless you’re heavily into Buddhist or Hindu philosophy, in which case causality flies out of the window and anything can happen. Continue reading
Change a single word and everything looks different. I was browsing Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful people and I noticed that at 44 is Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, and at 45 is Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank. Mixing up these two people would have earth-shattering consequences. North Korea could suddenly become the world’s most successful economy and the World Bank might launch long-range nuclear strikes on all countries that aren’t paying their debts. Continue reading