Push off

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If superheroes had Push Notifications turned on, they would never get a moments rest.

Some heroes do have the equivalent of push notifications via “emergency notification” signalling devices that can be used in times of need. The only ones I can think of are:

  • Batman (via Bat signal and the Hotline in the Commissioners office)
  • Superman (via that silly watch he gave to Jimmy Olsen)
  • The JLA (via the JLA signal devices)
  • Fantastic Four (via the FF Flare gun)
  • Atom Ant (via his mainframe computer)

I am sure there are more than these in comic world.

Push notifications are the annoying little voices that you let into your life via your smartphone.

Most apps these days will politely request if they can send you notifications.
They ask so nicely, that you think “Sure, why not?” and hit OK.
THEN they start their devious work.

They remind you about upgrades. They tell you what friends are doing. They let you know if you are popular enough to have recieved a tag or a message. And they NAG.

That is really what they are doing. It is electronic nagging and you get used to it.
I believe this is only the first step in preparing humans to accept robot wives or husbands in the future. Bythe time they exist, we will already have been conditioned to do what they say. Of course, WE will think that we are the ones incontrol.

This will not be the thruth however, and when the machines finally take over, we won’t even notice….


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Someday this could be you!

Maybe someone you know will have this happen to them.

The scary thing is that at sometime in the very near future, we are going to either experience something similar first hand, or we will begin to hear news reports about people bequeathing their digital credits to family & friends.
It is inevitable.

There are so many online store credits out there, that sooner or later, we will bank them just like real money.
Once that happens it is a very short journey until people begin to leave these behind in their wills.
Some credits, such as Lindens (from Second Life) can be converted into real money, which would make leaving it behind in your will much easier.
But what about all those credits that cannot be converted? Do they just become useless digital data?
I don’t see why that has to be the case. After all, aren’t most financial transactions done online these days?
That means that even now, “real money” is just digital data being transferred around.
Online credits therefore, are just as valuable and useful as “real money”.

I would encourage you all to start tracking your online credits, whatever they may be, and plan to put them to good use when you go.
Think which relatives are truly deserving enough to get the Amazon & iTunes store credits.
The others can just get your Foursquare Mayorships.

Augmented laziness

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This is what happens when augmented reality becomes too accessible.

How long will it be until we all rely on augmented reality way too much?
Like we already do, with mobile phones, internet, social media and google.

Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with (or augmented by) virtual computer-generated imagery – creating a mixed reality. The augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements.

Augmented reality has actually been around for years (eg: sports scores overlaid on TV during a match screening, or a “heads up” display for a Fighter Pilot).

However, having it accessible through mobile devices is about to take this to a whole new level.
This will be the new way to get information. Having this technology integrated with mobile devices makes it so easily accessible that we will not think twice before accepting what it says as the truth.

Augmented reality is already abeing used in many different iPhone apps and online.
Check out these 35 Awesome Augmented Reality Examples.

It is going to offer us a whole new world, which s ome will choose to keep their distance from, and others will attempt to live inside of constantly.

For me, I look forward to the day that I can use the technology to guide me to where I left my car keys.