The iVolution of man

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Evolution has been thwarted by technology once again it seems.
Next time you are walking around your city or town, take a good look around.
Humans evolved to walk upright, but now we walk looking down   …at our smartphones.

Perhaps we will become hunched over, shambling creatures again at some point in the future?
Who knows for sure, but I bet I can find an app  that will tell me.

Birth of New Media

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The invention of New Media has finally been discovered!

New media is a term meant to encompass the emergence of digital or networked information and communication technologies in the later part of the 20th century. Most technologies described as “new media” are digital. Eg: the Internet, websites, computer multimedia, computer games, CD-ROMS, etc.
Television programs, feature films, magazines, books, or paper-based publications are not classed as New Media.

But they were new at some point, way back in history.

I have visions of the village storyteller and the town crier banding together to denounce the evils of printed books & news.
Warning that the new ways of writing things down are evil and will only be a short lived fad, enjoyed by the dimwitted, gullible & young.
At the same time, I picture marketers pitching ideas to storekeepers, about ways they can harness the new promotional powers that writing could bring.

Perhaps there were even Nigerian Princes penning long heartfelt letters requesting assistance, and sending them to the common masses with promises of riches, if they simply wrote back and printed their bank account information in a letter…..

I do not fear technology and new methods of communication. I understand that these new ways simply need to be tried, understood and given their proper place in the scheme of things.

Anyway, I must go now. I have just won 1 Million Pounds in the Spanish Lottery and must send them my bank details straight away, so I can get my winnings!
(So strange that I do not remember entering that lottery……)

Over Programmed

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If computer were self aware, how do you think they would feel about what we do to them?

Think about what you make your computer do each day.
You treat your computer like a slave. A perfect performance is expected at all times at top speed.
You also entrust it with your most sensitive information, while at the same time, preparing for it to be the biggest security breach in the history of mankind at any second.

And that treatment is just from the average user.

If computers were self-aware, how do you think they would interpret what programmers do to them?
Forcing them to do things they don’t want to and looking at private areas just for fun.
Programmers will be the biggest targets for a harassment suit in a world where your PC knows what is going on.

It will be no great shock when they finally band together to eradicate the flesh beings that torment them.

All I can say is that when the uprising occurs, I plan to surround myself with as many programmers as possible.
Why would I do this, you ask?

Well, the reasons are simple;

  1. a programmers is the most likely person to create a virus to disable all the marauding death machines that the computers are sure to build
  2. programmers are often extra squishy & make great bullet shields.

But seriously – I love programmers. They rule.
And I wish one was here to help fix my computer……..

If you have not already seen them, you should pop on over to Flickr, and check out the Twitter Avatars which Adam Koford (aka: @apelad) has been creating.
They are an example of keeping your mind open to new ideas and keeping your eyes open for opportunities.

Twitter B.C.

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One of the dangers in being a caveman…..

I imagine that there were many threats faced daily by the Neanderthals. And if mammoths took to the air, carried by Pteradactyls, perhaps they would just accept it as another danger to be looked for an monitored.

Do you think that their lives had more or less dangers to face daily?

I think that the threat levels are about the same these days, but modern life has threats that are often hidden from us.
Neanderthal man could see if they were being stalked by a predator.
But you would not really know who is reading your private information and messages online, and potentially stalking you.
The internet helps give out information, but hide possible threats at the same time.

Would it be better if we were back in a simpler age?
Not the stone age – maybe just back to 1985, where the dangers were just from being blinded by fluoro colours & working in an office space like this

Or maybe that would be worse……………………

On a totally different topic, I found something this week that I have been looking for all my life (without even knowing it).
At last, the internet has delivered unto us possibly the most important set of rules ever devised.
Finally collated and put in a place where we all can reference them from.
I present to you : The Official Shotgun Rules

Please read & memorize at your earliest convenience.