We are connected on a level today never before felt, heard, or learned by humanity in any past eras. We are both directly and indirectly connected to the mass of the human race in so many ways. It is intensely exciting to sit and think of all the ways we are connected but the one that has always brewed up the most thought, is why, and for what? What can we gain as a civilization from this massive scale of connectivity? What can we accomplish together, and what will come of our profound relationship with technology and humanity?
Every day we encounter gaps of free time, and in these gaps it is our conscious choice to decide what we will do with this time. One specific gap is that of our morning commutes. During our commutes some of us prefer the sound of music, some prefer deep thinking, others prefer listening and reading the news. Now, I mean not to narrow our free time to these three choices, but rather attempt to bring forth a few viable and popular options. With that said, the news is the option that we at the Daily Steak are enriching and is the primary focus of this post.
For centuries, politics have controlled the most important decisions for countries and their citizens. In a time when the world seems to be in a state of disarray for many countries, now is a very important time to have an informed and educated political view. Whether or not you are a person whose day-to-day routine deals directly with politics, it affects the world you live in. Winston Churchill once said, “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” This quote is as applicable today as it was in 1943.
The chart below illustrates the climb of mobile application usage occurring throughout the month of February. An article published by CNN stated that, mobile apps made up for 47 % of overall Internet traffic. This is the first time in history that apps have ruled the net. From the information below, we ask the question: Are mobile apps the future of the Internet?
The mobilization of the Internet is something that has changed the world, more than we might even understand. Imagine that we all carry a backpack big enough to fit 90 percent of all books in the world. Now realize that this is not an imaginative idea, but rather a simple understanding. The Internet has become a source for intelligence that is seemingly boundless and is evolving every minute.
The empathy that we share as humans for those impaired, in even the slightest bit, is a major driving force in the world of current technological growth. With each new day, a ‘smart’ technology is invented and with each new day we are attempting to better our existence in its entirety. These ‘smart’ technologies are an expression of human kinds desire to embrace interconnectivity, and that is exactly what the “worlds smartest hearing aid” is doing today.
In June 2013, David Puttnam gave a speech for TED Talks entitled: Does the media have a “Duty of Care”? In his speech, Puttnam examined whether or not the media has a moral imperative to create an informed society promoting a democracy. Now, it is not whether or not Mr. Puttnam is correct in his findings, or even in his solution to such; but the question he asks is one that should definitely be examined further for its revolving factors that affect us all.
What does it mean to relate? This is a question that has puzzled philosophers and scientists for centuries. How do we relate? With whom or what can we relate? And when we relate, are we actually relating? Without getting too deep into such philosophical questions, let us think about a specific relationship: what is the difference between a natural human voice and one generated by a computer, and can we as humans relate to a computer-generated voice at all?
We live in an era of hyperconnectivity, and now, a huge part of our lives is online. In one way or another, we are all connected on a massive scale like no other era in the history of humanity. This is simply fact. We are sharing information at an intimidating rate, and it is growing each day. Cisco estimates that by 2015, the amount of data crossing the Internet every five minutes will be equivalent to the total size of all movies ever made, and that annual Internet traffic will reach a zettabyte – roughly 200 times the total size of all words ever spoken by humans.
Learning is essentially what we do every day, whether or not we wake up with the intent to do so. It is imbedded in evolution and for many it is internalized through experience. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” The Internet (something Mr. Franklin probably didn’t have in mind when expressing this perception) is the epitome of mass involvement placed among an endless spectrum.