Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Credit Card of the Future( Credit Card 2.0)

There has been an upwards trend on gadgets and peripherals implementing credit cards that are making transactions as easy as a swipe and click anywhere. Well credit cards are about to get even more fancy due to some awesome futuristic tech, call it the credit card 2.0.
Major banks such as Chase, Capital One, Wells Fargo and Citi Bank in the near future could offer these type of credit card to its customers. This concept card allows users to simultaneously link all their accounts in one card, hide their account number digitally, and deactivate the magnetic strip until it needs to be used again.  Talk about secure and insurance all under one plastic card. Whats great is this card works just like any other credit card. Works will  all magnetic readers, so its not necessary to go and replace current credit supporting applications. Would have same 0 apr card credit fee as any other card depending on bank, and rules and eligibility requirements.
The card makes use of a pin to show the credit card number, much like a smartphone lock screen requiring a code to get inside the smartphone, etc. Several banks are in talks with the company Dynamics, maker of this awesome tech, to make use of such cards. Your future Chase, Bank of America, Citi Bank, and Capital One credit card could very well be one of these awesome 2.0 Cards. I personally would like having one of these. What's not to like about a futuristic looking card offering security ,insurance, and easy of personal convenience all in one card.

(Sources: Dynamics Corp owner images, Banking Future Wiki)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Almost 1000 Followers

Well closing in on 1000 followers soon :) and its exciting how far it has come. Looking forward to reaching that long milestone and as-usual will be glad to keep bringing awesome stuff to post.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Future of Glass (Day Made of Glasss)

Corning Inc's video of what they envision for the future, as portrayed by making everything inside a household made of glass and function digitally. The video really speaks for itself as to what could be the future of the common household in a few years from now. Some questions asked by experts on this field are; will the regular rates applied to the common household remain the same. Benchmark lending, Insurance options, and credit mortgages just to name a few. Since for many these things are modeled on current structuring in a household, would making giant technological advances change the norm? Do these things simply improve upon itself or are completely rebuilt from the ground up. Just as auto insurance could change with the future cars on the road, home insurance can head towards non massive changes in a system or it can change to a completely new set up. Will insurance become expensive and even too much for the normal person that can afford such a home, one of the many questions that could be raised. It is still a far fetched thing to guess insurance rates, and only thing that can happen is to let the future get here and well see for ourselves.

(Sources: Youtube, Wiki, Insurance google infographics, future house)

Friday, August 19, 2011

IBM New Chip "Living Brain"

IBM along side DARPA, have created the worlds first two working prototypes of a "neurosynaptic chip", based on the synapses and neurons of the human brain. What does this mean? Simple, means these first generation computing cores represent a major leap in speed, power, and efficiency in the computing world. Built on "45 nanometer silicon/metal oxide semiconductor platform, both chips have 256 neurons." Each unique chip has the ability to learn form its own actions, proving a leap forward into A.I. They were modeled of the pattern from the "brain" as a unique chip system that would is the first of its kind to ever exist. IBM's goal is to build a chip system with 10 billion neurons and 100 trillion synapses that would consume only 1-kilowatt-hour of electricity and fit inside a shoe-sized box. That is the clear goal and with these new chip much progress has been made. Although these current chips are still  billions and trillions of numbers away from what IBM wants, working along side DARPA and being funded by the SyNAPSE program could yield much faster results. Still, this new chips are already being called the rise of true A.I as the computing components are modeled by that of  a human mind; it allows them to learn by itself by their own actions.
Whether or not these will benefit humanity are a no brainer. They will allow us to get into new fields of technology not possible years ago, but the question is whether or not these chips  may become "too smart" even for us humans to understand.

(Sources, DARPA.mil, IBM.com, Globalpost, human mind wiki)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Saudi Arabia to build Tallest Building Ever

Kingdom Tower

Saudi Arabia, already home to the world's tallest building has just set course to build an even bigger behemoth; The Kingdom Tower. By 2016-ish the world will see the extreme magnitude of this tower which will stand at over 3,281 feet tall on the streets of Jeddah. The Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building peeks out at over 2,700 feet tall, this tower will eclipse that amount by a long run. The Kingdom Tower was designed by Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gil, Smith also designed the Burj Khalifa and one can see why he would be tasked with this building as well.

The tower itself will have over 5.38  million square feet of interior space and with the biggest attraction begin an observation deck on the 157th floor. It's design has a unique futuristic look and feel to it and certainly size to go along with it. Its three-petal shape comes from the local desert flower of which also serves as a visual metaphor for "growth". Total cost is estimated at 1.23$ Billion, a fraction of the $20 billion being used for development by the Saudi Government for development in Jeddah. This tower will be the crown jewel of that part in the world and certainly be a hot spot for tourists and other major events. Stick around by 2016 and see one of the many buildings of the future.

(Sources: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill images and data, skyscrapercity forums, buildingwiki)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Google+ 25 Million Strong

Google+ has captured 25 Million users in less than one month, never has any site achieved such a feat. If you think Facebook was better, it took them 3 years to have 25 Million users followed by Twitter with 3 years. What's even more amazing is that this 25 Million number was through July 24, it has been capturing a million new users daily. Google+ is currently outshining Facebook in the number of users in all areas through its early rise.

Facebook still holds a major lead over Google+ obviously but at the pace Google+ is racking up new daily users and still not even out in the open, don't be surprised if it does in a few years from now.   (Source google.com, wiki, infographs)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Facebook like Face Recognition?

Apparently the worrisome news of online privacy haven't stopped proposals and research for a facial recognition system unlike any other. A system which was able to match webcam images and Facebook profiles 31% of the time. Though 31% isn't much; it is clear that maintaining anonymity is becoming harder and harder. Carnegie Melon University Researches demonstrated that system and findings at the Black Hat computer security conference in Las Vegas. Google engineers have had talks about the possibility of using their technology for such a purpose but claim they don't have any actual plans.

CMU students volunteered for an experiment in which their images were successfully identified  with their Facebook profiles about 30% of the time. Over "278,000 thousand Facebook pictures and 6,000 dating profiles" were also tested and 1-in10 were able to be identified.
For now these type of systems work only with front facing photos but as technology gets better and better, wont be long till a single photograph will be able to bring up a persons complete information.

(Sources: Popsci, Carnegie Melon, CMU, Google)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Self Repairable Vehicle for the Future (Concept)

Audi A9 (Future Concept)
Audi, the great manufacturer of luxury and amazing cars has proposed a plan for a unique car unlike the world has ever seen before. Though this concept has been floating around for sometime now, the jaw dropping effects still remains when one hears "being able to fix itself automatically". The Audi A9 is a concept car from reputed Spanish designer; Daniel Garcia. The car is a low emission hybrid for the future. It Features a single-piece widescreen windshield and a roof formed by nanotechnology material which in a funny way has yet to be discovered that has a unique "automatic-system" that repairs damage and can be adjusted for colors and opacity.
Another amazing feature is the "electronic painting" system that would allow the owner to change color by pressing a single button. Any color desired can be applied to the vehicle in a simple one-step process. Only time will tell if this car will ever see the light of day.
(Source: Audi Concepts, Future Concepts)