Monday, September 26, 2011

Every Device That Connects Us( Info Graphic)

Whether you are reading this on your cell phone, laptop, desktop or whatever other device you are using, it’s still a technology gadget that will connect you to the millions of people if you want it to. The ways we can connect with each other has skyrocketed beyond comparison the last 20 years, and it’s unlikely it will stop increasing in speed. The ways that we communicate are becoming easier, shorter and even more intuitive (sometimes), and I am sure that we will find that email will soon be obsolete to whatever is the new way of making business friendships. Web conferencing and conference call services for example were supposed to completely change the field of face to face transactions but that hasnt exactly scattered into our every say routines. For now, email remains as the main way of communicating longer conversations, especially business conversations.

For the first time (I guess), we can get a clear view of how the technological infrastructure was built and to what extent it reaches out. As you can see, the numbers represented get multiplied with each major technological milestone, and it’s easy to see that we’re heading for something really interesting in the future. Whatever it will be that will beat the Internet will be major, and even though I can’t imagine what that will be right now, it’s still exciting to know that we always come up with something to beat the previous technology. What do you think will be the next big thing in technology that will top the Internet?   Will we become a civilization that will value web conferencing services over face to face discussions? Slowly but surely we as a society have the key to our future and what we decide what will become of us. 
(Intel Infograph)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

IBM Watson to work for Insurer Wellpoint

IBM news making supercomputer Watson, known famously for beating the best Jeopardy players in the world and taking home the games prize money, has now been tasked  to work for the health insurance industry for the company Wellpoint.  According to the Wall Street Journal the  expectations of the tasks Watson has been given are that of "helping suggest treatment options and diagnoses to doctors". WellPoint and IBM reached the deal Monday allowing  the health insurer to use Watson's toptier technology for a range of applications. As mentioned on the WSJ, "It is part of a far broader push in the health industry to incorporate computerized guidance into care, as doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical records and other digital tools that can record, track and check their work." Basically this supercomputer will use its computing power to run health applications, such as health insurance records of patients and set appropriate diagnosis with each one at a far better and more accurate range. It will basically be a data center computer will patients info in which many applications can be used simultaneously within each patient. If anyone watched the Jeopardy match up against the best players, Watson proved  to be and lived up to its much anticipated computing power. It has the ability to learn and improve upon itself so one could see it's use in the health industry. WellPoint Insurer has  seen the potential Watson can offer so many suppose a health insurance company using it for medical purposes is a fitting job for such a powerful computer.  

                    Watson- Super-computing power of the Future 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

BMW Laser Headlights

BMW's concept car of the future, the BMW i8, will receive some unique headlights that are the first its kind. BMW is calling it "laser based illumination" and will first make use of it on the i8 and then expand on all other models. Why use laser headlights? Simple, it will save fuel. Plus, what could be cooler than to have laser headlights on a BMW. It should be noted that no it wont be those lasers like in those movies, means no super ultra cool lights firing away at enemies or other cars in your way. Instead the light emitted from the laser diodes will be a "phosphor material" inside the headlight that will convert it into a diffused white light that will be bright and luminous but be appealing and pleasant to the human eye. Laser diodes emit 170 lumens per watt whereas LED's only give out 100. BMW says with that statistic alone makes for a much better and efficient car. Car companies are constantly finding ways to improve efficiency now with higher governmental standards and BMW is starting out with the headlights and building from then on. Car companies shoukd look into changing new tech that they otherwise might've thought wasn't a necessity. If changing a headlight will save fuel then why not. Now one starts to think, how much will this cost the consumer using this fancy new tech on automobiles. Well the answer isn't always easy as so many points have to be considered. Auto quotes may go up and such but companies will obviously have to form some kind of idea to keep costs down  while using fancy technology. Finding cheap auto insurance is hard already and getting lasers on your new BMW may come at a higher auto insurance rate. Well it can be said that of you can afford this  type of car in the first place then car insurance you get will be no problem. So people looking to get that new fancy future car, start saving and check out those future auto quotes online and see when you can be the lucky ones to first drive such a bad-ass car. 

(Source: BMW Efficiency, Laserforum, Popsci)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Dominos Thinks Space

Japan's Dominos Pizza division has announced plans to open up shop in space; or more specifically on the moon. Many see this as a publicity war most directly linked to rival Pizza Hut as they set a high standard by delivering a pizza to astronauts at the International Space Station in 2001. To fight back at that stunt Dominos paid one person 2.5 Million Yen (£20,046 ) to deliver pizzas for an hour. The competition just has gotten higher as the construction company, Maeda Corp, coming up with a dome-shaped Domino's restaurant in the lunar surface. With the company estimating the whole project to cost 1.67 Trillion yen and of which 560Y Billion (£4.5 billion) will be used to transport 70 tons of construction materials and pizza related equipment on 15 rockets. This project is completely insane as if it even actually goes through, why would a restaurant be required on the moon and or even space for that matter. Would people have to do web conferencing calls to that base to order.  Although the future is expected to be home to people living on bases just as they would at home, wouldn't it be better to wait for that to happen rather than open up shop at such an expensive price tag. Unless Astronauts use web conferencing to place orders from the Space Station, who would exactly be ordering. It could just be a total publicity stunt to spread word of mouth around but having a construction company already in talks shows how serious Dominos Pizza actually is. (Sources: The Telegraph, Popsci, Dominoes News, Maeda Corp