Curious About What Humans Will Look Like 1,000 Years From Now?

(PCM) Human beings as a species are constantly evolving and with the continued growth of technology, it leads us to wonder just where human evolution will end up in the next 1,000 years or so. We have always heard the rumors that there will eventually be chips implanted under our skin for identification and different chips implanted in our fingers to that we could swipe to use as payment when shopping. Many even wonder if one day we will become so obsessed with our smart phone that they will eventually just be implanted permanently in our ears or in front of our faces … look at the invention of Google Glass!

The folks over at Tech Insider have considered many of these ideas and have put together a video that shows how they think humans will evolve by the year 3017 and it is definitely a little freaky! Not to worry too much because surely none of us will actually be around by then, but it definitely sparks some food for thought.

The video. which can be seen below, suggests that by the year 3017 we will have found a way to possibly merge our bodies with machinery, be living on different planets such as Mars and even potentially make ourselves immune to all diseases and reverse the process of aging.

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Student Invents Miracle Bra That Could Save The Lives Of Millions Of Women

(PCM) Julián Ríos Cantú is an 18-year old student from Mexico and his invention of a ‘miracle bra’ has the potential to save the lives of millions of women by being able to detect the early signs of breast cancer.  Cantú’s own mother battled breast cancer for many years and eventually had to undergo a double mastectomy. Cantú developed the idea for the the bra, which he is calling “”the auto exploration bra” after watching his mother’s struggle and knowing just how hard it can be for women in Mexico to have access to get a mammogram. Apparently, there are only 9.5 mammography machines per million people in the country.

Cantú’s invention uses 200 sensors that are able to detect the early signs of breast cancer. Those include texture, color and temperature of the breast. The bra does not need to be worn by the user at all time to be effective. It can be worn for just one hour per week and that is enough time for the sensors to analyze the breast and detect any important changes. The information obtained by the bra is sent to a computer or smartphone app via Bluetooth technology where it is then analyzed by a neural network.  Heat sensors are able to detect blood flow, which can suggest that blood is feeding the formation of cancer cells.

Cantú has formed his very own company called Higia Technologies and has already taken first place at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards and won the $20,000 top prize. According to the Higia website they are “devoted to boosting women’s quality of life by attaining a professionalization of the self exploration method for the early and effective detection of breast cancer.” Let’s hope that we will see this “miracle bra” device put into wide release as it truly does have the potential to save millions of lives.

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Could Facebook Really Be Developing A Technology That Can Read Our Minds? The Answer Is Yes!

(PCM) Over the years we have analyzed the many pros and cons of technology growth. Our devices such as smartphones, computers and televisions are getting smarter and smarter by the day and there is really no set of rules governing just where the limits of this technology growth can lead. Some feel it can lead to a very bad place where our devices can take over for actual thinking, which is why the news that Facebook is developing a new technology that would allow them to be able to read our thoughts is absolutely terrifying, yet intriguing at the same time.

Should Facebook really even be allowed to harness that type of power and just how would it be able to differentiate between thoughts that we want known and other thoughts that we would rather keep to ourselves. Facebook’s new mind-reading plan was revealed during the company’s annual F8 conference which is where the developers gather to discuss various future technologies and reveal what they have been working on.

The news was revealed by Facebook’s vice president of engineering Regina Dugan who heads up the projects located in Facebook’s mysterious Building 8, an area where we still wonder what kind of crazy stuff is really happening in there! Dugan claimed the company was hard at work on two special projects that focused on “silent speech communications” and a new system that would allow Facebook users to only type using their brains.

In a statement, Dugan said, “Over the next 2 years, we will be building systems that demonstrate the capability to type at 100 wpm by decoding neural activity devoted to speech.Just as you take many photos and decide to share some of them, so too, you have many thoughts and decide to share some of them in the form of the spoken word.”

In layman’s terms, basically Facebook wants to find a way to connect your brain directly to the computer or smart device. Currently the only systems that feature this type of technology require some sort of brain implant that would then allow thoughts to be texted out, however Facebook would like to perfect this technology to be used without the need for any type of surgical procedure.

Many were concerned about privacy to which Dugan addressed saying, “We are not talking about decoding your random thoughts.You have many thoughts, you choose to share some of them. We’re talking about decoding those words. A silent speech interface – one with all the speed and flexibility of voice.”

Still, this means that Facebook would still be gathering the info from all of our thoughts, not just the ones we would choose to post. How would they be able to make that determination about which thoughts to publish and which to keep private. The research into this type of technology is far from complete and we are certain that we will not be seeing anything quite that invasive anytime in the near future, but the thought that is it on the way is definitely a bit scary and concerning, as it won’t be that long of a wait!

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Could Edible Water Bubbles Be The Wave Of The Future?

(PCM) Despite the many recycling efforts across the nation, America still has a huge issue with plastics waste. We throw away nearly 35 billion plastic water bottles each year. While many people have made the switch to carrying reusable water containers, it is still not enough to completely solve the problem.

A London-based company named Ooho! now feels that they may have the answer. The company has created the first edible water bubble. The bubbles contain no plastic which equals no waste. You consume the entire bubble to get a cool and refreshing drink.

The outside of the bubble which holds the water is a membrane like substance made out of seaweed extract, however it is completely tasteless. You just pop the entire bubble in your mouth and go! We just have to wonder just how many of these water bubbles one would need to consume to fully quench real thirst. We could see ourselves popping like 25 of these bad boys on a hot day.

When the company gave out samples people were afraid to give them a try, but once they ate a few they were immediately hooked on the concept. While the Ooho! water bubbles are not yet available for mass consumption, the company did partner with Skipping Rocks Lab to create a crowdfunding campaign to make these water bubbles a reality sooner rather than later.

The company’s website states, “”Our packaging is cheaper than plastic and can encapsulate any beverage including water, soft drinks, spirits, and even cosmetics.”

They have already reached their goal and hopefully we will get a chance to try one of these unique water bubbles in the very near future.

Ooho! Experience from Skipping Rocks Lab on Vimeo.

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Science Has Found A Way To Create Virtual Beverages

(PCM) Technological advances are truly an amazing thing. Researchers from the National University in Singapore have now created a way to potentially send food and beverages virtually to people in different locations. While the researchers still have a ways to go before they can begin sending food items through cyberspace, they do believe they are mastering the technique of sending virtual beverages and cocktails and they have begun with a glass of lemonade.

According to Newsatlas.com, First, a sensor is placed into the real lemonade, which uses an analog pH sensor to measure the acidity (or sourness) of the drink, and an RGB sensor to capture its color. That data is then sent via Bluetooth to the “Lemonade Simulator” – a high-tech tumbler with an LED in the bottom and electrodes around the rim. The LED lights up the liquid in the same RGB color as the real drink, and the electrodes send controlled electrical pulses to the tongue to mimic sourness.

The researchers felt that lemonade was a great starting off point, as it has a very distinct flavor profile and a unique taste so it would be the perfect choice to send through cyberspace. The researchers have made a video documenting the entire process, you can check it out below:

We just have to wonder about the overall taste and safety of consuming beverages (and eventually food) that has been sent via cyberspace, but it looks like we can fool our taste buds into believing something is tasty or not via the electrodes. Maybe they can suddenly my distaste for mushrooms turn into a delicious chocolate flavor? What kind of flavor combinations would you come up with?

Just wait till they find a way to send liquor virtually? How in the world would they figure out a way to regulate that?

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China Park Uses Facial Recognition To Prevent Toilet Paper Theft

(PCM) Geez! We never knew that park toilet paper theft in China was such a big problem. It must be a big issue because the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing has installed new machines that use facial recognition software to only allot so much toilet paper per user.

There has got to be some kind of privacy violations in place here, as we certainly wouldn’t want our faces scanned each time that we enter a bathroom. In fact, there is something about the idea of cameras in bathrooms that doesn’t make us feel comfortable in general. Definitely not a good idea.

The machines work by scanning visitors’ faces for three seconds before rationing 24 to 27.5 inches of toilet paper, which the park upgraded from one-ply to two-ply. Wow, how very generous of them! The machines are placed at the height of an average man or woman and only dispense toilet paper every nine minutes.

Users have already begun complaining saying that the process for using the bathroom at the park is taking twice as long now and when the machine malfunctions it can take extra time to get the required amount of toilet paper.

There was also some concern over certain bathroom situations that could require additional toilet paper to which a park spokesperson responded, “If we encounter guests who have diarrhea or any other situation in which they urgently require toilet paper, then our staff on the ground will directly provide the toilet paper.”

The park felt the need to install the facial recognition machines because too many park guests were using too much toilet paper and stealing some extra on the side to take home. Definitely seems like a bit of a drastic measure to us and something tells us that these machines will be making an exit sometime in the near future. Bathroom + cameras = Not Cool!

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