Day 155: Could you ban yourself from the internet for an entire year?

Imagine banning yourself from the internet for a whole year. Could you do it? Paul Miller decided that he needed to learn who he was away from the internet and distractions that are bundled with being online  and decided that  unplugging himself from the web world would be the way to go. This is the second time I have watched Paul Miller’s ted talk, “A year offline, what have I learnt.” The first time I watched it I remember being pretty disappointed.  I was expecting to hear a TED talk littered with profound nuggets of wisdom that could only be learnt from spending a year disconnected from the grasps of  the digital world. I expected to see a changed-man beckoning for us all to join him in this post-digital movement.   A new reality that offers liberation from notification beeps and instant messaging.  I expected him to be giddy with excitement and enthusiasm for his new lifestyle. This was not the reality that Paul … [Read more...]

Day 119: Coming to a future near you – mini robots powered by your phone

Today's Ted talk both excites me and worries me. Keller Rinaudo talks about the future of robotics, robotics powered by mobile phones. Is technology moving too fast? Are we actually ready to embrace a world where robotics make up the everyday landscape? Personally, Im not too sure. Personal connections are already being eroded by the huge consumption of mobile phone usage. Will robotic technology free us up to mend those tattered relationships or will it further diminish human connection? What do you think? … [Read more...]

Day 117: Forget geographical maps! There’s a new kind of map out there

Ted speaker Dave Troy wants us to think about maps. Not the geographical maps that help us get from A to B but a new kind of map, a map for a modern social world, map based on data. What do you think of Dave's Ted talk? Due you think that data driven maps are the way of the future? Let me know in the comment box below. … [Read more...]

Day 115: A skateboard with a boost

In 2013 Sanjay Dastoor, founder of Boosted Boards, used his time at TED to talk about electric transportation, more specifically electric skateboards. I'm not really a skateboarding type of girl. I lie. I did have a classic TMNT skateboard as a kid which I loooved - it had flashing lights and everything! Sanjay's skateboard is a little more progressed than my retro skateboard. It's lighter than a bicycle, it's electric and can be plugged into a wall socket for 15 minutes to charge it up to give it enough power to travel at 30 kms per her (20 milers per hour) It's a definite step up from my ninja turtles skateboard!   … [Read more...]

Day 103: The DNA vending machine! Coming to a future near you!

Imagine a DNA vending machine where you the lucky consumer, can purchase a collectable DNA sample.  Each sample comes packaged with a collectable limited edition portrait of the human specimen.  Sounds like stuff of futurist sci-fi movies right? Not for artist Gabe Barcia-Colombo who gave a Ted talk showcasing his art installation the DNA vending machine. The DNA vending MachineWhat leads an artist to create a DNA Vending machine? For Gabe it was his fascination by the discovery of a community biolab in New York called Genspace. Genspace was a place open to the public were classes were held on topics such as extracting strawberry DNA.  Gabe took this class and found the beauty in strawberry DNA. This led him down the path of extracting human DNA. He was hooked to the point were he would hold DNA extracting parties amongst his friends on Friday nights.  Gabe would ultimately create an art installation called the DNA vending … [Read more...]

Day 78: Connected, but alone?

Day 78- Connected, but alone-

Can I ask you a question? A personal one? Do you think that the internet has enriched your life? Do you think that it has made your social connections stronger or has it made you feel more alone?  In 2012 Sherry Turkle used her Ted talk to put forward the notion that although the internet has made us all connection, we can still feel very alone. Connected, but alone? The title of Sherry’s ted talk is Connected, but alone? Think  about that for a moment. Never in history have we been more tangled in each other’s lives. We get  real time status updates, of important, and not-so important (but entertaining)  milestones such as birth announcements or the fact that Jimmy from work just polished off the entire first season of Breaking Bad in one day. Kudos to him. We are also bystanders witnessing blossoming romances as love notes are swapped through status updates.  We congratulate the happy coupling, aww you two are so sweet. We … [Read more...]

Day 77: Is it okay to Facebook my friends during work hours?

Day 77- Is it okay to Facebook my friends during work hours by website confetti

Is is acceptable to contact your family and friends during work hours? Should workplaces  create a modern work environment were personal and professional life can coexist.  Ted speaker Stefana Broadbent seems to think that this is where society is headed in her Ted talk “How the internet enables intimacy.” I agree with parts of Stefana’s talk. The internet is great for intimacy. It can break the barriers of location and help strengthen the bonds of family and friends who are separated by oceans. Distance is no longer an issue in maintaining emotional connections. My grandmother died when I was around ten years old. She lived overseas and we only ever met in person when I was three.  I don’t really remember ever actually remember seeing her in flesh.   We used to write aerograms to each other, but it would take weeks for the letters to arrive. If video chatting had existed back them that whole experience would have been … [Read more...]

Day 72: Do you know that you are affected by online “filter bubbles” by Website Confetti

Day 72 Do you know that you are affected by online -filter bubbles- by Website Confetti

Did you know that if you and I searched for the exact same thing on Google right now we would probably get different results? We could be googling literally side by side and still get significantly different websites appear on our search results page. Why is that? Ted speaker Eli Pariser says that this has to do with online “filter bubbles" and it is affecting each and everyone of us whether we agree with it or not. What are online filter bubbles? Online filter bubbles are caused by algorithms. Okay that was no help, so what's an algorithm? An algorithm is a set of rules, a formula, used to determine the answer to a question.  Whenever you search for something on a search engine such as Google, it takes into consideration a whole bunch of things about your situation and then tailors your search results for you.  That tailored personalised search result is your online “filter bubble.”  Doesn’t sound so bad so far. What's the … [Read more...]

Day 71: Do you know these 10 time saving technology hacks?

Day 71 Time saving technology shortcuts

Ted speaker David Pogue wants you to know that you have been wasting your time with technology. It's true! Don't worry though, this isn’t an anti-technology post. I could never write a scathing post on technology. David kicks off his Ted talk with some food for thought; you need a licence for anything risky, driving a car or getting married, but not for owning technology. There’s no basic course or standard syllabus, we are just supposed to know this stuff. No licence - just jump right in! Okay so I am guessing that if you were born sometime after 1999 technology such as smart phones and fast internet are just part of the landscape for you. You probably had computers at school since kindy and you probably don't get the comparison. I on the other hand was born before 1999 so I understand what David is saying. Technology is this huge minefield and we are just thrown into the deep-end when we buy technology that often we only … [Read more...]