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Technology can easily be cause of great excitement. After all, because of it we are seeing things being done, we could not have probably even imagined before. For example, there are those adaptive baby monitors which learn from a newborn’s patterns then predict when the baby will wake up. Or perhaps, one thing I can’t …   Read More

Technology can easily be cause of great excitement. After all, because of it we are seeing things being done, we could not have probably even imagined before. For example, there are those adaptive baby monitors which learn from a newborn’s patterns then predict when the baby will wake up. Or perhaps, one thing I can’t ceased to be amazed by is just who there is an app like Shazam which “listens” to a song and tells you what it is. New technology also allows just about anyone to buy a GoPro camera and captures moments of their experience which then translate into shareable moments seen from a first person’s view. How can I not mention all of the devices, like the ones in the smartphone market, the rivalry among the giants in the cell phone industry to outdo each other with the latest and greatest must-have device. Apple released their version of a smart watch officially accelerating the race to take over that market. Now they will go after the smart home and the smart car. What is technology doing for us though?

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The Mimo is not the typical baby monitor. It comes with a type of sensor or “turtle.” The turtle connects to a lilypad and sends information to the cloud like breathing patterns, body position and sleep activity. This way, the system learns from the baby and is able to predict when the baby might be waking up.

Is it helping or disrupting society with needless features and purposes? Or is it contributing to the advancement of science, medicine and the understanding of ourselves? Perhaps it is wise to stop for a moment and examine this. It is very easy to get caught up in the wonder of it all, after all our current technology offer us tremendous entertainment value. The type of renderings that new gaming platforms are achieving are ever more life-like and a devices Iike the VR headset by Oculus Rift only make things more immersive. Are we doomed for these technologies to “buys off” in the down spiral of mindless consumerism? Or are we going to the reigns in our hands and direct the way these new technologies go towards a positive outcome for us. Can we think of ways in which we can utilize these technologies, if not for everyone, for ourselves. After all, we are already doing a great favour to the world by doing our part, no external force will do it for us, no matter how it seems it can. We need to get off our rears and act.

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The Oculus Rift, recently acquired by Facebook, offers incredible immersive capabilities with fully integrated virtual reality realism opening the next stage of 3D realism in gaming.

It does come to us, it does come to how strong we will be at the end, to resist temptation, to choose personal fulfillment over mindless entertainment. This is not to say, one must be fully rejecting all forms of entertainment offered by current technologies. I believe, in moderation, these can offer a good venue to share a moment of joy or laughter with those we cherish. So, no I am not an extremist, I believe even those darker things labelled by society can have a positive angle or approach. It is in our hands to choose every time, whether it will small or big choices, we make them and we must attain a level of awareness, because if we don’t we are doomed to become hijacked and then we will only have ourselves to blame. The moment we accept this responsibility we will have an opportunity to take hold of our own direction and contribute to that our society.

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