Social Media For The Ages

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the users of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are not the exclusive purview of teenagers. Interestingly, social network participants age 12 to 24 only comprise 24% of all social network users. This data was recently published by Community 102, a social network consulting company serving businesses wishing to have exposure within social networking communities. Among its other findings, the study reports that, surprisingly, the largest age segment is people age 35 to 54 representing 44% of all social network traffic.

According to the study, the social web is where the lion’s share of social interaction among all age groups takes place. While, the 35 to 54 age group represents the plurality of current social network users, the future of the social network phenomena will be what the study refers to as millennials, those born between 1978 and 1994. The Community 102 report suggests that this age group reflects the first generation that was literally raised on the web and still represents a growing age segment of total users. It is anticipated that, in time, this age group will outgrow baby boomers to become the dominant segment of social network users. The results indicate that, among millennials, 75% have established a social network profile. 62% used wireless away from home. 14% use Twitter.

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Look Ma' No Hands

Toyota unveiled a prototype of a self-driving car designed to prevent accidents before they happen. The revelation of its test vehicle occurred just prior to the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show that ended on January 11. The prototype is being developed in Japan at Toyota’s 8.6-acre testing grounds in Toyota City.

The Japanese manufacturer also displayed a Lexus prototype equipped with specially designed mechanisms and sensors that are capable of detecting activities and conditions surrounding the vehicle. The system is able to act independently in response to a perceived threat whether it is an object, weather conditions or mechanical failure. The auto is fully capable of driving on auto pilot while navigating through a complex labyrinth of obstacles and conditions without any human interaction with the vehicle.

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The Boss of the Future

It’s not to say that we love it when the boss isn’t around. Okay, maybe we get a little excited when the head man isn’t around to breathe down our necks and gives us flack every time that we slack off just a little bit. But Microsoft is either about to get a lot of fans, or a lot of enemies off of their latest invention, the Robot Boss. Like something out of Demolition Man, the object of the Robot Boss is to give a boss or supervisor the capability to watch and track movement throughout the office from any remote location with an internet connection. Don’t get too worried about your job placement just yet, this is only an idea that Microsoft is kicking around, and it could be flattened as fast as it was thought up.

Unlike a remote controlled camera, Microsoft’s Robot Boss was built to respond to movements and actions on its own. If it were placed in a conference meeting, it would interact with those that were speaking during a meeting. If the office was quieter, it would respond to movement by employees as they go through their daily routine. The camera embedded in the robot displays what the robot sees to supervisors, while displaying an image of the supervisor from his location to those that are interacting with the robot.

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Skylon - The Future of Space Travel

While several private companies have been working around the clock to be one of the most pivotal companies in the world to fund space travel, Reaction Engines Limited based out of Britain has taken a different approach to what they see is technology that could change the world. Their space plane, the Skylon Spacecraft is designed to be a single stage rocket that uses a combined cycle and air breathing to reach space. There are lots of technologies that are being looked at for spacecrafts within the private sector, but there are several reasons why this one make work best out of all of them.

Reusable

Several components of NASA’s space shuttles were only usable one time. Rocket boosters, which were usually ejected from the craft in upper orbit only received one use before they had to be reconstructed. Additionally, each spacecraft was only designed to handle a little more than a dozen flights, at which point it had to be revamped or simply torn down. The Skylon spacecraft is capable of handling up to 200 flights, which significantly lowers the cost of a single payload, especially when the estimated cost for one spacecraft is going to be about 12 billion dollars.

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Medical Advancements and Technology

The medical world has surely come a long way in the last several decades. Whether it’s a simple respirator machine or micro technology that allows doctors to execute intricate surgery without using older invasive techniques, everyone can take some sort of appreciation towards what technology can do for us in terms of medical advancements.

The biggest changes that we’ve seen with technology and medical advancements would without a doubt be the impact on open heart surgery and invasive needs involving the area surrounding the heart. Procedures like a triple bypass were often considered to be highly risky and potentially deadly to the patient that needed the process. Today, these routines are nearly standard, with the risks cut in almost half. By allowing micro technology to take care of much of the work for us, doctors are able to see deeper than they ever have before within the heart and can perform maneuvers not normally done with the bare hands.

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