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TEENS MORE TECH SAVVY THAN ADULTS & OTHER ONLINE TRENDS

Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2008 09:25am | Post a Comment

As reported recently by the ever insightful Pew Internet & American Life Project who are constantly doing studies and surveys on the online activity of all age, economic, and societal groups, an estimated 64% of those ages 12 to 17 have created some form of online content -- which is much more than adults have. For example, when it comes to creating a blog, only an estimated 8% of adults have created one while 28% of teens have created a blog. 

And as more and more individuals, especially younger ones, get wired in 2008, this figure will undoubtedly go up. And regarding the gender breakdown of this teen online activity, the Pew Project has determined that teenage girls are much more likely than boys to create blogs, post items online,  or to have joined a social  networking group like Facebook.

Speaking of Facebook the word "facebook" (as a verb) came in second place in 2007, behind the online gaming word "w00t" as examples of technology-based words that have been appearing quite often in Merriam-Webster's annual "word of the year" list (see Whitmore's Amoeblog from recently for more on this topic). "Blog" was the word of the year in 2004, while "google" (as in the verb to google) came in second place in 2006. 

And speaking of  "to google," in the Pew Internet Project's recent Digital Footprints report they have determined that people searching for information about themselves online (googling their own name) has increased dramatically over the past five years, from 22% to 47%. The same study also reports that 74% of those who google themselves have only checked their search results once or twice.

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Robot Love: When Love and Sex with Robots is Commonplace

Posted by Billyjam, January 14, 2008 11:00am | Post a Comment
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In the weeks leading up to the debut last night (Jan 13th) of the new Fox TV show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles much of its national outdoor advertising campaign (bus-stop and billboard posters) featured the poster (shown left) of the show's attractive actress Summer Glau who plays the half-woman/half-robot terminator unit Cameron Phillips sent to protect John Connor -- Sarah's son.

No doubt this image of a sexy woman who is really a robot will fuel discussion or at least fantasies (especially with lusty hetero males) on the popular, recurring Sci-Fi theme of the possibility of humans having relationships with human-like robots.

But really, just how likely is a time when humans will have sexual or loving relationships with lifelike female, male, or transgender robots? Well, according to David Levy, an expert in robots and artificial intelligence, a time when humans will routinely be having sex with robots is actually only about forty years into the future.

Levy is the author of Robots Unlimited, published in 2005, and more recently the provocative book Love + Sex With Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships, which was just published by Harper Collins. He asserts that such technological advances are just around the corner and that they will be not considered weird but, he believes, generally be very warmly accepted.

New Music Tech:

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 5, 2007 01:39am | Post a Comment
Perfect for a Boards of Canada video, I've imagined the children who are at the Oracle's house in The Matrix playing with the Tangible Sequencer in these youtube videos:



The combination of the primary colors, the slow, steady pulse and music box sounds distinctly remind me of childhood. Jeffrey Traer Bernstein of the Sound Lab at Princeton's Computer Science Department created this interesting technology that I can see being applied to plenty of different new music interfaces.





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