Monday

Future Tense?

A new study from the Pew Research Center paints a picture of Americans looking to the future for made-to-order human organs, robotic elder care, and things of that nature - and we are largely positive about what the coming years and decades may bring us. However, a good chunk of respondents - about 30% - are a bit less sanguine and worry about drones, computers implants and the like.
On the positive side, the telephone survey of 1,001 adult Americans in February showed that 81% expect that within the next 50 years people who need new organs, whether it's a liver, kidney or heart, will have them custom grown in a lab. And 51% said they expect computers will be able to create art that is so good it will be indistinguishable from art produced by humans.
Computerworld.com

Sunday

Happy Easter

If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.

Timothy Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."

(John 11:25-26) KJV


Saturday

Buying A Smartphone - How To Compare

When buying a smartphone - or indeed most other types of digital devices - many of us will likely purchase something familiar, or some thing on sale. That's human nature, and I have done that myself in the past. However, you may end up with something that was not exactly what you wanted or even needed. So, how do you comparison shop between smartphones? Glad you asked, and MakeUseOf has an article on how to compare the hardware specifications of these devices. The article has some jargon, but is clear enough that it should be helpful to the "rest of us". For older users in particular, the screen on these sorts of devices is important, and I would strongly encourage your to actually use whatever device you are thinking about first to see if the display is big enough, bright enough and clear enough - don't just rely on the numbers.


Friday

Weekly Round-Up

Wow, another week bites the dust and we are up against one of most holy times in the Christian and Jewish calendars. So what do we do? Eat chocolate eggs of course! Anyway, I have taken it upon myself to bring a collection of links each week highlighting the weird, wonderful and annoying things that go on via the World Wide Web.



Wednesday

Yes Martha, Google Scans Your Gmail

Google added a paragraph to its terms of service as of Monday to tell customers that, yes, it does scan e-mail content for advertising and customized search results, among other reasons. The change comes as Google undergoes a lawsuit over its e-mail scanning, with the plaintiffs complaining that Google violated their privacy.

E-mail users brought the lawsuit against Google in 2013, alleging that the company was violating wiretapping laws by scanning the content of e-mails. The plaintiffs' complaints vary, but some of the cases include people who sent their e-mails to Gmail users from non-Gmail accounts and nonetheless had their content scanned. They argue that since they didn't use Gmail, they didn't consent to the scanning.


Monday

Does Data Collection Mean Better Health?

There is a burgeoning industry in wearable technology that can monitor and record things like blood pressure, blood sugar levels and so on. Does all this "self data" actually lead to possibly better health though? The video below from PBS's Idea Channel, while full of staccato delivery and random and rapid editing, speaks to the subject.


Hey, Wanna Feel Really Old?

Take a look at these kids trying to figure out the quintessential 80's music delivery device - the Sony Walkman! Are your bones creaking yet?