Electric Airplanes May Soon Take Flight

Planes today are engineering marvels, but they require a lot of money. But, electric aircraft are starting to take flight, and it is becoming cheaper than ever to learn how to fly.

Electric Aircraft Concept Art
Concept art of hybrid planes made by Zunum Aero.

Planes today are engineering marvels, connecting people and small towns to the world. But everyone would agree that they are not very efficient at travel, and can be expensive to maintain when fuel costs are high. Electric planes are a hope to solve that problem, by replacing traditional planes with more economic and environmentally friendly, electric planes. The companies behind these concepts explain that these planes would run totally on electricity and cut ticket prices, so flying could become cheaper for you and me.

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Major YouTube Changes

There are many websites online that are dedicated to nothing more than pure entertainment, but no website is more supreme than YouTube. Created in 2007, YouTube was a website meant to be a social media outlet, allowing the user to upload videos of themselves for others to view, like, comment, and share with one another. It exploded in a huge way. Continue reading “Major YouTube Changes”

New MIT-developed System Can Make Websites on any Browser Load Faster

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“Computer scientists at the world-famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a system that can reliably make websites load 34 per cent faster.”

Over the years websites have gotten more complex, leaving certain websites sluggish and even unresponsive becoming a problem for companies such as Amazon, who say that “for every one-second delay in loading time, their profits are cut by one per cent.”

However, a team of researchers working at the university’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, may have found the solution.

The system, named Polaris, cuts loading times by determining the best way to ‘overlap’ the downloading of different parts of a webpage. Polaris works by tracking the relationships and dependencies between objects like pictures, videos, and HTML files, on the page and turning the information into a ‘dependency graph’ that can be interpreted by your browser.

When tested, Polaris was found to have loaded some of the world’s most popular websites on an average of 34 per cent faster when compared to a normal browser.

“Polaris could be used on any website and with unmodified browsers, and when tech companies like Google and Amazon are working hard to improve load-times, a similar system might appear on your device soon.”

Robotics taking over the classroom

Have you noticed yet how much technology has lately been geared toward education? Well if you haven’t, the digital classroom may soon become a reality as smart boards actually become smart and interactive, robots are being used in the classroom, and many classes are taught online or use online material to teach the course.

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How different is Apple’s newest Macbook Pro from previous models?

New Macbook from AppleInsider.com

This year, 2017, Apple came out with a new Macbook Pro, with many new features added to its model. They have added a touch bar and touch ID to log in, which is similar to the feature that is included in iPhones, used to log in. The touch bar replaces the function keys at the top of the keyboard, and things such as volume and brightness. In terms of storage and speed, the computer has up to 130% faster graphics, up to ten hours of battery life and 100% faster flash storage. The speakers have also been updated, as they now have up to 58% more volume, and two in a half times louder bass in the speakers.

The new computer is said to be thinner, lighter as well as being smaller, making it more convenient to carry around. Another added feature to the Macbook Pro, is that it has a larger trackpad, and they keyboard itself has also been redesigned to be thinner as well. The display of the computer itself has also been improved, as it brighter, has more contrast, and has more colors that give the display a  more realistic look to it.

How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It

This article discusses how people of the future may look back upon today’s society as a time of ‘renaissance’.  The article states that “for people of the future, our time may be remembered as a period not of death, but of rejuvenation and rebirth”.  Digital technology is allowing for many different art forms to take center stage and allow for anyone to be exposed.  Because of this, ads and revenue have too become a vital part of the internet and all it encapsulates.  However, a recent shift in subscriptions shows the growing potential behind the sustainability of the internet.

YouTube, Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Apple music are just some examples of how subscriptions are taking over.  With a growing dependence on these services, the internet is becoming a reliable hub for all content creators across the globe.  Additionally, with the constant use of social media, content creators are ever so close to their audience and possess a new opportunity to directly communicate with millions at a moment’s notice.

As these trends continue to grow, the lives of content creators continue to do the same.  Hopefully, our time will indeed be considered a sort of modern-day renaissance.  I think that right now is a special time in the realm of technology and for it to merely be glossed over in the future would be a shame.  There are a lot of exciting and important changes taking place every day, and I hope that my kids one day learn about the pivotal times I lived in.

Massive Instant Direct Communication: How dangerous is it?

Ever since the dawn of time, humans have evolved technology to increase the efficiency of communication, from runners to telegraphs to computers. It is so easy now to message someone from across the world with just a few strokes of the keyboard. Now, we have developed fiber optic cables, which are able to transmit information faster than the electrons running through telephone polls. We have become so used to instant communication that, unfortunately, we have become addicted to it instead of using it when needed. Is this massive direct instant communication actually hurting us socially?

There are two sides to this argument. One is that because we have massive instant direct communication (which I will now be referring to as MIDC for the sake of word count and easy reading) has made our lives better because we can keep in touch with other people whenever we feel like it, which boosts efficiency and decreases loneliness. The other is that we have become so attached to our virtual lives that we have unfortunately put our constant connection first before experiencing the world around us.

As for my opinion? I would say that there are some benefits and downsides, but that’s not really that matters. What matters is getting people to understand both sides and to evenly balance it out. If you are spending too much time on your phone, computer, or other device that gets you connected, spend some time disconnected by exercising, meeting up with friends, or other such activity. If you are not spending enough time connected, make sure you do because, like it or not, the world is transitioning online.