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A brief History of everything in 3 Mins and 12 Secs

[tweetmeme] There are a few times when you are left speechless, this is one of them. I was completely left speechless how a 17 year old boy can explain a brief history of nearly everything within 3 Minutes and 12 Seconds. Check out the video below.

Honestly nothing else to say.

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20 things in 60 Seconds

[tweetmeme] Its been a while since I posted an interesting infographic, I have to say I love information graphics or infographics. So just found this really cool infographic which tells us about 20 things that happen in the world every second.

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Dubai Like you have never seen it before

I am a fan of architecture, and photography and videos. When I found some of these videos of HD time laps photography of some of the latest architecture in Dubai, I could not hold my excitement. Here is my share of the excitement. Please wait as all the videos are worth the wait to load.

Before Sunrise

After Sunset

In fact the artist who made the sunrise and sunset photos made also a 2.3 Gigabit (yes that 1.97568496 × 1010 pixels, or 1.97568496 × 1010 dots on the photo) check it below, the video is of the person scrolling the gigantic photo of the Burj Khalifa. Did you know

While we are talking about the Burj Khalifa here is another HD video of the Opening

And 2 of the Fountain

To wrap it all up, the Metro ride in time lapse.

More from the artists here and here.  My special interest is because I did really work on the Burj.

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Robots that can snatch jobs from us

Emotional Robots

Emotional robots are robots who can read human facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language to determine the emotional state of the person addressing them. The robot can then simulate an appropriate emotional response using its own tone, facial expressions, and actions. For example, if a person is upset the robot can be soothing. They are being developed in research labs, and have been deployed in a limited way in some hospitals in the US and Japan. Two of the more famous emotional robots are Kismet, developed by roboticist Cynthia Breazeal at MIT, whose facial expressions might be crude but are nevertheless very effective; and the Actroid series of robots developed by Hiroshi Ishiguro at Osaka University in Japan.

Emotional robots are ideally suited for a number of working-class or retail jobs. They will work in hospitals and homes as caretakers, eliminating those jobs for humans. Emotional robots will also take over receptionist jobs and retail work in many stores. They are incapable of becoming angry or upset when customers yell at them or make strange demands. If a customer is upset, the emotional robot will always act sorry and mean it.

Surgeon Robots

Surgeon robots are just what they sound like – a pair of robotic arms equipped with a camera that can conduct surgeries with precision and speed that no human could ever muster. They have already been used successfully in several surgeries. Sometimes the robot arms are controlled by a human, but several successful surgeries have been performed by robots operating autonomously.

Surgeons might be eliminated, or will be turned into technicians rather than exalted mega-doctors. This goes to prove that robots don’t just threaten the jobs of regular working people – they will also eliminate professional middle-class jobs too. Or they will turn formerly high-paid, highly-trained surgeons into skilled labor like forklift operators. The advantage with them is the fact that the emotional aspect that a doctor might have while operating someone, will be eliminated.

Brain Computer Interfaces

Brain computer interfaces (BCIs) are any piece of technology that allows your brain to control a computer directly. One of the most famous examples of this technology is BrainGate, a device that plugs directly into your brain and carries electrical signals from it to a computer. People who use BrainGate are able to control a computer cursor, which has allowed people who are completely paralyzed to communicate again by moving a cursor over a virtual keyboard and typing out words. Future kinds of BCIs will operate wirelessly. One example of wireless BCI was an experiment done on a rat who could be remote-controlled from a distance when operators sent electrical signals to the parts of his brain responsible for directing his body left or right. Often called the “robo-rat,” (see video below) this creature demonstrated that BCI works both ways, wirelessly: You can send signals from your brain to a computer, and send signals to somebody’s brain too. Can someone see the Matrix ??

Brain implants could change the jobs of machine operators. Operating heavy machinery might move from being a physical job to being a mental one. You could use your brain to control a robot who is digging up a fuel tank, or laying cement. Other jobs that might be profoundly changed are entertainment-industry related. Cameras and sound systems could be brain-controlled, possibly allowing for new kinds of camera work that will be more crazily vivid than anything we’ve seen before. Either way, people trained on the manual systems for industrial machines and cameras will have to learn to use BCI or get downsized.

Game changing gadgets from Apple … whats next ?

Just like the story about the person who could turn anything to gold, anything apple seems to be doing seems to be the ‘Next big thing’. Most gadgets that they bought out in the recent past have been received with amazing enthusiasm world over. The iPod and the iPhone are two amazing examples of Apple technologies making it as big as the gadgets can be.  Although there are better ‘MP3 Players’ available in the market they are just that, they can just aspire to be an iPod. Similarly various companies world over are trying really hard to come up with the perfect ‘iPhone Killer’ and even the Silicon valley giant Google, is attempting to get there; the Nexus One. I will post about it as soon as I see one in action, hands on. Keeping this in mind when Apple announces new gadgets, I guess it is for all of us to stand up and take notice.

The Apple Tablet called iSlate or iPad ?

Apple is preparing to show off a new, larger mobile device with a higher resolution display this month, probably a version of the Apple tablet. This could be in addition to a 10- to 11-inch tablet the company has supposedly been working on. I assume that their patented multi-touch screen technology will eventually penetrate more Apple product lines, including portable Macs and maybe even desktop Macs. But for the time being as long as they have the patent for the multi touch screen application, they are willing to make the most of it. Here are some pictures of the supposedly called ‘iSlate‘ or ‘iPad’. Supposedly Apple is putting up a demo so that their developers can have a look at these devices and build software for a large screen HD display. 

In face apple has gone a step forward to make it more interesting and asked people that are invited to the launch to guess on the specifications of the device, and might win a chance of winning a tablet in case they guess it right. Check out the survey form here. The touch tablet might take on the likes of the first commercial production eBook reader, the Amazon Kindle, owing to Apple approaching publishing houses and might even come up with an Apple App store kind of a storefront for books.

Apple HMD Goggles

The January issue of Mac Life sports a fauxtograph of possible Apple augmented reality HMD glasses. It’s hard to know how much of this article is based on concept, but Apple working on an AR HMD would be a huge jumpstart to the nascent technology. Apparently in mid-April of 2008, Apple published a patent for a “Head Mounted Display System.”  The patent shows screens and fiber optics and vision imaging controls.  Given Apple’s trademark secrecy, it’s a huge unknown if MacLife’s article is pure speculation or its based on some real knowledge. Imagining that Apple might introduce this gadget by the end of this year to get into the market early to also make use of all the great augmented reality applications that are bound to hit the marketplace this year.

Apple is demonstrating the most important part of business, especially during the recession. Innovation and Design. We have to hand it to Steve Jobs for his innovative products and even more innovative presentation and keynote presentations for the launch of their products.

Avatar …. the beginning, read on ..

Is it the Sifi plot line ? the amazing special effects ? the pace at which it reached $ 1 Billion Dollars ? the technological advancements ? The hype created on the internet ? James Cameron the name ? Whatever maybe the reason, Avatar is definitely going to be the highest grossing moving of all time. I guess you already know that, but the fastest movie franchise to make over $1.3 Billion Dollars has something right, that is making audiences wanting to see it more. And the fact that it is one of the most pirated movies of all times is not making a difference to its collections either. I am not going to do a review of the movie, you can find tonnes of it on the internet.

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Personally, I believe this marks the stand point of the movie industry trying to desperately fight off illegal movie downloads and piracy. You can download the movie but you cannot download the ‘experience’, and thats what its boiling down to. Setting the stage up, were some animated movies that got onto 3D, then came IMAX and now IMAX 3D. 3D technology has existed for a long time, but somewhat sidelined as they wanted to make a version compatible for the home, and also keep down on cost. What followed was that the global piracy causing the movie industry to crash or get there pretty quick. Now the focus of movie makers worldwide is to keep the users away from the homes and get them back into the theaters.

And then out of the ‘blue’ James Cameron works up his average script which is rumored to be 17 years old and unable to materialize as technology did not exist. Don’t know about that one … lol. I say average script cos its very predictable, in face I found this awesome picture bought up by someone on failblog.org, priceless.

Having said that, the visual treat that your eyes is subjected to and the experience that your mind is subjected to is unbelievable. Most friends of mine who saw the movie in 2D did not like it, obviously since the ‘experience’ was missing.

Apart from the technology required to shoot the movie, like the awesome motion capture that brings the characters to life, quite literally, the content of the movie also hid well thought of Science. And of course so, the most expensive movie ever made must have definitely had technology advisors that made most of the decisions regarding the science that the movie would feature. Some examples of this would be :

  • The choice of putting Pandora on a moon in the real Alpha Centauri star system (the closest system to Earth) was neat since scientists are looking at moons for life.
  • Those floating mountains. Many comments expressed disappointment with them, however, it’s not quite as implausible as you may suspect. The filmmakers put thought into this: Superconductors expel magnetic field lines, so the effect could make these mountains levitate like magnets away from the surface. (Details here).
  • Sigourney Weaver’s portrayal of a research scientist was uncharacteristically good. Dr. Grace Augustine conveyed the natural curiosity about the world that you would normally observe in Research Scientists.
  • If gravity on Pandora is less than that on Earth, larger organisms would be supported, like the giant ‘Home Tree’.
  • Pandora’s atmosphere is not breathable to humans. In Star Wars, Star Trek, and just about any other sci-fi film, there are countless planets with human-breathable air, which is not very realistic.
  • The hybrid antimatter/fusion rocket combined with a beam-powered light sail. That’s exactly the sort of complicated trick that real-world engineers would use to reduce fuel and mass constraints on the spacecraft to travel at sub light speeds to other planets.

In fact just to be able to satisfy the blazing questions of all the geeks out there, as well as some critics who just seem to need a reason to bash up something or anything of interest, the movie staff came up with the awesome pandorapedia. An encyclopedia for anything ‘Pandora’ or ‘Avatar’. (More ‘Avatar science’, links at the end)

Like, the 3D hyper realistic holographic image projectors, the 3D Heads Up Displays in the flight control rooms, the title technologies showcasing direct Brain-Machine Communication, or even the AMP (Amplified Mobility Platform) for the humans on ‘Pandora’ are all technologies that are based on more scientific fact than fiction. Looking at some of them :

3D Holographic image projectors : CNN had tried its hands with 3D holographs a while back with its recent election coverage. Granted, the anchors and reporters being videotaped weren’t actually looking at holograms. Instead, they were looking at monitors, and CNN used 44 small, fixed cameras and 20 computers to insert virtual holograms with real-time effects processing. Fake holograms! Wait, that’s kind of redundant, isn’t it?

Brain Machine Communication of the Avatar : Brain Machine Interfaces and Mind Reading by computers is growing ten fold every year. New research in this field is enabling a new genre of applications for the computer check out more details here.

Amplified Mobility Platform (AMP) : Already featured in movies like the Matrix Trilogy and the Iron Man, this seems to be the next form of Personal Military technology that is going to be widely anticipated and made available. Tests on primitive versions of this technology already are under trials under the name of exoskeletons. more on Wikipedia about exoskeletons and powered exoskeletons.

Amino Tanks: Used to harbor the avatar to deliver the required nutrition to survive, this innovation is also being used in various research laboratories for organ regeneration.

There is a lot of resources available for the science of the movie. You can check out some of the links below :

The Human Footprint … Alarm !

Lately I have been organizing my computer, and the past couple of days have been dedicated to Bookmarks. While I was doing so, I came across a bookmark that I had placed for a page on neatorama.  Neatorama had a post about the Human foot print, It listed out sort of all the various consumables that we would go through in our life. Of course it is completely from the American perspective, like most of the Internet. However, it gives an idea of the consumables that we would go through our life. Check out the infographic below.

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Quite Interesting statistics there, Now I was looking to find the episode of National Geographic that had a full feature of this. It can be viewed online in various countries; but unfortunately not here in the UAE. So I had to look for some other source of the information and stumbled some more interesting inforgraphics as well as statistics.

First the statistics

Food and drink

  • Milk– 15,951 pints. To produce this amount of milk for the population, 2.1 million cows are needed, eating 100 kilograms of grass a day.
  • Meat- 89% will eat meat. 4 head of cattle, 21 sheep, 15 pigs, 1200 chickens and13,345 eggs.
  • Potatoes– 2327kg
  • Bread – 4283 loaves
  • Fruit and Vegetables – 5272 apples, 10,866 carrots
  • 95% of our food is imported.
  • Food packaging – 8.5 tons
  • Chocolate – 8.2kg a year10,000 chocolate bars in a lifetime.
  • Bake Beans – 845 tins.
  • Alcohol- 10351 pints1,694 bottles of wine0.7% of the world’s populationis drunk now!
  • Tea- 74,842 cups in a lifetime.

Human Waste, Waste and Sewage.

  • Wind1-1.5 litres of gas a day, 12-25 times a day, 35,815 litres!
  • Toilet rolls– 4239 to cope with 2,865kg of faeces.
  • Sewage– 150 litres per day per person, but also disposed of across the country in a day are 2.5 million tampons1.4 million sanitary towels700,000 panty liners and 270,000 condoms.
  • Nappies– 3,800
  • 2.5 billion disposed of each year, largest contributor to landfill, take 500 years to decompose, at age five we will have produced more carbon dioxide than that of a person in Tanzania over their lifetime.
  • 40 tons of waste sent to landfill sites over a lifetime.

Relationships with others.

  • Language– average vocabulary is 25,000 words, only 4% of the English Oxford Dictionary.
  • We speak on average 4,300 words a day, more for women, less for men.123,205,740 words in a lifetime.
  • People will know 1,700 people over a lifetime.
  • We will have 300 people in our social group at anytime.
  • Partners– 10 different partners4,239 times having s*x, about 2 times a week!
  • Love – we will fall in love 3 times.
  • Marriage – 11.5 years70% will attempt a marriage once.

Personal Hygiene

  • 7163 baths in a lifetime, 1 million litres of water.
  • 656 bars of soap, 198 bottles of shampoo, 272 deodorants, 276 tubes of toothpastes, 78 toothbrushes, 411 skin care product , 37 perfumes, 35 tubes of styling gel, 25 bottles of nail polish, 21 sticks of lipstick, 11,00 tampons/sanitary towels, 5.6 bottles of fake tan!
  • Shower gel components take 800 years to disappear from the water system.
  • We wash our hair 11.500 times in a lifetime.

Wealth and Spending.

  • £1,537,380 spent in a lifetime.
  • Housing, food and clothing £552,772, tax £286,311, leisure and entertainment£236,312.

Consumer goods

  • 3.5 washing machines, 3.4 fridges, 3.2 microwaves, 4.8 televisions, 9.8 DVD players, 15 computers.
  • 240kg of fossil fuels, 22kg of chemicals, 1.5 tons of water needed to produce a home computer, externality (doesn’t reflect their true cost, in relation to the environment.)
  • £920 spent per person on the average Christmas.
  • 628 Christmas gifts received over a lifetime.
  • 8 cars per person.

Clothing

  • Clothing market is worth Â£23 billion in the U.K., £385 per year spent on clothes,£3,222 pounds spent on clothes over a lifetime.
  • 500 litres of water and 40g of pesticides needed to produce a t-shirt.
  • 570kg of chemicals added to the water system through washing clothes.

Travel

  • 197 miles walked per year, 15,464 miles in a lifetime.
  • We will drive 452,662 miles in a lifetime. 135,950 litres of petrol will be need.
  • 59 foreign holidays.
  • 737 tons of carbon released into the atmosphere.

Information and Culture.

  • Television, 148 minutes a day900 hours a year2944 days in a lifetime.
  • 533 books read in a lifetime.
  • 3% can’t read in the U.K., 40% choose not to read, more households own two cars than two novels!
  • Newspapers read 24551.5 tons of paper
  • 24 trees will be used to make the books and newspapers you need.

Religion

  • 6 acts of worship a year, 390 over a lifetime.

Democracy

  • You will vote in fifty elections.

Health

  • Cigarettes – 77,000 over a lifetime. 1/3 of all cancers are from smoking.
  • Vomit– 2 times a year, five buckets over a lifetime.
  • 314 visits to the doctor.
  • 30,000 pills in a lifetime.
  • Tears shed 61.5 litres.
  • 104,390 dreams in a lifetime.

Death

  • 1700 people we know¦
  • 305 die of heart disease, 179 stokes, 111 flu and pneumonia, 99 from lung cancer,92 from lower respiratory diseases, 63 from dementia, 49 cancers of the colon, and32 from breast cancer, 10 from suicide, 9 in road accidents, and 1 in a fire.
  • 1 in 3 will know a person who has been murdered.

Couple all the above statistics, with the next infographic, i.e

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The real water taken to produce some of the consumables mentioned above. What do you have? A disaster waiting to happen!  Hope something like this will help enable our governments to sort out their differences amd come together on a consensus on the climate change, and the reduction of the Human footprint on the planet.

Let’s all do something, anything …. To save the planet.

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