“Futurist” Title (Updates/ Personal)
Now, I’m willing to bet that if you frequent my site, you’ve noticed on my front page; I say that I am a “Reviewer, Futurist, and Voice of Reason”. Now I have no doubt about the first and last titles in this line, but the futurist part, it seems, I’ve been a bit lacking. That’s why I’m making the announcement, that in one to two weeks, I will be releasing my first “Futurist Talk”, a new series where I discuss things mostly pertaining to the far off future (5+ years), as well as, some modern day implications, changes from the past to the present, and how you can prepare for some major events that could be happening in your lifetime, but for now...
AI and Computers (Technology)
Ever since the turn of this century, it’s no surprise that bulky machines used as office equipment have by this point shrunk down into very powerful, handheld devices parents now pass out to their kids like candy. I remember when I was young, my dad didn’t let me LOOK at his computer (and I’m not even that old!), and now they’re so plentiful, and powerful, it’s hard to imagine a life without one. At a recent tech conference, Andy Ruin, co-founder of Android, pointed out the many benefits of AI, and the presumptive quantum computing that would have to come with it. He very much believes that the future of the world (as well as all of their computer businesses) depends on a merge of robotics, hardware, data, and raw power in the form of an advanced AI that can simultaneously control all wireless devices. A bit spooky, to say the least. I know I haven’t exercised this title much, but as a futurist, I can see where he’s coming from. I to see a future in computers, not as simple machines, but as full networks, connected to everything, are smarter than the entirety of the human race combined, but this is a discussion for another day (hint hint). (Tech Times, The Verge)
Watchdogs 2 (Gaming)
I won’t be doing a full coverage of E3, but know that I am keeping track, and the game that has caught my eye, is none other than Watchdogs 2. I know many weren’t happy with the first game (in my opinion, I thought it was okay), but this one seems to have some promise. It supposedly has a much more diverse, lifelike, large, and more simulated world, much akin to game-play you would expect from the Sims series. Its environments won’t be so focused on the player this time, so it will seem as if things continue to go on without your interference. The world is supposed to be more hackable, and this time, the anti-hero character is much less bland then good ol’, depressed Aiden Pearce. The NPCs in the game are supposed to be much more lifelike (as in they aren’t scripted like last time), and are ALL going to be hackable, supposedly. In general, I’m excited to see how the game turns out, but for now and until the games released, it’s all speculation as what exactly can all be done. (Gamespot, Tech Times)
Social Media and Cybercrime (Technology)
Did you know Facebook had suicide prevention tools? I sure didn’t, but yeah, you can flag friend’s posts if you think that they are acting a bit “suspicious”, or think that they may start to act up in the future. Now, Facebook is rolling out this tool all over the world, and with the help of some suicide prevention organizations, it will continue to team up and work with them in an effort to help eradicate online deaths. Their goal is to help prevent suicide, or at the very least, raise awareness of this issue.
In other news, Twitter now lets you retweet your own tweets, and less recently, has been a bit lax on its character limit. The idea behind this is that you can add to something you already said, and expand upon the subject. Just thought I’d mention this quickly before I get to the main event: Cyber-crime.
Cyber-crime is risky and dangerous, not only for the victim, but also the criminal, as many cyber-crime hangouts turn out to be FBI bases used to attract those breaking the law. Cyber-crime is also hard to stop, and assess, as the nature of the internet makes it hard to tell as to whether someone is being serious or it’s just a joke. The service Sixgill, has just recently begun late development and testing phases, having raised $5 million already before it even launched. It claims to be able to find, and alert about potential cyber-attacks of all kinds before they even occur, using mass amounts of data from the criminals hidden social networks, to track their activity. When it’s fully developed, no doubt it will be able to do great things, from stopping the commerce on black markets, to even preventing physical hits on individuals. (TechCrunch, PC Mag, TechCrunch)
Thanks for reading. There will hopefully be a new review coming out tomorrow for a movie, but that’s all I’ll say, as well as, another edition of the Levengood Today. For yesterday’s issue, click here.
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