Monthly Archives: January 2011

On future thinking


How do we think in the future? I honestly do not know. This post is a speculative guess.

Moore’s law states that per every 18 months, the capacity in our technology will double. The cost of electronic chips will be on the constant decline, as it will become more intertwined with our lives. It will be as inexpensive as paper, and the internet will be ubiquitous. Our future, digitalized.

Now, how does that affect future thinking?

Imagine, a highly digitalized world with the internet imprinted into our lens, feeding us information so we don’t have to. Imagine a world where the first thing we do when we wake up is plug ourselves to the internet. Imagine a world where less what questions are answered and more how questions. This is all possible due to the devalue of chips and technology. According to More’s laws, our cell phones today has more capacity than all the computing power in the world during WW2. A sheet of computing chips tomorrow will be cheaper than paper.

We’d have little chips installed in our brains. We’d have little screens implanted onto our eyes. We would be encouraged to cheat, to utilize the web and derive information from the web. We would spark a new age of induction and exploration. Critical thinking would be encouraged and factual knowledge would be overrated.

As our ease to obtain information becomes infinite, our method of thinking will change. Right now, our educational system believes in tests and memorization. The more the adaption of information adapts into a part of us, the less we would have to focus on rote memory and standardized tests, and more on critical thinking.

With technology closer and closer to us. I predict that our world will undergo an educational revolution. But that’s just a hopeful, optimistic guess.

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Does entertainment really run our lives?


We are not living for survival anymore. Food and shelter can be obtained with ease for the most of us. Then what now do our lives revolve around?

In the book Timeline by Michael Crichton, is is noted that perhaps are lives are now driven by entertainment. Our society as a mass is not driven by knowledge or mood or people or superstition, but by our need to be entertained. Because of technology, pleasing ourselves become infinitely easier; youtube on tap, books on demand, games at ease, chatting in clicks.

Technology is a shroud of an artificial ‘key to happiness.’ And we are swimming quite well in it. We are immersed in this world where entertainment drives us. A moment which we are lack of entertainment is a moment which we feel our life is incomplete. We tell ourselves that ‘Life isn’t life once we reach happiness.’ And this entertainment is happiness.

As you are reading this, you are hoping to be entertained.

I predict that in the future, our lifestyle will be more absorbed around this key trend our society is following.

Sadness, Smiles, and Stats


Right now, my head is awake and acute, thinking about pineapples and purple cows and Napoleon and math. I’ve been unconsciously dreaming about tons of surreal stuff, my life, and ideas lately. In other words, my brain is functioning. I’m clear of muddled thoughts.

It’s Sunday Jan. 2nd, last day of my beloved winter break. It went by way too fast, sadly. I’ll have to start learning from other people instead of from myself. That’s school. If you’re a high school or college student, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If not, imagine yourself chained to a musty room for 90 minutes listening to either something you already know or you don’t care about. The brain is flexible, highly adaptable, and when the input is not propelling, you become dull.

But it’s all right. I’ll find ways to make it great. For starters, I’m thinking positive.

My New Year Resolution is rather simple. Have fun and improve myself. And make the most out of what I have.

Cheers. Happy New Years!

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Before I forget, wordpress.com sent me an email on my 2010 stats. If you care to see them, here they are:

Top Attractions:

2   About Me

My busiest day of the year was December 7th with 873 views. The most popular post that day was The Age of Million-Function Phones. A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2010. That’s about 8 full 747s. In 2010, I wrote 59 new posts, and about 4 pictures per month.

Not bad, not bad at all.

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Now aiming for a new year.

A Potpourri of Perspectives.


Question: What do you think about pineapples?

Answers:

  1. Delicious! They are sweet and tangy, but I don’t know if that’s quite the word. if you eat too many your mouth starts hurting and that makes me mad.
  2. Meh. Too sour for my taste. I hate canned. I rarely eat fresh ones. And they don’t make pineapple juice.
  3. Reminds me of Sponge Bob.
  4. They’re yummy. I like pineapples, but not as much as oranges.
  5. I don’t like them because they have a weird texture, but my coach told me they’ re a natural anti-inflammatory like painkillers.
  6. They are pleasant. They are tropical. They are yellow.
  7. Umm…they’re fruit… I don’t think much about them much.
  8. Fruity. Cake comes to mind. Tangy circular slices.
  9. Really. Really. Yummy. <3
  10. It reminds me of Psych. The show. Where a pineapple is hidden on every show and its fans must find it.
  11. I’m a huge fan of the real things – they’re yummy and pretty and look very tropical before sliced up (and even after). I LOATHE canned pineapple rings however, won’t touch them. And I’m pretty packages of pineapples, like carts of bananas, are one of the things that those tropical tarantulas sometimes get imported in with.
    Oh and Spongebob.
    They still remind me of Spongebob.

Conducting this experiment just reminded me of the varying perspectives we have in such a culturally jumbled up blend. The more opinions you add, the more interesting the flavor of the pineapple seems, doesn’t it?