Smartphones vs Thinking Space

Smartphones have made the internet and connectivity ever present. We take our phones wherever we go and feel lost without them. We feel we need connectivity but, as discussed previously, it is a much deeper need than that.

Smartphones are our catalyst for instant gratification. Any time we feel bored or restless we can pick up our phone and get a little spike of serotonin by looking at a picture of a funny cat. Validating our virtual image on social media, or catching a missed call or text.

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Binge watch is Collins’ dictionary’s Word of the Year 2015

I thought it was rather apt that Collins (the dictionary-maker) had made binge-watch (verb) its Dictionary word of the year. Its use had gone up 200% in 2014.

Helen Newstead, Head of Language Content at Collins, said: “The rise in usage of binge-watch is clearly linked to the biggest change in our viewing habits since the advent of the video recorder nearly 40 years ago.

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Avatars: Resurrecting passed loved ones

.I was struck by an article I read in the Daily Telegraph (27/10/15). The article was based on the ambition of the animator and tech developer, Simon Keown.

He was speaking at an exhibition on the ability to create a 3D avatar of a passed loved one. He does this through rendering pictures and videos of a deceased loved one.

This loved one would be interactive and able to ‘know’ what you have been up to by connecting to your social media feed.

The quote by Benjamin Franklin comes to mind ‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’

Soon, for the living at least, that view might be outdated.

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