Prophetic Nerds

Written by Jesse S. Somer


I am an Internet creative writer and journalist and yet knowledge ofrepparttar technical side of computers still eludes me. As I work with tech-heads I've always had a feeling that they were a different breed of people, with their strange language of numbers and abbreviated terminology. I've also hadrepparttar 142931 egotistical belief that because they are always sitting at their computers, that somehow they were missing out on life, as opposed to people like me who try to spend as much time in fresh air as possible. Well, I had a wake up call today when I asked a few of my colleagues aboutrepparttar 142932 changing world of communication, television, film, and advertising that has begun to evolve at an alarming rate sincerepparttar 142933 advent ofrepparttar 142934 Internet.

First of all, after a short discussion I realized these people are just like me, they do allrepparttar 142935 things I do in their spare time. Secondly, I came to understand that a lot of these so-called 'nerds' are actually atrepparttar 142936 forefront of this revolution of technology and ideas that are changing our world forrepparttar 142937 better. Their well-kept secret is this: As they arerepparttar 142938 people designing these technologies that harnessrepparttar 142939 power ofrepparttar 142940 human imagination, they are actually prophets who can see intorepparttar 142941 future. I'm not saying that they are gurus who have mastered all aspects of life, onrepparttar 142942 contrary, I still believe that most of contemporary society still needs to focus much more time and attention on internal growth and understanding of our emotions and thought processes. However, asrepparttar 142943 tech-head jobs are usually based around ideas about how to makerepparttar 142944 world function better, they are miles ahead when it comes to knowing about which systems are going to implemented inrepparttar 142945 future.

Take communication for example. Whenrepparttar 142946 telephone was first invented by Alexander Graham Bell a lot of people questionedrepparttar 142947 worth of being able to speak to someone that they couldn't see face-to-face. Of course afterrepparttar 142948 benefits were discovered,repparttar 142949 whole paradigm of communication drastically changed. Everyone now felt that it was 'necessary' to have a telephone. Many, many years later came satellites and with themrepparttar 142950 ability to talk to people onrepparttar 142951 other side ofrepparttar 142952 world. Recently we've had huge cables constructed of optical fiber laid alongrepparttar 142953 ocean floor, and with them came light-speed telephone and Internet connections. Well,repparttar 142954 future of communication is now onrepparttar 142955 verge of a new revolution in paradigm as voice-over-Internet communication comes into existence and evolves.

A good example of this technology in its early stages can be found at http://www.skype.com/. Skype is a company whose service of computer-to-computer and even computer-to-phone communication has already had around 115 million downloads offrepparttar 142956 Internet. The reason that it is so popular now is that compared to a normal landline phone call, it is super cheap! A few of my friends and colleagues use it regularly so I'll tell you how it works. Inrepparttar 142957 case of computer-to-computer voice communication, each person needs either a headset with built-in microphone and headphones, or a combination of microphone and computer speakers/headphones. At this stage you both also need a Broadband Internet connection, but let me tell you, untilrepparttar 142958 big telephone and Internet corporations put a block onrepparttar 142959 current system (some US companies already have), you can now talk to people onrepparttar 142960 other side ofrepparttar 142961 world for relatively free! The only cost seen is whererepparttar 142962 amount of time you speak is subtracted from your allowable download limit. Talking to someone for an hour onrepparttar 142963 other side ofrepparttar 142964 globe hardly takes any download usage and asrepparttar 142965 Internet isrepparttar 142966 medium,repparttar 142967 'phone call' is actually better quality than a landline but with equal speed so there's no time delay of speaker to listener like inrepparttar 142968 days of satellites.

Knowledge From the People, For the People

Written by Jesse S. Somer


Iíve heard about it a lot but until today I had never checked it out, Wikipediarepparttar free on-line encyclopedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org) Now this is a pretty cool invention, let me tell you. This is an encyclopedia made byrepparttar 142930 masses forrepparttar 142931 masses, and anyone (even you) can add or edit pages. This means that if youíve got a piece of knowledge that you think is worth knowing, after checking that it is not out there already you can add to this huge body of knowledge that is growing everyday. There are over half a million articles in English alone, but there are also articles from many other different languages, some with over 100,000. Inrepparttar 142932 old days we had to spend a lot of money to buy encyclopedias. They took up a lot of space and were produced by private corporations hoping to make a monetary gain. Now we can writerepparttar 142933 book and read it for free!

I did some random searches today onrepparttar 142934 Wikipedia site reading about various things from Saddam Hussein, McDonalds, to a small town I used to live in called Bowling Green, Ohio. I learnt a lot of interesting stuff, likerepparttar 142935 fact that Saddam once set up a literacy program in Iraq as well as a compulsory free education system. This doesnít take awayrepparttar 142936 fact that he killed and persecuted many people, but it gives us a more balanced human picture and proves that there is always more than meetsrepparttar 142937 eye when it comes to watching our news on privately owned media channels. Did you know McDonalds owns more playgrounds than any other privately owned organization? Or did you know that they buy more pork than any other company inrepparttar 142938 U.S.A.? Where does all that pork go? I hope itís not inrepparttar 142939 milkshakes!

One ofrepparttar 142940 main features that excited me on Wikipedia isrepparttar 142941 amount of links that you can click on in an article that will lead you to other articles. If you are doing research it seems that you can go very deep intorepparttar 142942 rabbit hole indeed. If you do look up something that hasnít got too much information about it, itís your chance to widen our horizons with your own knowledge. There are a few rules of course, one of which is that we (WE!) are looking for real facts, not opinions. The articles are being constantly edited so if you write or witness someone else putting in gibberish or vandalism there are many controls to keeprepparttar 142943 pages free from misappropriation.

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