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How Technology could Cause an Instant Global Awakening

Imagine technology that enabled 2 people’s brains to momentarily sync.

In in instant, both people would immediately not just know every thought and action each other has ever had. They would actually have experienced it (as far as they know).

Now, imagine that same technology scaled large enough to “sync” every single person on the planet, for 60 seconds.

Instant Global Awakening.

For geeks, think of:

  • Telepathy (aka Professor X).
  • Vulcan Mind Meld.

It’s the same thing, but instead of cool but impossible magic powers (Trust me that would be “Plan A,” but my extensive research of trying to grab the remote control using “The Force,” isn’t looking very promising at the moment.

However, we can invent… and as impossible as this idea sounds, it could be done, with immense R&D, a bottomless pit of money, and a lifetime.

Most (or all) of the people starting the project would never live to see the result, but it would give your life purpose. We’d be building heaven, but never get to go…

What about our kids?

…and theirs?

Randomly thought of that… the same effect is happening with the gradual extinction of privacy, and our ability to instantly communicate.

It’d still be faster, but then you run into:

Is it wrong to force everyone to do something once, if it means putting an end to so much pain? Who gets to make that decision?

Think.
Have Ideas.
Be Wrong.

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New Feedly for Android – Version 17 is out.

Feedly is a Google Chrome extension that displays the latest updates from feeds, blogs, and sites like Facebook and Twitter in a magazine-like view. It integrates with Google Reader, Delicious, Amazon.com, YouTube, and other sites. It offers numerous ways to add, filter, display, mark, and share content. It takes a little time to set up Feedly to do exactly what you want it to do, but the end result is like your own personal magazine digest of everything you’re interested in, or might be interested in, since Feedly also does a good job of suggesting content.

Google says no KitKat for Galaxy Nexus

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When Google(s goog) introduced Android 4.4 (KitKat) earlier today, it stressed the importance of fast performance on older devices. It seems odd, then, that this Spanish Google Support page uncovered by Engadget, explicitly says that Google’s two-year-old Galaxy Nexus will not receive an update to Android 4.4.

According to the page, last year’s Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets will all be receiving an update to KitKat in the coming weeks. Right below that is a section dedicated to the Galaxy Nexus, which says the phone will not be upgraded.

This seems to contradict the goal Google outlined earlier today, to help reduce Android fragmentation by making KitKat available on older devices. To that end, KitKat only requires 512MB of RAM to run. The Galaxy Nexus, by comparison, features 1GB of RAM and a dual-core TI (s txn) processor, which should make it…

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Apple Versus Android: Are We Google Fans Kidding Ourselves?

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Google+

It’s supposed to be a place to meet and converse with people from all over who share your interests. Yet, the early adopters were all tech nerds whose main interests were Google products and news, how Android is superior to iOS (it’s not, and I am a massive Google fan)?

Android

My Android sometimes acts buggy or slow, and that never happens on my iPhone or iPad. And I use a Samsung Galaxy S4, the so-called “flagship” of the Android phones. 

Over the last year, Android has made some smart moves and improved things quite a bit. But they are forgetting the primary focus of the multi-billion dollar company: the customers

Make People’s Lives Easier

How can we make this easy enough for a child to use, while still having high-tech abilities? They say Apple is for non-technology people who don’t like to configure and modify their device. But with the exceptions of gadget nerds, users just want the features to work automatically. 

Simplicity

I’m a tech geek myself, and I occasionally fiddle around with my Android for fun, but my iPhone actually makes me a more efficient, productive, and organized person.  

Bottom Line: Google needs to focus on simplicity and customer experience.

 

Life is a Game of Tetris

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Each falling piece could represent an obstacle, a life changing event, an inspiration, a challenge, a love, an opportunity, a mistake, a death, a birth, an encouraging word at a hard time, an illness, a psychological disorder, a lust, a missed chance, anything really…

But they all combine and converge to make the person you become. The good, the bad, and the imperfections are what make all of us so unique as multi-colored individuals.

An Incredible Idea for a Social Network

  • There is only one real user.
  • The rest of the users are “bots.”
  • The “bots” are pre-programmed with different reactions to various situations.
  • The bots would feed input into the user by using different backgrounds, appearance, belief systems.
  • We would see where the user gravitated towards, and adjust algorithms to fit this.
  • The “user” would also be teaching the “bots” to become more intelligent, because of the quantified self data collected from the user.

As time went on, the “bots” may develop artificial intelligence of their own, by using the usage patterns (both on and offline) of the user to create a true quantified self.

From Social Network to Extension or App

We have social graph, we have open graph, and we have interest graph, but what we lack is a “personality graph.” It could even be played around with to see how recommending users based on personality.

An advanced / updated form of MBTI to form the foundations of these bots (to begin with) to develop their core algorithms. It would follow the patterns of MBTI / Socionics, but the distribution of cognitive functions would not be a template, we’d throw in some randomness to make it more real world applicable.  After all, you and I may both be ENTPs, but that doesn’t mean that our cognitive functions are distributed evenly.A new test would need to be formulated, because the online tests are not based on true Jungian Theory, but a bastardized version of it.

Eventual Benefit to Society and Technology

Part of developing this app / extension / overlay would be created by a much more correct form of testing. This could work as an extension overlay to the existing API or as a separate app. It would also need to pull from interests and social connections, (like every other form of app out there) to get a big picture of what this data really means.

For example, it may be discovered that all members of a certain type have a particular taste in music, movies, hobbies… We already “know” that they do, but this would put real results to support it.

The data collected by this application would be priceless, and could be used to develop products for years to come.

ENTP vs ENFP – Two Distinct Breeds of Extraverted Intuition

Similarities and Differences

The ENTP and ENFP are similar in many ways. They both share the same dominant trait of Extraverted Intuition (Ne). The difference lies in their second cognitive function, The Supporting Role, which creates two unique types, as similar as they may seem to be on the surface.

Similarities – Extraverted Intuition as the Dominant Function

  • Relaxed, nonjudgmental, non-aggressive look and demeanor.
  • Person is easily intrigued, starts new things very easily, and always has energy for new beginnings.

  • Relaxed posture and open and easy-going look most of the time.

  • Very often enthusiastic, but rarely physically robust or vigorous.

  • Like to have spontaneous moments rather than traditional / planned situations or “proper” behavior.

  • Spontaneous behavior and the absence of social masks serves to convey one’s “true” self to others. A concern with “proper” behavior only serves to mask the true self.

Extraverted Intuition (Ne) implies a rejection of the Intraverted Sensing (Si) in one’s behavior. Therefore, Ne types try to interest others with thoughts, insights, and a particular vision of things and not through material means or by exerting a direct physical or visual impact on others.

Extraverted Intuition (Ne) types “drop out” of situations (and their eyes glaze over and stop “seeing”) because they generally are abstracted from physical stimuli and are thinking about intangible characteristics of the situations they are in. The eyes remain open, but the visual stimuli is not reaching the conscious mind.

Extraverted Intuition (Ne) implies an ability to recognize and develop high-potential situations, people, and ideas – hence the innate enthusiasm, openness, and the ability to become intrigued and intrigue others. Ne implies attentiveness to the unseen essence of things, and Ne types want to have their essence come through to others.

Differences – Intraverted Thinking vs Intraverted Feeling as the Supporting (Auxiliary) Function

ENTP – The Visionary

  • Explorer Inventor
  • Enthusiastic Innovator
  • Inventor
  • One exciting challenge after another
  • Progress is the product
  • Relationships are just another challenge
  • Answer the questions and question the answers
  • Precocious Planner

Explorative; lighthearted and detached curiosity; focused on interests and ideas; usually upbeat and good-natured.

The theme for ENTPs is inventing, finding ingenious solutions to people and technical problems.Their talents lie in developing ideas into functional and innovative applications that are the first of their kind. They thrive on finding new ways to use theories to make systems more efficient and people better off. They have a hunger for new projects.

ENTPs have faith in their ability to instantly come up with new approaches that will work. Engineers of human relationships and systems as well as in the more scientific and technological domains.

ENTPs tend to smile the same way most of the time, and don’t use all the muscles of their face. This shows that they are little concerned with being agreeable or emotionally involving others. ENTPs have a more distant and detached look than ENFPs.

  • Ti seeks precision, such as the exact word to express an idea. It notices the minute distinctions that define the essence of things, then analyzes and classifies them.
  • Ti examines all sides of an issue, looking to solve problems while minimizing effort and risk. It uses models to root out logical inconsistency.

  • ENFP – The Inspirer

    • Discoverer Advocate
    • Journalist
    • Champion
    • Giving life an extra squeeze
    • People are the product
    • You can never be too close
    • Pied Piper

    Playfulness; tinge of irony; acceptance; frivolous; warm curiosity about people and relationships.

    The theme for ENFPs is inspiration, both of themselves and others. Their talents lie in grasping profound significance, revealing truths, and motivating others. They are very perceptive of others’ hidden motives and purposes. ENFPs are Interested in everything about people and their stories, as long as they are genuine.

    ENFPs have a contagious enthusiasm for “causes” that further good and develop latent potential and the same zeal for disclosing dishonesty and inauthenticity. They are often moved to enthusiastically communicate their “message.”

    ENFPs tend to have a wide, “sincere,” likable smile and to show a wide range of facial expressions. ENFPs have softer expressions than ENTPs, often tilt their head a bit to the side to show their interest in people.

    ENFPs reflect their mood on their face more than ENTPs. At the same time, they are usually somewhat emotionally subdued and do not show powerful passions in their face or movements.

    • With a supporting tole of Intraverted Feeling (Fi), ENFPs are attuned to other people’s feelings and sentiments and are generally aware of people’s emotional response to them.
  • They feel responsibility for the emotional climate of situations they are in and soften these situations by being emotionally open and showing their inner feelings on their face.

  • Fi filters information based on interpretations of worth, forming judgments according to criteria that are often intangible.

  • Fi constantly balances an internal set of values such as harmony and authenticity.

  • Attuned to subtle distinctions, Fi innately senses what is true and what is false in a situation.

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