Ready Player One: Your Life in Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is literally a world in digital form that we experience as another reality. Meaning, you can plug into the provided software and hardware, whether it's a video game or fake surgery. Like most futuristic technology taking shape today, VR involves multiple industries while changing the technological landscape. The future is now "Ready Player One" (best selling novel by Ernest Cline and 2018 movie) shows a bleak future. In the 2040s, climate change, a lack of fossil fuels,...

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Machine Learning: Amazing and Unpredictable

Machine learning is everywhere now, but it's still confusing. It's a key component in high-level AI, but how does it work? The jargon and imagery of machines don't exactly paint a detailed picture.Now, setting up machine learning obviously requires technical expertise (we're not all scientists), but you can still know how it works. So here's a simple breakdown of the process: Input raw data Create simple algorithm (NOT how to complete a task) Computers will learn with every new experience,...

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Extracting Data Insights – A Beginner’s Guide

Extracting data insights can be painful. Raw, unstructured data has the information you need, but you need to work for it. There's no easy way to do it and larger data sets require a data architect, a data engineer, or a collaborative team of experts from different fields. To understand the insight extraction, you need to understand the entire process of analytics. Through analytics, you'll be able to interpret the data more clearly and bring key insights to the surface. Data Insights -...

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A Dying Environment and Growing Data

We've heard time and again that we're destroying the environment and it's completely true. Our livelihood relies on the environment, but we haven't been taking care of it. Data is crucial if we want to save it. Many environmental institutes are working directly on data visualization to map environmental shifts and aftermaths. There's no telling what we'll have to do in order to preserve life on earth. Using data to predict the consequences The Earth is a complex network of interconnected...

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Net Neutrality: When Data is Used Against You

Before, we wrote about Big Brother tracking your activities with invasive technology, but it's not just the government that wants to control you. The telecom industry enables how we use the internet, from different bundles to higher speeds. And right now, these telecom corporations are celebrating the end of net neutrality. What is Net Neutrality? Net neutrality means all data is equal in the eyes of internet providers, meaning providers must provide equal speeds and access to users, preventing...

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Online Dating: The Dark Side

In the earlier days of the internet, people might have come across someone they liked via chatrooms, but we have better options now. Online dating started out in 1995 (thanks to Match.com) and since then, it's estimated that 1 in 3 marriages start online. Online dating is different from social media because social media relies on the connections you make. It's only through those people that you have a web of connections but that doesn't necessarily open up dating prospects. Looking for a woman...

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Privacy, Biased Data, and Big Brother

Technology has improved our lives in variety of ways, including our safety. Nearly every industry uses technology and data to evolve, changing the way we live. Modern tech companies are working hard to achieve the perfect futuristic technology, but it might not be worth it. In theory, something like facial recognition software is the ideal way to search for criminals and monitor crowds. China has used facial recognition at concerts and even tested high-tech sunglasses on police. Microchips can...

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Archaeologists and Data Visualization

Harrison Ford showed us how thrilling archaeology and human history could be while fighting off the bad guys. And while real archaeologists don’t jump from cars or heal their fathers with the Holy Grail like Indiana Jones, they do find incredible fossils, relics, and sites. And today, they use digital data and data visualization to find them. Why do old relics matter? The field isn’t for everyone and it probably sounds boring to some people, but it uncovers crucial information in human...

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IOT in Healthcare

The IoT is the next tech frontier for almost every industry. It's more than just machine automation, it's convenient data analytics from your own body. Doctors, nurses, and personal care aides don't need invasive procedures to guess a patient's well being.  What is IoT? The Internet of Things, or IoT, is an ecosystem of technology and living beings interconnected via the ability to transfer data from one vessel to another without human interference. This high-tech network can make all the...

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Invasive Species: Infested with Data

What happens when you have an unwanted houseguest? Do they eat all your food or cause bodily harm? Do they multiply, destroy your home, and force you out? A human guest (hopefully) won't behave like this, but invasive species do while they destroy the environment. Not all cases of invasive species are apparent right away, but most do cause serious damage. Animals, insects, and plants invade and infest new places everyday, harming local environments. But combining studies and data visualization...

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