Fun Fact Friday: Technology that we use

  • The English word for red panda is ‘Firefox’ which is where the browser gets its name from – so the Firefox logo is actually a red panda, not a fox ! (A red panda is an animal native to the Himalayas and southwestern China)
  • The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting underneath a tree, with an apple about to hit his head.apple_1st_logo_by_ghigo1972
  • The word robot comes from the Czech “robota“. This translates into forced labour, or work.
  • The first alarm clock could only ring at 4am.
  • If you was to have your picture taken by the very first camera, you’d need to sit still for 8 hours.
  • Skype is banned from the public in China.
  • In general, people tend to read as much as 10% slower from a screen than from paper.
  • 86% of people try to plug their USB devices upside down.
  • The very first domain name registered was www.symbolics.com, on the 15th March, 1985.
  • It is estimated that spammers only receive 1 reply for every 12 million emails that they send out.
  • The domain name www.YouTube.com was registered 14th February 2005.
  • 97% of people type in random words on Google, just to see if they spelt it right.

Brain waves to detect potentially harmful personal information

Recently, more than 500 million passwords were stolen when Yahoo revealed its security was compromised, every other day, a new report of hackers gaining access to private or sensitive information comes to light.

Fingerprint scans and iris identification are just two types of security methods. Fingerprints can be stolen and iris scans can be replicated. Nothing has proven foolproof from being subject to computer hackers.

Now brain waves can tell more about a person than just his or her identity. It could reveal medical, behavioral or emotional aspects of a person that, if brought to light, could be embarrassing or damaging to that person.  And with EEG devices becoming much more affordable, accurate and portable and applications being designed that allows people to more readily read an EEG scan, the likelihood of that happening is dangerously high.

“The EEG has become a commodity application. You can buy an EEG device that fits on your head just like a pair of headphones, now there are apps on the market, brain-sensing apps where you can buy the gadget, download the app on your phone and begin to interact with the app using your brain signals.”

Walking Robot is not too Far

Taking a single step for a human requires force, coordination, balance and direction. These entire factors present unique challenges for engineers to design a robot that can walk. New term experimented with the “dynamic balance” is introduced a feature that allows robots to maintain balance while walking. This new technology recently created a robot for testing that can walk. This new innovation can open the door for robot in military emergency operations or helping disabled individuals with their daily tasks. This technology is still in its developmental stage but we know that robot needs to walk before they can run.

3-D printing for Artificial Intelligence

The 3-D printing technology has made many people excited about new applications. Currently used printers have many limitations. Up until recently, most 3-D printers can only use plastic. A group of researchers have started to develop new 3-D printer inks. The team prints intricate objects chooses using materials based upon their mechanical binding, electrical conductivity, or optical traits. As a result new inks will enable a wider variety of functions, including artificial human organ creation, and understanding complex human body.

Fun Fact Friday: Some facts you must know about computers

  • The first computer weighed more than 27 tons and took up 1800 square feet.
  • Only about 10% of the world’s currency is physical money, the rest only exists on computers. (now this one was shocking for me)
  • the first computer mouse was invented in around 1964 which was made of wood.
  • TYPEWRITER is the longest word that you can type using the letters only on one row of the keyboard of your computer.
  • There are more than 5000 new computer viruses released every month.
  • If there was a computer as powerful as the human brain, it would be able to do 38 thousand trillion operations per second and hold more than 3580 terabytes of memory.
  • HP, Microsoft and Apple have one very interesting thing in common – they were all started in a garage.
  • An average person normally blinks 20 times a minute, but when using a computer he/she blinks only 7 times a minute.
  • More than 80% of the emails sent daily are spams.
  • The first ever hard disk drive was made in 1979, and could hold only 5MB of data.
  • The original name of windows was Interface Manager.
  • IBM 5120 from 1980 was the heaviest desktop computer ever made. It weighed about 105 pounds, not including the 130 pounds external floppy drive.