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Ice Bucket Challenge Was Just Another Internet Craze That Reveals Much About Our Society

Ice Bucket Challenges - ridiculous craze or worthwhile stunts?

Ice Bucket Challenges – ridiculous craze or worthwhile stunts?

Now that the summer has gone, the mania of the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ seems to have receded somewhat. Many of us are glad about that.

There are different views on this.

It’s a great and fun way to raise awareness and funds.

Or it’s a completely stupid, needlessly pressurising fad that wastes water and power (to make ice) on a criminal scale.

The main point about it is that only through the internet did it take off. It was an idea that went viral because people love performing, even if for just a few seconds.

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Young People and Children Point the Way Forward in Digital Use

We’re spending more time on digital communication than we are sleeping!

We’re spending more time on digital communication than we are sleeping!

What do 45-year olds and six year old children have in common? Well, it seems according to an Ofcom report that they have the ‘same level of understanding of modern technology.’

My only surprise is that it’s not three or four year-olds.

Anyway, Ofcom’s Communication Market Report 2014 discovered people’s ability to deal with new technology in general and gadgetry in particular reaches a peak at around 15 years. It then tails away so that after 60, confidence fades rapidly.

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Robot Armies Filling All the Best Jobs Are the Spectre Facing the World Soon

Can we out-think robots in the job stakes?

Can we out-think robots in the job stakes?

New technology has always changed/destroyed/developed new jobs ever since man first realised he could use a tool/weapon and hitch an animal to his plough to make his life easier and more productive.

Professor of business administration at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Edward D Hess has his latest book just out – Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization – and he wrote on Wired (28 July 2014) about ‘the tsunami of AI’ that is coming.

The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee and Smart Machines by John Kelly and Steve Hamm has discussed in depth the spectres of the sweeping changes that are coming.

Here at MBF Blogs we have looked at employment through the prism of technological change many times. Below are a selection of links.

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Indestructible Cloud-Systems Inspired by the Cockroach

Near-indestructible cockroach inspires a new data system

Near-indestructible cockroach inspires a new data system

It has been said that after a nuclear holocaust which wiped out almost all life, the cockroach would survive. In the face of extreme climate change, the cockroach will emerge as the winner.

According to New Scientist Life (Shanta Barley, 2009), they can stop breathing for 40 minutes to preserve water.

As further evidence of their tenacity, Scientific American (Charles Choi, 2007) argued that they can even live without their heads for some time.

Several weeks, in fact. It’s all to do with their breathing systems and ability to exist on little food.

The point is that the roach is the ultimate symbol of survival against what seem like impossible (human) odds.

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