The Book of Mormon is something you should all go see.
It’s not all jokes organised religion and Ugandan warlords, but there’s a real story about two Mormon missionaries who go on an adventure somewhere completely outside their norm. Importantly, you end up not ridiculing, but genuinely liking the two Mormons despite their wacky beliefs. This is despite real adverts from the Mormon Church in the show programme - you couldn’t make it up.
Some of the funniest jokes I’ve heard, and a crowd who couldn’t stop laughing which was on it’s feet at the end; I urge everyone to see it!
iMessage, Whatsapp, Google Talk (now ‘Hangouts), and BBM… (ok, maybe not BBM) have over the past few years all taken chunks of mobile networks’ SMS revenues. For users, using one of these services makes sense; you can now easily sending text messages for free using your data connection. In iMessage’s case, it even does this seamlessly for you, automatically sending the text over your data connection if the recipient also uses iMessage, rather than charging you for an SMS.
However, FaceTime, despite Steve Jobs claiming in 2010 would soon be open source, has never seen the same level of integration with the service’s actual purpose - a more tangible form of communication beyond a few typed sentences.
Besides that, sending information over an internet connection rather than legacy technologies is the future. It’s no wonder carriers are worrying.
This is why I think a voice only FaceTime (VoiceTime anyone!?) makes sense. Skype is the established VoIP provider with a presence on all platforms, and many other voice apps such as Viber have hundreds of millions of users already. For Apple to integrate voice communication with the device the same way iMessage and FaceTime are baked in, makes total sense.
What Google Glass needs is an app that analyzes peoples faces and gives them power levels in different areas like temperament/intelligence/strength/agility/etc.
It does not have to be accurate at first, it just needs to look like some machine is sizing people up based off of some arcane characteristics of the persons likeness. Perhaps it could pick up on perspiration levels or pupil dilation to determine how likely it is someone is being truthful.
In other words, it needs to be more sci-fi.
The problem with this type of suggestion is that it requires an augmented reality overlay which Google has said, after its research, isn’t workable because it’s confusing and can make people feel unwell.
I’d only expect contextual information to be shown to you, not to be overlayed on your vision until the technology changes (and the format of Glass itself changes).
Government Lab Reveals It Has Operated Quantum Internet For Over Two Years
From Technology Review:
A quantum internet capable of sending perfectly secure messages has been running at Los Alamos National Labs for the last two and a half years, say researchers. […] Today, Richard Hughes and pals at Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico reveal an alternative quantum internet, which they say they’ve been running for two and half years. Their approach is to create a quantum network based around a hub and spoke-type network. All messages get routed from any point in the network to another via this central hub.