Technology Facts

There is a computer marketed for The Amish! Check out what’s different about it.

It may come as a surprise to you to find out that there is an Amish trade show, a trade show that sells power tools.

Although The Amish aren't supposed to use electricity, some of them have started to use it to stay competitive in the business world.

Typically, they keep all electrical objects outside of their home - in an area of their property so they barely even know that it's over there.

Another rare item at the trade show was an '80's era piece of technology - a computer for the Amish. The booth displayed the item proudly boasted all the things that the computer couldn't do: No Internet, No Video, No Music. The computer let's the user perform basic word-processing, spreadsheets, and accounting functions!


Watson, the robot who won on 'Jeopardy!', had part of its memory erased because it learned to swear!

It seems Watson was entering its teenage phase.

IBM’s Watson, the massive computer intelligence program designed to understand human speech, is a true technical marvel. Created over a six-year period, the computer was built with ‘Jeopardy!’ in mind, and eventually beat former show superstars Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

Before that, however, Watson learned some words and phrases that would make your grandma cry.

In order to teach the computer slang, Watson was allowed access to Urban Dictionary, a site known for its often colorful use of language.

And, indeed, the site did help, teaching watson phrases like “hot mess” and initialisms like OMG.

However, because Watson could not tell the difference between slang and profanity, the computer also developed a sailor’s tongue.

In order to keep their new computer family friendly, the IBM Watson team created a filter that would stop the system from swearing.

Currently, Watson helps make decisions concerning lung cancer treatment at Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center. According to IBM, 90% of the facility’s nurses now follow Watson’s guidance.


This Japanese company has a 300-year technology plan that includes telepathy and emotional machines!

Apparently, this company viewed ‘Star Wars’ as a blueprint.

In 2010, Japanese telecommunications company Softbank announced their new plan for future growth. However, unlike most companies, they did not give a three, five, or even 10 year plan.

Instead, the industry giant laid out their plans for the next 300 years.

Softbank believes that, by 2018, electronic circuits will be more advanced than the human brain. From that point they will grow exponentially, outperforming the brain by a factor of 100 before the middle of the century.

To capitalize on these predictions, Softbank is planning projects that will, in their words, bring “the brain computer to life”. These include machines that can translate languages in real time, robots that can learn to love, computers that can invent machines, medical technology that will expand human life to 200 years, and telepathic devices that sync with the brain.

According to Softbank, the singularity is near. Only time will tell if they’re right, but if they are, it will certainly be a marvelous 300 years.

That is, as long as they don’t change their name to Skynet.


Some awesome lists!

Nuclear submarine microphones are so advanced they can hear shrimp chewing food 100 meters away!

Technology does not stand still.

With new breakthroughs happening every day, the many inventions that permeate our lives are improving at an exponential rate. In fact, people can now predict when discoveries and breakthroughs will happen.

But even still, it’s always incredible to see how far technology can be pushed.

The first submarine, invented in 1620, was nothing like the underwater vessels we know today. In fact, early submarines didn’t even have mechanical power. Instead, they had to be rowed using oars.

Similarly, early microphones share many differences from their modern counterparts, using metallic strips and liquid transmitters to record grainy, hardly decipherable sounds.

These two technologies have come so far that a nuclear submarine’s microphone can hear the ticking of a watch from a meter away, a shrimp chewing its food from 100 meters away, and even a human talking from 20 miles away.

The animal with the strongest level of hearing is the wax moth, which can hear sounds up to 300kHz. For comparison, humans can only hear up to 20, and a nuclear submarine’s microphone can hear up to 320.


Using bond money, Chattanooga, Tennessee created Internet speeds 200x faster than the US standard!

And I can't even get my cat videos to play properly.

Thanks to a substantial bond and stimulus initiative in 2008, Chattanooga, Tennessee became one of the first cities in America to offer Gigabit Internet.

Unlike standard forms of broadband Internet, where most users have access to around five megabytes per second (mbps) for downloading content, Gigabit services offer users at least 1000 mbps.

To put that in perspective, Gigabit users can download an HD movie in less than ten seconds, while it will take the average American over 20 minutes. This means that, in Chattanooga, users signed up for Gigabit Internet get speeds that are 200x faster than the national standard.

Thankfully, other cities are following Chattanooga's example. Google Fiber, a competing Gibabit Internet service, is currently available in Kansas City, Austin, and Provo, with plans to expand into Portland, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham.

Currently, though the United States is home to most major Internet corporations, it only has the 26th best Internet speeds in the world. Perhaps that fact will change as Gigabit services become more available.



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