You Now Have a Shorter Attention Span Than a Goldfish

Microsoft found that since the year 2000 (or about when the mobile revolution began) the average attention span dropped from 12 seconds to eight seconds.



Is Technology Making Your Attention Span Shorter Than A Goldfish’s?

If you’ve ever found it hard to concentrate on one thing without stopping to check your emails or post to social media, you’re not alone. The average human attention span – how long we can concentrate effectively on a single task – was recently reported by Microsoft to have dropped below the level attributed to goldfish.

This certainly plays to our fears about what the daily flood of social media and emails is doing to us, and to younger generations in particular. However, these figures may be misleading. For one thing, the report contains no real detail for either the goldfish or human attention span beyond the numbers on the web page Microsoft pulled them from.

More importantly, our minds are adaptive systems, constantly reorganising and refocusing our mental faculties to suit the environment. So the idea that our ability…

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Wannacrypt Attack Gives the World a Wake-up Call

Somebody screwed up. Or, rather, a whole lot of people and an entire bureaucracy screwed up. On Friday May 12, the WannaCrypt ransomware attack was unleashed upon the world. The well-coordinated cyber-attack targeting Microsoft Windows operating systems infected over 200,000 computers in 150 different countries, with the software demanding ransom payments in 28 different languages. […]

via Wannacrypt Attack Gives the World a Wake-up Call| By |Matt Toomey — Technopreneurph

SolarGaps – World’s 1st Solar Smart Blinds

Hey there, today I’m sharing an innovative green energy and smart product called SolarGaps.
SolarGaps are engineered innovative solar blind technology to generate green energy for your home and reduce your energy bill by up to 70%, something to consider besides Tesla’s Solar Roof.

Both used at the same time, even better, greener, cheaper and efficient energy use.


Best regards and stay awesome,
Pedro Calado

You Can’t Skip Life, Can’t Skip Us, Can’t Skip PORTUGAL

Hey there, today I’m sharing a video ad about my beautiful and inspiring country: PORTUGAL.

No matter how old you are, at some point of your life you heard, seen or even met with some Portuguese people, gastronomy, landscape, event, culture, memes or even Portuguese slangs.
You definitely heard about Cristiano Ronaldo, and Salvador Sobral’s amazing and intimist music “Amar Pelos Dois” at Eurovision 2017 for the past weeks.
No, trust me, YOU HAVE, we are EVERYWHERE, we are *HUGE*, it’s awesome
I’ll let the landscapes and actors speak for themselves, it’s a truly breathtaking video approach.

As the great Portuguese poet(s) Fernando Pessoa (or Alberto Caeiro) says: «we are the same size as what we see, and not what we have». Go, explore. Set off to see a new world, get lost amidst the light that a new place brings. You can’t skip freedom. Can’t skip youth. Can’t skip life. Can’t skip us. You can’t skip PORTUGAL.

Look to see, not to show. Go to places you don’t know. Head off in discovery. Visit Portugal 🙂

Best regards and stay awesome,
Pedro Calado

LinkedIn: The Differences Between Data Scientists, Data Engineers and Software Engineers

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Hey there, today I’m sharing a post from Data Science 101 guest author  entitled Data Scientists, Data Engineers, Software Engineers: The Difference According to LinkedIn.

Here’s his diagram that shows the skills breakdown between the 3 roles:

Ryan states that these roles are still evolving, and nowadays it’s much easier overall to enter the market, «as new tools (like Stitch) make it easy for software developers to set up and maintain data pipelines. Larger companies are pulling data engineers off the software engineering team entirely in lieu of forming a centralized data team where infrastructure and analysis sit together. In some scenarios data scientists are responsible for both data consolidation and analysis».

The author also says that «there is no single dominant path. But we expect this rapid evolution to continue, after all, data certainly isn’t getting any smaller».

Best regards and stay awesome,
Pedro Calado

Filmes e livros que preveem um futuro tecnológico

Excelente post do Gabriel Tonello, muito interessante, vale a pena ler 🙂

A Ciência em tudo

 A medida que a tecnologia nos proporciona algo novo, as previsões para um futuro tecnológico vão se alterando. No passado já foi tomado como enfoque  inseminação artificial e carros voadores, e hoje, estamos mais voltados para a inteligência artificial.

Vamos tomar como exemplo o livro “Admirável mundo novo” escrito por Aldous Huxley, publicado em 1932. Um livro muito polêmico na época por prever algo muito fora da realidade, tendo em conta que a publicação foi em 1934. O livro retrata uma realidade onde a liberdade sexual é muito bem acentuada, onde o normal é você ter relações com o maior número de pessoas; pessoas são geradas por fertilização in vitro; e religiões são desperdício de tempo. Sim, tais previsões chocaram muita gente, e continuam sendo alvo de críticas por parte de alguns grupos conservadores.

Porém há muitas visões de como seria o futuro com essa exponencial criação de tecnologia. Então aqui vai…

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Inventor Asks Children For Ideas For Inventions And Makes Them A Reality

Hey there,

«Each individual experiences the world from their own unique perspective» and «seeing things from a child’s point of view can change everything».
The famous British designer Dominic Wilcox took this into account when he asked children throughout the United Kingdom to think of invention ideas, and when these children’s inventions started coming in, Dominic decided to pick some of the best ones and actually get them manufactured. After they were made, he invited the children to come and explain their inventions.

Dominic explained that “instead of just putting the drawings on the fridge door as most adults do with a child’s drawings, why not push the ideas as far as they can go? Taking the power of children’s imaginations seriously and see where it leads to.”

Here they are a couple of those, some are pretty ingenious:

British designer asks children for ideas for an invention. Then he makes them reality !

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New GPS Map App Tailor-Made For Pedestrians

I had the same idea for an app a couple of years ago. They did it first, and it is awesome. This new map app offers pedestrians detailed route information and that takes into account the user’s level of mobility.
Tailor-made for city walking, the Seattle-based app, called AccessMaps, offers pedestrians detailed route information like sidewalk interruptions and takes into account the user’s level of mobility.

For someone with limited mobility, using the sidewalk in a new area can be like driving with no directions, hitting dead end after dead end: there are many obstacles that can prevent access (no curb ramps, too steep of hills, bad surface conditions) and there are next to no resources available that provide this information.

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The goal of AccessMap is to enable safe, accessible trip planning on pedestrian ways for people with limited mobility. To meet that end, the people working on the AccessMap project develop tools for trip planning as well as tools for gathering and maintaining open data about sidewalks, curb ramps, construction information, etc.

What the App does is revolutionary because most map applications focus on things like traffic density and finding the fastest route, but very few identify barriers for pedestrians.

Opensidewalks project

Collecting data for maps that optimize walking routes is not an easy task, but AccessMaps went “all in”, spearheaded by the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at UW, provides detailed information like the grade of hills and the condition of the pavement, allowing users to put in their mode of mobility and set limits on how steep of an incline they can handle, by identifying routes that optimize not just for time or distance but for things like changes in elevation and curb cuts, making a really big and important change.

Best regards and exercise daily,
Pedro Calado

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Is Data Science Really Science?

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Hey there awesome people, after attending 2 unforgettable days of Web Summit Lisbon 2016 and a few months of inactivity due to educational/personal reasons (such as getting my masters degree on track) I’m back to WordPress again, this time with full strength, jabbing and boxing for a right hook knockout everyday as Gary Vaynerchuk writes in his 3rd book and his daily vlog.

Today I’m sharing a very interesting article I read on LinkedIn this morning entitled “Is Data Science Really Science?” wrote by Bill Schmarzo.

The article called my attention right away, not only because I’m an aspiring Data scientist, but also because data (big and small), information and knowledge mining/management is the “new oil” – maybe even the oxygen – to the second half of 21st century successful organizations (startups, tech related or not).

Stay awesome.
Best regards, Pedro Calado