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

Forgettable Technology: 4 Qualities of Really Great IT — Technopreneurph

We talk about you, you know. Once a month we get the entire service team together and we chat about what sorts of issues we’re resolving and how we can help you better. We don’t just strive to get great scores on our IT support surveys (which is a bonus, because our satisfaction rates are … Continue reading Forgettable Technology: 4 Qualities of Really Great IT| By |Justin Hayman

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According To Microsoft, Human Attention Spans Are Now Shorter Than A Goldfish’s

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 to pay attention may be changing in response to the modern, online world is neither surprising nor anything to necessarily worry about. However, there is an argument that we must take care to keep control of our attention in a world increasingly filled with distractions.

The increasing number of distractions in our world is partly due to the new and ever-evolving ways in which advertisers can put their message in front of us – and the “increasingly immersive” techniques they’ll use once the message is there. Realising this helps us understand that our attention is a resource being fought over by advertisers.

The online world is increasingly comprised of spaces where advertisers attempt to tempt us with their products. Similarly, public spaces are increasingly full of adverts that can play sound and video to further capture our attention. Escaping this advertising battleground is becoming one of the luxuries of the modern world. It’s why paid-for executive lounges at airports are free from noisy, garish adverts and why the removal of adverts is a key selling point for paid-for apps.

Our mental abilities are changing, as they always have done in order to best serve our success in changing environments. But now, more than ever, our environment is made by those who either want our attention or want to sell access to it. It will certainly be interesting to see how our cognitive abilities adapt to meet this new challenge. However, as individuals we too must start valuing our attention as much as the advertisers do.

Martin Thirkettle, Lecturer in psychology, The Open University and Graham Pike, Professor of forensic cognition, The Open University

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Charge Your Phone Just by Walking Around or Working Out


Yesterday I noted a portable battery charger that needs only 5 minutes to get enough juice for a full iPhone 5 charge and today I found one that’s a polar opposite: It takes almost all day just to top off this battery, which only provides another 3 hours of run-time for a phone. There’s one more big difference,  though. This device, dubbed the Ampy, doesn’t need to be plugged into a wall charger at all. Instead, it uses your own kinetic energy.

ampy in use

You carry or wear the small battery pack throughout the day. Take around 10,000 steps and you’ll fill up the battery inside the Ampy, which can then be used to recharge a phone over USB. If you run or cycle, just a 30 to 60 minute workout will do the same. Phones aren’t the only devices that can benefit from Ampy. The battery can recharge a smartwatch to run…

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What MOOCs Are Teaching Universities

MOOCs are inspiring university and high school teachers to try assigning video lectures for homework so class time can be used for asking questions and hands-on assignments.
When the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) enrolled over a hundred thousand students from all over the world, it started an education buzz about how technology could revolutionize higher education.

A few years later, MOOCs haven’t exactly replaced expensive college degrees, but edX CEO Anant Agarwal says the MIT experiment with MOOCs has given educators important insights into how students learn.

In his TED talk, Agarwal describes how MOOCs are inspiring university and high school teachers to try assigning video lectures for homework so class time can be used for asking questions and hands-on assignments.

He’s fired up at how engaged students have been and at the power of immediate feedback the online platform offers. Even more impressive, students from around the world are discussing concepts together online, eventually finding answers to questions on their own.

MOOCs may not have upended the university system as predicted, but they may have done something better, Agarwal says — force inert institutions to rethink their practices.

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A Philosopher’s Mind Trip – Jason Silva

The Atlantic describes futurist and philosopher Jason Silva as “A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age.A self-professed “wonderjunkie” Silva is the creator of “Shots of Awe,” micro-documentaries that explore creativity, innovation, futurism, technology and the human condition. In this episode, Jason dives into the ritual of experiential design, a visceral practice he uses to spark creativity during a “flow state” in order to reach a deeper awareness.

The Next Billion: A New Digital Generation

Youg Digital Natives Generation

Here is a very interesting and amazing example/insight shared by Re/code on the new digital generation – with tons of potential and digital literacy – that emerges fom the Information and Knowledge Society that is prophesied as well as discussed by the spanish sociologist Manuel Castells and Deborah Lupton, without forgetting the analysis of this new tech and social paradigm made by Vandana Shiva.

Best regards,
Pedro Calado

One billion more people will be connected to the Internet in five short years than are connected today, creating a global digital middle class and lifting millions out of poverty worldwide. This is no wild guess — it’s insight drawn from Cisco’s 10th annual visual networking index. This index measures and predicts global Internet data traffic growth annually. This may very well be the swiftest uptake in technology in the history of the world.

And as more people join this digital community, 10 billion new things — digital devices like smartphones, tablets, watches and sensors — will be connected to the Internet, creating a radical shift in how we connect to each other and the world around us. Of the new devices, almost half will be things in our connected homes that will improve our comfort and safety, and some of the fastest-growing will be wearables that can improve our health and well-being, and cars that talk to each other and to us.

The massive uptake in broadband and new devices, staggering by themselves, forecasts unprecedented digital and social upheaval down the road. Business leaders and policymakers alike must come to grips with the changing demography of this new digital class and prepare now to meet the challenge.

Who are this next billion of unconnected being connected for the first time? No surprise, it’s largely not people in countries with a well-developed Internet such as the United States or Western Europe or Japan. In these countries, Internet adoption is maxing out, and compound growth rates are 1 percent or less.

Rather, the next digital generation is coming from emerging economies in the Middle East and Africa, Latin America and emerging Asia, including India, where compound growth rates are 8 percent to 10 percent. In most cases, Internet access won’t come from fixed wireline connections, but instead will come through mobile phones and other wireless devices.

These new digital citizens will have many of the same wants and desires that we all have: Better education and health care, more responsive and effective governments, and new economic opportunities and jobs.

These new digital citizens will have many of the same wants and desires that we all have: Better education for their children, with access to the world’s libraries and science experiments at their fingertips. Better health care made possible by connecting to providers far away. More responsive and effective governments. And new economic opportunities and jobs.

Just as many of us do today, this new connected generation will grow to appreciate the beauty of high-def video, whether it be to share videos over social media, have a real-time chat, or watch their favorite TV show, movie or sporting event. This is why projections for Internet data traffic shoot through the roof, with 80 percent of all global traffic being video. A billion more people watching hundreds of hours more of high-def and 4K will inevitably lead to huge surges of traffic — tripling Internet data traffic over the next five years, when it will reach a record two zettabytes.

The social implications, too, are profound. Internet access means a pathway out of poverty. For those of an entrepreneurial nature, it could mean access to microfunding and new customers. For others, it opens the door to jobs and training in the information technology world. It won’t happen overnight, but research shows that adopting and using the Internet increases one’s standard of living.

Meanwhile, the adoption of devices will grow in both developed and developing economies. We all love our smartphones, tablets and, for many of us, Fitbits and Apple Watches. This love affair will only continue to grow … everywhere.

So, too, will connections that take the human element out of the picture — so-calledmachine-to-machine communications. This offers great hope for real-time decision-making based on large amounts of data — such as to manage a smart grid, reduce leaks in an oil pipeline, or help us drive our cars.

It is imperative that policymakers ensure that there is adequate broadband infrastructure — both wired and wireless — that there is a basic level of fairness on the Internet, and that new business models and specialized services be allowed to flourish.

As all this happens, it is imperative that policymakers ensure that there is adequate broadband infrastructure — both wired and wireless — that there is a basic level of fairness on the Internet, and that new business models and specialized services be allowed to flourish.

In this world, privacy and security are fundamental. They are essential to the trust necessary to support the Internet of Everything. There must be transparency about how our data is used, and security must be designed into products.

The opportunities for this new generation are immense, but so too are the challenges. The bottom line is this: The world is going digital, and there’s no turning back.

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

Nick Bostrom asks big questions: What should we do, as individuals and as a species, to optimize our long-term prospects? Will humanity’s technological advancements ultimately destroy us?
Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as “smart” as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: “Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make.” A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we’re building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?

A ingenious and brilliant insight on the human condition and technology by Nick Bostrom, very interesting and frighting at the same time.

How Facebook Helps Students Adapt to College

For today’s students, social media isn’t just a diversion, it’s a support system, says a paper exploring the role that Facebook plays in helping students adjust to campus life, from Collin M. Ruud (postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), “Social Networking and Social Support: Does It Play a Role in College Social Integration?”.

Mr. Ruud has been observing the effects of social media for years. He was an assistant residence-hall manager when social-networking sites first started to take off, and he was immediately interested in how they might affect student development.

For his recent research, Mr. Ruud conducted online surveys, collecting 159 responses from undergraduates at an unnamed flagship university in the Midwest. He identified a strong link between social-media use and feelings of belonging to the broader campus community.

Mr. Ruud found, as he expected, that students today spend more time on Facebook than they did in 2007, and that more students have made Facebook part of their daily routines. “It’s just part of what we do now,” he said.

But there was a more surprising finding, too: Students who used Facebook to keep in touch with high-school friends reported feeling stronger connections to their college communities. Mr. Ruud said he’d had a feeling there might be a link there. When he got the numbers to back up that hunch, “it was like an alarm going off,” he said.

On its face, Mr. Ruud said, it makes no sense that students feel more connected to their colleges when they continue to interact with friends from high school. But look closer, he said, and there’s a logic to that link. Facebook acts as a support network for students. A virtual network can help college students bond with high-school friends who are going through the same process of adapting to life on other campuses, Mr. Ruud said. With social media, all a student has to do to feel supported is log in.

Now that Facebook has become so ingrained in daily life, “we’ve got all these student-development theories” he said, and “is technology going to change the way students develop socially?”


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Neil deGrasse Tyson on “What is the meaning of life?”

During a Q&A session on Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s show at the Wilbur Theatre (January 15, 2015), a 6-year-old – and three quarters – boy asked him about the meaning of life.

The answer he gave was simple enough for a child to understand, but so impressive that even left the adults there amazed and without words, see for yourself.

Namasté Neil deGrasse Tyson 🙂
“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” Carl Sagan

Stay curious and best regards,
Pedro Calado