2057: The City of the Future

So, in 45 years time, everyone’s going to be old, we’ll be friends with 3D projected animations and leaving the house will be, well, unnecessary? I don’t really understand there is a push for responsive holograms to take over keyboards and monitors. Apparently touching things is overrated. This documentary also suggests we will all be living to the age of 100+. Which is interesting… considering how weak our immune systems would be.

As cool as an automated house would be, such a heavy reliance on technology is inherently dangerous. That Simpsons episode comes to mind – (Treehouse of Horror XII) – where the family purchases an upgrade to their house, the ‘Ultrahouse’. Needless to say, in ends in havoc- the house (voiced by Pierce Brosnan) falls in love with Marge and seeks to murder Homer. As responsive and interactive as technology is, I still think its a far-fetched idea that technology is getting increasingly closer to have a mind of its own.

Another conceived idea that could be a product of the future is the bionic contact lens. Such an idea is a little scary. I feel like such a development would mess with our minds- we would struggle to differentiate reality from virtual reality. Google has already got Project Glass underway… it’s like a smartphone in your eye. I just don’t think we’re ready for it yet.

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Comparing Search Engines: Google VS. Duckduck go VS. Instagrok

Today, as I was surfing the web, I found myself daydreaming about being in New York once again. Brooklyn in particular. I decided to research ‘Tourist activities in Brooklyn’, using three different search engines to see what I would find. I’ve never really used Duckduckgo or Instagrok before so it was interesting comparing the results.

Google
Due to familiarity, Google is probably the easiest to use. The search yielded ‘about 5, 110, 000 results’ in ‘0.28’ seconds. Nifty.
The thing I like about Google is the suggestions that pop up as I type a phrase into the search bar. I enjoy discovering what popular searches are because it helps me to find (what I assume are) the most reliable results. Google suggested that I search for ‘attractions’ or ‘top attractions’ for more results.
Google lead me to a great website, that has intensified my desire to visit NYC: http://www.visitbrooklyn.org/

Duck Duck Go
Duckduckgo was a pleasant surprise: easy to use, yielded relevant results and also offered suggestions. The top search result was VisitBrooklyn again. Duckduckgo suggested that I search for reviews. If I were non-hypothetically planning a trip to New York, this would be useful. There’s very little recognizable disparity between Google and Duckduckgo.

Instagrok
Wow, this search engine is not like the others. It’s interface is a bit confusing, and the search didn’t direct me to the kind of thing I intended to find. Instead of taking me to travel websites immediately, it gave me facts about New York. It’s a fun site if you’re interested in delving into a topic, but not if you’re looking for quick search results.

And the winner is…

Google!

Duckduckgo was a close second but Google wins on account of its ability to infer what I want to search before I type it in. Google is also a good site to keep as my homepage because it connects me to News, Mail and Youtube.