Page 6 - Technology Facts
The keyboard we most commonly use today is called the "qwerty" keyboard for obvious reasons, but did you ever wonder why the letters are in that order?
It's actually because the original keyboards would jam if letters that were next to each other were pressed in too rapid succession.
In 1874 Christopher Sholes, who developed the layout, was aiming to slow typists down by putting the most common letters in the most hard to reach places, and thus reduce jamming.
Although modern technology has no issue with jamming, the keyboard stuck and is still the one we use today!
For less than the equivalent of $1600, you can pay French company, Ultime Ralit to give you a basic abduction package.
The package includes you being taken by strangers, gagged and forced into a car and kept in a dark cellar for 4 hours.
For an added fee, you can add boat chases or helicopter escapes to your abduction package. You can also stay in that dark cellar for longer... If you pay.
The company offers to get you through real sensations of violence, terror and fear of a real kidnapping. If you dare, you will sign a contract and liability waiver. Once you sign it, you have no idea when your kidnapping will take place.
The company follows you and abducts you at the right time. Some people have decided to use the service in order to tackle some of their greatest fears. For example, being buried alive. While the service is not technically illegal, the police say authorities should be warned. Would you ever consider being fake kidnapped like this?
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The Khazar Islands, sometimes referred to as Caspian Islands, are a reminder of what mankind is capable of creating these days. The artificial islands, south of Baku, Azerbaijan, consist of 41 islands extending 11.6 square miles over the Caspian Sea.
The company responsible for this artificial archipelago is Avesta. The company has said publicly that the Khazar Islands is under construction to become a city to house 1 million residents, contain 150 schools, 50 hospitals and daycare centers, numerous parks, shopping malls, cultural centers, universities, a racetrack, but most importantly the island will contain the Azerbaijan Tower.
This tower is expected to be the tallest building in the world, and will cost approximately $2 billion. That amount is just pocket change, considering the entire city is going to cost around $100 billion to make. The buildings on the island are able to withstand magnitude 9.0 earthquakes.
The president of the company, Ibrahimov Ibrahim, told reporters that the city will be like a "new Venice". The project is expected to be finished between 2020 and 2025!
Scientists have made a device that can be used to control another persons movement over the Internet!
Technophobes beware, humans are going to breach yet another level of connectivity. The internet will soon be morphed into human minds. In fact, in a few cases, the internet has already been used to control a person's hand!
Researchers and the University of Washington managed to set up the first human-to-human brain interface. Rajesh Rao, who has been studying this field of knowledge for about 10 years, managed to use his brain's electrical activity to send a signal to a colleague over the internet! His brain signals controlled the other person's hand movements!
The two researchers were in all actuality using the brain interface to play a very simple computer game. After some practice, one was able to send the signal to move the other's hand at a 100% success rate!