Staff picks for the week of Jan. 18, 2016
We kick off our staff picks this week with a technology flashback, then follow with a discussion on how societal norms and etiquette need to evolve with technological innovation. Read on for these and other tech highlights from the week.
Watch an Apple IIc boot over 20 years after it was last turned off (Read by Camillia S.)
It may be 2016 but more and more we’re seeing manufacturers and technologists bring back tech relics of the 80s and 90s. It’s fun to look at how far we’ve come — from floppy disks to thumb drives and now to cloud-based data storage. This video takes you back to 1984 when PCs were for the elite and floppy disks held no more than 1 MB of data. The owner of an Apple IIc (which is probably worth a considerable amount of money now) booted up the 32-year-old computer she found in her mother’s basement for the first time since 1996. What amazed me the most was that it still worked! I have a computer from 2002 that won’t turn on no matter what I do, so I guess what they say is true: They don’t make ‘em like they used to.
Real talk: There’s a serious problem with voice control that we’re all ignoring (Read by Camillia S.)
Built-in voice control and virtual assistant features on our mobile devices make it easier than ever to multitask, but this article questions when and where it’s appropriate to use these features. Home alone and need to set a reminder on your phone, but you’re changing a diaper? Sure. At the airport and need to set a reminder? Not so much. The article highlights the need for social norms and boundaries to be established, or at least discussed, when any new technology is introduced. I don’t use the voice control features on my iPhone because I still feel silly talking to Siri and often my requests are misconstrued. But for those who do, this article is for you.
Dating app Once uses your heart rate to help you find love (Read by Alexandria H.)
Gone are the days of sifting through the personals section in newspapers to find your next date. With the fun and easy features of Tinder gaining popularity, creating lengthy profiles on dating sites are becoming a thing of the past. But what if there was a way to judge a suitable match simply by measuring your heart rate? A new dating app called Once does exactly that. Research indicates that your brain undergoes a chemical reaction at the sight of someone you’re attracted to, so it seems only fitting to use that information to find love. I’m not completely sold that coupling fitness and dating apps will yield a match made in heaven, but I’m definitely intrigued by how the dating world continues to evolve in today’s tech-savvy society.
Wikipedia at 15: How the concept of a wiki was invented (Read by Heidi B.)
First and foremost, happy 15th birthday to Wikipedia, which made its Internet debut on Jan. 15, 2001. We all know (and use) Wikipedia, but how did it come to be? This story discusses the technology behind Wikipedia, as well as lighter information like where it got its name (hint: “wiki wiki” means “quick” in Hawaiian) and its ideology of reinventing the “publish last” norm. If you’re curious about the history and inner workings of the encyclopedia we all know and love, you’ll enjoy this read.