Music Festivals

The history of music festival events goes back thousands of years in time, starting in Ancient Greece during the Pythian Games at Delphi. The Pythian Games at Delphi were essentially an outdoor festival of dance and music and art held every four years, dedicated to the Greek god Apollo. Similar types of events have been observed throughout many different cultures throughout history, for example the Scottish Mods of the eleventh century, and remain common place to this day. However, they have evolved into something different in these modern times, and would be unrecognizable to those who celebrated different music festivals throughout history. The modern music industry is a very different system to any that had previously existed, and as such, the ways in which the industry is represented are drastically different as well. While some form of these types of these events have taken place over the last few hundred years, those types of music festivals were all religious in nature. It was not until the nineteen fifties that the first secular music festivals began to take place, and evolved into the kinds of music festivals that we see today. The first example of this we have is the Newport Jazz Festival, which took place in Rhode Island in 1954. More than ten thousand people showed up to this Jazz festival, which featured some of the most famous musicians of the time like Billie Holiday. Then in the 1960s, when rock music was becoming dominant in the pop culture, the …

Neurosculpting

The human brain is one of the most complex and least understood natural systems that we have begun to understand to any significant degree in modern times. While there are many aspects of neurology and neuroscience that scientists are confident in their understanding of, all of the different ways that we study the brain are fairly new in comparison to our anatomical comprehension of the function of every other organ in the body. Technology has simply not yet reached the point where any scientist can say with one hundred percent confidence that they understand the miraculous organ each of us contains within our skull to a high enough degree of certainty. However, there are some things the brain does that have been observed and studied for some time now that most people remain ignorant of. The most important one of these things that happens within the brain is called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity, also sometimes referred to as Neuroelasticity, refers to the human brain’s ability to naturally adapt and respond to changes over time. This process is different throughout any given person’s life, taking place a number of different scales from the micro to the macro, and encompassing each and every aspect of brain activity. What this means is essentially that throughout your life, your brain has the ability to transfer the function of any given area of the brain to another area and adjust the large and small scale functions and structures that exist within your brain. The percentage of grey …

Neurolink

When most people talk about neurolink technology, they do so for the most part in purely theoretical terms. Neurolink technology refers to types of technology and machines that are capable of interfacing directly between the human brain and the hardware of the technology. By and large, this technology today remains primarily in the realm of science fiction. While there have been significant advances made in the field over the last few decades, neurobiology is still one of the least developed areas of scientific study today. The more we have learned as a species about the structure and function of our brains, the more we have realized that the vast majority of the purpose and function of the human brain has yet to be fully understood. The largest obstacle in the development of Neurolink devices has been in the development of the technology itself however. While there is still a significant amount we have yet to uncover about how the human brain works, there is in fact a large amount that we do understand. There are a number of different neurological disorders, conditions, and injuries that are fully understood, all the way from cause to effect, yet treatments for those problems do not yet exist. While some of that is also due to a lack of biological understanding, the largest obstacle to Neurolink technology is the development of the hardware itself. It is challenging to design electronic devices that can be implanted directly onto a human brain without causing devastating side …

Phone Soap

The amount of germs and bacteria that are living on every single surface that you touch on a day to day basis is difficult to comprehend. Throughout the day, different kinds of germs and viruses are transferred from surface to surface, often traveling via the human hand. Examples of this include the toilet handle, or the eyeglasses you may wear in order to correct your impaired vision. However, what is not widely known, is that a significant majority of these germs and bacteria are stored and living on electronic devices. The last several decades have seen an increase in concern over basic sanitation needs, such as access to antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer throughout the world. Without these kinds of products, the transfer of infections and diseases is greatly accelerated, taking place at a rate that is dangerous to the survival of human life. Despite there never having been a time of a more significant amount of awareness over the importance of basic sanitation and cleanliness, the vast majority of people never seem to think about how frequently they are handling electronic devices like cell phones that are havens for bacteria and disease. While there is certainly some awareness of how filthy computer keyboards rapidly become when they are not being cleaned regularly, cell phones and other tablet devices are for the most part overlooked. It is widely recognized by almost every single human being in the world that public restrooms are a wonderful breeding ground for bacteria and germs …

Wrappid

One of the most significant issues that people have during their traveling endeavors and packing attempts is the effective storage of electronic devices. A very significant reason for that is the existence of electronic cables, an aspect of this part of life that is frequently overlooked but also too much of an inconvenience to ignore. Even when not in the process of traveling and moving your electronic devices, these electrical cords are an incredibly irritating and space consuming problem. They represent the kind of unnecessary clutter that frustrates each and every one of us, and potentially even causing significant risks to your health. Here at Wrappid, we have developed a solution to your problem with electrical cords and devices and their storage. Most individuals living in this nation frequently have to deal with the annoying clutter of electronic cords taking up space throughout their homes. Almost every single electronic device we own comes with an attached cable cord, and frequently there are spares and extras included as well. As a result, almost every person has at one point or another had to deal with the inconvenience of these cords taking up more space than they should be taking. Most frequently this occurs in areas such as a home office with a computer and printer within it or a living room with a television and speakers in it. Not to mention the kitchen and bathroom devices we encounter daily as well. All of these cords are made to take up more …

BetterAir

A significant issue that has presented itself over the last several centuries is the quality of air that we are breathing as a species. The damage that is done to our bodies is not only a result of airborne pollutants such as fossil fuels and pesticides, but also bacteria and viruses that are stored within our buildings, homes, and ventilation systems. The quality of air specifically within indoor spaces is almost always worse than in outdoor spaces, for a variety of reasons. Here at BetterAir, we have dedicated our company and its future technological development towards improving the quality of air we have access to in indoor spaces. BetterAir does more than simply filter the air we breathe while remaining indoors. As a company, we have developed and produced the world’s first and only probiotic air, surface, and object purification systems, changing the way that indoor spaces are ventilated in a healthy way. By using our all natural, chemical free methods of air and surface purification, we offer our customers the healthiest indoor work and home air quality available today. We preserve the natural environmental balances that occur within indoor locations, by using our eco-friendly patented technologies to purify the air and surfaces within without the use of potentially dangerous chemicals. The key to our work here at BetterAir Environments is a focus on a chemical free design that relies on the use of something called probiotics. Probiotics are live microorganisms that when consumed or inhaled by human beings, offer …

Plastic Consumption

The world’s first completely synthetic plastic, bakelite, was invented at the turn of the twentieth century by Leo Baekeland. He is also responsible for coining the term plastic itself, a term used to refer to a variety of different compounds and polymers known for just how flexible and easily molded they are. Over the past century, plastics have become more and more widely popularized throughout the world, and mankind’s rates of production and consumption of plastic products have surpassed that of anything else comparable to these compounds. Plastics are not only inexpensive to make and unable to be damaged by water, but also degrade at an incredibly low rate. For these qualities, and many more, they have replaced for the most part any natural substance wood or stone, and are used nigh ubiquitously in every aspect of human life.  Plastic products are used for essentially any purpose imaginable, including everything from medical devices to construction to the aerospace industry. In more economically developed nations, about a third of all plastic is used in packaging, and another third is used for the construction industry. The remaining third is used for every other aspect of modern life. As a result of the truly absurd amounts of plastic being used for literally every thing you might need, there is a large amount of plastic waste that must be dealt with. Because most plastics are fairly durable and degrade at an incredibly slow rate, almost all of the plastic the human race has ever …

Folding Smart Devices

Over the past several decades, there have been such drastic advances made in technological development that the way individuals now live their lives would seem like science fiction to someone living twenty or thirty years ago. The biggest change in technology that is obvious to everyone and anyone who has been paying attention has been the development of something called smart devices. Smart devices, by definition, are electronic devices that are connected to other devices and networks wirelessly through things like Bluetooth and WiFi, and are designed to function both autonomously and interactively. The most obvious and ubiquitously used example of these smart devices are smartphones, cellular telephones with internet capabilities.  There are certainly a wide variety of different kinds of smart devices being used today, including everything from smart cars to smart refrigerators, but by and large when most people think of smart devices, their first thought is of their smartphone. It seems that in recent years the most popular trend in technological development has been taking ordinary electronic devices and making them smart devices. Everything from your wristwatch to your toothbrush might very well be a smart device, and so engineers looking to impress consumers have had to step up their game in order to remain competitive. A recent trend in the development of smart devices is something that consumers had been promised for years, but were never provided with previously. Foldable smart devices are experiencing an incredible amount of interest, primarily foldable smart phones, but also foldable …

What Is The Cloud?

To many (if not most) individuals across the world, when they hear the term “the cloud”, they have no real idea what it means. While it is amusing to think that there are millions of people walking around thinking that digital information is being stored in the meteorological phenomenon, it is genuinely concerning that the vast majority of the population is using a form of technology to store and share their personal information that they do not understand in the slightest. Cloud computing is something that has dominated the technological landscape for years now, and for those of us who make such liberal use of it, it would be prudent to take the time to understand just how it functions on a rudimentary level.  The term “the cloud” refers to cloud computing, a method of allowing users to take advantage of data storage and computing power resources without direct active management being required. That is the technical definition at least. However, the term is not primarily used in that way. Generally, when any given individual is talking about the cloud, they are specifically talking about data centers that have been made available to large amounts of users over the internet. These enormous clouds that have become more and more common in recent years have one primary function for which they have become known ubiquitously. They allow those who use them to not have to worry about the amount of storage space they have on whatever device they are using, so …

Deepfake

Deepfake is a term used to describe a specific kind of imaging software, one that has recently become more and more important in the last two years. The term itself is a portmaneau, in which the terms deep learning and fake were mashed together in order to describe a type of advanced form of human image synthesis that relies on the use of artificial intelligence in order to perform its intended function. The phrase was coined only in 2017, and is now known across the world as one of the potentially most invasive kinds of imaging software in common use amongst the general populace. What deepfake does that has caused such a significant controversy is to combine and superimpose specific digital images or videos onto the source images or videos. This means that by using a sophisticated kind of machine learning technique known as ‘generative adversarial network’, deepfake can allow any user to create things like fake celebrity pornography or other malicious fake news.  The research that led to the eventual creation of deepfake began as far back as 1997, with the Video Rewrite program that was designed to modify videos of people talking so that their faces matched up to a different audio track. For some reason, there seems to be very little mention of this kind of machine learning techniques being used for that purpose for almost twenty years after the release of the Video Rewrite program. Perhaps the potential for mischief making simply slipped under the radar …