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Are you kidding me? For this week’s post I should just submit this picture and be done with it. Yes, I write about technology, and yes, this is definitely (kinda)technology. It’s the HotTug. A hot tub and a tug boat. The HotTug. What is it? Exactly what you think it is. Exactly what you want it to be. It’s a tug boat which can seat 6-8 people. It’s also a freakin’ hot tub. The boat fills up and heats the water. So while you’re tugging around in your lake, maybe getting a tug of your own, you’re in hot tub, staying warm. If you want to stay dry and keep tugging, just drain the water.

This thing is seriously awesome. It’s made out of wood, with a layer of “glass fiber reinforced polyester.” The HotTug measures 95” x 150” x 44”. It’s equipped with a stainless steel stove which heats the water to the temperature in just about three hours.

You want this bad boy for yourself? Take a break from school, take that tuition money of yours, and pay up $20,650 to have one delivered to your doorstep. That’s right, twenty grand. Call me when you get it.

– Can Cakmak

I’ve always been fascinated by the amount of information we have on our cell phones. If someone were to get a hold of your iPhone, for example, they would potentially have access to your Facebook, bank account, Twitter, emails, Amazon account, and more. But these are just account names and passwords; it’s hard to comprehend how vulnerable we really are.

This is exactly what Malte Spitz wanted to highlight. In his ten minute TED Talk presentation, he talks about how much power and information the cell phone has given to the individual. During social movements in the last few years, such as those in Egypt and Syria, cell phones and social media have played huge roles. There is no doubt the cell phone is no longer a novelty, it is a part of our day to day lifestyle. However, this is also where issues begin to arise. While cell phones have provided their users with all sorts of services, they also provide the service companies with information we probably don’t want them to have.

Every time we use our cell phones, there is a record of it; even more so now that location services are so readily available. Service providers can easily store this information. Spitz wanted a straight answer – what kind of information does your service provider have and how much of it? He requested the data, and after a few attempts and a couple of lawsuits, Spitz “received 35,830 lines of code — a detailed, nearly minute-by-minute account of half a year of his life.”

How scary is that? Spitz wanted the convoluted lines of code to be better understood by everyone in order to represent the drastic amount of our personal lives that are on record somewhere. He converted the codes into visualization. You can see 6 months of his life here. Your regular cell phone services which have been around for a decade, combined with location services, begin to reveal a lot about your lifestyle. In Spitz’s train ride from Berlin, you can see his call records, duration of each call, text messages received and sent, the amount of data he used and more. This information is all in the hands of our cell phone provider, whether we like it or not.

So what do we do about this? Nothing. We live this way. I mean, it’s not like your service provider workers are sitting there going, “Check it out, Joe just went on RedTube.” The information is available in their hands, but it’s likely ignored… in most average people’s cases. Just hope your significant other doesn’t get a hold of your cell phone data. Another option still remains; you could go AWOL, cancel your cell phone service, stop shaving, and go live in a tree.

-Can Cakmak

Recently, I decided to make a giant leap forward and do something I had been avoiding for at least five years: I decided to friend my mom on Facebook. Why? Maybe I could no longer ignore the fact that she also knew how to use a computer. Or maybe I just don’t care if she sees that I Like “Lower the Drinking Age,” or that I occasionally enjoy dropping the f-bomb in my statuses.

Anyway, this has been making me think, how do I adapt to a world where my parents, and every other person I’ve ever known in my life, are on Facebook? Easy, just follow this helpful guide I found today on how not to fail on Facebook. These fails must be seen because in a world where Facebook is not just a trend, but a part of daily life, it is important you use it properly:

http://www.uproxx.com/feature/2011/02/the-eight-accidental-shame-inducing-moments-of-facebook-a-guide/#page/1

In case you missed it (don’t worry, I did too), a game of Jeopardy was won by an IBM computer named ‘Watson’. While at first thought, to those of us who grew up with the internet and rely on Google for anything and everything we don’t know, this may sound trivial. It’s really not.  Watson was able to outwit the man who has won the most Jeopardy games in a row, by a landslide. The best part, Watson was being asked questions in the same manner that he was: aurally.

You know what this means? “Star Trek” is one step closer to being real (Which, I, for one, am ridiculously excited for). Evidentially, one of the creators of Watson, David Ferucci, attempted to create Watson in the image of the computer in “Star Trek.”

For, now we can only get excited, but one day, we’ll be able to awkwardly look up and call out orders to the starship’s computer. Let’s just make sure we complete Watson with Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, or we’re going to end up with a Cylon situation on our hands.

(Do you think I could fit more geeky references in this post?)

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/science/17jeopardy-watson.html?_r=1&ref=technology

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It’s all over. No more internet. No more tweets, Facebook statuses, or internet incited protests for democracy. I’m lying, of course. (more…)