Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Man Who Predicted Text Messaging 25 Years Ago Has Some New Ones.
And They're Amazing

The Man Who Predicted Text Messaging 25 Years Ago Has Some New Ones. And They're Amazing

For as long as the genre has existed, science fiction has tried to look into the future. You can only make your best guess based on what we can do now, but it's still amazing how many predictions that seemed ridiculous actually turned out to be true. 

For example, we may not have any Klingons running around, but thanks to Skype, we can talk to our friends the same way Captain Kirk used to talk to them. So what if someone could actually see these kinds of innovations coming on a regular basis?

Well, there's one man who thinks he can. And based on his track record, he might be right.

COMMENT and let us know what you think of his predictions.

This is Dr. Ian Pearson.

He has an extensive background in engineering, applied mathematics, and theoretical physics. But if you asked him, he'd say he's a futurologist. 

For over 20 years, his work with the future took place here at BT Research.

Technically, he was a performance engineer, but his research was all about future technology and the world it will find itself in.

In that time, he was responsible for about 1,600 inventions.

But above all else, his job is to predict the future.

And he claims he gets it right about 85% of the time.

He says "it's really just common sense and intuition. You've got to keep abreast of things but an awful lot of my time's spent thinking." 

And his new predictions are interesting, to say the least.

Anyone can just say they get it right that often.

What exactly was Pearson so right about?

One of his biggest predictions was the spread of texting.

Bear in mind that he made his prediction back in 1991.

Around the same time, he also foresaw the rise of search engines.

As you might have noticed, he predicts not only future tech, but also its popularity.

But he ran into trouble doing this with virtual reality.

It didn't turn out to be quite as popular as he expected. But he may still have the last laugh if the Oculus Rift does well.

But what is he predicting now?

He said we'll have "virtual immortality" by 2050.

We'll still die, of course, but the thoughts and experiences that make us will be uploaded and stored on the Internet. So our children and grandchildren can always have an "us" to talk to.

And while we are still here, we'll be merged with computers.

By 2070, Pearson claims we'll use this technology to improve our bodies and minds so much that we'll evolve into a new species called Homo Optimus.

And it sounds like we'll be bringing our pets with us.

Pearson predicted we'll all communicate with our thoughts using a global server, and our pets will get the same treatment. This means our pets will be able to "talk" to us with their minds.

He also said we'll be having sex with robots by 2050.

Actually, he predicted that by then we'll be having sex with robots more than we will with each other.

Be sure to COMMENT if you're looking forward to any of these predictions.

Main image via The Independent

Collage image via Maxim | Dr. Ian Pearson

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

16 Things That Prove Everything We Know Is A Lie

16 Things That Prove Everything We Know Is A Lie

In this crazy, mixed-up world of ours, how do we know who/what we can trust? Sure, everyone can expect politicians to lie, pretty sure it's in their job descriptions, but when you look at the world around you and find pretty much everything is a lie, well, where do you go from there? Today, we're looking at mostly everyday objects, circumstances, and signs that clue us into this strange reality. Are we trapped in the matrix or something? Is it a lie to say references to The Matrix are still relevant? Yes. And that's where we begin!

So let's take a look at these things that seem to prove, once and for all, that everything we know is a lie...

1. These things have been lying to us for ages now!

2. And this is just a lot of lies...

3. The kids will be thrilled once they see all these neat cookie shapes from their favorite movies...

Just tell them that the "C" in C-3P0 stands for circle...and also everything else is a circle.

4. Aww, what a bunch of cute little... wait, oh no...

5. With Subway's new "footlong," less is more!

I've known some guys to lie about a few inches before, but this is ridiculous.

6. On the subject of less food than wanted...

I guess it would largely depend on who's filling up these bad boys, but if I order a large fry, you either fill that container to the brim or give me one actually humongous French fry!

7. And when it comes to dessert, never trust an elf...

8. But whatever you do, do not mess with my chocolate! 

I need the calcium so I can lie to myself and say it's healthy as I continuously douse my ice-cream in a non-stop barrage of chocolate syrup! 

9. This is just bed, bath and beyond anything I could imagine!

10. Sometimes it's good to test out a product before you get entangled in its lies...

11. This one really gets me derailed.

12. Here's one from way back in our childhood — are these still around today? 

I've almost broken countless fingers mashing away on that thing, trying to get my money back from a frustrating few rounds of Donkey Kong!

13. This is the one that really got me. All those sad, hungry college nights, and I had no idea what I was missing...

They tell me it's to fit hot water in there, but I donno. I can't trust anyone these days.

14. I'm no mathmagician, but this just doesn't add up quite right...

15. Any direction, you say? 

16. Those crafty, crafty Canadians have deceived us all, yet again...

17. Well, it ain't a window!

18. "The forks will be with you, always..."

19. Wow, perfect...for nothing. 

20. You gotta draw the line somewhere 

21. Well, I guess we're here all night then

22. I'd be pretty bitter

23. Math isn't really an "open to interpretation" kinda thing...

24. But wait, you don't think someone would ever lie on the internet, right? RIGHT?

You monsters!!!

16 Hilarious Pictures To Lift Your Spirits

16 Hilarious Pictures To Lift Your Spirits

There's nothing better in this world than a picture that makes you laugh so hard that literal tears come out of your eyes. Thanks to the beauty of the internet, we've found some pictures that will at the very least make you snort-laugh in that embarrassing way we all do. Enjoy. 

1. Consistently happens.

And I will still buy it, every single time.

2. I paid way too much for this.

Super cute though.

3. What's one more puppy?!

Ideal text to get, honestly. 

4. Wait, is this the most relatable meme of 2017?

I THINK SO. Also, I am cringing just thinking about doing this. 

5. It me! It me!

Truly every night. 

6. Doing this to someone is a big fear of mine. 

It's happened, people! And it ain't pretty.

7. Should I learn how to hold my tongue though?


8. There has never been a more accurate meme than this.


9. Um, do you really need a reason?

So when do I get my first paycheck?!

10. Dang, dad. That's cold.

But can I still drive it?

11. Me every single day. 

It's still meal prep, so....

12. Hope his actual mailbox ain't full.

Hope he's ready!


Let me live my life!

14. How dare anyone come at me like that.

Not. Cool. We can leave my love of reality TV out of this!

15. How dare he play grandma like that?

Poor Grandma! 

16. Like Brandy and Monica said...THE BOY IS MINE.

Get with it, y'all.