Could It Be That Racism Had Occurred Since The Dawn Of Human Existence?

Could it be that racism had occurred since the dawn of human existence?  According to Business Insider’s “DNA Of Ancient Human Spawns New Theory Of Why Europeans Became White” article by Dina Spector, ancient humans from specific parts of the world began to lose dark skin pigments for they had switched to a diet which contained more grains, thus they (researchers) assumed losing dark skin pigments helped ancient humans to synthesize vitamin D from the sun more readily.  I don’t think this is right!

Personally, I myself know nothing about this field of science, and I don’t have any awesome knowledge in related areas.  Nonetheless, I have opinion in regarding to this study.  For me, I like to borrow Darwinism’s bits and pieces, thus I like to think that in the ancient time the natural selection had created few skin anomalies (e.g., white skin, yellow skin, red skin, brown skin) in ancient human population.  These ancient skin anomalies had allowed the ancient humans to become racist and stick to similar skin groups.

As time progressed, ancient people with same skin color began to populate more and more, thus they had weened out the ancient people who shared the minority skin colors in a specific ancient human group.  Moreover, different skin color groups (e.g., white skin, black skin, yellow skin, red skin, brown skin) traveled farther apart from each other, and so they developed earliest unique customs, living conditions, traditions, and so on.  I surmise much later on they began to meet up again, and thus we had the so called “the clashes of ancient civilizations” of people who did not share same skin colors.  Obviously, these cases were true only when such occurrences had occurred for the very first time for each unique “clash of ancient civilizations” which could depict the clashed of different skin color groups (i.e., clans).

In conclusion, I don’t think we can know for sure what had happened which allowed the ancient humans to develop different skin colors.  Obviously as time progresses and the advancing of technologies, we might come up with an even better answer than what we have had in regarding to this specific quest.  My assumption on the development of skin colors of ancient people might be off the mark by a gazillion miles, but this is my own opinion and explanation to why ancient people began to develop different skin colors.  I can’t agree with the article which I had mentioned in the very first paragraph.  If I understand this article correctly, it assumes that ancient humans could morph to white skin and shed their dark skin pigments at will.

Source:  http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dna-ancient-human-spawns-theory-185256880.html (link)

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Will Robotic Industry Be The Next Biggest Thing To Come? Perhaps, Robotic Industry Would Be A Natural Evolution Of Computing Industry?

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Perhaps Mr. Dmitry Grishin is lightyear ahead of things to come, because he is betting on that the robotic industry will be the next biggest thing to come by creating a $25 million robotic fund — Not Science Fiction Anymore: Mail.ru’s Dmitry Grishin Launches $25M Robotics Fund.  The fund would be headquartered in New York.  Personally, I think he is right, but it will be some years before people will see the same thing.

I love to envision that in the future, a robot would either attach to or transform into — a car — or follow you into a car, and when you need something to be done the robot would be happily slaved away to help get things done for you.  I’m sure in the future, a robot will look back and read my post and have me condemned for using the words slaved and robot together, but let hope by then I’ll be long gone — old age kind of thing.  In fact, I think in the future, a car itself is also already a type of a robot, and other types of robots will be busied with designated tasks to free up even more time for humans to dawdle.

Source:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2012/06/15/not-science-fiction-anymore-mail-rus-dmitry-grishin-launches-25m-robotics-fund/

DARPA Experiments With Do Without Passwords

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Defense Advance Research Projects Agency is taking to the idea of developing an authentication system that does without hard to remember passwords.  The idea is to authenticate someone into a system (e.g., databases, computers, electronic devices, etc…) without having a person to enter any password at all.  This way, the users won’t have to remember any password, but yet they will be able to work with their systems just as usual.

It’s a grand goal in my opinion.  To develop an authentication system that knows how to discern one person from another is a witchcraft of developing an artificial intelligence type of computing.  Of course, I use the word witchcraft to praise and not to put down the idea.  I think it will be a very hard for someone to be able to actually develop the type of authentication system which DARPA wants to acquire.

When something is hard to realize, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible.  I think it’s possible to develop such a smart authentication system.  The question is, can a smart authentication system prevents hackers from manipulating it.  How about, can such a smart authentication system be transparent enough so it won’t be able to outsmart everyone, spy on everyone, and secretly keep records of everyone’s behaviors so the owners of the system can infringe on everyone’s privacy?

Comparing the idea of realizing an authentication system with artificial intelligence against the idea of deploying fingerprint scanners and other authentication systems that rely on biometric signatures, I think the latter is easier to achieve.  Also, I surmise that the latter idea is less prone to be abused in ways that disregard of users’ privacy.  Anyhow, I love how DARPA thinks big and bold, because maybe, just maybe by pushing for something extraordinary, we might get what we wish for!  For better or worse, right?

Source:  http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/darpa-detail-program-radically-alters-securit

Microsoft Researches On Bringing About Augmented Reality To Life With Kinect

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Few movies had been made to tackle the idea of blending virtuality with reality in away that gamers could not discern the differences between reality and otherwise.  Of course, I don’t think Microsoft is anywhere near in engineering such a feat, but I think they’re definitely onto something close to that.  Perhaps, I’m wrong about how close or how far Microsoft’s research department has progressed toward such a goal.  Still, it doesn’t matter, because the more they try, I guess it’s safely to assume that the more awesome there might be for such possibilities (i.e., technology) to come about and bring a host of benefits not only to gaming industry but to other industries as well.  I think medical industry might reap great benefits from this kind of futuristic technology.

Microsoft goes far by implementing a technology which partly uses Kinect to either permanently or temporarily blend the augmented reality and virtuality onto physical coordinates.  The projections of the augmented reality and virtuality can be applied on any surface.  Microsoft’s research department were even able to projected augmented virtuality and virtuality onto a hand of a human.  I’ve hinted before that this kind of technology might lead us to something much more awesome, but nobody knows for sure what that will be yet.  What I can imagine is that by combining holographic technology and what Microsoft is working on now (i.e., the technology we’re talking about in this article) into the same environment can be even more dazzling.

I had written an article “Imagining The TV Of The Future, Don’t Laugh!” — this article proposes on why TV of the future might be very different in a way that users might be able to change the reality of the ongoing scenes inside the TV.  The article also suggests how users might be able to project movie scenes into reality with no consequences whatsoever since the projections are digital and nothing more.  The article also suggests the injections of either a personal avatar or oneself into the movie scenes as if virtual reality or augmented reality is happening.  Perhaps, the article’s suggestions aren’t so outright nut, because Microsoft’s research department is doing something just as awesome!

Source:  http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/11/real-life-holodecks-microsoft-kinect-augmented-reality-room-is-the-closest-thing-yet/

Super Sensitive Artificial Skin

Artificial skin that is 1000 times more sensitive than a human skin is being researched and developed by a group of researchers at Stanford University.  They claim the rough prototype of the artificial skin could sense water droplets and and breaths of air.  It was sensitive enough to measure the weight of a dead butterfly in a lab’s demonstration.  They hope one day the sensitive skin can be commercialize for various medical purposes and robotic applications.

Super sensitive artificial skin has great potentials.  One obvious usage of a super sensitive artificial skin is skin replacement for humans with damaged skins.  Researchers point out other obvious applications such as allowing robots to use this super sensitive AI skin to measure the weights of various objects on robots’ artificial limbs.  Organic transistors have made it possible for creating super sensitive AI skin.  Source.