Everyone knows it’s just not possible to say what humans will look like in another million years. However, humans living at that time will likely to have had to cope with problems every bit as taxing as the issues faced by our own forbears a million years ago. Back then, Homo sapiens didn’t exist as a separate race. So around a million years ago, there was probably a handful of competing proto-human species roaming the earth. These included Homo heidelbergensis, which shared some characteristics with both Homo erectus and more modern humans, yet seemed to have a rather more primitive anatomy than that of their later Neanderthal cousins. [Read more…]
Anyone who has seen the classic science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey is aware of a few things. The first is that 2001, despite being some time ago now, did not offer the vast majority of the things promised in the movie. Well, Skype covers the video calls shown in the movie, but we’re a long way off from giant rotating space stations.
The second thing fans of the film will notice is that killer artificial intelligence software has not been achieved, which is enough to ruin anyone’s day. You would think by now we had at least managed to create an AI capable of pulling off a murder or two. After all, this is hardly the future we had all been dreaming of when the most we have is mildly sassy phone assistant software. [Read more…]
When the vehicle ferrying Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, stopped outside the Royal Academy of Arts for her first solo event since marrying Prince Harry, an assistant opened the door for her. Markle got out and, before the assistant could swoop into action once more, shut the door behind her – and the Internet went nuts.
Some users saw the simple action as the duchess’ down-to-earth approach to life coming through, while others seemed to think it was a serious breach of etiquette. According to etiquette aficionado William Hanson, it was not. Rather than royals thinking themselves too good to open their own car doors, it was simply a matter of security. [Read more…]
You may not realise it, but colour plays a major part in your life. Every day you are influenced by colour, and often so subtle is the effect that you probably don’t even register it is happening. Stop signs are red, as well as the rear lights of vehicles. Therefore the way you drive your car is directly linked to the colour red. It could be said, therefore, that the colour red determines your life, given that it so drastically influences how you drive your car. [Read more…]
Social media addiction has been an increasingly debated topic of late. The very nature of social media applications, it has been said, is designed to be addictive. In what is referred to as a positive feedback loop, users are encouraged to spend as much time receiving and sharing posts as possible, for nothing more than the input of being rewarded with “likes.” [Read more…]
Canadian rapper Drake has had a good year so far, and is now being referred to as the most popular entertainer in the world. This is no small accomplishment, and alone would be reason for the 31-year-old musician, songwriter and entrepreneur to be proud. But in releasing his latest album, titled Scorpion, Drake has managed to make world history in a truly profound way. [Read more…]
Feeling lost, lonely, or just plain in need of a hug? You are not alone. In fact, there are so many in the world that feel that way, a few enterprising individuals have set themselves up as professional cuddlers.
Yes, for a nominal fee, clients can spend an hour or 2 with a friendly soul who does not mind platonic cuddles with strangers. You can even cuddle up and talk about your day, play games online, or simply lie there quietly, enjoying the close contact. This might sound strange to some, but websites that put those in need of some companionship with cuddlers swear the service they offer is backed up by science. [Read more…]
These kids of today; not only do they think they’re smart, they know they’re smart. In ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, penned by the prolific writer, Charles Dickens, the opening reads as such:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness…” [Read more…]
Of all the Video Poker games available in the casino, Jacks or Better often has the best odds; some versions of the game have a 99.5% payout percentage. This translates to hours of Video Poker entertainment at low cost, if you play it right. [Read more…]
Throughout the annals of history there has been a steady parade of con artists, snake oil salesmen and disreputable faith healers who have been selling the impressionable masses everything from miracle cures to get-rich-quick schemes. Even in today’s cynical world, people have unfortunately not become immune to the allure of sophisticated con men and their schemes. Despite swindling hordes of people out of their hard-earned money and taking advantage of their collective misfortune, the unabashed skill of a professional con artist has to be credited. Similar to cult leaders, these reviled characters are natural actors, born with enough charisma and charm to sell anything. [Read more…]