The Coming Plague of Technological Loneliness – FutureSin – Medium

If internet connection is phase one of advent of technological loneliness, an AI-human interface capable of understanding our emotions will be phase two and it’s coming soon.

In just a decade we’ve become mobile addicts that barely question if technological addiction or technological loneliness exists.

Loneliness is the new NormalWhether you want to blame it on ruthless capitalism, internet mis-reality, immersion, rugged individualism, or all-out addiction to things like social media, video games and time spent online, loneliness whether you like it or not, is increasing on a global scale in most places in the world.

With the advent of technological loneliness, the very companies that will disrupt healthcare with data are the very companies that profit from our personal technological loneliness to buy more iPhones or buy more goods from Amazon, or spend more time talking with our Google Assistant, or spend more time on Instagram where they make their profits with mobile advertising.

A loneliness pill is likely not the answer, neither are technological solutions to something technology has augmented and made much much worse.

In a world where Tinder and Facebook are designed to be addictive without actually connecting us, one has to wonder at how much worse technological loneliness might get.

Is technological loneliness a symptom that is ubiquitous to our so-called connected smart cities full of people, but is it simply a tolerable decline in real human connection?

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Repeated radio signals coming from galaxy 1.5 billion light years away, scientists announce

Scientists have spotted repeated blasts of radio signals coming from deep in space.

The breakthrough is only the second time scientists have seen such a repeating radio burst.

It both deepens the mystery and offers a potential opportunity to finally understand what might be throwing out the burst from a galaxy billions of light years away.

Of the more than 60 fast radio bursts detected so far, only one of them has ever repeated.

“Until now, there was only one known repeating FRB. Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there. And with more repeaters and more sources available for study, we may be able to understand these cosmic puzzles-where they’re from and what causes them,” said Ingrid Stairs, a member of the CHIME team and an astrophysicist at UBC. Seeing two repeating signals probably means that there exists – and that humanity will probably find – a “Substantial population” of repeating signals, the researchers write in one of the two papers published in Nature.

Having two sets of repeating bursts could also allow scientists to understand what distinguishes them from single bursts, helping them understand more about their source and watch for future blasts.

Some scientists had worried that the range of frequencies it can pick up would be too low for it to receive the FRBs – but it found far more than expected, and scientists expect it to identify even more.

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