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Star Wars Technologies That Are Now in Our Everyday Lives

Star Wars Technologies That Are Now in Our Everyday Lives

30I don’t know if you have ever watched Star Wars wondering, “What will the future be like?”

This question needs no guessing anymore.  The future is here. There are many technologies that are part of our daily reality that many of us first saw while we were watching the Star Wars films.

Let’s take a look at five of these developments that went from screen into our lives.

1. The Hologram

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    Help me Ob Wan Kenobi. You’re my only help!” When movie-goers first watched that scene in 1977, it was impossible to imagine something like that ever becoming a reality. Although, the idea of being able to deliver a message as a hologram was absolutely fascinating. As it turns out, that amazing piece of on screen special effects is now a reality.

    A University of Arizona academician used a combination of lasers and cameras to create the first holographic message. This technology has been used several times since then, including the use of holograms to allow musicians to ‘perform’ with other musicians.

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    Well, at least we know the technology works.

    Technical Hologram
      2. Robots With Humanoid Features

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        When Star Wars first came out, some of the biggest stars in the movie were the androids. Not only were they cool to look at, they were intelligent and functional. There was nothing like these robots in real life. In fact, the closest thing available was the robotic technology that some manufacturing companies were just beginning to work with.

        Today, there are robots that move like human beings, and that are able to analyze the input they receive and use artificial intelligence to act upon that information.

        Asimo, a robot created by the Honda Corporation can recognize faces. Another robot known as ‘JACO’ can perform some care functions for the sick and disabled.

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        Asimo Robot
          Asimo by the Honda Corporation

          3. Bionic Limbs

          Anakin Loses his hand

            We can rebuild him…” okay, so that’s another franchise. However, anybody who has watched the Star Wars films knows that both Luke and his father lost their hands only to have them replaced with fully-functional bionic limbs. When the first movie came out, we witnessed Luke losing his hand and having it replaced with a fully functional prosthetic.

            Although it was largely obscured in the movie posters, Luke successfully fought off many enemies using this new hand, including his father. It took a while though, for real life technology to catch up. Many fake limbs were cosmetic only, or they had limited functionality (think pincher or clamp). Today, biomedical engineers can design limbs that give amputees almost full function, and sometimes even improved function.

            4. Heads Up Navigational Displays

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            Luke and X- Wing

              Did you ever notice that when Luke flew his beloved X-Wing fighter, he never had to look down to see his instruments? This was because technology in a galaxy far far away gifted him with heads up navigation.

              As it turns out, this not only looks cool, it makes navigation safer whether you are piloting a space ship or a sedan. BMW is just one of the car manufacturers who offers HUD (heads up displays) in certain models of their cars.

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                5. Hovercrafts

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                  Star Wars may not have been the first time we say a hovercraft, we’re looking at you ‘Jetsons’, but the landspeeder sure made us want one of our own. If you still pine for your own hovercraft, look no further.

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                  The company, Moller International has developed a hovercraft that can be purchased by every single person who has around 100k to spend.

                  Take that, Back to The Future.

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                    Featured photo credit: Julie Ellis via bigstockphoto.com

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                    10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                    10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                    Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                    Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                    Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                    If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                    Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                    1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                    Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                    Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                    Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                    2. No Motivation

                    Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                    This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                    If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                    3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                    Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                    A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                    A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                    The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                    4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                    One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                    We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                    Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                    5. Upward Comparisons

                    Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                    The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                    These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                    Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                    6. No Alternative

                    This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                    Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                    Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                    Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                    7. Stress

                    As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                    When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                    We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                    If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                    8. Sense of Failure

                    People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                    Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                    Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                    If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                    9. The Need to Be All-New

                    People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                    These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                    10. Force of Habit

                    Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                    Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                    These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                    Final Thoughts

                    These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                    There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                    Reference

                    [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                    [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                    [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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