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New Age Of Technology: Self-Driving Cars

New Age Of Technology: Self-Driving Cars

We sure do hear a lot about Google and its self-driving cars lately. What seemed like an idea for a sci-fi movie just a decade ago is rapidly moving on to become reality – and it doesn’t really matter what one thinks about it. We live in the age of technology, with progress in this field moving at breakneck speeds. What seemed impossible twenty (or even ten) years ago is an integral part of our lives today. It is quite certain that ten years from now we are going to laugh at how tame our suggestions about the future were.

However, although there is a lot of talk about self-driving cars, I found that I (as well as most of my acquaintances) actually now very little about them, except for the fact that they are, well, cars that somehow drive themselves. I decided to remedy that and read up a little on the subject.

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The self-driving car is an extremely ambitious project by Google, aimed at changing the way we perceive individual transportation in the future. Seeing that the absolute majority of traffic-related accidents and deaths stem from human mistakes, Google intends to create cars that would eliminate this threat and allow everybody to be independent in their movements irrespective of age, physical condition, or ability to drive. People who previously were forced to stay in one place or be dependent on others for their transportation (elderly, visually impaired, children, etc.) would be able to drive wherever they wanted –  easily, quickly, and more importantly, completely safely. All that is necessary is to input a location and press a button, the rest is done by the car itself.

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Very well, but how exactly is it done? What is inside this car that you are supposed to entrust your life to? The car is equipped with sensors capable of detecting all kinds of objects at considerable distance, allowing the AI controlling the car to navigate streets while safely avoiding collisions. Of course, Google cars are currently in the prototype stage , but they do exist and have been undergoing extensive road-testing for quite a while already. By now, their cars have covered almost 1.5 million miles, with only a handful of minor accidents. The vehicle at fault was usually a manually-driven car they collided with. Nevertheless, Google publishes all the traffic incidents and claims they are going to be used as learning experience in further perfection of their AI.

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Google cars are not the first attempt at creating a self-driving car – not by a long shot. Actually, the first autonomous vehicles date back to the 1980s; however, they never left the prototype stage and their introduction was never attempted at such a large scale. Furthermore, knowing Google’s reputation, it is probably safe to assume that in the very foreseeable future we may encounter real self-driving cars moving along our streets en masse that won’t actually be that unbelievable a sight.

One thing is for certain; we live in the age of rapidly changing lifestyle paradigms. Those who are skeptical about self-driving cars today should think about the mobile revolution. It brought to us the world in which the majority of people are connected to the Internet around the clock by means of portable devices, which can be used as anything from phones to personal workout assistants. This would’ve seemed preposterous or incredibly far-fetched just a couple of decades ago; however, today’s smartphones, apps, and constant online status are absolutely natural conditions of life for the vast majority of people. It is very likely that the same fate awaits self-driving cars. The best thing we can do is adapt to these changes.

Featured photo credit: flickr.com via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2019

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

1. Lumosity

This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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    2. Fit Brains Trainer

    This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

    Free.

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      3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

      Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

      First four games free, then $13 a month.

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        4. Brain Fitness Pro

        The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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        Buy for $3.99.

        5. Happify

        If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

        Free to use.

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          6. Clockwork Brain

          You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

          Free.

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            7. ReliefLink

            Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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              8. Eidetic

              Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                9. Braingle

                Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                Free.

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                  10. Not The Hole Story

                  If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                  Free.

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                    11. Personal Zen

                    This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                    Free.

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