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3 Technology Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

3 Technology Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

Some technologies have been surprising us year after year, and 2017 is going to be no different. If anything, it will probably only mark the development of some of the most innovative technologies we have ever been introduced to.

And while it’s hard to identify which technologies are going to steal the headlines this year, there are definitely some worthy of your attention.

We will be talking about three technologies that may either change our lives with tectonic force, or quietly make a significant impact.

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1. Virtual Reality

Virtual reality was expected to be the biggest thing of 2016, and while it has not been a complete disappointment, it certainly didn’t transform the society the way many industry experts expected it to.

However, it seems that its potential has not been ruled out, but rather just delayed. It did see significant growth in the past year, with some major improvements and a considerably increased visibility.

But unlike 2016, this year is not going to be about curiosity for this emerging technology trend. It’s very likely to become a more tangible tool this year – with enhancing the mundane, unproductive activities being likely the first thing it will achieve this year.

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Another thing that you can expect from VR this year is fewer hardware introductions, but a considerably higher level of integration with existing platforms. What kind of impact will it have on people’s social lives is also being keenly watched .

This is especially after Facebook’s big promises and astonishing demonstration at its F8 developers conference in 2016. Experts believe that even those with the most basic of VR equipment will have a big update from Facebook this year.

2. 3D Technology

While some technology trends have been getting the most attention, 3D technology has been one of the most underrated ones. Although it is not something as groundbreaking as some of the more innovative new finds such as VR, it has been far ahead in terms of offering a real, tangible benefit so far.

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Despite not getting the attention they probably deserve from the general public, the 3D industry is definitely in a booming phase. There seem to be new products and updates being launched almost every few weeks, with one of the latest and more significant ones being a 3D pen.

In 2017, however, the industry looks to take it to a whole new level. While printing in metals such as gold has already been achieved, the organic materials will be the target this year. Multi-material 3D printing seems to be another interesting area to watch.

Similarly, cheaper 3D printing is something the industry keenly awaits, and this is going to be another area the industry is going to work on this year. It would probably be achieved with the help of another emerging trend: faster, better 3D printers.

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3D modeling, which has so far been an utter disappointment in terms of ease of use, especially for users other than graphic designers and animators, is probably going to change too. 2017 has just started and we already have a few online apps and plugins that offer an easier way to access 3D modeling.

3. Artificial Intelligence

When it comes to the latest and most innovative technology trends out there, it’s hard to beat artificial intelligence. The way it is already affecting people’s lives is astonishing, and things are only going to get more interesting from here.

For AI, 2016 was a year of machine learning and voice assistants. This year, Microsoft in particular is all set to take it a step further with a Cortana device. Apple, too, seems to be having some interesting plans with Siri.

However, it’s hard to make any predictions about something that has already developed to an extent that it’s capable of playing a game and writing notes for you. We can only wait in excitement and see how AI keeps getting bigger and better, and soon change the way we live before we even know it.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

“For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

Primal Therapy

Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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How it Started

“During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

“I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

Delving deeper

Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

Some Methods To Practice Screaming

If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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  • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
  • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
  • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
  • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

Scream Sing

Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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  • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
  • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
  • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
  • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
  • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
  • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
  • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

Scream into a pillow

Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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